Toronto soprano wins Ottawa Symphony’s Senécal Mozart Prize

Elizabeth Polese. Photo: Brent Calis

The winner of the 2018-19 Ottawa Symphony Orchestra – Senécal Mozart Prize is soprano Elizabeth Polese.

The Toronto native was selected by a panel of judges including Canadian soprano Nathalie Paulin, Ottawa Symphony Concertmaster Mary-Elizabeth Brown, and Ottawa Symphony Music Director Alain Trudel. Her victory was announced in a media release. 

Polese will receive $2,500 and will perform Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate; K.165, on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the OSO’s first concert in its new digs in the Carleton Performance Space inside the Dominion-Chalmers United Church building. 

Polese is graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied with Canadian soprano Mary Morrison. Polese has a BA and Master’s in Voice Performance. She currently lives in Montreal where she is a member of the young artist ensemble at Opéra de Montréal, l’Atelier Lyrique for the 2018-19 season. 

The Jan. 21 concert will include the University of Ottawa Orchestra performing Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 with members of the OSO. The will be the first performance on the fully expanded new stage inside Dom-Chalm. There will be more than 100 musicians on this new stage.  

The Sénecal – Mozart Prize is named for Nicole Senécal, who is a life-long fan of classical music. It is awarded each year to a young musician.

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.