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Ezra Schabas

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Ezra Schabas

Ezra Schabas is professor emeritus, University of Toronto, and was Principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music (1978-1983). He has written two major biographies: Theodore Thomas: America's Conductor and Builder of Orchestras (University of Illinois Press, 1989), and Sir Ernest MacMillan: The Importance of Being Canadian (University of Toronto Press, 1994), which won the 1995 City of Toronto Book Award.

Lotfi Mansouri

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Lotfi Mansouri

Lotfi Mansouri has been a notable international opera director for decades. In addition to a career in Europe, he has headed up both the Canadian Opera Company and the San Francisco Opera. He was named a Chevalier in the French Legion d'honneur, and in 2009 received the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors award. He died in San Francisco in 2013 at the age of 84.

Stuart Hamilton

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Stuart Hamilton

Stuart Hamilton has been one of Canada’s premier vocal coaches for 65 years. He is founder and artistic director emeritus of Opera in Concert and was the first artistic director of the Canadian Opera Company ensemble. Hamilton gives master classes in vocal interpretation across Canada and lectures around North America. He lives in Toronto.

James Neufeld

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

James Neufeld

James Neufeld, author of Power to Rise: the Story of the National Ballet of Canada (1996) teaches English Literature at Trent University, Peterborough and writes regularly about the arts in Canada. He studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has been a lifelong amateur singer.

Robert Popple

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Robert Popple

Robert Popple first met John Arpin at the Midland Music Festival in the 1940s. He followed Arpin's career with great enthusiasm for more than 58 years. Popple is also an accomplished amateur pianist. He lives at Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island.

Walter Pitman

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Walter Pitman

Walter Pitman was a federal MP and an Ontario MLA, president of Ryerson University, and director of the Ontario Arts Council. He was a Member of the Order of Ontario; an Officer of the Order of Canada; and the author of Elmer Iseler, Music Makers, and Louis Applebaum.

Carl Morey

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Carl Morey

Carl Morey is a frequent writer, lecturer, and broadcaster on opera, and includes among his many publications An Opera Sampler: Miscellaneous Essays on Opera (Dundurn, 1998). During thirty years as professor of Musicology at the University of Toronto, he occupied the Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music (1991-2000), and was the Dean of the Faculty of Music (1984-90).

Mark Hernandez

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Mark Hernandez

Mark Hernandez is a professional opera singer who lives in San Francisco. When he’s not on stage, he can be found championing the performing arts as a teacher, consultant, and writer.