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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Opera Lyra Ottawa Opera Studio Competition

Preparing the next generation of Canadaĺ─˘s opera stars!
March 11, 2010 NAC Fourth Stage

March 12, 2010...Opera Lyra Ottawa celebrated a grand evening of opera on March 11, 2010 at the NAC Fourth Stage which showcased the next generation of Canadian opera stars.  The evening was hosted by Opera Lyra Ottawaĺ─˘s own Tyrone Paterson and OLO Chorus member, Chris Mallory.  The judges for the evening were Brenda Harris (who will perform Lady Macbeth in OLOĺ─˘s upcoming production of Macbeth), Greer Grimsley (in the title role of Macbeth) and Joseph Bascetta (Director of Macbeth).   

Opera Lyra Ottawa Opera Studio members each performed two opera arias and were judged based on the quality of their voices, their presentation, diction, musicality, their tone, as well as choice of repertoire. 

Mark Ellis Gough, Baritone, performed ĺ─˙Rivolgete a lui lo sguardoĺ─¨ from Mozartĺ─˘s Cosi fan tutte as well as ĺ─˙through the port comes the moonshine astrayĺ─¨ from Benjamin Brittenĺ─˘s Billy Budd!  Soprano, Christina Tannous followed her first aria ĺ─˙Monicaĺ─˘s Waltzĺ─¨ from Menottiĺ─˘s The Medium by ĺ─˙Je suis encor tout łętourdieĺ─¨ from Massenetĺ─˘s Manon.  Graham Thomson, Tenor, who performed in this yearĺ─˘s Black & White Opera Soiree, sang ĺ─˙Ich baue ganzĺ─¨ from Mozartĺ─˘s Abduction from the Seraglio and ĺ─˙Ah! Mes amisĺ─¨ from Donizettiĺ─˘s La fille du regiment. Sara Christina Steinert, Mezzo-Soprano performed ĺ─˙Una voce poca faĺ─ä from  Rossiniĺ─˘s Il Barbiere di Siviglia as well as ĺ─˙Sein wir wieder gutĺ─¨ from Straussĺ─˘s Ariadne auf NaxosAnd, last but not least, the Opera Lyra Ottawaĺ─˘s Opera Studio Award winner and audience-choice winner, Bass, Brian Wehrle impressed the judges and audience with his choice of repertoire singing ĺ─˙Sorge infausta una procellĺ─¨ from Handelĺ─˘s Orlando, and ĺ─˙Wie schłĆn ist doch die Musikĺ─¨ Straussĺ─˘s Die Schweigsame Frau

The OLO Opera Studio Award         $2,500           Brian Wehrle
The Spotlight Award                     $1,500          Sara Christina Steinert
The New Sun Award                    $1,000          Mark Ellis Gough
The Emerging Artist Award             $500             Graham Thomson
The Emerging Artist Award             $500             Christina Tannous
Audience Choice Award                 $200             Brian Wehrle

Support from our sponsors and donors allows Opera Lyra Ottawa to present internationally renowned Canadian artists, fund our Opera Studio, and develop special initiatives to bring opera to young audiences, such as Young Peopleĺ─˘s Opera Matinee and school performances and tours.

The OLO Opera Studio provides professional training that prepares the next generation of Canadian singers, stage directors, conductors / repetiteurs and stage managers for professional operatic careers.  Members have the opportunity to perform on stage and take master classes from renowned opera singers.


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