Gordon Bintner; third prize, mezzo-soprano Charlotte Burrage; and second prize, tenor Andrew Haji. (Chris Hutcheson/Canadian Opera Company)

Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Competition prizewinners, Gordon Bintner, left, Charlotte Burrage; and Andrew Haji. (Chris Hutcheson photo).

Six of the 10 finalists in the 2012 Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio competition will be joining the young artist development program next season, the organization announced this morning.

The six are Calgary-native soprano Aviva Fortunata, mezzos Danielle MacMillan (a Toronto native) and Charlotte Burrage (originally from Woodstock, Ont.), London, Ont.-native tenor Andrew Haji, baritone Clarence Frazer, who grew up in Mississauga, and bass-baritone Gordon Bintner, who originally hails from Regina.

All members of the Ensemble Studio get extensive coaching as well as opportunities to perform in Canadian Opera Company productions. They will join four carry-over members from this season: sopranos Saha Djihanian and Claire de Sévigné, tenor Owen McCausland and baritone Cameron McPhail.

All 10 will perform together for the first time at a free lunchtime concert in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in September.

The announcement adds another accomplishment to Andrew Haji’s resumé. He was awarded the Jim and Charlotte Norcop Prize in Song by University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where he has been studying with Darryl Edwards. Each academic year, the prize goes to a particularly promising young singer, who then performs at a special recital, which was held yesterday at Walter Hall.

This season’s Ensemble Studio members completely take over the Feb. 6 performance of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at the Four Seasons Centre. They also perform free lunchtime recitals on Feb. 14 and 21 and May 2. You’ll find all of the details here.

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One Response to Canadian Opera Company announces six new members for 2013-14 Ensemble Studio season

  1. Marzena Wspanialy says:

    I love Mozart’s music but the production of “La Clemanza di Tito”was very disappointing. There was nothing good about it – from voices, acting to stage decorations. Even the orchestra didn’t sound well. It is not only my opinion but I’ve heard same reaction around me. Also I’ve talked to our friends who attended this production another day and they had the same reaction to it.

    I was looking so much forward to “Tristan and Isolde” and again I was left disappointed. The Bill Viola’s video-imagery full of nudity was total unnecessary and distractive. It did not even much the plot of the opera. I’m not sure what audience is COC looking to attract but I’m sure it will loose lot’s of opera lovers. Again non of our neighbors at COC production liked it. Some were offended. This time the music and the voices were good but again I was left disappointed and wandering if I should buy tickets for the next season again.