Centre Stage

Centre Stage is the COC’s annual gala/competition with cash prizes and places in the Ensemble Studio at stake.  Last night eight young singers competed.  The format was one aria before the reception; for judges and invited guests, and one after; for all the punters.  So here, in the order they sang in the first half are my thoughts.

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Ensemble Studio Competition finalists, Centre Stage 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper

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Topher does it again

Topher Mokrzewski does it again.  This time it’s an operatic spoof on our appalling, indeed surreal, mayor.  Aaron Dimoff sang the role of Rob Ford. Alex Beley and Tyler Fitzgerald are the Ford Nation Chorus. All the singers are part of Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development program.

Hat tip too to Brent Bambury and the CBC.