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Classical Notes: March 19, 2007 Archive

"Bathroom Divas"

Posted at 10:17 AM on March 19, 2007 by John Birge
Filed under: The blog

Like to sing in the shower? Note this, from the Toronto Globe and Mail:

Toronto -- A Calgary grandmother has won a televised contest to become Canada's "bathroom diva" and her prize includes a chance to sing with the Vancouver Symphony.

Soprano Elaine Jean Brown beat out two other finalists to win the season finale of Bathroom Divas: So You Want To Be An Opera Star?, which aired Saturday on Bravo! The two other finalists were Paul Abelha, a construction worker from Hamilton, and Phillip Holmes, a student from Norway Bay, Que.

Brown, 59, wins a debut performance at the Orpheum Theatre with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Bramwell Tovey.

Bathroom Divas began with auditions in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, where six finalists were picked to participate in an extensive opera boot camp in Toronto.

Here's the show's website. There was a similar BBC series that aired on PBS a few years back...

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