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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Opera Lyra Ottawa Opera Studio Competition

Preparing the next generation of Canada’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 Ottawa’s own Tyrone Paterson and OLO Chorus member, Chris Mallory.  The judges for the evening were Brenda Harris (who will perform Lady Macbeth in OLO’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 “Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo” from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte as well as “through the port comes the moonshine astray” from Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd!  Soprano, Christina Tannous followed her first aria “Monica’s Waltz” from Menotti’s The Medium by “Je suis encor tout étourdie” from Massenet’s Manon.  Graham Thomson, Tenor, who performed in this year’s Black & White Opera Soiree, sang “Ich baue ganz” from Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio and “Ah! Mes amis” from Donizetti’s La fille du regiment. Sara Christina Steinert, Mezzo-Soprano performed “Una voce poca fa″ from  Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia as well as “Sein wir wieder gut” from Strauss’s Ariadne auf NaxosAnd, last but not least, the Opera Lyra Ottawa’s Opera Studio Award winner and audience-choice winner, Bass, Brian Wehrle impressed the judges and audience with his choice of repertoire singing “Sorge infausta una procell” from Handel’s Orlando, and “Wie schön ist doch die Musik” Strauss’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 People’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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