Brian Law Opera Competition

Gerald Finley, O.C., C.B.E, Honorary Patron

Brian Law Opera Competition

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Brian Law

The Brian Law Opera Competition is organized by the National Capital Opera Society every two years to encourage young singers from the National Capital Region who are focusing on a performing career.

$14,750 will be given out in prize money to the finalists.

Notices are sent out to music education organizations across Canada. From all valid applications received, a preliminary jury chooses up to six finalists. At the public competition, each finalist performs three opera arias in the original language with piano accompaniment, before a three-member jury.

The Competition was established in 1991 upon the departure of conductor and choir director Brian Law from Ottawa to become Director of the Christchurch City Choir in Christchurch, New Zealand. Born and educated in London, he immigrated to Canada in 1965. During his twenty-five years in the National Capital Region, Brian Law was the Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of Festival Ottawa for 13 seasons and again when opera returned to the NAC in 1988. He fulfilled the same role with L’Opéra de Montréal from 1986 to 1989. He vigorously sought to increase the profile and presence of opera in this region and throughout Canada. In recognition of Brian Law’s many achievements, the National Capital Opera Society established this competition in 1993.

How to Apply

The next competition will take place in .

The How to Apply page gives details of the competition and information on how to apply to participate.