By COC Staff

    Young artists hailing from coast to coast showed off their incredible vocal talents at the COC’s annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 1, 2018, hosted by opera superstar Ben Heppner.  

    It was a remarkably strong field of singers, leaving our panel of judges with some very difficult decisions to make.

    Here’s the recap:  


    First Prize

    Matthew Cairns, tenor

    St. Catharines, ON

    Aria: “Ô souverain, ô juge, ô père" from Massenet’s Le Cid

    Prize: $5,000 and a performance opportunity at Ontario’s Elora Festival


    Second Prize

    Vartan Gabrielian, bass-baritone

    Toronto, ON

    Aria: “Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni” from Bellini’s La Sonnambula

    Prize: $3,000


    Third Prize

    Jamie Groote, mezzo-soprano

    Toronto, ON

    Aria: “Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle” from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

    Prize: $1,500


    Audience Choice Award

    Andrea Lett, soprano

    Prince Albert, SK

    Aria: “Caro nome,” from Verdi’s Rigoletto

    Prize: $1,500

    CBC Music Young Artist Development Prize

    Judges awarding the new CBC Music Young Artist Development Prize were so impressed by the talent on display, two winners were selected to win a professional studio recording session for future broadcast: Andrea Lett and Matthew Cairns.


    Rounding out the competitive field of finalists were:

    Vanessa Croome, soprano

    Nanaimo, BC

    Aria: “Tornami a vagheggiar” from Handel’s Alcina


    Aaron Dimoff, bass-baritone

    Owen Sound, ON

    Aria: “O du, mein holder Abendstern” from Wagner’s Tannhäuser


    Rocco Rupolo, tenor

    Toronto, ON

    Aria: “Che gelida manina” from Puccini’s La Bohème


    Noelle Slaney, soprano

    Centreville, NL

    Aria: “Je suis encore tout étourdie” from Massenet’s Manon


    To see more photos of this event, please visit our Facebook.

    Thank you for joining Centre Stage: A Night of Voices on November 1,  2018 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

    For more informations, visit COCCentreStage.ca

    Photo credits:(top to bottom) All Ensemble Studio Competition winners and finalists Centre Stage 2018. Photos by Michael Cooper; First Prize and CBC Music Young Artist Development Prize winner tenor Matthew Cairns, Second Prize winner bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian, Third Prize winner mezzo-soprano Jamie Groote, Audience Choice Award and CBC Music Young Artist Development Prize winner soprano Andrea Lett, finalist soprano Vanessa Croome, finalist bass-baritone Aaron Dimoff, finalist tenor Rocco Rupolo,  finalist soprano Noelle Slaney, Banner photo: (l-r) Ensemble Studio Competition Second Prize winner Vartan Gabrielian, Third Prize winner Jamie Groote, Audience Choice Award and CBC Music Young Artist Development Prize winner Andrea Lett, and First Prize and CBC Music Young Artist Development Prize winner Matthew Cairns, Centre Stage 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper.

    Posted in Centre Stage


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