Fasten your seatbelts for an operatic extravaganza featuring stirring music, traditional costume and international guest star! Ecstatic Expression in Song showcases the advanced singers of The Opera Project, led by acclaimed Canadian soprano Heidi Klassen. Go on a musical adventure ranging from the early music of Bach, Handel and Mozart to romantic highlights by Verdi, Puccini and Rachmaninoff.

Rediscover familiar favourites like Gershwin, take in some sensual Spanish guitar, and enjoy wonderful Chinese and Turkish music presented by an all-star cast. Keep your eye out for a guest appearance by Arzu Semerci from Istanbul Opera, performing with Vancouver's own Turkish Choi Orchestra.

Proceeds will support the productions and programming of Opera Mariposa, a Vancouver-based group for young and emerging performers - so don't miss this one-of-a-kind event, bursting with talented artists, sumptuous arias and global flavour!


  • Heidi Klassen, soprano
  • Arzu Semerci, contralto
  • Camilla Shi, soprano
  • Sylvia del Val Garcia, soprano
  • Christina Kent, mezzo-soprano
  • Elisa Rolston, soprano
  • Bonnie Dodds, contralto

with Eric Hominick, piano

and the Vancouver Turkish Choir Orchestra

Admission by donation (suggested $20) - available at the door


Mastery of the Singing Teacher

A Course With Heidi Klassen  

"Heidi is a rare and gifted teacher. Her passion to help singers to experience the joy and freedom that comes with proper technique is what sets her apart. Her ability to communicate her ecstatic sound through technique in clear, creative, and 'out of the box' ways is both humbling and exciting!" 

Read more Rave Reviews from Part 1 of the Course (Oct -Dec 2017) 

Join The Course For Part 2

"Now the we've embodied the TECHNIQUE, let's hear the SONG!"



  • Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Time: 7-10 pm
  • Location: Faith Presbyterian Church (2581 E 45th @ Clarendon)
  • Join in-person or by remote audit (You Tube)

Course Structure

Each participant will have prepared 4 songs from 4 eras in 4 genres (song styles) using 4 different languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Czech, or Russian. Through auditing the course, you will hear the technique come alive consistently in a range of styles:

  • June 1: EARLY MUSIC / BAROQUE - 1600-1750 (Monteverdi /Purcell / Bach / Handel / Rameau / Scarlatti / Handel)
  • June 8: CLASSICAL - 1750 -1850 (Gluck / Mozart /  Haydn etc)
  • June 15: ROMANTIC - 1830 -1920 (Schubert / Puccini / Verdi / Strauss / Bizet / Faure etc)
  • June 22: 'MODERN' 20/21 Century, Cabaret, Musical Theatre, Folk, Country, Jazz (Menotti / Britten / Gershwin / Weill / Sondheim /  G & S / Broadway / etc)            

Participant Fee

Audit Fee

  • 4 sessions..................$135 includes archive videos from Part 2 (4 sessions)
  • Archive videos from Part 1 (8 sessions).......$165 additional (optional)
  • Drop in........................ $35 per session
  • 90 page e-book........$30 - Italian bel canto concepts (optional)
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  • Do you want to be the kind of singer that can move yourself to tears and bring an audience to their feet?
  • Do you want to be clearer and more systematic in what you are teaching yourself?
  • Do you wish to find out if you have a calling as a singing teacher?  


  • Do you want to be more systematic in what you are teaching your students?
  • Do you want to improve and prove your own singing by demonstrating with your voice and refining your knowledge?


  • Do you wish you had more knowledge of the singing voice in order to get the best out of the singer, enticing vocal freedom and expressiveness?

Course Intention

To inspire and teach singers to experience their full potential.

  1. To teach singers to LOVE their voice

  2. To support singers to IMPROVE their own sounds through TECHNIQUE

  3. To teach singers to teach singing and PROVE their knowledge

  4. To develop a KEEN EAR in the Singer, Teacher and Student

  5. To cultivate the STILLNESS from which authentic expression emerges

  6. To intelligently embody the technique with the ECSTATIC ENERGY without danger to the voice.

  7. To bring the Singing Artist BEYOND FEAR, to full sound, temperament and range of expression

  8. To experience the magic of the RESONANCE of the expanded vocal instrument, becoming the thrilling conduit of connection between Singer,  Audience, Music and the UNKNOWN