NYCO Goes Operatic!

 The North York Concert Orchestra and maestro Rafael Luz invite you to join us on presenting Donizetti’s comic opera, Elixir of Love. After a successful summer project last year, we are happy to bring back our Summer Opera Series with this fun and light opera by Gaetano Donizetti. This project is intended to give opportunities to perform a repertoire that is not normally accessible to many. With the help of everyone involved, this community initiative is sure to be a memorable event – take a chance and see a short clip from last year’s production. Below you will find more information about the project and how to get involved.



Concerts will be on June 22nd at 8pm, and June 23rd at 3pm. Both will take place at the East End United – 310 Danforth Ave.


All rehearsals will take place Mon-Fri, June 7th to June 21st, 6-10pm. 

The rehearsal venues are located at:

York Mills Collegiate Institute – 490 York Mills Rd 

East End United – 310 Danforth Ave

See detailed rehearsal schedule attached.

Rehearsal Schedule


NYCO is thrilled to continue our mandate to feature emerging artists. What will you get:

  • Sing a role with a full orchestra;
  • Get a video recording of your performance (for personal use)
  • Be part of a great experience in a supportive environment!
  • Honorarium

To apply to be a soloist, click the button below, complete the form and attach your resumé and link to a video performance. 

Applications will be reviewed and assigned on a weekly basis. From there on, a list of unassigned roles will be updated frequently and will stay there until filled. Final date for submissions is May 1.

This year the choir will be done by 6-8 singers. They will participate on stage and memorization is necessary. An honorarium will be provided.

List of Characters:


  • Adina
  • Giannetta


  • Nemorino
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Bass / Baritone:

  • Belcore
  • Dulcamara


  • 3 Sopranos
  • 2 tenors
  • 3 baritone / bass


An opera cannot happen without the work of all the people in the background. Stage manager, assistant, librarian, orchestra and choir manager(s), props, set up and tear down, surtitle operator, marketing, and more. If you would like this opportunity to put your knowledge to test, we’d love to work with you! This is also perfect for students looking to complete volunteering hours.

Below you will find some of the functions and their descriptions. On your application you will have a space to indicate how you would like to help. You are welcome to bring ideas and suggestions.


Some positions may be open for instrumentalists wanting to join us for this opera experience. Remaining openings will be listed on our website under Summer Opera Series. Please send your interest to, let us know your musical experience, what instrument you play, and if you have played with us before.


Organize orchestral parts and choir music to be distributed, including cuts. Be responsible for all library matters. This work is done largely before June.

Stage Manager

The stage manager will be responsible for all activities on stage. Some of the activities are: making sure props are where they should be at the start of the show; assisting singers with their stage entrance; communicating between the Props team and Setup/Teardown team; assisting them as necessary. It is necessary to read music as you’ll be reading from a piano score. The stage manager will be present at all blocking rehearsals.

Surtitle Operator

A surtitle operator will work during the show operating the computer. It is necessary to read music as you’ll be reading from a piano score. You’ll be needed on June 20th, 22nd and 23rd.

Props Team

The Props team will construct or acquire the props to be used in this production. These will be small and simple items. 

Setup/Teardown Team

This team will be overseeing a few different activities. These would involve anything to do with preparing rehearsal rooms, the concert venue, stage, etc. Also, tear down after concerts, re-organize rehearsal rooms at the end of rehearsals, etc. It would also work on moving equipment from and to the school where our percussion is stored.

We cannot wait to have all the pieces together starting on June 7th, culminating in two wonderful concert experiences on June 22 and 23. Remember to invite your friends and families!