Performing Arts

Canadian Opera Company Competition Crowns Winners

he Ensemble Studio Competition winners. (L-R) Second prize winner baritone Dimitri Katotakis, first prize and Audience Choice Award winner tenor Charles Sy, and third prize winner tenor Aaron Sheppard, 2014. (Michael Cooper)
he Ensemble Studio Competition winners. (L-R) Second prize winner baritone Dimitri Katotakis, first prize and Audience Choice Award winner tenor Charles Sy, and third prize winner tenor Aaron Sheppard, 2014. (Michael Cooper)

TORONTO—Tenor Charles Sy took home the first prize and the Audience Choice Award on Tuesday night at the Canadian Opera Company’s (COC) Ensemble Studio Competition...

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