The Rubies 2020: Celebrating Excellence

On November 23, 2020, Opera Canada magazine celebrated the contributions to the industry of four very worthy honourees of this year’s Opera Canada Awards. Congratulations to Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor; Music Director, Metropolitan Opera), Barbara Hannigan (soprano & conductor), Michael Schade (tenor), and Edward Johnson (tenor; former General Manager, Metropolitan Opera).

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Opera Canada magazine first introduced the Opera Canada Awards in 2000, which were nicknamed ‘The Rubies,’ in honour of its founding Editor, Ruby Mercer. The Rubies celebrate the talent and accomplishments of Canadians who have made a significant contribution to the opera world as artists, builders, administrators and philanthropists.