Centre Stage line up

The Canadian Opera Company’s ninth annual Ensemble Studio Competition is being held on October 30, 2019 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The 2019  finalists are: sopranos Kirsten LeBlanc (Moncton, NB), Midori Marsh (Cleveland, Ohio), and Charlotte Siegel (Toronto, ON); mezzo-soprano Sarah Bissonnette (Boucherville, QC); tenor Marcel d’Entremont (Merigomish, NS); bass-baritone Alex Halliday (St. John’s, NL); and bass Brenden Friesen (Langham, SK).

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I have seen three of these singers perform.  Indeed I saw Midori Marsh yesterday and she’s sounding quite impressive.  I saw Brendan Friesen as Leporello in UoT Opera’s Don Giovanni a couple of years ago when he was still billed as a bass-baritone and opined that he might well turn out to be a bass.  I haven’t heard Marcel d’Entremont for three years or so but back then he was a stylish and quite impressive tenor.  Charlotte Siegel was at one point at UoT but I think she went on to McGill and I haven’t heard her.  The others are unknown to me.

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