This April/May issue celebrating the singing voice is timed to coincide with the 2018 Concours musical international de Montréal. This year, using publicly available videos, La Scena’s voice experts (Adrian Rodriguez and myself) listened to all 38 participants from 22 countries to give our prediction of the podium winners.
On the cover, we feature soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, one of the great voices of our generation. I first heard her live at the 2009 McGill Chamber Orchestra Gala, and my experience of awe mirrors that of Adrian Rodriguez, who sat down with the diva. Try to hear her live soon, as the 49-year-old hints of a possible retirement by 55.
This voice special contains 18 articles related to singers, voice and opera. We catch up with Isabel Bayrakdarian, whose competition success propelled her to international stardom; speak to Joseph Rouleau, the driving force behind the CMIM; offer recollections of departed voice teachers Jacqueline Martel-Cistellini (LSM cover artists Marianne Fiset and Marie-Josée Lord were students) and Winston Purdy (LSM cover artists Etienne Dupuis and Michèle Losier were students); and report on our eighth Singing Valentines Fundraiser.
On the news front, we profile conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt, recipient of the 2017 Opus Homage Award; pianist Angela Hewitt, recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award; and the innovative Looking at the Stars program, which brings top classical music performances to prisons. Respected musicologist Jean-Jacques Nattiez recently won the Opus for Book of the Year. We are pleased to announce that Nattiez will be joining La Scena’s team as the editor of a new musicology section, which will make its debut in the June issue. We profile Nattiez and publish an excerpt from Les récits cachés de Richard Wagner.
This issue also celebrates Canada’s Spring Arts Festivals with our annual Guide, comprising 60 festivals, and we bring back our International Festival Guide.
The April/May issue continues our all-colour glossy format, new since November. It is one of five bilingual issues in our publishing year (two in November and June are national issues with double the distribution through separate English and French editions). Consequently, with the exception of the cover article and the editorial, the other articles appear in the language of our writers. Nevertheless, as the only bilingual arts magazine in Canada, La Scena Musicale is fully translated on our website and offers paying subscribers translations in a separately printed supplement.
Each issue is normally out on the Friday preceding or following the beginning of the month. We are now offering a new service for the Montreal area, for an additional cost of $10, which will guarantee weekend delivery. See page 4 for information.
Have a musical spring!