Junior Division Opera


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

April 21, 2024 at 2:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
St. Clement’s Church | 70 St. Clements Ave, Toronto, ON

The Canadian Children’s Opera Company proudly announces Spelunk!, our 2023-2024 season Junior Division opera.

The story follows a group of young adventurers who set forth to find their animal companion, Monty.

Spelunk! features 48 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 a “cave” theme. Our choristers provided Chris with the opera’s story, characters, and 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 an opera that shows the power of imagination and the adventures one can take with a bit of courage and the help of some unexpected friends.

Performance and Ticket Information

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes without intermission. Doors will open 30 min. prior to each performance.


Adult – $25 | Youth (18 years and younger) – $15

General seating

April 21, 2024 – 2:45 p.m. | IC, AC, RC, & BC B choruses*

April 21, 2024 – 4:30 p.m. | IC, AC, RC, & BC A choruses*




A team of adventurers set forth to find their animal companion, Monty. As forest rangers warn them of the dangers that lie ahead, they fall into the Deep, Dark Caves of Guaranteed Doom. In the caves lurk monsters, dragons, phantoms, ghosts, and other tricksters who have never seen the surface. Together, the creatures and adventurers brave the darkness and pursue Monty through the caves to the other side of the world, where unknown adventures await.

Artistic and Creative Team

Chris Thornborrow


Chelsea Woolley


Cheryll Chung

Music Director

Tristan Savella


Adine Mintz

Jr. Division Opera Coordinator & Conductor, Apprentice Chorus


Zain Solinski

Pianist, Apprentice Chorus

Nora-Jane Bonner

Program Assistant, Intermediate Chorus


Conductor, Ruby Chorus

Maria Milencic

Program Assistant, Apprentice Chorus

Evelina Soulis

Pianist, Ruby Chorus

Eliza Abbott

Program Assistant, Ruby Chorus


Conductor, Butterfly Chorus

Savannah Munro

Program Assistant, Butterfly Chorus