Events

2023 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards vocal competition announced

February 6th; 5:30pm - Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of the COC’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

145 Queen Street West Toronto, ON M5H 4G1

2023 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards vocal competition announced

Toronto, January 31, 2023 - The Ontario Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the sixth biennial Christina and Louis Quilico Awards, a vocal competition featuring the rising young stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.  This event marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the prize. The competition will take place on February 6, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of the COC’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Presented by TD Bank Group. The competition will be adjudicated by a panel composed of Perryn Leech, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, Steven Philcox, Canadian collaborative pianist, and Carolyn Sproule, Canadian mezzo-soprano. The young artists featured in the February 6th competition will perform for cash prizes, singing one aria of their choice and another selected by the judges. “Louis had wanted to establish this (award) before he died,” says Christina Petrowska Quilico,C.M.,OOnt, FRSC. “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 2022 Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Solo Artist, 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). This event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited.

Admission is free

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