CALGARY, Jan. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Steven Fletcher,
Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for
Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia, accompanied by Joan Crockatt, Member
of Parliament for Calgary Centre, on behalf of the Honourable James
Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced
the Harper Government's investment in the Calgary Opera Association
through the Canada Arts Training Fund. The Calgary Opera Association
will continue to offer advanced professional training to emerging opera
singers, thanks to a contribution from the Government of Canada.
Each year, through its Emerging Artist Development Program, the Calgary
Opera Association gives approximately eight emerging Canadian opera
artists a fully professional environment in which to undertake advanced
training and acquire the experience they need to succeed in their
"Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our
collective identity and define who we are as Canadians," said Minister
Moore. "On the road to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, let us celebrate all of the things that make Canada
the united, strong, and free country we are today."
"Since its foundation in 1972, the Calgary Opera Association has been
committed to the development of Canadian talent and the development of
new opera works," said Minister Fletcher. "We are pleased to play a
role in the success of this organization which contributes to Canada's
economy and quality of life".
"Without the ongoing support of the Government of Canada, we wouldn't be
able to make the impact in young singers' careers that is so essential
to developing the Canadian talent of tomorrow," said General Director
and CEO, Bob McPhee. "Many of our program graduates have returned to
sing in our mainstage productions as well as perform across Canada,
North America, and the world."
The Government of Canada is providing total funding of $250,000 over two
years, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, to the Calgary Opera Association
through the Canada Arts Training Fund. The Fund contributes to the development of Canadian creators and
future cultural leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the
training of artists with high potential through institutions that offer
training of the highest calibre.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
(Media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)