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THE SCOOP | COC Crowns Winners At 2019 Ensemble Studio Competition

By Michael Vincent on October 31, 2019

Ensemble Studio Competition First Prize and Audience Choice Award winner soprano Midori Marsh
(l-r) Ensemble Studio Competition First Prize and Audience Choice Award winner soprano Midori Marsh with host Ben Heppner and Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef, 2019. (Photo: Michael Cooper)

The Canadian Opera Company have announced Midori Marsh of Cleveland, Ohio as First Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Ninth Annual Ensemble Studio Competition of the Canadian Opera Company on October 30, 2019 at the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts.

As Canada’s leading competitions for young opera talent, the event makes a turning point for singers vying for a chance to participate in the COC’s Ensemble Studio.

March will take home a total of $7,000 in prize money, and a performance during the Elora Festival next summer.

First Prize and Audience Choice Award winner soprano Midori Marsh (centre) with Ensemble Studio Competition finalists, 2019.
First Prize and Audience Choice Award winner soprano Midori Marsh (centre) with Ensemble Studio Competition finalists, 2019. (Photo: Michael Cooper)

Second Prize went to bass-baritone Alex Halliday (St. John’s). Third Prize was awarded to soprano Charlotte Siegel (Toronto). The CBC Music Young Artist Development Prize went to tenor Marcel d’Entremont (Merigomish, NS).

Selected from a pool of 109 applicants and live auditions across Canada, the seven finalists performed a final aria each for the judges and the audience, accompanied by the COC Orchestra led by COC Music Director Johannes Debus. Midori’s winning selection was “Quel guardo, il cavaliere” from Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti.

The COC Orchestra also performed an excerpt from Verdi’s classic opera Luisa Miller, which was last staged by the COC in 2007.

“Each of this year’s Ensemble Studio Competition finalists should be exceptionally proud of what they’ve accomplished,” said COC General Director Alexander Neef. “The competition may be over, but their journeys are just beginning and I think I speak for everyone in the audience last night when I say I can’t wait to see what comes next for them.”

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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