Maureen Forrester (Katherine Stewart)
Born: July 25, 1930
Died: June 16, 2010
Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec
Maureen Forrester was considered as one of Canada's most gifted opera singers.
Forrester was the youngest of four born in a relatively poor family.
She dropped out of school at 13 to help support her family.
She was encouraged by her mother to follow a musical career.
In 1961, she made a professional debut with the Montreal Elgar Choir.
Maureen Forrester was appointed in 1966 to head the voice department for the Philadelphia Music Academy.
She has also given music classes at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta.
She made several world tours along with her life-long pianist John Newmark.
Maureen Forrester has always promoted Canadian composers whenever possible by including them in her programs.
She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an inductee in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Maureen Forrester was recognized as one of the world's finest singing contraltos.
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