Canadian Opera Company Names Cecilia Livingston as New Composer-in-Residence

By David Salazar

Canadian Opera Company has announced that Cecilia Livingston will be its new Composer-in-Residence.

The residency will last for two years with Livingston set to work closely with the company’s executive, artistic, and community programming leaders. She will also work on a new project and will receive dramaturgical input, musical feedback, and critique all the way through production. She will also collaborate with the company’s Ensemble Studio.

“It means the world to me to come home to Canada and make an ambitious new work with our national opera company,” Livingston, a recent Composer-in-Residence at Glyndebourne from 2019-222, said in an official press release. “I admire the COC’s leadership in supporting Canadian artists on its international stage, and I’m thrilled to collaborate with the premiere presenter of live opera in this country.”

Livingston has also held fellowships with American Opera Project and Bang on a Can. She also joined the faculty of Banff Centre’s Opera in the 21st Century program. She composed the opera “Singing Only Softly” which won the inaugural Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes and received two 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Theatre, including “Outstanding New Opera.”