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Awards and honors.

Tenor Ben Heppner has been nominated for a 2005 Laurence Olivier Award in the Outstanding Achievement in Opera category, for his performance in the title role of Britten's Peter Grimes at Royal Opera Covent Garden. Heppner has announced he will sing the role of Siegfried for the first time in a new production of Wagner's Ring cycle at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. He will appear in Siegfried starting on June 28, 2008, and take on the mature Siegfried in Gotterdammerung beginning July 3, 2009.

Bass Joseph Rouleau received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his contribution to the arts in Canada. In December, two gala concerts featuring several generations of singers and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra took place to honor Rouleau's on his 75th birthday.

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Bernard Labadie, artistic director of L'Opera de Montreal, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in the roster announced by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in February.

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Baritone Phillip Addis won the $5,000 first prize at the 65th Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition in November 2004. He also won the SOCAN and the Canadian Music Centre Scholarship for the best interpretation of a Canadian work, "Song of Songs," an excerpt of Sing Me at Midnight by John Greer; the People's Choice Award (Desjardins Scholarship); and the Galaxie Rising Stars Award. A member of L'Opera de Montreal's Atelier lyrique, Addis will be invited to perform at the Orford Arts Centre this summer. The $3,000 second prize (Jeunesses Musicales of Canada Scholarship) went to mezzo-soprano Michele Losier, and the $1,500 third prize (Pauline Donalda Scholarship from the Opera Guild) was awarded to soprano Joyce El-Khoury. El-Khoury is also this year's winner of the $2,000 Brian Law Opera Scholarship presented by the National Capital Opera Society in Ottawa. An alumna of the Opera Lyra Ottawa Young Artist Training Program, El-Khoury is currently in the final year of the bachelor's program in voice performance at the University of Ottawa. First runner-up in the Ottawa competition was soprano Maghan Stewart.

Nominated in this year's Juno Awards for Classical Album of the Year are: Cleopatra (Isabel Bayrakdarian and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra); So Much to Tell (Measha Bruggergosman and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra); Brahms Lieder (Marie-Nicole Lemieux with Michael McMahon and Nicolo Eugelmi); Bach: Psaume 51, Cantate 82 (Karina Gauvin, Daniel Taylor and Les Violons du Roy); and Italian Oratorios (Matthew White and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra). The awards are presented in Winnipeg on April 3.
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Title Annotation:IN THE NEWS
Author:So, Joseph
Publication:Opera Canada
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Date:Mar 22, 2005
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