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2022-01-17​ Winter 2022 Newsletter Show details...

The Winter 2022 Newsletter is now online. It can be found here. The index of all newsletters is on our Newsletters page.

2021-12-03​ Video: Ingemar Korjus and Evelyn Greenberg Show details...

An old video was recently brought to our attention. It features the baritone Ingemar Korjus shortly after he first came to Ottawa to join the Faculty of Music at the University of Ottawa. By this time, he had won several international competitions and performed in Germany. He is accompanied on piano by Evelyn Greenberg, who has made many valuable contributions to musical life in Ottawa.

Ingemar Korjus, baritone
Evelyn Greenberg, piano

Recorded for the CBC in 1983
at the Château Laurier, Ottawa

Franz Schubert: Fischerweise
Richard Strauss: Ach weh mir unglückhaftem Mann
Peter Warlock: My Own Country
Peter Warlock: Yarmouth Fair

Link to video

TIP: If you go to www.youtube.com and search for Ingemar Korjus, you’ll find a few more videos of his performances.

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2021-12-03​ Next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation POSTPONED Show details...

Unfortunately, the next NCOS Zoom Opera Presentation, scheduled for Sunday, has to be postponed. When the new date is known, it will be announced in a news item on the website and in an email.

2021-11-01​ Next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation:

Sunday 5 December; details will be announced soon Show details...

2021-10-31​ Next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation:

Ghosts, Ghouls and Witches: A Halloween Treat for Opera Lovers Show details...

The next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation has been announced:

What:
Ghosts, Ghouls and Witches: A Halloween Treat for Opera Lovers, presented by Murray Kitts
When:
Sunday 31 October 2021, 2 p.m.
Chit-chat starts at 1 p.m.
Where:
On Zoom
Registration:
Send an email to and Lesley will send you the necessary invitation.

2021-10-11​ Fall 2021 Newsletter Show details...

The Fall 2021 Newsletter is now online. It can be found here. The index of all newsletters is on our Newsletters page.

2021-08-05​ Next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation:

When the Tenor Doesn’t Get the Girl Show details...

The next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation has been announced:

What:
When the Tenor Doesn’t Get the Girl, presented by Lesley Robinson
When:
Sunday 8 August 2021, 2 p.m.
Chit-chat starts at 1 p.m.
Where:
On Zoom
Registration:
Send an email to and Lesley will send you the necessary invitation.

2021-05-24​ Next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation:

Curious Productions + Annual General Meeting Show details...

The next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation has been announced:

What:
Curious Productions, presented by Murray Kitts
When:
Sunday 30 May 2021, 2 p.m.
Chit-chat starts at 1 p.m.
Where:
On Zoom
Registration:
Send an email to and Lesley will send you the necessary invitation.

Our Annual General Meeting will follow Murray’s presentation. This will be a very brief meeting. The agenda and reports will be emailed in advance to those who register to attend the presentation, so that your approval will be all that will be required.

2021-05-02​ Next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation:

New Projects – New Voices Show details...

Sun May 2, 2021, 2 p.m.
New Projects – New Voice
An online interview with
Andrew Ager, composer
Benjamin Spierman, director
Carmen Harris, soprano
Bradley Christensen, baritone
Andrew Ager

Andrew Ager, composer

Benjamin Spierman

Benjamin Spierman, director

Carmen Harris

Carmen Harris, soprano

Bradley Christensen

Bradley Christensen, baritone

Our guests will share their various perspectives in an hour-long discussion and will take questions on current and future projects and plans for post-Covid. We shall be treated to some video extracts from Ager’s new operas Dracula and Angel. The operas were completed during the past year’s shut-down and are to be premiered when circumstances permit.
Please reply to Lesley by email at NCOSZoom@NCOS.ca. Before the event, you will be emailed a link that will enable you to join the meeting.
If you need technical help working with Zoom, please contact us ahead of the event.
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2021-03-13​ Next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation:

Girl Power! Women Composers Do Opera Show details...

