Canadian singers mourn dedicated voice teacher

Selena James, who trained many of her country’s finest singers, has died at 96.

Allison Ward writes:

‘Last night, moments before we started rehearsal for La Traviata with Pacific Opera Victoria, I learned that my dear teacher Selena James had passed away. She was 96 years young and she was a force of nature. Of the thousands of singers she influenced I feel so privileged to have spent 4 and a half years under her careful, clear guidance.’


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  • Wonderful teacher and truly creative. We were both teachers at the Victoria Conservatory. A remarkable number of fine singers came from her studio.

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