Canadian Opera Company Wins Big At 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

By David Salazar
(Production picture from the Canadian Opera Company)

The winners of the 2019 Dora Awards were announced earlier this week.

Among the opera categories, the Canadian Opera Company won a number of major accolades, including Outstanding Production for its staging of “Eugene Onegin.” In sum, the company managed seven wins for three different operas.

“Eugene Onegin” was the big winner, taking home Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Scenic Design and Costume, and Outstanding Lighting.

“Hadrian,” also produced by Canadian Opera Company, won for Outstanding New Opera. Finally, Gerald Finley took home Canadian Opera Company’s seventh prize for Outstanding Performance of an Individual; he starred in Verdi’s “Otello.”

Against the Grain Theatre also took home awards for its production of “Kopernikus,” including Outstanding Musical Direction and Oustanding Performance of an Ensemble.  The winners of the latter award included  Anne-Marie MacIntosh, Jonelle Sills, Krisztina Szabó, Bruno Roy, Dion Mazerolle, Alain Coulombe, Anisa Tejpar, William Yong, Brad Cherwin, Marc Blouin, Peter Stoll, Carly Gordon, Michael Fedyshyn, Paul Tarussov, and Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh.