2013 Excellence in Arts & Entertainment Award – Measha Brueggergosman

2013 Excellence in Arts & Entertainment Award Recipient, Measha BrueggergosmanNoted by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a singer of rare gifts and artistic intensity” and by the Miami Herald for possessing “a superb voice capable of just about everything,” Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman has emerged as one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities of the day. She is critically acclaimed by the international press as much for her innate musicianship and voluptuous voice as for a sovereign stage presence far beyond her years.

Ms. Brueggergosman appears on the world’s leading stages including Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, collaborating with the most esteemed conductors of our day, including Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, David Robertson, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Franz Welser-Möst amongst others.

Ms. Brueggergosman lends her voice, passion, and energy to social and environmental causes as a Canadian good-will ambassador for three international organizations: African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF); Learning Through the Arts; and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Her commitments to these organizations have taken her on a broad spectrum of missions – from primary schools in New Brunswick, Canada to internally displaced persons camps of northern Uganda.

3.2 billion television viewers from across the globe came together to witness the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and all heard the lauded soprano’s epic performance of the Olympic Hymn. The artist also has been honoured to participate in Canada Day celebrations from Parliament Hill, and the opening ceremonies of the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, sharing the stage with Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton. She has given a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II and has sung for the Prince of Wales, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Queen Sonja of Norway, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, and numerous other leaders of Canada, as well as for Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan.