THE WRIGHT STUFF
Long-time Vancouver Opera supporter Bruce Munro Wright has just been honoured with the inaugural National Opera Directors Emeritus Award. Handed out by Opera.ca, 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 Opera.ca sector meetings and conferences. Along with Wright, Edmonton Opera’s Richard Cook won the Opera.ca 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.