Canadian singers mourn dedicated voice teacher

Canadian singers mourn dedicated voice teacher


norman lebrecht

January 28, 2019

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.’



  • Phil Hansen says:

    She was a force for so many great singers. What a great musician – and a killer sense of humour.

  • Bryan says:

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