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Manitoba Opera to honour Gail Asper Manitoba Opera will honour Winnipeg native Gail Asper for her exemplary leadership and vision with a Gala Reception on September 13 at the Manitoba Club, Winnipeg MB. She has received the Order of Manitoba and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. “Her decades of service to others have made an indelible and unparalleled imprint on Canadians,” states Manitoba...
‘The Rubies’: 2018 Honourees Congratulations to the honourees selected by Opera Canada for the 2018 Opera Canada Awards. ‘The Rubies’ annually celebrate 3 individuals for their exemplary contributions to the opera industry. The 2018 honourees are: Wayne Gooding - opera educator and Editor of Opera Canada (1994-2017) Dominique Labelle - soprano and vocal pedagogue Alexander Neef -...
Shanawdithit Workshopped in June at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, NL A new opera, Shanawdithit, a co-production between Toronto's Tapestry Opera and Newfoundland's Opera on the Avalon in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts was workshopped in Newfoundland this June. The opera is based on the story of Shanawdithit, the last living member of Newfoundland’s lost...
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase OPERA America invites applications from director or designer driven teams of artists, who must create a production proposal for one of 10 pre-selected operas. This unique program for emerging directors and designers, supported by the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, offers an opportunity to showcase your work to programmers and producers from around the...
Opera.ca Welcomes New Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Opera.ca is pleased to welcome Dufferin-Caledon MPP, Sylvia Jones as the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport in the new PC government. First elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2007, Ms. Jones has served in a variety of critic roles.  Most recently, she was Deputy House Leader and the Critic for Infrastructure. We look...
And the Winner is... Congratulations to all the 2018 Dora Award Nominees. Competition was fierce this year, and for the first time, Toronto’s small independent opera companies lead in number of nominations. In a lovely gala on June 25, 2018 the winners were announced. Congratulations to the opera divistion winners, Against the Grain Theatre with 5 awards for Orphee+ and Tapestry Opera with 3...
Opera Conference 2018 Opera.ca is excited to be in St. Louis MO this week for Opera Conference 2018, and convening Canadians for a conference kick-off Networking Lunch. We’ll be tweeting, taking notes, and bringing you highlights from the conference in our summer edition of High Notes. Follow us on twitter at @opera_ca, or search #operaconf. Click here for more about the conference...  ...
2018 Dora Award Nominees Announced! Congratulations to all the 2018 Dora Award Nominees! In the opera division, Tapestry Opera leads with 18 nominations, 10 for The Overcoat (co-production with Vancouver Opera and Canadian Stage), 7 for Oksana G, and 1 for Bandits in the Valley. Against the Grain Theatre follows closely with 12 nominations, 9 for Orphée+ and 3 for La Bohème. Canadian Opera...
Funding Announcement: Respectful Workplaces In the Arts In April, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts announced that they will award close to $552,000 to the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC), which supports workers and employers to build better workplace environments within the cultural sector. Learn more...        
2018 Concours Musical International de Montréal (CMIM) Aria Competition An exciting night in Montréal, June 7 was the finals of the CMIM Aria Competition at Maison symphonique. This year’s Aria Division winners were: First prize to Mario Bahg (tenor), second to Canadian Emily D’Angelo (mezzo-soprano) and third to Konstantin Lee (tenor). Canadian soprano Emily D’Angelo was also awarded the...

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