Browsing: Vocal

Of the two UK finalists in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World last weekend, many felt the English soprano Louise Alder stood a better chance than the Scottish mezzo Catriona Morison. Alder commanded the stage with unfeigned confidence, a breeziness that shines through this, her well-timed debut recording. The repertoire is bold, as well. Songs by Richard Strauss are not for wallflowers. Everything has to be just-so, shimmering on the surface and hinting at Freudian urges below. Alder, who made an opera debut as Glyndebourne’s stand-in Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in 2014, sounds undaunted by anything Strauss can throw at…

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Congregation Shaar Hashomayim’s pews were recently packed to the proverbial rafters for a performance by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. In honor of its 170th birthday, ‘The Shaar’ welcomed esteemed maestro Kent Nagano, who led the OSM in a rousing performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s thrilling oratorio, Elijah.   Shaar Hashomayim’s own cantor Gideon Zelermyer interpreted the tenor roles, while baritone Russell Braun sang Elijah. Soprano Layla Claire and mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal rounded out the protagonists, who were backed by the OSM’s 30-member chorus. VIPs appreciated the pre-concert mini ‘crash course’ on Elijah, delivered by Kelly Rice from McGill’s Schulich School of Music, along…

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St. John’s, June 17, 2017 /CNW/ – Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament (St. John’s East), today announced funding of $239,000 for Opera on the Avalon through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. Mr. Whalen made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. The funding will enable Opera on the Avalon to purchase specialized equipment that will give new audiences the opportunity to experience opera. The group plans to offer inclusive, multidisciplinary performances that are accessible to audiences in rural areas, Indigenous people, youth, minority-language communities, new arrivals and people with disabilities. Quotes “We know that investing in arts in culture helps…

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Opera in the Park: what better way to decolonize and democratize opera than to present it outdoors, for free, in a bustling local park? All you need is inspiration! Opera in the Park is an initiative of Productions Alma Viva, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting vocal music. Founder and artistic director Nadia Neiazy is gearing up to present a fourth consecutive edition of this event featuring an adaptation of a work from the operatic repertoire in Notre-Dame-de-Grace Park in NDG. Opera Outdoors? After years of talk of the imminent death of opera and prompted by concerns of audiences obstinately…

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The texts of this song cycle were written by Sergei Yesenin between 1914 and 1920, a period of world war, revolution and civil war. Yesenin committed suicide in 1925 at the age of 30. His poetry is steeped in religious ritual, village life and bucolic imagery. The music was composed in 1977 by the contemplative, conservative Sviridov, who was born in the thick of Russia’s metamorphosis. His idiom – narrative, tonal, almost static at times – reflects the stand-off between political upheaval and the impervious cycles of nature. The half-hour cycle is sung here in an orchestral setting made specially…

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Montreal, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – The Opéra de Montréal is proud to announce the appointment of two new administrators to its board of directors, and two new employees to its team. These appointments are effective immediately. The Opéra de Montréal is delighted with the arrival of two new administrators whose passion and commitment to the development of an opera community in Montreal are major contributions to the company: Ms. Elizabeth Wirth and Dr. François Loubert. Mr. Bernard Stotland, Chairman of the Opéra de Montréal’s board of directors, said he is “happy to see the Opéra’s family grow with the…

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Montreal, June 5 2017 – Presented by the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (CVAI), the 14th edition of the Montreal Vocal Arts Festival offers you a privileged access to some of the most promising young singers around and world renowned teachers. No less than 44 young opera singers (35 women and 9 men) will be heard: 17 from Canada, 11 from the United States, 5 from Mexico, 4 from France, 2 from Taiwan and one each from China, Colombia, Russia, Serbia and South Korea. Each of them will perform in public and perfect his craft under the tutelage of artists and teachers from…

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June 5, 2017 (Ottawa) – From June 5-24, 2017, 64 talented young musicians from all around the world will embark on a three-week coaching and mentorship program during the 19th edition of the National Arts Centre’s Young Artists Program (YAP). This year, renowned Canadian baritone Russell Braun, joins the all-star faculty, at the helm of its rigorous vocal program. Founded in 1999, by NAC Conductor Emeritus Pinchas Zukerman, the YAP features outstanding private instruction, chamber music coaching with additional career-related sessions and mentoring. This instruction includes performance opportunities such as public chamber music concerts, public master classes, closed works-in-progress sessions…

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This year’s Festival d’Opéra de Québec takes place from July 24 to August 5 in Quebec City. Now in its seventh year, the festival has garnered significant recognition, including at the 2012 Opus Awards, were it received prizes for Concert of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, and Artistic Director of the Year. This summer’s edition will kick off with the Opera Under the Stars Gala, a large, open-air event set against the historic backdrop of the courtyard of the Vieux-Séminaire de Québec and featuring eight singers. Headlining the festival is Louis Riel, an opera about the controversial Métis…

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Burbank, CA – May 31, 2017 –  Today, KCETLink Media Group – a leading national independent non-profit public broadcast and digital network – releases all 12 of the approximately 15-minute episodes of made-for-TV and online opera “VIREO: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser,” composed and conceived by Lisa Bielawa, at once for free, on-demand streaming at KCET.org/Vireo and LinkTV.org/Vireo, and on Apple TV and Roku. VIREO will make its world broadcast television premiere on Tuesday, June 13 at 8pm ET/PT on both KCET in Southern California and Link TV (DirecTV375 and Dish Network 9410) nationwide. Produced in partnership with Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), the two-and-a-half-hour broadcast will be a special edition…

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