OperaFest 2021- Rigoletto

OpéraFest 2021

Rigoletto quartet: (L-R) Stuart Graham (Rigoletto), Lynn Isnar (Gilda), Narmina Afandiyeva (piano), Ernesto Ramirez (Duke), Julie Nesrallah (Maddalena)

“Excellent concert last night. The cast showcased talent, musicality and verve to highlight all that is good about the lyric theatre. Congratulations!”Guillermo Silva-Marin, General/Artistic Director VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre

“That was WORLD CLASS!” Michael Spence

March 5 – 17, 2023

STUART GRAHAM, Artistic & Stage Director

NARMINA AFANDIYEVA, Music Director & Pianist

OpéraFest is a 2-week role-study residency (tuition-free) for emerging and established artists; offering them a non-critical environment to develop new repertoire that culminates in a lyric showcase in the renowned Jeanne Lamon Hall. A principal objective of OpéraFest showcase concert is the professional recording (HD audio/video) offering the artists premium demo recordings of their individual performances for their portfolios.

Normally, our concert/showcase programming has been a concert of assorted arias and ensemble excerpts of the operatic repertoire. We are excited to up our game for the 2023 edition and present 2 complete one-act operas in addition to a selection of arias and ensembles to complete the evening celebrating the talented cast and the lyric arts.


  • Giorgettasoprano
  • Michelebaritone
  • Luigitenor
  • Frugolamezzosoprano
  • Tincatenor
  • Talpabass or bass-baritone


  • David – baritone
  • Geraldine – soprano
  • Bill – tenor
  • Sally – mezzosoprano


  • This artistic residency is open to emerging and professional level singers


Interested applicants should email their materials (C.V., bio, headshot) and, apart from their role consideration, their proposed repertoire to be workshopped for this residency.


  • Live Auditions

      • TORONTO (CAN): September 7 – December 15, 2022
      • SAN MIGUE DE ALLENDE (MEX): September 18, 2022
      • MORELIA (MEX): September 19 – 23, 2022
      • MEXICO CITY (MEX): September 24 – October 14, 2022
    • If the candidate is unable to present a live audition, they may submit video links (YouTube, Vimeo) in their application email.

Please send all inquiries and application materials to Mr. Stuart Graham to: