Canadian countertenor Daniel Cabena is highly regarded in both Canada and Europe for prize-winning performances ranging from baroque to contemporary repertoire, described as “very classy, with his freely flowing slender, well-sustained alto voice”. He shares so much in these answers – from personal to professional. Here’s a little snippet:
“I love live performances on the radio. I love radio documentaries and interviews, and I suppose that what I listen to most are those sorts of things. Garrison Keillor’s broadcasts are among my favourites; and I also like programs like “This American Life.” But I simply adore ‘my’ CBC programs – ” Writers in Company,” “Ideas,” “The House”…. I also really love what public radio stands for; and I’m fascinated and inspired by its history. I wish we were, in Canada, more protective of that tradition and more imaginative about all that it can and could be. And I can’t help but be upset by what’s becoming of CBC2, both in terms of its gradual commercialization and in terms of its programming.”
Ottawa, June 7, 2012 – The 2012 Virginia Parker Prize has been awarded to rising classical singer Daniel Cabena. The Canada Council for the Arts today announced that the countertenor is the recipient of the $25,000 prize, established in 1982 by music lover Virginia Parker and funded by an annual donation from the Virginia Parker Foundation. The award is for Canadian classical musicians under the age of 32 who demonstrate outstanding talent and musicianship.
Daniel Cabena is part of a new generation of artists helping to put Canada on the world stage, said Robert Sirman, Canada Council Director and CEO. The Canada Councils Virginia Parker Prize recognizes Daniels achievements as a singer of great expressive power and will help to assure the brilliant career that lies ahead.
Daniel Cabena was selected by a Canada Council peer assessment committee composed of Valdine Anderson, Jacques Boucher and Daniel Gress.
The peer assessment committee members made the following comments: The voice of Daniel Cabena is pure and he devotes considerable energy to detail. His singing is relaxed and natural. He has impeccable style and the intelligence of his musical thought is apparent, as is his musical curiosity. The artists desire to enrich the repertoire for countertenors is commendable.
Daniel Cabena will use the funds from the Virginia Parker Prize towards two goals: the continuation of his interpretive work into a wider repertoire and the continued exploration of his professional possibilities in Canada and Europe.