Famous Opera Singers from Canada

List of popular opera singers from Canada, listed alphabetically with photos of the singers when available. This list includes some of the best Canadian opera singers, along with bits of information such as what year they were born in and where they were born. If you're searching for a particular famous opera singer from Canada, then use the "search" function to find who you're looking for.

Gerald Finley and Richard Margison are included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "What famous opera singers are from Canada?" and "Who are the greatest Canadian opera singers?"

You can click on the names of these historic opera singers of Canada in order to get more information about each one. If you're an opera lover or just love music in general, then use this list of renowned Canadian opera singers to find some operas or musicals that you might really enjoy.
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  • Allan Monk
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    Allan James Monk, (born August 19, 1942) is a Canadian baritone singer. He appeared in the 1982 film adaptation of La Traviata. Monk was born in Mission, British Columbia, and grew up in Burnaby, British Columbia, where both of his parents were involved in a musical chorus where Monk was first exposed to opera. He moved with his family to Calgary, where he participated in summer programs at the Banff School of Fine Arts. His first principal role was with the San Francisco Opera in 1966. He moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, in the mid-1970s to be able to perform with the Metropolitan Opera.In 1985, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
    • Birthplace: Mission, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
  • Barbara Fris
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    Barbara Fris (born May 10, 1956) is a Canadian soprano and actress who performs as an opera singer, concert artist, and recitalist. She specializes in opera and classical symphonic works for voice, having performed across Canada, in Europe and the United States where she also has sung a wide range of works that include operettas, musical theatre, light classics, lieder, French mélodie, and art songs.
    • Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
  • Erin Wall
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    Erin Wall (born 4 November 1975 Calgary, Alberta to American parents) is a Canadian operatic soprano. She studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Western Washington University, Rice University and Music Academy of the West and was a finalist at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in Wales in 2003, a competition where 951 singers from 56 nations applied and 483 were offered auditions, and in which she sang in the group of five finalists: "... no doubt she was cheered to hear the leading scream of 'Bravoooooo!' [sic] from the unmistakable voice of Matthew Epstein ... artistic director of Chicago Lyric Opera." In July 2002 she made her international debut in London with a ...more
    • Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada, United States of America
  • George London
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    George London (born George Burnstein; May 30, 1920 – March 24, 1985) was an American concert and operatic bass-baritone.
    • Birthplace: Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
    • Type: Bass-baritone
  • Gerald Finley
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    Gerald Hunter Finley, (born January 30, 1960) is a Canadian baritone opera singer.
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
  • Gino Quilico
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    Gino Quilico

    Gino Quilico O.C. (born April 29, 1955) is a Canadian operatic baritone.Quilico was born in Flushing, New York in 1955, the son of baritone Louis Quilico and pianist Lina Pizzolongo. He studied at the University of Toronto Opera School from 1976 to 1978, making his operatic debut as Mr. Gobineau in Giancarlo Menotti's The Medium. He performed with the Canadian Opera Company in 1977 and 1979. Quilico continued his studies at the Ecole d'art lyrique of the Paris Opera in 1979-80, then began an international career with performances at the Paris Opera, Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.Quilico was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in ...more
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Nationality: Canada