Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Competition
February 11th; 5:00pm - Canadian Opera Company - Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre
145 Queen Street West, Toronto
Internationally known pianist and recording artist, Christina Petrowska Quilico, established the Christina and Louis Quilico Award to honour the memory of her late husband, renowned baritone Louis Quilico. In addition to his extensive stage career, Louis Quilico taught at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto, McGill University, the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts, and the Glenn Gould School. Christina decided that an award intended to encourage young musicians in the formative part of their careers would be a fitting tribute to Louis’ commitment to training the next generation of artists.
The Christina and Louis Quilico Awards are presented every two years and recognize outstanding young singers, pianists, and composers for voice. They held at the Canadian Opera Company Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre in partnership with the Ontario Arts Foundation. "Louis had wanted to establish this (award) before he died," says Christina Petrowska Quilico. "It was really his vision to help young opera singers. Launching an award was something we could do to leave a legacy in memory of Louis’ success as a singer and as a support to future generations." Past winners include Rihab Chaieb (former member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and 2018 Operalia Third Prize winner), Emily D’Angelo (winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Finals, and 2018 Operalia winner of the First Prize, Zarzuela Prize, Birgit Nilsson Prize, and Audience Prize), and Claire de Sévigné (JUNO award nominee for Classical Album of the Year).
Admission is free