2017 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Vocal Competition

 

News Release 

2017 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Vocal Competition

Toronto – January 30, 2017 – The Ontario Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth biennial Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Vocal Competition featuring the rising young stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.

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Artists of the 2016/2017 Ensemble Studio, photo: Bronwen Sharp

The competition will take place on February 13, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition will be adjudicated by a panel composed of Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC, Sandra Horst, Chorus Master of the COC, and Adrianne Pieczonka, Canadian soprano opera singer. The young artists featured in the February 13th competition will perform for cash prizes singing one aria of their choice and one aria selected by the judges.

“Louis had wanted to establish this (award) before he died,” says Christina Petrowska Quilico. “It was really his vision to help young opera singers. Launching an award was something we could do to leave a legacy in memory of Louis’ success as a singer and as a support to future generations.”

 

This event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited.

 

About the COC Ensemble Studio

The COC Ensemble Studio is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. Since the inception of the program in 1980, over 220 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy, Allyson McHardy, and Krisztina Szabó.

 

The members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and important ambassadors for the company. They receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing mainstage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language and acting studies, and career skills development, as well as participation in masterclasses with internationally renowned opera professionals.

 

 

About the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards

Christina Petrowska-Quilico established the Christina and Louis Quilico Fund in 2000 to honour her late husband, renowned baritone, Louis Quilico, and to recognize outstanding young singers, pianists and composers for voice. During his 45 years on the stage, Louis Quilico shared performing credits with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Joan Sutherland and Renata Tebaldi. He was instrumental in furthering the careers of many young singers through his teaching and master classes. The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards.

 

For information, please contact:

Alan Walker,

Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

Kristin McKinnon,

Publicist and Publications Coordinator, Canadian Opera Company

Tel: (416) 306-2383

kmckinnon@coc.ca

 

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

 

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information on the COC, visit coc.ca.

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Interview with Christina Petrowska Quilico

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The Christina and Louis Quilico Awards were established by Christina Petrowska Quilico in 2000 to honour her late husband, renowned baritone Louis Quilico, and to recognize outstanding young singers, pianists and composers for voice. During his 45 years on the stage, Louis Quilico shared performing credits with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Joan Sutherland and Renata Tebaldi. He was instrumental in furthering the careers of many young singers through his teaching and master classes.

Since 2000, the awards have paid out almost $20,000 to young singers, and this year’s total prize is $11,000.  

Winners of the 2013 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards

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Rihab Chaieb and Neil Craighead from the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio are co-recipients of this year’s first prize of the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards.  Ms Chaieb and Mr. Craighead will each receive $4,000. Claire de Sévigné won the second prize of $3,000 and Ambur Braid won the third prize of $2,000.  The competition took place on May 13, 2013 in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Remembering Louis Quilico on his birthday, January 14

Louis Quilico: “The Most Happy Fella”

Louis Quilico, legendary Metropolitan baritone was often referred to as Mr.Rigoletto from his title role in the Verdi opera. In fact he has a biography which also features his teaching philosohy named Mr. Rigoletto: In Conversation with Louis Quilico by his wife Christina Petrowska Quilico (Captus Press) and a commemerative CD called Mr. Rigoletto: My Life in Music (Analekta) However, in his last 8 years of his life he referred to himself as The Most Happy Fella, a role from the opera of the same name by Frank Loesser.  Quilico was acclaimed in this role at the New York City Opera by the New York Times and by Opera News in the recording which he made in 1998 in London England and New York City for Jay records. His happiness was also a result of his marriage to renowned pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico with whom he recorded 4 CDs and toured with extensively in concerts.

Louis Quilico’s final concert in New York City was at Merkin Hall on March 30th, 1998 accompanied by his wife Christina Petrowska Quilico. The program included works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikowsky, Borodin, Duparc, Debussy, Italian songs, Verdi and 2 excerpts from Most Happy Fella. Included was a spontaneous speech Louis Quilico made on his inspiration for singing. Enjoy these excerpts by Louis Quilico and Christina Petrowska Quilico in memory of his birthday.

More, in memoriam of Louis Quilico’s life and music:

YouTube.com/LouisQuilico

LouisQuilico.com

MySpace.com/QuilicoLouis

See also: “Honouring Louis Quilico

Honouring Louis Quilico

Louis and Christina Quilico
Louis and Christina Quilico

 

The world of music, and of course our families, suffered a great loss, with the untimely passing of Louis Quilico, 12 years ago today, July 15, 2000.

Louis had a great and lifelong love of singing, “the human instrument.” I thought it would be especially fitting for us to hear him speak about this, from the section “Some Personal Thoughts,” in the †book “Mr. Rigoletto: In Conversation with Louis Quilico”

The most incredible moment of my artistic life was when, as a very young child, I discovered my musical instrument—my singing voice. It was, for me, the unification of body, mind and spirit. Singing grew to become second nature for me, for I had found a love, a true and pure love for singing, that drives me and inspires me to this day.

That is why I have been able to achieve what I have during my career. It is not only the singing that is so wonderful, but the music that drives one to discover and comprehend the emotions and passions that exist within oneself, and in one’s life.

In art, as in life, you must give yourself up completely, meeting challenges with integrity, despite risks. Love of singing creates its own future and embodies everything a singer can hope for in an artistic life.

When you are performing, you are drawn into the mystery of creation. You experience that special moment of magic that is not given to many people, but can transport you into another dimension, just as love does in one’s life.

Louis was so dearly, and so widely loved. Even now, years later, I continue to receive heartfelt appreciation for Louis from fans all over the world, in all the points of internet presence that I maintain in his memory.

Forever loved, forever missed and forever remembered, Wife Christina.

† ISBN 1-896691-83-18

See also “Remembering Louis Quilico on his birthday, January 14