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SICA Opera


July 23 - 27, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Back by popular demand! Are you a choir singer? Have you always wanted to try Opera? This intensive half-day summer vocal camp for adults focuses on Opera and Vocal Technique. Exclusively with Visiting Artist, Maestro Alvaro Lozano Gutierrez.


In addition to singing opera, the program will focus on skills development including, but not limited to:
• Vocal technique
• Breathing
• Dynamic
• How to interpret a score
Please note that the instructor will ask each participant to briefly sing solo (for 3-5 minutes) in order to find their voice. You may be asked to sing a duet. Be prepared for surprises! Be open to new things!


All participants must have:
• Experience singing in a vocal group (choir, chorus, ensemble)
• Ability to sing on pitch and in harmony with others
• Some sightreading abilities
• A desire to take on challenges
• A desire to learn Opera!

If you are unsure if you meet the pre-requisites, please call Deanna Di Lello at 416-924-6211 x250

Registration Information

Member registration: February 28, 2018
Patron registration: March 8, 2018
$275 + 3% CIF (no HST)

By phone: 416-924-6211 ext 250
In person: MNjcc 750 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON M5S 2J2
By mail: pdfClick here for the registration form
For more information contact: Deanna Di Lello This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If registration is full and you wish to join the wait list, a completed registration form must be submitted. Your credit card will not be charged until your spot is confirmed.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations are subject to a $50 administrative charge. After June 11th, 2017 no funds are available except in case of illness or emergency, with appropriate documentation. In the event that the MNjcc must cancel the Institute, a full refund will be issued.

Music Scholarship

At the MNjcc we believe music should be accessible to everyone. To apply for a music scholarship, contact Wendy Moss at (416) 924-6211 x231; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pay It Forward

Are you a returning SICA participant? Have you benefited from our professional instructors and hands on approach? Why not give the gift of singing! To donate to the music scholarship fund, please contact Fallon Butler at (416) 924-6211 x118; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Q: Do I need prior singing experience?
A: Yes. Some amateur choral/singing experience is important. The program is for
advanced beginner and above (not suitable for absolute beginners). Do you
currently sing in any sort of choir? Have you enjoyed other music camps? This program is for you!

Q: Do I have to be able to read music?
A: Some singers are not as confident at reading sheet music as others and that’s okay! As long as you have developed a strategy for learning, you should be able to participate.

Q: Is this camp suitable for children?
A: No. The curriculum is age appropriate for adults. We are not currently accepting children at this time.

Q: I am unable to attend the full week. Am I able to come for one day?
A: No. Registration is only for the full week. SICA is designed to create a week of cumulated knowledge, experience and relationship to others in the ensemble. As such, a one day option is not available at this time. Participants should only register if they are available for the full week.

Q: May I register for additional SICA programs such as SICA Nights or SICA Singers?
A: Certainly! Think about what you would like to learn, how much you would like to learn and where your energy level lies.

Q: Is there a concert?
A: There is no public performance.

2017 Testimonials

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Can’t say enough about how opening this course was! Mille gracias! Mille gracias! Mille gracias! - Birgitta

Please bring Alvaro back! – Jay

Of course the instructor made the course fabulous! He definitely is one of a kind and I think a course such as this would be difficult to do and not as enjoyable without him! – Gayla

Alvaro is so delightful - Barbara

Loved it – it was fun, challenging and the music was glorious. Alvaro is a magnetic, caring, kind, funny, BIG personality – bring him back! - Phyllis


A man in a black turtleneck leans on his handÁlvaro Lozano Gutiérrez, Instructor

A native of Madrid, Maestro Álvaro Lozano Gutiérrez combines the art of singing with his vocation as a conductor. He trained at the Conservatory of Madrid with Teresa Berganza, mastered his craft in Italy, and studied orchestral conducting with Miguel Zanetti and Bruno Rigacci. He perfected the symphonic repertoire through a study of the major classical works at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Since then, Álvaro has held these prestigious titles, among others: Director of the International All’Opera Film Festival, Musical Director of the Festival Lirica Sottole Stelle in Florence, Choir Director for productions of Verdi’s Requiem in Albania and in Italy. He is currently Conductor of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Salamanca. In addition to conducting, Álvaro is an internationally acclaimed singer in the roles of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and has won five international awards as a baritone. As the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre’s first Artist-in-Residence, Álvaro has brought the joy of opera to over one hundred amateur vocalists who have successfully learned seven popular choruses in eight weeks, with enthusiasm, humour and a passion for music that is truly infectious.

a man with short hair looks into the cameraClive Walton, Pianist

Clive Walton studied both piano and voice at the Guildhall School of Music, London, England and has worked as a chorister and an accompanist (St. Margaret’s,Westminster, Rossini Opera Festival, Stephen Hill Singers, BBC Radio 2). Clive has mostly worked as an actor, often incorporating on-stage piano-playing in productions such as Show Boat (London Palladium),Bitter Sweet (Sadler’s Wells), June Moon (Hampstead), Private Lives (Theatre New Brunswick).

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