Canadian Opera Company (COC)’s Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition 2015 was held at the Four Season’s Centre for the Performing Arts. This annual event provides awards for up and coming opera stars who train at the COC‘s Ensemble Studio.

Clare Neef, soprano Ambur Braid, Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef and Staunton Bowen
Clare Neef, soprano Ambur Braid, Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef and Staunton Bowen

The evening opened with a cocktail reception where Cheese Boutique served cheese and the bar served a selection of wines from Peller Estates Winery, followed by the opera competition.

New models of Mercedes-Benz vehicles were on display in the in the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room.

The competition was hosted by last year’s winners, soprano Karine Boucher and tenor Charles Sy. There were eight finalists in the competition with the winner receiving $5,000.

This year’s First Prize winner was Toronto’s own Emily D’Angelo, who also was the Audience Choice Award winner, with arias “Contro un cor” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and “Voi che sapete” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Lauren Eberwein from Qualicum Beach, BC and Bruno Roy from Montreal were in second and third places and each received $3000 and $1500 respectively.

Like last year, the Centre Stage finalists were generously dressed and gifted by Hudson’s Bay Queen Street Store in gowns from Betsy and Adam, Xscape, and Toni Plus; suits from Strellson and Calvin Klein; and shoes from Clark’s, Calvin Klein, Adrianna Papell and Dune.

A lavish dinner on the stage prepared by acclaimed chef David Lee was served following the competition, while Canadian Opera Company’s acclaimed production La Traviata was being performed.
Proceeds from this year’s COC Centre Stage gala will support the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio.

(photo credit: ikonica)

COC Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Ensemble Studio Competition 2015

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