Awards and Honors
So, Joseph, Opera Canada
Tenor Ben Heppner has been nominated for a 2005 Laurence Olivier Award in the Outstanding Achievement in Opera category, for his performance in the title role of Britten's Peter Grimes at Royal Opera Covent Garden. Heppner has announced he will sing the role of Siegfried for the first time in a new production of Wagner's Ring cycle at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. He will appear in Siegfried starting on June 28, 2008, and take on the mature Siegfried in Gotterdammerung beginning July 3, 2009.
Bass Joseph Rouleau received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his contribution to the arts in Canada. In December, two gala concerts featuring several generations of singers and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra took place to honor Rouleau's on his 75th birthday.
Bernard Labadie, artistic director of L'Opera de Montreal, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in the roster announced by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in February.
Baritone Phillip Addis won the $5,000 first prize at the 65th Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition in November 2004. He also won the SOCAN and the Canadian Music Centre Scholarship for the best interpretation of a Canadian work, "Song of Songs," an excerpt of Sing Me at Midnight by John Greer; the People's Choice Award (Desjardins Scholarship); and the Galaxie Rising Stars Award. …