Canadian Opera Company Director Richard Bradshaw Wins National Arts Centre Award

Classic Arts News   Canadian Opera Company Director Richard Bradshaw Wins National Arts Centre Award
 
Richard Bradshaw, the British-born conductor who serves as general director of the Canadian Opera Company — and who was the major force behind the construction of Toronto's new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — has been awarded the 2006 National Arts Centre Award "for exceptional achievement over the past performance year,'' reports the Ottawa Citizen.

Bradshaw will receive the award at a ceremony at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa this coming Saturday (November 4), during which baritone Russell Braun, soprano Shannon Mercer and others singing in the company's current production of CosÐ fan tutte will perform.

The winner of the National Arts Centre Award is chosen by the NAC board of trustees from a list of candidates proposed by senior NAC artistic programmers. Bradshaw will be awarded a cash prize of C$15,000 and a sculpture by Wei Yew and Leslie Rowe-Israelson, according to the paper.

The Citizen quotes Toronto Star columnist Martin Knelman as writing, after the opening of the Four Seasons Centre, "It would be hard to think of anyone in Toronto cultural history who ever had a more glorious year than Richard Bradshaw's 2006."

Bradshaw, who joined the company in 1989 as chief conductor, conducted Wagner's Ring cycle in Toronto in September, the first time the mammoth work was presented complete in Canada.


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