Ontario Arts Foundation

November 08, 2005 12:18 ET

James Rolfe Wins the Louis Applebaum Composers Award

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Books Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2005) - Canadian composer James Rolfe has won the Louis Applebaum Composers Award. This year's $10,000 award recognizes excellence in music composition for theatre, music theatre, dance or opera.

Composer James Rolfe, one of Canada's leading contemporary composers, receives the award for his outstanding work in the field of opera. Mr. Rolfe is well known for his first opera Beatrice Chancy (libretto by George Elliott Clarke), which was praised by audiences and critics alike during the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company's production in Toronto, Dartmouth and Edmonton, and broadcast nationally by CBC TV. His Orpheus and Eurydice (libretto by André Alexis) was recently given a semi-staged production by the Toronto Masque Theatre, and Rosa (libretto by Camyar Chai) was performed in Tapestry New Opera Work's 2004 edition of Opera-to-Go and at the Opera America conference in Detroit. His new children's opera Elijah's Kite (libretto by Camyar Chai), a co-production of the Manhattan School of Music and Tapestry New Opera Works, will receive its New York première in April 2006.

The Ontario Arts Council administered the selection process working with jury members Eda Holmes, theatre director, Christopher House, choreographer and Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre, Rick MacMillan , Manager, SOCAN Foundation and Wayne Strongman, Artistic Director, Tapestry Music Theatre.

The Louis Applebaum Composers Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation in 1998 by Louis Applebaum to recognize excellence in music composition of any genre. Established in 1991, the Foundation holds over 270 endowments totalling more than $43,000,000 and pays out over $2 million annually in support of the arts in Ontario.
/For further information: Janet Stubbs
Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
jstubbs@arts.on.ca/ IN: ENTERTAINMENT, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Janet Stubbs, Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
    Primary Phone: 416-969-7413
    Secondary Phone: 416-969-7411
    E-mail: jstubbs@arts.on.ca