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2019 Federal Budget Highlights March’s 2019 Federal Budget includes increases in arts sector funding. The government has committed to $16 million increase to the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund over two years, as well as $20 million over two years to the Canada Music Fund. Of particular interest to the opera sector is the $24 million over two years to the Building Communities Through Arts and...
Tapestry Opera Celebrates Their 40th Season Congratulations to Opera.ca Member Tapestry Opera as they celebrate their milestone 40th anniversary. Their 2019/2020 season is a bold lineup, featuring innovative partnerships with Opera Philadelphia, Luminato, Opéra de Montréal, OCAD U, and Sidewalk Labs. The season includes a world premiere, the return of original smash hits, and an exploration...
World Premiere of Shanawdithit The world premiere of Shanawdithit, a co-commission between Toronto's Tapestry Opera and Newfoundland's Opera on the Avalon in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts premieres on May 16, 2019 at Tapestry Opera before opening in June at Opera on the Avalon. The opera is based on the story of Shanawdithit, the last living member of Newfoundland’s lost...
Cheryl Hickman Celebrates 10 years at the Helm of Opera on the Avalon Cheryl Hickman, General and Artistic Director of Opera on the Avalon (Newfoundland), celebrates her 10th anniversary in 2019, a company she founded in 2009. She has been the Artistic Director since its inception and took on the role of General Director in 2014. She established OOTA’s Creation Investment Fund, which resulted in...
The Gathering: Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and supporting equity and pluralism in the Arts The Gathering, hosted by Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing equity, diversity, inclusivity and pluralism in the arts can share dialogue on common purposes and...
Nominations Open for Friends of Canadian Music Award Every year, the Friends of Canadian Music Award honours those who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment, on a national scale, to Canadian composers and their music. The Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers jointly administer and present this award. Nominations close on June 3, 2019. (Learn more)    ...
2019-2020 Season As Opera.ca member companies begin to announce their 2019-20 seasons, we are pleased by the scope of the productions and look forward to another fantastic season of opera in Canada! Click on each opera company to learn about their 2019-2020 season line-up.       Calgary Opera Canadian Opera Company Chants Libres Edmonton Opera Manitoba Opera Opera Atelier...
OPERA Conference 2019 We look forward to seeing you at OPERA America's 2019 Conference in San Francisco, California from June 12-16, 2019. Again, we will be hosting our Conference Kick-Off Breakfast for Canadian Attendees on June 14, 2019 at 7:30am. You can register for it directly on the conference site. See you in San Francisco! (Register or learn more...)   Opera Summit The Vancouver/UBC...
CCA’s New and Early Career Artists As part of  a two-year pilot project to reach the next wave of artists in Canada the Canada Council for the Arts has created a new and early career artists profile make funding more accessible. With a new and early career profile, artists at the start of their careers - including those who are new to Canada – will have increased eligibility and access to...
Documentary: Women in Opera Opera McGill and Musique 3Femmes teamed up last fall for a residency celebrating women in Opera. The culmination is a production of the first opera written by a woman La Liberazione de Ruggiero by Francesca Caccini directed by Jessica Derventzis and conducted by Hank Knox. The production runs March 29-31, 2019 in Montréal. Click here to see a lovely documentary...

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