Browsing: Vocal

Montreal, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – In addition to its four operas at Place des Arts this season, the Opéra de Montréal will present a chamber opera at the Centaur Theatre, and a unique recital by an opera star at the Festival du Monde Arabe. On the program, great artists of today—including many Canadians making a name for themselves on the world’s major stages—bringing us stories both gripping and deeply moving. Two well-known creative artists will also take their first steps in the world of opera: Quebec filmmaker Charles Binamé will present his vision of Carmen, while renowned jazz trumpeter…

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38 CLASSICAL SINGERS FROM 22 NATIONS TO COMPETE IN MONTRÉAL Canada leads the selection with eight singers Montréal, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 38 promising young singers—20 women and 18 men between the ages of 24 and 35, from a record 22 nations—have been selected to participate in the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) between May 29  and June 7. Canada leads the selection with eight singers, followed by South Korea with six singers. ARMENIA Anush HOVHANNISYAN (soprano, Aria) AUSTRALIA Kang WANG (tenor, Aria) BULGARIA Mihail MIHAYLOV (tenor, Aria) CANADA Andrew HAJI (tenor, Aria) Lauren MARGISON (soprano, Aria) Marie-Andrée MATHIEU (mezzo-soprano,…

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin to become met music director in september 2018, two seasons earlier than originally planned  Neubauer Family Foundation Names Met Music Director position with $15 Million Gift  2018–19 Season to Feature Three Operas Conducted by Nézet-Séguin, Including New Production of La Traviata, Directed by Michael Mayer Other New Productions Include Season-Opening Samson et Dalila, Starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna; North American Premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie; and Adriana Lecouvreur, Starring Anna Netrebko  Robert Lepage’s Ring cycle, Starring Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde, to Return for First Time Since 2013 Live in HDSeason to Feature 10 Transmissions, Beginning October 6 with Anna Netrebko in Aida New York, NY (February 15,…

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Newly created seasonal role in Santa Fe to complement Neef’s COC portfolio Toronto – Today, Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef was named Artistic Director of Santa Fe Opera by incoming SFO General Director Robert K. Meya, effective October 1, 2018. The announcement followed Meya’s own appointment this morning by the SFO Board of Directors, along with English conductor Harry Bicket as Music Director. Neef will continue in his position as COC General Director, in addition to this new seasonal role. Reporting to SFO’s General Director, and in collaboration with the Music Director, the Artistic Director will ensure the…

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Nous sommes de retour cette année avec une nouvelle édition de levée de fonds des Valentins Chantants. Offrez un cadeau original à votre douce moitié par l’entremise d’une chanson d’amour performée au téléphone par un de nos 7 chanteurs participants. Pour le prix d’un bouquet de fleurs, un de nos artistes invités contactera votre proche  et lui chantera la chanson sélectionnée au téléphone! Réservez votre Valentin Chantant dès maintenant! Trouvez toutes les informations ici: http://myscena.org/fr/valentins-chantants-2018/ We are back this year with our new edition of the Singing Valentines fundraising. Offer an original gift to your loved one through a love…

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Woefully Arrayed : Sacred & Secular Choral & Polychoral Works Jonathan David Little, Navona Records NV6113 Woefully Arrayed by the Australian-born composer Jonathan David Little is dedicated to choral music. Recorded for the most part in churches in 2016, the six pieces have been performed by various ensembles, including Vox Futura, the Thomas Tallis Society Choir and The Stanbery Singers. As the title suggests, Little’s musical manner is in line with such Renaissance polyphonic composers as Palestrina and Josquin des Prés. However, Little does not just imitate the language of his predecessors. If he accepts the formal general characteristics, such as contrapuntal…

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CRAZY GIRL CRAZY Berio: Sequenza III. Berg: Lulu Suite. Gershwin: Girl Crazy Suite (arr. Bill Elliott & Barbara Hannigan). Barbara Hannigan, soprano and conductor. Ludwig Orchestra. Alpha Classics 293. Total Time: 57:23. At 47, the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan has emerged as an international star, praised for her work in such operas as Berg’s Lulu, George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, Louis Andriessen’s Writing to Vermeer and, notably, an excerpt from Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, which she both sang and conducted. Here she sings and conducts Berio, Berg and Gershwin. Arguably less about music than all…

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After 43 years at the helm, Dr. Trevor Payne has decided to put down the baton. His final appearance with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir was on Dec. 7 in a concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil. He hasn’t left the choir for good, though: Payne will continue to serve as artistic director and producer. Here’s a look at his memorable moments, his musical background, and the motivation behind his conducting. Anyone who retires from a job after more than four decades would normally feel a sense of accomplishment, relief, and liberation. “Quite the contrary,” said Payne in a laid-back…

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We are delighted with the success of our january survey of your favorite opera duets. Here are the three winners: Qual Occhio Al Mondo from Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca Without a doubt, our winner is one of the most popular duets in the opera repertoire. In this scene from Act 1, the painter Mario Cavaradossi finishes Mary Magdalene’s portrait when Angelotti, former consul of the Roman Republic and political prisoner, enters the church. Having just escaped from prison, he tries to hide in the family chapel. Cavaradossi promises to help him escape. Suddenly, the singer Floria Tosca, Cavaradossi’s lover and very jealous,…

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Established in Montreal’s cultural landscape for three years, Stella Musica devotes its programing each year to women in classical music. Although more women are taking on roles traditionally reserved for men, female composers, conductors and performers still often remain in the shadow of their male peers. The pianist and artistic director Katarzyna Musial founded the festival to emphasize the work of female musicians and to encourage young women to pursue music. Thematic Concerts This fourth edition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice by presenting concerts revolving around the theme of psychological distress. Music will be explored for…

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