Junior Division Opera

An Opera yarn

Composed by Chris Thornborrow and the CCOC’s Intermediate and Apprentice Chorus

April 1, 2023 at 3:30 p.m.
St. Clement’s Church | 70 St. Clements Ave, Toronto, ON

The Canadian Children’s Opera Company proudly announces An Opera Yarn, our 2022 – 2023 season Junior Division opera.

The story follows a group of young people who discover how their box of magical yarn can transform a community.

An Opera Yarn features 35 choristers in the CCOC’s Intermediate (IC) and Apprentice (AC) Choruses and piano, and starts with a delightful opening of songs inspired by the opera by our Butterfly and Ruby Choruses!

Throughout the fall season, our IC and AC choristers worked with local composer, Chris Thornborrow, to write a libretto inspired by the story “Extra Yarn” by Mac Barnett. Our choristers provided Chris with the opera’s text, which they had produced during their weekly rehearsals, as well as their input on the music including ideas on how it should sound and the feelings the songs should evoke. Inspired by their input, Chris took these details and assembled it into a working libretto.

The result is a vibrant opera that shows the power of connection through a simple act of kindness and determination.

Performance and Ticket Information

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes without intermission.


Public Performance

April 1, 2023 – 3:30 p.m.

Doors Open at 3 p.m.



Adult – $25 | Youth (16 years and younger) – $15

General seating.  

Artistic and Creative Team

Chris Thornborrow


Chelsea Woolley


Cheryll Chung

Music Director

Tristan Savella



Adine Mintz

Conductor, Apprentice Chorus

Caroline PAI

Conductor, Ruby Chorus

Evelina Soulis

Pianist, Ruby Chorus


Interim Conductor, Butterfly Chorus