Ian Cusson named as Canadian Opera Company composer-in-residence3:47, 5th December 2018
The Canadian Opera Company Academy, a development programme designed for young opera artists, creators and administrators, has announced Ian Cusson as its inaugural composer-in-residence.
Cusson is a Métis and French-Canadian composer of art song, opera, and orchestral work. His work explores the Canadian indigenous experience, including the history of the Métis people, the hybridity of mixed-racial identity, and the intersection of Western and indigenous cultures.
As part of Cusson’s residency, the Canadian Opera Company has commissioned a new work with award-winning Canadian playwright and librettist Colleen Murphy. The opera, to be performed in a future season, is being developed with families and young people in mind.
Cusson said: ‘For me, as a Métis person, this opportunity tells of the hope, resilience and long tradition of excellence in art-making of indigenous peoples of this land, our ability to transcend borders and traditions, and our commitment to partner with forward-thinking institutions in the creation of powerful and transformative art.’