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Watch the finals of the 2018 Wirth Vocal Prize

By
Robert Rowat

The Wirth Vocal Prize is awarded annually at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University to recognize excellence among the voice students enrolled there.

Four students have advanced from a preliminary round to perform in the competition's final for a chance to win the $25,000 first prize:

- Elisabeth Boudreault, soprano (Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Que.)
- Vanessa Croome, soprano (Nanaimo, B.C.)
- Sarah Dufresne, soprano (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
- Marcel d'Entremont, tenor (Merigomish, N.S.)

Each will perform a 25-minute program, including at least one opera aria and demonstrating three or more languages, for a jury comprising Michel Beaulac (artistic director of Opéra de Montréal), Donna Brown (soprano, professor of voice at the University of Ottawa) and Valerie Kinslow (soprano, former professor of voice at McGill University).

Tune in Sunday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. ET to watch them perform. The winner will be announced at the end of the webcast:

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Hand-selected opera gems by the most celebrated dramatic tenor in the world, Ben Heppner. The most familiar arias from the most-loved operas of all time along with opera overtures, intermezzi and choruses. Performances combine the great voices of the 20th century with today's rising stars.