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Stuart Hamilton C.M.

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Stuart Hamilton, C.M. is the Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of the highly successful series, Opera in Concert, which presented its twenty-fifth anniversary season during 1998-1999 at the Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre and at the Ford Performing Arts Centre's George Weston Recital Hall Well known as a vocal coach and accompanist, he has appeared throughout North America and Europe with many of Canada's leading singers including Lois Marshall and Maureen Forrester. As a soloist, he has played concerts across Canada, in New York, and London, England. Stuart Hamilton was the first Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble. He appears regularly for the Canadian Opera Company and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as lecturer and commentator and is presently the quizmaster for CBC's "Saturday Afternoon at the Opera". As well, he has appeared as a panelist on the Opera Quiz directly from Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He is in regular demand as a judge for competitions such as the CBC Young Performers' Competition, Opera America Auditions, the Sullivan Foundation Awards, the Oralia Dominguez Competition in Mexico, and the George London Foundation Awards. In 1984, Mr. Hamilton was awarded the ORDER OF CANADA for his outstanding contribution to the musical life of Canada and in 1989 won the Toronto Arts Award in the Performing Arts Category. He is also the recipient of the Governor General's Award commemorating Canada's 125th year. Although retired as Artistic Director of Opera in Concert, he continues his association with the company as artistic advisor. He also maintains a full coaching schedule and has begun to devote time to Masterclasses across Canada.