Ottawa’s Best Kept Secret

We have a gem in the city that I know I wasn’t aware of until a few months ago.  How many of you know that Ottawa has a professional Opera Company?  How many of you know that the name of the company is Opera Lyra Ottawa?

Did you know that Opera Lyra Ottawa has been providing a wonderful art experience for thousands of operagoers each year for the past 27 years.

Did you know that Opera Lyra Ottawa has been diligently broadening the art experience for young people by performing matinees in Southam Hall to thousands of students each year as well as offering travelling road shows to schools. 

Did you know that Opera Lyra Ottawa has one of Canada’s leading Opera Conductors, Ty Paterson?

Did you know that Opera Lyra Ottawa has trained hundreds of singers producing some of the best Canadian talent known in opera today?

Did you know that Opera Lyra Ottawa has made a profound difference in the lives of emerging singers who have made opera their career?

The value this company brings to the city is huge but its accomplishments are sadly not well known, except to those who choose to purchase a ticket to a show and experience it for themselves or who are involved with the company.

Did you know that when you go to see the Opera at the NAC, Opera Lyra Ottawa is the company that produces the show?

If there ever was a bucket list item, I would add “going to the Opera” to the list.  Even if you think it’s not for you, I can tell you from my experience, I was amazed at the professional quality and presentation of what Opera Lyra delivers.  I am so glad I have had the experience.  My wish is that all of you add opera to your bucket list.  You won’t be disappointed.  Hope to see you at the next show.

Lee Ann Norris

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