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2017-09-10: Fall 2017 Newsletter

The Fall 2017 Newsletter is now online. It can be found here. The index of all newsletters is Newsletters page.

2017-07-08: Finalists in the 2017 Brian Law Opera Competition Announced

Murray Kitts, president of the National Capital Opera Society, announced today the names of the finalists competing in the next Brian Law Opera Competition. They are:

Joel Allison, bass-baritone
Carolyn Beaudoin, soprano
Ryan Hofman, baritone
Jennifer Olenic, soprano
Danielle Vaillancourt, mezzo-soprano
Jeanine Williams, soprano

The competition will take place in .

2017-06-24: Summer 2017 Newsletter

The Summer 2017 Newsletter is now online. It can be found here. The index of all newsletters is Newsletters page.

2016-08-23: Date of Next Brian Law Opera Competition Announced

Murray Kitts, president of the National Capital Opera Society, announced today that the next Brian Law Opera Competition will take place in .

2015-10-23: Special BLOC 2015 Newsletter just published

A special edition of the NCOS Newsletter has just been published. It contains all the details of the 2015 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.

2015-10-13: Winners of the 2015 Brian Law Opera Competition

The 2015 Brian Law Opera Competition took place . The winners are:
1st prize: Soprano Eliza Johnson
2nd prize: Soprano Jennifer Mizzi
3rd prize: Bass-baritone Joel Allison

Winners of the 2015 Brian Law Opera Competition

Photo © Klaus S.

From left to right:
Jennifer Mizzi, soprano (2nd Prize)
Eliza Johnson, soprano (1st Prize)
Joel Allison, bass-baritone (3rd Prize)

For full details of the competition (date, time, location and the finalists’, recitalist’s and jurors’ bios), see the 2015 Brian Law Opera Competition page.

2014-06-30: Gerald Finley appointed Officer of the Order of Canada

Picture of Gerald Finley, O.C.

On 30 June 2014, it was announced that our honorary patron, Gerald Finley, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. The announcement by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, cites Mr. Finley “for his achievements as an internationally renowned opera singer and cultural ambassador for our nation.” The National Capital Opera Society extends its most sincere congratulations to Mr. Finley for this recognition of his work.

2013-11-10: Winners of the 2013 Brian Law Opera Competition

The 2013 Brian Law Opera Competition took place . The winners are:
1st prize: Soprano Meghan Lindsay
2nd prize: Soprano Frédérique Drolet
3rd prize: Soprano Alexandra LeBlanc

Winners of the 2013 Brian Law Opera Competition

Photo © Klaus S.

From left to right:
Frédérique Drolet, soprano (2nd Prize)
Meghan Lindsay, soprano (1st Prize)
Alexandra LeBlanc, soprano (3rd Prize)

For full details of the competition (date, time, location and the finalists’, recitalist’s and jurors’ bios), see the 2013 Brian Law Opera Competition page.

2012-11-15: Gerald Finley Wins Opera Canada Award

Gerald Finley

Gerald Finley is a recipient of the 2012 Opera Canada Awards (the Rubies), along with Michael McMahon and Janet Stubbs. The Awards Ceremony took place in Toronto on October 16. The Rubies were established in 1999 to recognize and celebrate outstanding individual achievement in opera, on stage and behind the scenes.

www.operacanada.ca/rubies/

2012-11-15: Philippe Sly’s First CD Released

Cover of Philippe Sly’s new CD “In Dreams”

Philippe Sly’s first CD, In Dreams, was released in October on the Analekta label. It features Schumann’s Dichterliebe and songs by Ravel, Ropartz and Jonathan Dove. The Dove songs were written specifically for Sly. The CD received a stellar review in Opera Canada magazine.

www.analekta.com/en/album/?In-Dreams.1709.html

2012-08-19: Joshua Hopkins featured in OPERA NEWS

Former Brian Law Opera Competition winner Joshua Hopkins is being featured in the August cover story, “Opera's Next Wave,” of OPERA NEWS magazine. The senior editors have chosen twenty-five names and one venue they “believe are poised to break out and become major forces in the field in the coming decade.”

www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2012/8/Features/Joshua_Hopkins.html

2012-08-19: El-Khoury and Hopkins in OLO’s La Bohème

Former Brian Law Opera Competition winners Joyce El-Khoury and Joshua Hopkins will appear as Mimì and Marcello in OLO’s production of La Bohème in September. In February Joyce starred as Violetta in La Traviata at the Welsh National Opera and was featured in OPERA NEWS magazine. Joshua got rave reviews as Barber of Seville in Vancouver last spring.

www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2012/2/Departments/Sound_Bites_%97_Joyce_El-Khoury.html

2012-06-08: Philippe Sly Big Winner in Montreal

2009 Brian Law Opera Competition winner Philippe Sly was the big winner in this year’s Montreal International Musical Competition. He won:

  • 1st Prize ($30,000)
  • Best Canadian Artist ($10,000)
  • Best Artist from Quebec ($5,000)
  • Best Performance of Imposed Canadian Work ($5,000)
  • Radio Canada People’s Choice Award ($5,000)

as well as a Career Development Program valued at $20,000.

2012-02-13: Dr. Atomic with Gerald Finley wins Grammy

Dr. Atomic DVD, starring Gerald Finley

The DVD recording of John Adam’s Opera Dr. Atomic, starring Gerald Finley as Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, won the 2012 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. More details