Photostory #428A: Famous Singers and Conductors Entertain the World: Canada's International Sound of Music
National Film Board of Canada
October 25, 1966
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Echoing the richness and vibrancy of their beautiful land, a growing company of gifted Canadians are being vigorously applauded the world over in the field of song and musical accomplishment. To Vienna, Paris, Moscow, London, Buenos Aires, New York, Rome and around the world, they take their outstanding talents, adding lustre to the international sound of music. Among the singers, Louis Quilico, born in Montreal of Italian parents, has recently travelled a world which considers him one of its top baritones. Tenor Pierre Duval, also from Montreal and at present in Chile to sing in La Traviata and The Barber of Seville, has been acclaimed in Europe, Africa and the United States. His singing partner last summer, Louise Lebrun is a young soprano who has appeared in several operas with the Sadler's Wells company in England. World-famous tenor Richard Verreau, at present singing in Italy, is another excellent Canadian singer as is Jean Bonhomme, also a tenor and a fast-rising star under contract to the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden, London, where he is considered the leading tenor. Of the other fine Canadian singers, the most prominent name is Maureen Forrester. Considered by many to be the world's greatest contralto of all time, she has just returned from singing Cornelia in the New York production of Julius Caesar and will sing with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra at the World Festival in Montreal during May next year. Among Canada's noted conductors, three of the leading figures are world-travelled Alexander Brott, his son Boris, who is especially well-known in England, and Wilfrid Pelletier, an international authority on music who has long been identified with the Metropolitan Opera of New York. Of these, and others, Canadians may well be proud. They share the magic of their outstanding musical abilities among vast and enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.