Oct 03, 2022
By Christine Ross
The Canadian Opera Company has a new composer-in-residence.
Cecilia Livingston will oversee the program for two years supporting career development for each artist.
She says now more than ever, we’re hungry for the immediacy of live performance.
“It means the world to me to come home to Canada and make an ambitious new work with our national opera company,” says Livingston. “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 was recently composer-in-residence at Glyndebourne from 2019-2022, building on previous fellowships with The American Opera Project in Brooklyn and Bang on a Can. This past summer, she joined the faculty at Banff Centre’s Opera in the 21st Century program. Her opera Singing Only Softly won the inaugural Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes and was nominated for two 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Theatre (including Outstanding New Opera), and her harp and vibraphone duo “Garden” features on the 2020 JUNO Classical Album of the Year for Solo or Chamber. Livingston’s work has been performed in recital for Deutsche Grammophon’s Digital Stage by mezzo-soprano and COC Ensemble Studio alumna Emily D’Angelo, and she also recently completed a forthcoming recording with Canadian poet Anne Michaels and soprano Hera Hyesang Park for Deutsche Grammophon.
For more info visit the COC.