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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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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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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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After a 40-year career that has taken him to every major opera house in the world and placed him alongside the likes of Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti, Canadian baritone Gino Quilico is embarking on new challenges. “This year, I am celebrating my 41st year of career by singing Mephistopheles,” he declared with a hearty laugh. He initially resisted the invitation from pianist Dominic Boulianne, artistic director of the Société d’art lyrique du Royaume de Saguenay. The devilish emissary from Gounod’s Faust is, of course, a bass. Then Quilico looked at the score. Soon he realized that the role was…

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Marie-Josée Lord is a soprano on the move. We caught her by phone while she was in Toronto for an intensive two-week workshop with the Volcano Theatre Company. Lord is participating in their reboot of Treemonisha, the opera written by Scott Joplin in 1910 and first performed in 1972. The company is replacing the libretto while keeping Joplin’s original characters. Meredith Potter, producer of the show, explains that the original manuscript with an orchestration was lost. Now a vocal/piano score is the only vestige. The new orchestration and arrangements by Jessie Montgomery and Jannina Norpoth are a fusion of classical…

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Continuing their new tradition of presenting one modern work per season, this year Montreal Opera decided to opt for JFK by composer David Little and librettist Royce Vavreck. Alternating between the world of dreams and real life, the opera’s story is based on the final night of American president John F. Kennedy’s life spent at the Hotel Texas before he was assassinated on November 22, 1963. The opera portrays a surreal decadent picture of the Kennedy couple and it satirizes every possible American and Russian stereotype. The show begins with huge bright neon, flashing lights that read: TEXAS. The use of…

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Hadrian Anchors a Star-Studded Season that Explores the Many Facets of Love Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s 2018/2019 season presents the world premiere of Hadrian, a new opera from composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor, which features the highly anticipated COC debuts of international opera stars Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila. The COC’s 68th season offers multi-faceted perspectives on love as a contested ground of the human condition. Being presented along with Hadrian in the 18/19 season is a new COC production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; returning COC productions of Richard Strauss’ Elektra, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and…

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