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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jeunesses Musicales Canada Announces Maureen Forrester Tour for Great Canadian Lyrical Voices

Press Release


The Maureen Forrester Tour
Great Canadian Lyrical Voices Emerge

Montréal, March 29rd, 2012- Jeunesses Musicales of Canada (JMC) is proud to announce the creation of a recital tour to honour the great Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester (1930-2010). For the entire duration of her career, the singer was recognized for her artistic excellence and her qualities as a recitalist, as well as her undeniable support to the succession and development of Canadian contemporary music. This new JMC initiative will highlight an exceptional Canadian lyrical artist ready to embark upon an international career.

The tradition of excellence among Canadian lyrical singers has spanned from the 20th century to the present day. JMC has supported the careers of such renowned Canadian lyrical artists as bass Joseph Rouleau (1951-52), baritone Louis Quilico (1958-1959), and soprano Cécile Vallée (1967-68) who went on to grace the greatest stages in the world. This tradition of excellence continues today through the many lyrical singers who have passed through the JMC network, including sopranos Marianne Fiset, Nathalie Paulin and Karina Gauvin, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and baritones Russell Braun and Jean-François Lapointe, not to mention mezzo-sopranos Julie Boulianne and Julie Nesrallah and tenor Marc Hervieux. It is in this spirit of recognition of Canadian vocal talent that the Maureen Forrester Tour will take place every three years.

National auditions will take place on the 1st of May in Montréal and on the 14th of May in Toronto. Early-career Canadian artists that have acquired solid musical training are invited to participate starting immediately, by presenting a recital project that highlights the great lyric repertoire and Canadian music.

Maureen Forrester’s accomplishments and international influence are remarkable. Her passage through Jeunesses Musicales of Canada in 1953-54, at the dawn of her career, foretold of an extraordinary artist. She went on to work alongside some of the most illustrious conductors in the world, including Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, and James Levine, lighting up stages on all five continents. Maureen Forrester remained faithful to her roots at JMC, serving as national president from 1972 to 1975. She is the perfect ambassador to infuse an aura of excellence into the Tour and to bring recognition to today’s great Canadian lyrical voices.

For more details about the “Maureen Forrester Tour” and to learn about the enrolment process, visit


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