The Georgia Straight - - Arts -

Long-time Van­cou­ver Opera sup­porter Bruce Munro Wright has just been hon­oured with the in­au­gu­ral Na­tional Opera Di­rec­tors Emer­i­tus Award. Handed out by, the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion for opera in Canada, the prize is meant to rec­og­nize “ex­tra­or­di­nary con­tri­bu­tions by a board mem­ber, not only to his or her opera com­pany but to the opera sec­tor at large”. Wright is a Van­cou­ver lawyer, phi­lan­thropist, and art col­lec­tor who chaired VO’S board through the suc­cess­ful years of 2006 to 2008, later serv­ing as chair of the Van­cou­ver Opera Foun­da­tion board of trustees from 2012 to 2016, grow­ing the cap­i­tal by al­most 50 per­cent. Wright has also played roles at the na­tional level, chair­ing the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee for the Na­tional Opera Di­rec­tors Awards, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in many sec­tor meet­ings and con­fer­ences. Along with Wright, Ed­mon­ton Opera’s Richard Cook won the Na­tional Opera Di­rec­tors Recog­ni­tion Award. Cook and Wright will receive their awards along­side Opera Amer­ica win­ners at a spe­cial event in New York City in Fe­bru­ary.

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