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Awards and competitions. (Opera in the News).

Tenor Ben Heppner received Grammy nominations for two of his recordings. The live recording of Berlioz's Les Troyens on the LSO label and Ariadne auf Naxos on the Deutsche Grammophon label have been nominated for Best Opera Recording, with the former receiving an additional nomination as Best Classical Album.

Heppner was also nominated for a Juno award for Airs francais, in the Best Classical Album: Vocal or Choral category. Other nominees in that category were Karma Gauvin, for Exsultate, Jubilate, with the CBC Radio Orchestra conducted by Bernard Labadie; Wendy Nielsen for Forgotten Songs, Forgotten Loves; Daniel Taylor for Handel: Sacred Arias (see On Stage, page 11) and Monica Whicher for Singing Somers Theatre (which also included Krisztina Szabo and Michael Colvin). The winners are announced April 14.

Canadian baritone Dion Mazerolle, who performed the role of Golaud in L'Opera de Montreal's production of Pelleas et Melisande, is the 2001 Grand Prize winner of the CBC Young Artist Competition. The prize includes a solo recital in May, to be broadcast by the CBC. In the meantime, he will make his U.S. debut as Schaunard in La Boheme with Orlando Opera.

Soprano Frederique Vezina is the 2001 First Prize winner of the Canadian National Music Festival. She recently sang the lead in Opera in Concert's La Straniera, and will perform Bruckner's Te Deum with conductor Yannick NezetSeguin and the Orchestre Metropolitain.

Baritone Gerald Finley and countertenor Daniel Taylor's recording of Handel's Rinaldo, conducted by Christopher Hogwood (Decca 467 087-2) has won the Editor's Choice Award in Gramophone magazine. In January, the CD also won for the Best 17th/18th Century Opera Recording at the 2002 Cannes Classical Awards. Also nominated was Massenet's Thais (Decca 466 766-2), conducted by Yves Abel for best 19th/20th-Century Opera Recording category.

Nicholas Goldschmidt, artistic director of the Toronto International Choral Festival (see page 18), recently received the National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring in the Performing Arts. A $2,500 cash prize and a specially designed sterling-silver sculpture by Edmonton artist Roy Leadbeater were awarded to Goldschmidt on December 6 in Toronto.

The Vancouver Opera Guild will disburse a $4,500 Career Development Grant in June 2002. This year's grant is available to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants between 20 and 35, pursuing a career in opera production-for example, costume designer, set designer, lighting designer, stage director, etc. The 2003 grant will be earmarked for singers. Deadline for application is April 16. For more information and application forms, contact Mrs. R. Michael LePage, 9531 Neill Place, Richmond BC V7E 5J6, Tel: (604) 274.2729.
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Author:So, Joseph
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Date:Mar 22, 2002
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