Singing stars: the next generation – ircpa names 10 singers

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Ten young professional singers have been selected to perform in Singing Stars: The Next Generation, presented by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, a service organization for Canada’s musicians (

The performance will take place Monday, November 6, with a 7 p.m. arrival time, at Zoomer Hall, home of Classical FM, 70 Jefferson Avenue (King and Dufferin area in Toronto’s Liberty Village).

Tickets, $30, $20 for under-30s, seniors and arts workers; and more information may be obtained via or by calling 416-362-1422. Free parking is available.

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All of the singers will have taken part in the IRCPA’s Encounter with Brett Polegato, in which the celebrated Canadian operatic baritone will have provided valuable advice, encouraging the singers to advance their skills, offering career guidance, and preparing them for the concert.

The singers will be featured in an evening of operatic or oratorio arias with pianist Rachel Andrist. Ms. Andrist is also collaborative pianist for the Encounter.

At the conclusion of the November 6 concert, one of the singers will be chosen to receive a coveted IRCPA Career Blueprint Award. The recipient will spend three days at the National Opera America Center in New York, where new photographs, video and audio recordings, website consultation, mentoring with professionals, and more is provided.

The 10 singers are the following:

Sopranos: Brianna de Santis, Vania Margani
Mezzo-soprano: Beste Kalendar
Tenors: Asitha Tennekoon, Jacques Arsenault, Jean-Philippe Lazure
Baritones: Andrey Andreychik, Bradley Christensen, Clarence Frazer, David Diston

NAME A SCHOLARSHIP: The IRCPA received 30 Encounter applications from across Canada. The selection was made by the IRCPA’s Vocal Advisory Group through an audition process. Each is receiving a $400 scholarship in the name of an important Canadian musical artist past or present, through the IRCPA’s second Name a Scholarship campaign.

Donors are still welcome to contribute scholarships. Anyone wishing to honor an artist of their choice in support of the IRCPA and its work for artists currently in development can still do so either on the website:, by telephone: 416-362-1422, or by mail with $400 cheques payable to IRCPA, 43 Bright Street, Toronto M5A 3H5. Tax receipts will be issued.

THANKS: The IRCPA acknowledges with thanks the support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Jack Weinbaum Charitable Foundation, private donors, the Canadian Opera Company, THE 519, 918 Bathurst, Canadian Music Centre, and corporate partners La Scena Musicale, Lula Lounge, The Wholenote and The New Classical FM.

The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists ( is a non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1983 by award-winning, innovative artist manager/producer Ann Summers Dossena. Its goal is to assist Canada’s musicians to achieve sustainable, fulfilling careers that meet or exceed their goals. To this end, it offers Encounters with Employers or experts, including artists and staff from the Metropolitan Opera and Teatro alla Scala for singers; Workshops with industry leaders, and monthly Round-Table Discussions for a wide range of musicians and support workers, who are able to speak freely of their challenges and receive straightforward information and entrepreneurial exchanges.

The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists presents
Singing Stars: The Next Generation – 10 singers performing arias
Following an earlier Encounter with Brett Polegato
With Rachel Andrist, piano
Monday, November 6, 2017, 7 p.m. arrival
At Zoomer Hall, 70 Jefferson Avenue
Tickets & Info via or 416-362-1422

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October 25, 2017


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