Opera Canada

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Opera Canada
Editor Wayne Gooding
Categories Music
Frequency Quarterly
First issue 1 February 1960 (1960-02-01)
Company Opera Canada Publications
Country Canada
Based in Toronto
Language English
Website operacanada.ca/about
ISSN 0030-3577

Opera Canada is a quarterly music magazine published by Opera Canada Publications. It is the oldest continuously published arts magazine in Canada.[1] It is an independent magazine[2] separate from the Canadian Opera Association.[3] Along with Opera and Opera News, in the 1990s, the magazine was considered to be one of the three major opera publications in the English-speaking world.[4]


In 1960, Opera in Canada[5][note 1] was established in Toronto by Ruby Mercer.[6] It was started as a publication for the 300 members of the Canadian Opera Guild.[7] The publication was meant to be a link between the Guild members and its readers.[8] Mercer served as editor and publisher until 1990.[9][10]

Contents and reception[edit]

Bibliographic details[edit]

In 1963, the publication's name was changed to Opera Canada.[11] The magazine was quarterly from 1960 to 1974. In 1975, six issues were planned but only five issues were published. Quarterly publication resumed and continued between 1976 and 2004.[12] Five issues of the magazine were published annually 2004-????.[citation needed] The magazine has once again reverted to a quarterly publication.[13]

Over its lifetime, the magazine has had three publishers as follows:

In February 1976 Opera Canada became an independent magazine.[2] The Canadian Opera Association was the former legal name of the Canadian Opera Company used between 1960–1977.[3] With the third publisher change, the magazine became a non-profit organization in Canada.[17] Individual donors and corporations are entitled to an official receipt per Revenue Canada[18] issued by Opera Canada (registration 118929108RR0001).[19] The website and the printed magazine is available to paid subscribers. The magazine's other revenue streams are grants, advertising, and newsstand sales. Each year the publication receives funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council,[20] and the Canadian Periodical Fund.[21] Printing and targeted advertising within the magazine is delivered by Dovetail Communications Inc.[22]

The editorial succession at Opera Canada was as follows:[12]

  • Ruby Mercer: February 1960–1990.
  • Harvey Chusid: 1990–1992.
  • Cynthia Dann Beardsley: 1992–1993.
  • Wayne Gooding: 1993–present.[23][24]

Opera Canada Awards[edit]

With an endowment from the estate of Ruby Mercer, the Opera Canada Awards (The Rubies) were established in 2000. The Rubies recognise and honour outstanding individual achievements on stage and behind the scenes.[25] The first recipients included Maureen Forrester, Stuart Hamilton, and John Cook.[12]

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  1. ^ Issue #1 of Opera in Canada was dated February / March 1960.


  1. ^ Joseph So (9 October 2010). "This Week in Toronto (Oct. 11 - 17)". The Music Scene. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Opera Canada on its own". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa. 12 March 1976. p. 59. ISSN 0839-3222. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Carl Morey, Christopher Morris. "Canadian Opera Company". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Bob Mitchell (18 December 1989). "Ontario Arts Council cuts off opera magazine (FIN Edition)". Toronto Star. Toronto. p. C6. OCLC 679765547. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Opera Canada Contact Us". Opera Canada. Toronto. ISSN 0030-3577. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Eloise Wilkinson (28 March 1968). "Editor of Opera Canada: Keeping them informed". Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 49. OCLC 472639779. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Opera magazine editor dies at 92 [Final Edition]". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener, Ontario. 1 February 1999. p. B5 Entertainment. ISSN 0824-5150. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Lauretta Thistle (24 March 1965). "Traffic allowing, a Guild here?". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa. p. 2 Entertainment. ISSN 0839-3222. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ruby Mercer (1906–1999)". La Scène musicale. 6 (5). Montréal. 1 February 2001. ISSN 1703-8189. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Betty Nygaard King. "Biographies > Sopranos > Mercer, Ruby". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "AMICUS No. 33957176". Library and Archives Canada. 
  12. ^ a b c Sarah Church, Helmut Kallmann. "Opera Canada". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Magazines"entertainment"Opera Canada". Magazines Canada. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "AMICUS No. 90626 Serial". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "AMICUS No. 5494940 Serial/Microfilm". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "AMICUS No. 1645716 Serial". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Canadian Registered Charities - Detail Page registration number: 118929108RR0001". Canada Revenue Agency. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "IT-110R3 Income Tax Interpretation Bulletin Gifts and Official Donation Receipts". Canada Revenue Agency. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  19. ^ "Canadian Registered Charities - Detail Page registration number: 118929108RR0001". Canada Revenue Agency. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  20. ^ "Grants to Periodicals Results Announcement". Arts. Ontario Arts Council. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  21. ^ Ron Nurwisah (3 April 2010). "Magazines receiving money from the Canadian Periodical Fund". National Post. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  22. ^ "Welcome to Dovetail Communications Inc.". Dovetail Communications. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  23. ^ John Terauds (7 September 2006). "With this Ring ... Wagner's classic begins". Toronto Star. Toronto. OCLC 679765547. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  24. ^ "Directors / Trustees and Like Officials - OPERA CANADA PUBLICATIONS 2008 Annual Information Return". Canada Revenue Agency. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  25. ^ "ARIAS Emerging Young Artist Award". Arias Awards. A R I A S: Canadian Opera Student Development Fund. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 

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