Mary Morrison, one of the true greats of Canadian opera, turns ninety today. In her day she was a most distinguished soprano soloist who was also an advocate for 2oth century music; especially Canadian. She performed in at least a score of new Canadian works, few of which, sadly, made it to record but you can catch her in the DVD of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel, being reprised this season at the COC. Perhaps, though, her greatest legacy will prove to be as a teacher. In her thirty plus year teaching career she has influenced (not nearly strong enough a word) many young singers including Adrienne Pieczonka and Barbara Hannigan. More information from the Canadian Encyclopedia here.