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National Capital Opera Competition

Saturday October 14, 2:00 PM

First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa
30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa

Formerly known as the Brian Law Competition, the National Capital Opera Competition awards substantial support to Canada's top aspiring young opera singers every two years. New Opera Lyra is honoured to be co-producer of this year's competition, which will take place in the lovely acoustics of First Unitarian Church overlooking the Ottawa River. We invite you to not only enjoy a beautiful afternoon of opera favourites - but also to come and support Canada's future opera stars.  

Six finalists, from whom the winner will be announced at the end of the concert - great music and great talent! Canada's future opera stars in concert!

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The Mummy - a new opera by Andrew Ager

Friday October 27, 7:30 PM

Saturday October 28, 7:30 PM

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
82 Kent Street, Ottawa

An ancient world, hubris, revenge, yearning for lost love, dreams of timeless ages - all this awaits you in the world-premiere of New Opera Lyra Composer in Residence Andrew Ager's "The Mummy".  Fully staged, and with colourful instrumental ensemble, "The Mummy" will take you inside the tragic fate of those who awaken ancient honour and the mysterious forces of time.

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Scrooge's Christmas

Saturday December 9, 7:00 PM

Rideau Park United Church
2203 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa

Ebenezer Scrooge  -  everyone's favourite curmudgeon has been trying to ruin everybody's Christmas for a century and a half.  But this time - will he manage it?  Come and find out at the return performance of Andrew Ager's "Scrooge's Christmas".  New Opera Lyra is presenting this spooky one-hour comic opera in the delightfully cozy surroundings of Rideau Park United Church in Alta Vista.  Some of Ottawa's finest performers will bring to life this tale of the best-known misanthrope of all time.  Fully staged, with instrumental ensemble.


Spooky spirits, Christmas Cheer, Merriment and Laughter…Bah, Humbug!

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The Great Gatsby - a new opera by Andrew Ager

Friday April 19, 2024 7:30 PM

Saturday April 20, 2024 7:30 PM

Southminster United Church
15 Aylmer Ave., Ottawa

Jay Gatsby  -  a mysterious man.  Where is he from? How did he achieve his boundless wealth? They say there was a tragic loss in his early life. 

Come and see New Opera Lyra's world-premiere of "The Great Gatsby".  Based on the iconic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Andrew Ager's latest opera tells the story of a man who has everything - except his lost love.  His desire to regain his former happiness awakens the unknowable forces of fate, which neither wealth nor power can control…

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Opera Gala

Saturday June 1, 2024 3:30 PM

Southminster United Church
15 Aylmer Ave., Ottawa

Great opera choruses and favourite arias! Ottawa's Ewashko Singers and New Opera Lyra bring you a glorious afternoon of selections from the best-loved operas of all-time. With new instrumental arrangements by Andrew Ager, chorus and soloists, all under the direction of Ottawa's Laurence Ewashko, our second season closing Gala will be an unforgettable event not to miss. 

And there's an extra! The audience is invited to sing along with several of the most familiar choruses. Maestro Ewashko will hold a fun-filled rehearsal shortly before the concert for all who wish to add their voices to this splendid occasion. 


The greatest opera choruses and arias – and your chance to be part of the show! 

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Admission to all Sundays @ Four recitals is "pay as you can"

Rideau Park United Church
2203 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa

October 1 - Holly Chaplin, soprano

October 15 - Hyung Song, baritone

November 19 - Ania Heinar, soprano

January 21 - Adam Sperry, tenor

February 11 - Susan Elizabeth Brown, soprano

March 3- Jennifer Olenic, soprano

April 28- Sara Leblanc, oboe

Andrew Ager, accompanist

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