The line up for Centre Stage; the final auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio has been announced. The seven singers are:
- Mezzo-soprano Zoe Band (Toronto)
- Soprano Eliza Johnson (Stratford, Ont.)
- Baritone Dimitri Katotakis (Toronto)
- Baritone Nathan Keoughan (Charlottetown)
- Tenor Aaron Sheppard (St. John’s, N.L.)
- Mezzo-soprano Michelle Siemens (Calgary)
- Tenor Charles Sy (Toronto)
I am pretty sure Sy is the only one of these I’ve seen in action and he’s impressed me a couple of times. Also interesting that there’s only one soprano. The Ensemble Studio is light on female singers generally right now so i thought they might be looking to up that a bit.
Centre Stage takes place at the Four Seasons Centre on November 25th. The public part of the show starts with a cocktail reception at 5.30pm followed by the competition at 6.30pm. Tickets are $100. There’s also a gala black tie dinner afterwards for considerably more than a hundred bucks.