The next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation has been announced:

What:
Girl Power! Women Composers Do Opera, presented by Lesley Robinson
When:
Sunday 21 March 2021, 2 p.m.
Chit-chat starts at 1 p.m.
Where:
On Zoom
Registration:
Send an email to and Lesley will send you the necessary invitation.

2021-02-13​ Next Brian Law Opera Competition in 2022 Show details...

Due to the pandemic we have not been able to make plans for a competition in 2021. We hope to re-schedule for Fall 2022. Look for information on how to apply in Spring 2022. For more information about the competition, please visit the Brian Law Opera Competition (BLOC) page.

2021-02-13​ Next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation:

Celebrating Black Opera: A Personal View Show details...

The next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation has been announced:

What:
Celebrating Black Opera: A Personal View, presented by Mark Robinson
When:
Sunday 21 February 2021, 2 p.m.
Chit-chat starts at 1 p.m.
Where:
On Zoom
Registration:
Send an email to and Lesley will send you the necessary invitation.

2021-01-23​ Next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation:

Verdi Rarities Show details...

The next NCOS Opera Zoom Presentation has been announced:

What:
Verdi Rarities, presented by Murray Kitts
When:
Sunday 31 January 2021, 2 p.m.
Chit-chat starts at 1 p.m.
Where:
On Zoom
Registration:
Send an email to and Lesley will send you the necessary invitation.

2020-07-08​ NCOS Announces NCOS Opera Zoom Presentations Show details...

Until such time as we are able to meet in person, NCOS would like to offer you some more opera on Zoom on a regular basis. The plan is to hold an NCOS Opera Zoom event once a month (on the third Sunday of the month, with a holiday in August). Full details can be found on our Events page.

2020-06-08​ High C & High Tea Show details...

Full details can be found on our Events page under the heading Upcoming Events

2020-04-24​ Metropolitan Opera announces At-Home Gala and Nightly Opera Streams Show details...

As a response to the corona virus crisis, the Metropolitan Opera announced an At-Home Gala taking place on Saturday 25 April and Nightly Opera Streams on the following seven evenings. Full details can be found in the email sent to the membership. View our email as a web page.

2019-10-25​ Special BLOC 2019 Newsletter just published Show details...

A special edition of the NCOS Newsletter has just been published. It contains all the details of the 2019 Brian Law Opera Competition, held , with many pictures of the event and the messages of greeting sent by Brian Law and our honorary patron, Gerald Finley, O.C. The special edition can be found here. The index of all newsletters is Newsletters page.

2019-10-19​ Results of the 2019 Brian Law Opera Competition announced! Show details...

Congratulations to the winners of the 14th Brian Law Opera Competition, held on 19th October 2019. After a magnificent afternoon of competition, first prize ($7,500) was awarded to soprano Ellen McAteer. Ms. McAteer’s graceful renditions of arias from Handel, Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov wowed the judges. Second prize ($3,500) went to baritone Mark Wilkinson and third prize ($1,500) to soprano Susan Elizabeth Brown. $750 was awarded to the remaining finalists: baritone Adam Kuiack, soprano Juliana Krajčovič and soprano Lucie St-Martin. The Competition, sponsored by the National Capital Opera Society and funded by donations, was open to young singers, native to or having studied voice in the National Capital Region. The six finalists were selected from a wide field of qualified applicants. There is a wealth of inspiring young talent in the region. Congratulations to all.

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2019-08-12​ Finalists Announced for 2019 Brian Law Opera Competition Show details...

The National Capital Opera Society is thrilled to announce the finalists selected for the 2019 Brian Law Opera Competition. The six finalists are:

Susan Elizabeth Brown, soprano
Juliana Krajčovič, soprano
Adam Kuiack, baritone
Ellen McAteer, soprano
Lucie St-Martin, soprano
Mark Wilkinson, baritone

Bios of all the finalists can be found here.

The final round of the competition will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 19 October 2019 at the Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa. The prize money has increased this year. The winner will receive $7,500, second place $3,500 and third place $1500. Other finalists will each receive $750.

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