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To help navigate the 2018 edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM), La Scena listened to all 38 participants to arrive at our prediction of the winners. This year’s contest is split into two divisions, Aria and Art Song. This has made the competition more interesting, with a highly competitive field in each division. Only two singers will participate in both. The 24 singers in the Aria division include highly decorated winners of recent international competitions. Besides the top two, there is a cluster of 13 other singers who stand a chance to reach the podium. This year,…

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Montreal International Guitar Festival and Competition Again this year, the Montreal International Guitar Festival and Competition promises to be an event to follow. The program involving artists François Fowler, Jesus Serrano Huitron, Emma Rush, Roberto Fabri, Samuel Coyle, Tariq Harb, Jeffrey McFadden and Dave Pilon guarantees a rare spectacle. The festival continues its youth competition in addition to offering many master classes. Concerts start at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The musical cocktail is a mix of musicians of different nationalities. May 25-27, D.B. Clarke Theater. www.guitaremontreal.com 21C Music Festival The 21C Music Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary with…

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Keith Cerny comes to Calgary with what he describes as a “hybrid” background in classical music and business technology. The accomplished pianist arrived mid-January to start work as the newly appointed general director of Calgary Opera. “The reception has been great,” says Cerny, who left the same position with the Dallas Opera, a company with a larger budget and a bigger mainstage season. “[Calgary] has a lot to offer. It has an extensive track record,” he insists. Two other key factors in deciding to move were a “clear-thinking board” and “one of only three National Emerging Artists Programs.” Although plans…

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The Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (OSDL) is celebrating spring with Carl Orff’s renowned Carmina Burana. The concert will bring together OSDL musicians, the St. Lambert Choral Society, Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval and soloists Raphaëlle Paquette (soprano), Antoine Bélanger (tenor) and Marc Boucher (baritone). They will be led by OSDL artistic director Marc David, who describes Carmina Burana as “one of those grandiose works of the symphonic repertoire dealing with a universal theme, where listeners, singers, musicians and conductors are satisfied.” This seminal work was composed in 1935 and premiered in 1937 in Frankfurt. The text comprises 24 medieval poems…

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As part of a series paying tribute to José Evangelista’s musical legacy, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) in June presents two major works, La Porte and Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse. Since its launch last September, this tribute series has allowed the public to discover again, through approximately 40 concerts, one of the most accomplished Canadian composers of his generation. Capping a year tracing a career of more than four decades, the monodrama La Porte and the opera Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse will offer music lovers the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in an uncommon musical universe that…

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As part of its 30th anniversary, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal will delve into its second staged opera production. Hockey noir is a chamber opera built on film noir, where dark atmospheres, conspiracies, investigations and seduction prevail. The action takes place in 1950s Montreal, in the heart of hockey playoffs that see the Montreal Quabs facing the Toronto Pine Needles. ECM+ artistic director Véronique Lacroix has asked Cecil Castellucci to write the libretto and André Ristic to compose the music. This creative duo produced the comic book opera Les aventures de Madame Merveille in 2010. “Madame Merveille was memorable,” Lacroix…

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Jean-Jacques Nattiez, author of four works on the master of Bayreuth, has just published The Hidden Stories of Richard Wagner: Poetic Art, Dream and Sexuality (Presses de l’Université de Montréal). Nattiez has volunteered to create a synthesis of his key ideas on the artwork at the centre of his life, without technical digressions and scholarly references. Here are excerpts from his book. Richard Wagner (1813-1883) is a central figure in the history of music and lyrical theatre by virtue of the 10 operas today considered part of the repertoire but also owing to texts which, in their French translation, fill…

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Jacqueline Cistellini, the doyenne of Quebec opera, who left an indelible impression on generations of singers, died on April 30, 2017. Born Jacqueline Martel in 1934 (the soprano misrepresented her age and many reading her obituary discovered with surprise that she was not, as she claimed, born in 1940), she studied piano before turning to song. She won the Prix d’Europe in 1960 and went on to study at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome. She pursued a mainly European career for ten years or so and then decided to teach. In 1974 she founded the singing class at the…

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RESONATOR The third part of the voice is the resonator. It consists, for the most part, of what is called the vocal tract, that is: the pharynx and mouth. The pharynx has three parts: the laryngeal pharynx, the oral pharynx, and the nasal pharynx. The nasal passages play a role in some vowels and consonants to be mentioned later. The sinuses are not resonators. It may feel as if they are but that is only sympathetic resonance and does not play a role in determining voice quality. Each singer has a unique set of sympathetic vibrations. The harmonic series Fundamental:…

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McGill University’s Schulich School of Music lost one of its master spirits last November with the death of consummate voice teacher Winston Purdy at age 76. Having taught at McGill since 1973, Purdy nurtured several generations of singers, many of whom have subsequently risen to the first tier of international classical performers. Reminiscences of Purdy and his teaching invariably come couched in great warmth and admiration. “He had a profound understanding of singing in all its aspects,” says Dominique Labelle. “Scientific, spiritual, physical, cultural, you name it.” Labelle, an accomplished soprano, studied with Purdy in the 1980s and later returned…

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