Mezzo-soprano Hillary Tufford, BMus'15, MMus'17, joins Vancouver Opera's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program
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Recent undergraduate and Master's graduate Hillary Tufford, mezzo-soprano, is one of two young artists selected to join Vancouver Opera's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program in 2021-22.
“Our 2021–2022 participants are an exceptional group of artists who will have an opportunity to work and train with world-class opera professionals this coming season,” says Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director.
Raised in Southwestern Ontario, Tufford is a recipient of a Jeunesse Musicales du Canada bursary and an RBC Emerging Artist Project Grant. She was a finalist in The Mozart Project Competition, and she was part of the Tapestry Opera’s Dora Award winning ensemble (Oksana G). Hillary performed Ramiro (La finta giardiniera), Clara (The Light in the Piazza), Despina (Così fan tutte), Nadia (Oksana G), 2nd witch (Dido and Aeneas), alto soloist (Messiah) and she performed with Magisterra Soloists Chamber Group.
Established in 2012, Vancouver Opera's young artist residency program is a bridge between formal educational programs and the professional opera world and provides singers, pianists, and stage directors unique opportunities to train with industry leaders and receive hands-on experience. Made possible through a generous donation by the family of Yulanda M. Faris, artists receive one-on-one coaching, attend masterclasses, and are provided performance opportunities where possible.
Read full media release (via Vancouver Opera, August 27, 2021)