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Ottawa, December 1, 2014

A transformation of Opera Lyra’s artistic programs will be the highlight of its next season, beginning in mid-2015. This important news for opera and choral music fans in Canada’s national capital was revealed at the company’s Annual General Meeting, which took place on November 24.

“The time has come for us to move beyond the old pattern of programming and scheduling an opera season”, said Opera Lyra’s General Director, John Peter (Jeep) Jeffries. “The old format of two fully-staged productions and an educational tour has served us well in years past, but we are now eager to move ahead with more diversity, creative interpretations of classics, some modern repertoire and a more complete year-long schedule.


“We’ve given thanks, Black Friday’d, and surfed on Cyber Monday. Are you up for one more day? Today is Giving Tuesday, the chance to reach out into the community and provide a little extra support to your favourite charities. Is Opera Lyra one of yours? At Opera Lyra we are always grateful for the support we receive from our donors. You help us present the School Tour and teach youth about the art form we love. You underwrite the next generation of emerging opera singers as they hone their craft in the Opera Lyra Studio. You help make opera accessible to so many. For that WE give thanks!”

You can make a donation over the phone by calling the Opera Lyra office at 613-233-9200 or online by clicking the Donate Now button.


What a night!!

What a night! Beautiful venue, fabulous food, unique and wonderful items up for auction to all in attendance. We honoured two outstanding and highly regarded members of the Ottawa-Gatineau community, Barbara and Glenn McInnes. Their legacy to our social and cultural fabric will be felt for many years to come. Oh, did I mention the outstanding performances by Mireille Asselin, Marion Newman, and James Westman? The Opera Lyra Gala – 30 Years Young celebrated the Opera Lyra Studio Program which has provided extensive training to emerging Canadian singers. Ania, Cairan, Eliza, and Sean came out and showed everyone their burgeoning talents and aspirations. You heard their names here first! Finally, much thanks goes to the team at Cartier Place Suite Hotel for giving our artists a place to lay their heads after such fantastic performances. Well done everyone!

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