My Little Heart: An Opera Workshop With Afarain Mansouri
Saturday, 11 Mar 2017 - 05:00 PM
Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 - 12:00 PM

Upper Gallery
Toronto Centre for the Arts

My Little Heart’ is an opera workshop designed for children aged 5 to 12. Children will learn about opera and its different aspects through different activities such as singing, dance and movements, playing instruments, visual art and crafts making. What is unique about this program aside from making opera is the choice of it story which is Iranian based and its universal message.

Guitar Performance: Bahar Ossareh

illustrator: Mohamamd Hossein Tehrani

Designer: Andy Miller


Registration for this workshop is on a first-come first-served basis and space is limited to 20 kids only. To register in advance and save your spot please contact 647-938-1353.



“My Little Heart” is an operetta for children based on a Persian children book written originally in 1998 by the famous contemporary Iranian Author, Mr. Nader Ebrahimi. In 2013, Toronto Arts Council provided Afarin Mansouri with a creation grant to compose this work. She had arranged a workshop to present some of the songs to children during Toronto Culture days in 2014.

The story is about a little girl who is learning how to love unconditionally through a journey of experiences. She meets different people from close relatives to neighbors and strangers and learns that her heart is too big, capable of loving all people around the world. Afarin translated the story from Persian to English to be able to write the libretto. She wrote some of the lyrics as well.