UBC Opera Ensemble, directed by Professor Nancy Hermiston, O.C. – Chair, Voice and Opera Divisions, UBC School of Music, and University Marshal
Professor Hermiston is a distinguished opera singer, stage director and educator. She debuted in New York at Carnegie Hall, and her European début led to a permanent engagement with the prestigious Nürnberg Opera. She has held numerous appointments as voice teacher and as stage director at the Meistersinger Konservatorium, Nürnberg, and the University of Toronto Opera and Performance Divisions. In 1989 Professor Hermiston founded the first women’s opera guild in Germany, and continues as Honorary President of the Guild. She was the recipient of the Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance and Development in the Visual and Performing Arts in 2008, and the prestigious Rubie Award by Opera Canada in 2011. Her Opera Program, created in 1995, was awarded the Alfred Scow Award from UBC in 2011 for enriching and enhancing students’ experience.