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The Twelfth
Glenn Gould Prize
Celebrations Honouring
Laureate Jessye Norman

“The greatness of music speaks for itself when Jessye Norman sings.”

-The Washington Post

The Glenn Gould Foundation is proud to present ten days of events celebrating our Twelfth Laureate of The Glenn Gould Prize, Jessye Norman.


In addition to the Prize Gala Concert, the Foundation, in collaboration with our creative partners, invite you to these events, celebrating the life, art and works of Jessye Norman, and  pay tribute to Black History Month.

February 11-13, 2019

TIFF Bell Lightbox: DIVINE: A Jessye Norman Tribute - presented in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival


Monday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.

  • Tales of Hoffmann (Jacques Offenbach): The classic 1951 Technicolor extravaganza, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m.

  • In Conversation with Jessye Norman
    A candid live conversation between Jessye Norman and Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef, exploring the world of opera on film, featuring  excerpts of films by Julie Taymor, Ingmar Bergman, Joseph Losey and others.

Tuesday, February 12, 8:30 p.m.

  • Jessye Norman Sings Carmen – 1989, Dir. Albert Maysles with Seiji Ozawa and Simon Estes.
  • Oedipus Rex (Igor Stravinsky), 1993, Dir. Julie Taymor, starring Jessye Norman, Philip Langridge, Bryn Terfel, Seiji Ozawa, conductor; libretto, Jean Cocteau, from the Sophocles tragedy.

Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.

  • Diva 1981, Dir. Jean-Jacques Beinix, starring Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Fréderic Andréi, Richard Bohringer. (Winner of the first TIFF Audience Prize

Tickets on sale Jan. 18 from the Lightbox Box Office, or click here.

Friday, February 15, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Walter Hall: Jessye Norman Masterclass


Jessye Norman, John R. Stratton Visitor in Music, is one of the world’s most celebrated performing artists and a passionate advocate of arts education. Ms. Norman will lead a rare public 3-hour master class for Voice and Opera students from University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. The master class is open to the public. Free general admission.


Free general admission – first come, first served basis.

Saturday, February 16, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library: Black Opera – Uncovering Music History

Presented in Partnership with Toronto Reference Library


Leading performers and historians take us from 18th Century Europe to today, tracing the heroic struggles of pioneering artists of African origin to enter the operatic world.  This exploration examines the fight for acceptance and recognition in the era of Jim Crow, the birth of the Harlem Renaissance and the triumph of such towering figures as Marian Anderson, Canada’s own Portia White, and Jessye Norman.


Day of Events:

  • 11:00 - 11:30 am - Opening concert featuring Nadine Anyan (soprano), Tristan Scott (tenor) and Korin Thomas-Smith (baritone), Angela Park (piano)


  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Black Voices in the Opera - Dr. Naomi André, author of Black Opera, University of Michigan and Dr. Gregory Hopkins, Director, Harlem Opera Theater, NY,  in conversation moderated by Dr. Melanie Zeck, Research Fellow, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College.
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Three Scenes from Black Opera that Changed the History of Music - Dr. Gregory Hopkins & performers from the Harlem Opera Theater
  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Not Your Music: A Conversation on Cultural Appropriation
    A discussion with Robert Harris, writer, teacher, broadcaster, Globe and Mail critic, long-time guest on CBC’s Sunday Edition and host of I Hear Music and Dr. Naomi Andre.
  • 3:45 pm - 4:00pm - Performance
  • 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm - Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate: Jessye Norman


Free admission. To order tickets, click here.

Tickets are limited, order now!

Freedom Through the Arts Workshops

In 2003, Jessye Norman helped establish the Jessye Norman School of the Arts in her hometown of Augusta, GA, to provide arts education to students from economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods.  In 2011, following the presentation of the 8th Glenn Gould Prize to Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, Sistema Toronto was formed to bring the power of music education into the lives of children from the city’s priority neighbourhoods.

The Glenn Gould Foundation, in honour of Ms. Norman, is delighted to bring 15 students from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts to Toronto for four days of workshops and collaboration with the  students of Sistema Toronto in what promises to be a life-altering cultural exchange.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:30 p.m.

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts: Glenn Gould Prize Gala Concert Honouring Jessye Norman

A spectacular line-up of  internationally renowned artists, accompanied by the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, will perform in this once-in-a-lifetime musical tribute to one of the world’s greatest singers and outstanding humanitarian, Jessye Norman.  Don’t miss the highlight of the musical season.

Jury Chair, Viggo Mortensen will present the Glenn Gould Prize to Jessye Norman who will in turn present the Glenn Gould Protégé Prize to rising jazz vocal star, Cécile McLorin Salvant.


For details and to purchase tickets, click here.

Media Contact: Karen Lorenowicz
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