Stuart Hamilton, C.M. is the
Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Toronto's highly
successful series, Opera In Concert, which is currently
celebrating its twenty-fifth season.
Well known as a vocal coach and accompanist, he has appeared
throughout North America and Europe with many of Canada's
leading singers including Lois Marshall and Maureen Forrester.
As a soloists, he has played concerts across Canada, in New
York and London, England.
Stuart Hamilton was the first Music Director of the Canadian
Opera Company Ensemble. He appears regularly for the Canadian
Opera Company and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as
lecturer and commentator and is currently the quizmaster for
CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. As well, he has appeared
as a panelist on the Opera Quiz from the Metropolitan Opera
in New York City. He is in regular demand as a judge for competitions
such as the CBC Young Performers' Competition, Opera America
Auditions, the Sullivan Foundation Awards, the Oralla Dominquez
Competition in Mexico and the George London Foundation Awards.
In 1984 Mr. Hamilton was awarded the Order Of Canada for
his outstanding contribution to the musical life of Canada
and in 1989 won the Toronto Arts Award in the Performing Arts
Category. He is also the recipient of the Governor General's
Award commemorating Canada's 125th year.
Although retired as Artistic Director of Opera in Concert,
he continues his association with the company as artistic
advisor. He also maintains a full coaching schedule and has
begun to devote time to Masterclasses across Canada.
Following a 20 year singing career which took her to Great Britain,
the United States and from coast to coast in her native Canada,
Carrol Anne Curry was, for 8 years, Music Officer
at the Canada Council for the Arts. She has also held the positions
of Director of Artistic Administration for Vancouver Opera and
Affiliate Artist at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and
at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the United States.
Presently Ms. Curry is Managing Director, Dean Artists Management,
Toronto, Canada's largest classical talent agency. There she
manages the careers of many of Canada's best known singers and
conductors, including Kimberly Barber, Gary Relyea, Catherine
Robbin, Theodore Baerg, John Fanning, Timothy Vernon and Daniel
Ms. Curry is also the voice of the Opera Update on CBC Radio
Two's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and a frequent guest
on the programme's popular Opera Quiz.