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Mexico-Canada Concert Kicks Off Opera San Miguel Season

Andrea Nunez & Carlos Lopez

By Shari Alexander

Opera San Miguel will open its season on January 13 with the 4th Annual Mexico-Canada Co-OPERA-tive Concert. This important cultural exchange concert is part of Opera San Miguel’s (OSM) alliance with Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques (JAL) of Montreal, a collaboration that has resulted in tremendous opportunities for Mexican singers on the world’s stages. Each year, OSM Artistic Director, John Bills, travels to Montreal to choose a Canadian singer to participate in this exchange concert, and at the same time, a Mexican singer is able to participate in a grand audition for over 20 opera directors from around the world, competing for prize money and performance contracts.

“This year I heard so many fine young Canadian singers that I found it hard to choose just one,” Bills recalls. “So, for the first time, I chose two!”

The Canadians will be partnered with two outstanding young Mexican artists, both first-prize winners of OSM’s national contest, Concurso San Miguel. These four exceptional singers will present a program of songs, arias, duets, trios, and even an operatic quartet. They will be accompanied by OSM resident pianist and coach Mario Alberto Hernández. The Canadian singers will be the breathtaking coloratura soprano Andrea Nuñez and the equally exciting mezzo-soprano Emma Char. They will join thrilling Mexican tenor César Delgado, first-prize winner of Concurso San Miguel 2015, and the brilliant baritone, Carlos López, this year’s first-prize winner of the Concurso and winner of the 2017 International Prize at JAL.

This series of exchange concerts began four years ago when Maestro Bills and Opera San Miguel were chosen as the first and only Mexican opera director and organization to join the International Jury of JAL. Through this important program, winners of Concurso San Miguel have been invited to perform in Canada, Holland, France, Russia, Belarus, and China, raising worldwide awareness of the depth of operatic talent that is being discovered and cultivated in Mexico by Opera San Miguel.

“We hope all opera lovers will turn out to experience these extraordinary young artists, and especially that members of San Miguel’s thriving Canadian ex-pat community will join us in celebrating Canadian culture in Mexico!” says Bills.

Opera San Miguel, A.C. exists solely to discover and develop the careers of the most promising of Mexico’s young opera singers, through grants for advanced study and professional expenses, and by providing and facilitating performances for its singers, here and around the world. Singers never pay a fee to participate in our programs. OSM is not affiliated with Pro Musica Opera or the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto. We are a charity, sustained exclusively by contributions from individual donors and local businesses. Donations that are tax-deductible in the US can be made at, and in Canada through For further information, please visit



4th Annual Mexico-Canada Co-OPERA-tive Concert

Sat, Jan 13, 2pm

Miguel Malo Auditórium, Bellas Artes

Hernández Macias 75

All Seats 500 pesos

A Benefit for Opera San Miguel

Advance Sale Exclusively

La Conexion, Aldama 3

Any Remaining Tickets at the Door.


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