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Music alumni wins award for original opera

Anna Pidgorna’s composition to be performed as part of Boston Metro Opera’s season

Photo by Anna Pidgorna

Last week, University of Calgary alumni Anna Pidgorna was selected for the BMO Mainstage Award at the Boston-International Contempo Festival.

Pidgorna won for her original opera work entitled On the Eve of Ivan Kupalo. "The award means that I get to see my opera fully-staged, with costumes and sets and lighting, as opera is meant to be," says Pigdorna. "I feel overwhelmed with happiness just thinking about it!"

On the Eve of Ivan Kupalo was conceived as Pidgorna's master's thesis, which she completed at the University of Calgary under the supervision of David Eagle. "Opera has always been important to me," Pidgorna adds, "there are probably hundreds of composers out there writing operas and probably only a small percentage get to see their work fully realized."

Pidgorna credits her time at the University of Calgary with developing her confidence as a composer. "I made many contacts and had so many projects on the go that I didn't have to ask myself, 'What now?'" she said, "My artistic output has been very steady since graduation and the opportunities keep presenting themselves."

This is not the first award for Pidgorna, who has also been the recipient of two SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers.

In September, Pidgorna will be starting her PhD in Composition at Princeton University.