UBC Opera director and University Marshal Nancy Hermiston was honored at The Opera Canada Awards (The Rubies) on Oct. 5 in Toronto, along with Russell Braun and Jacqueline Desmarais in recognition of her outstanding achievements on stage and behind the scenes. She is also a past winner of the Dorothy Somerset Award (2008) and the Killam Teaching Prize (2009/10 academic year). Established in 1999, the Opera Canada Awards celebrate excellence on the stage and behind the scenes by recognizing individual achievements on an annual basis.
Hermiston’s operatic career has taken her throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Her New York début took place in Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne and Mario Bernardi. Her European début led to a permanent engagement with the prestigious Nürnberg Opera. She has held numerous appointments as a voice teacher, as stage director at the Meistersinger Konservatorium, Nürnberg, and at the University of Toronto opera and performance divisions. She founded the UBC Opera Ensemble in 1995 with her appointment as Head of the Voice and Opera divisions in the UBC School of Music.