BROTTOPERA ALUM WINS INAUGURAL STUART HAMILTON MEMORIAL AWARD!
Hamilton ON—February 6, 2018—Beste Kalender, who played the title role of Carmen in last year’s BrottOpera production wins the Stuart Hamilton Memorial Award.
This past Sunday Beste Kalender performed Countess Rosina in the Canadian premiere of VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert’s production of I Due Figaro by Mercadante where she received the inaugural Stuart Hamilton Memorial Award. “Beste is a huge talent. She made the role of “Carmen” come alive for our audiences. I predict a spectacular career” said Boris Brott, Artistic Director of BrottOpera.
When Stuart Hamilton passed away last year, VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert established the Stuart Hamilton Memorial Fund. “This fund is intended to sustain Stuart Hamilton’s legacy and dedication to advancing the careers of outstanding young artists in our community.”
Stuart Hamilton was a BrottOpera masterclass coach for its first two seasons. He was legendary as a vocal coach, broadcaster, accomplished pianist, raconteur, artistic director and producer, there are few music lovers in Canada who do not know his name. In 1974, he founded Opera in Concert and was its Artistic Director until 1994 when he was influential in selecting his successor, Guillermo Silva- Marin. His accumulated knowledge of repertoire, voices and style made him an “in demand” lecturer and adjudicator. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1984, won the Toronto Arts Award in 1989, received the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation in 1992, the first Ruby Award from Opera Canada in 2000 and the Beckmesser Award from the Los Angeles Opera in 2004. He received an honorary doctorate from Dalhousie University in 2008 and most recently was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
BrottOpera is an arm of the Brott Music Festival which is Canada’s largest not-for-profit orchestral music festival and, the only festival with a full-time, professional orchestra-in-residence. The Festival is renowned for its extremely high artistic standard, world class soloists, its exuberant young orchestra and its eclectic mix of orchestral, chamber, jazz, opera, rock, pops and education concerts at various venues across Southern Ontario. BrottOpera is entering its 4th season in 2018 with a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute.
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