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The Rubies 2019 Award Honourees

Congratulations to the honourees of the 2019 Opera Canada Awards; Benjamin Butterfield (tenor and vocal pedagogue), Liz Upchurch (Head, Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio), John Estacio (composer). Nicknamed “The Rubies” in honour of founding Editor Ruby Mercer, the Opera Canada Awards celebrate the talent and accomplishments of Canadians who have made a significant contribution to the opera world as artists, builders, administrators and philanthropists. The honourees will be celebrated at a gala award evening on November 4, 2019 in Toronto ON. (Learn more)

COC General Director Alexander Neef named new General Director of Paris Opera

Canadian Opera Company (COC) General Director Alexander Neef has been named the next General Director of Opéra national de Paris. Mr. Neef’s term will begin in the 2021/2022 season, succeeding Stéphane Lissner as current head of Opéra national de Paris; until then, the COC General Director will remain in Toronto, guiding the company through to the close of its 2020/2021 season.
Mr. Neef began as General Director of the Canadian Opera Company in June 2008. He has transformed the COC into one of the most significant opera producers in the world, and increased the profile and opportunities for the COC Ensemble Studio. congratulates Mr. Neef on his appointment, though he will be missed, we know he will continue to achieve great things as his career continues in Europe. (Learn more)

Alexina Louie Wins CCA’s 2019 Molson Prize

Congratulations to composer Alexina Louie who has been named the 2019 Arts recipient of Canada Council for the Arts’ Molson Prize. The annual award of $50,000 celebrates distinguished Canadians who have contributed significantly to the sector and assists them to continue their contributions to Canada’s cultural and intellectual heritage. Two-time JUNO award-winner and multiple prize winner, Alexina Louie, is known for her unique musical style that combines Asian art and philosophy. Her full-length opera, The Scarlet Princess, was premiered in 2002 by the Canadian Opera Company. (Learn more)

In Memoriam: Joseph Rouleau

On July 12 it was announced that Joseph Rouleau passed away in Montréal at age 90. A bass from Quebec, his long career singing star roles included 48 principal roles over three decades at the Royal Opera House.
Mr.  Rouleau was was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (1977), promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada (2010); and in 2004, he received the Governor General’s Award for the Performing Arts. He was awarded honourary doctorates from both McGill University and the Université du Québec à Rimouski, and was a central figure in the creation of both L’Opéra de Montréal and the Orchestre Métropolitain. (Learn more)