Canadian opera diva Clarice Carson honoured in New York

Clarice Carson, SopranoNew York City, August 9, 2013 – Friends, fans, colleagues and family of Canadian soprano Clarice Carson gathered in midtown Manhattan today at the National Opera America Opera Center to recognize Ms. Carson’s career as a major international opera singer. A tablet now hangs in the company of many other operatic legends, among them Eleanor Steber, Carlisle Floyd and Marilyn Horne. (View photos of the event below).

The tablet reads:
“Clarice Carson, Soprano
The Met Opera
EU, UK, Americas
Hall of Fame Montreal”

Ms. Carson is the first Canadian artist to be so honored. She was inducted into the Opera Hall of Fame at Montreal’s Place des Arts in 1998 and currently serves on the Board of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists in Toronto. One of Canada’s most prominent opera singers, Clarice Carson retired from performance in 1986 after many years with the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Fenice in Venice, L’Opéra de Montréal, the Canadian Opera Company, and many other companies in Europe and North and South America. She sang some of opera’s greatest soprano roles, including Tosca, Madama Butterfly, dramatic Mozart and Verdi heroines, and Senta in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. She shared the stage with such opera stars as soprano Renata Tebaldi, tenors Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Richard Tucker, and Canada’s Louis Quilico and Léopold Simoneau. She worked with leading conductors Zubin Mehta, Eugene Ormandy, James Levine, Richard Bonynge, Charles MacKerras, Daniel Barenboim and more.

Joining in today’s festivities in New York are mezzo-soprano Louise Greenwald, and sopranos Barbara Hocher and Martina Arroyo. Mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne sent a note from California, where she is currently working. Also present from Toronto are son Neil and Lisa Ornstein, daughter Melanie and Doug Harrison, granddaughter Rachel, cousin Sheila Singer, manager Ann Summers Dossena, and several friends.

Built specifically for the opera industry by Opera America, the new National Opera Center in New York (www.operaamerica.org) responds to the critical need for suitable audition and recording facilities. It combines a stunning selection of spaces and state-of-the-art equipment with professional services. Specially equipped rooms facilitate co-production meetings, design presentations and professional development activities, as well as a wide range of artistic work – from vocal coachings and master classes to readings of new operas.

Photos of the Presentation at the National Opera America Opera Center, August 9, 2013:

Ann Summers Dossena, founder/director of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists and Clarice Carson, member of the board along with family and friends view Opera America’s National Opera Center in the scenic design section, audition theater rentable coaching rooms, rehearsal studios, record and music libraries and artist lounge. Dreaming of the possibility of creating the same badly needed facilities for all disciplines in the performing arts in Toronto. How can we make this a reality?
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