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The National Academy Orchestra is celebrating its 30th year. This mentor-led training school founded by Boris Brott prepares emerging musicians by “bridging the gap between theoretical excellence and practical employment in professional careers.” That means following an innovative curriculum under the guidance of a highly accomplished and professional staff. Participants are chosen through auditions at universities, conservatories and academies across the country. The program, which has been recognized by all three levels of government, has played host to mentors like the violinist, violist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman; cellist Rachel Mercer; and Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow. Other mentors include…

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Sleeping Rough: in urban vernacular, it’s code for homelessness; and it’s now the apt title of composer Roddy Ellias’s first opera, which will premiere this summer at Ottawa’s 2018 Music and Beyond Festival (July 10, 11 and 12). “When I was a student in downtown Ottawa,” recalls Ellias, “I was across the street from the men’s mission. I got to talk to those guys every day. I’d see them slowly, day by day, degenerate.” It’s an experience that haunted Ellias, burrowing deep, only to emerge decades later, compelling him toward operatic form. “The palette it gives you as a composer…

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THE WINNERS OF THE 2018 VOICE EDITION: A SPECTACULAR EVENING AT THE CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL John Brancy wins in the Art Song division and Mario Bahg in the Aria division. Canadian Emily D’Angelo wins Second Prize in the Aria division   Montreal, Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Earlier this evening, it was full house at Maison symphonique as the audience and international jury of the 2018 Voice edition witnessed the Aria Grand Finale of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM). After this final round sponsored by Power Corporation of Canada, the jury members gathered to deliberate and determine the…

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Over the years, the Festival d’opéra de Québec has gained an enviable reputation earned several honours, including the 2012 Opus Awards in three categories. This year, the main production will be The Magic Flute by Mozart as directed by Robert Lepage. One of Mozart’s later masterpieces, composed in 1791 and staged only a few months before his death, this initiatory opera is one of the most popular works in the world. It will showcase the originality of Robert Lepage, who is particularly known in the world of opera for his Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner’s Ring. “Robert Lepage proposed himself…

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Yesterday evening the Arian Semi-finals of the CMIM 2018 came to a conclusion. Mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, tenor Konstantin Lee, tenor Mario Bahg, baritone John Brancy and bass Mikhail Golovushkin and tenor Petr Nekoranec competed for one of the six spots in the finals in the Aria division of the CMIM 2018 competition. At the end, La Scena’s tweeted our predictions: * Wah Keung Chan: Emily D’Angelo, Andrew Haji, John Brancy, Rihab Chaieb, Mario Bahg, Mikhail Golovushkin. Sorry Konstantin Lee. * Justin Bernard: D’Angelo, Hadji, Nekroranec, Chaieb, Bahg et Glovushkin. Hésitation entre Brancy et Chaieb. * Myself: Emily D’Angelo, Mario Bahg,…

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Montreal, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – Last night, the names of the Aria finalists of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) were announced following two evenings of semi-final rounds at the Maison symphonique. Since May 29, 38 competitors from 20 countries have had the pleasure of performing in the CMIM’s 2018 Voice edition. While the final round for the Art Song division (voice and piano) took place on Sunday, June 3, it will be following the Aria Finals Gala (voice and orchestra)—tomorrow, Thursday, June 7—that we will learn the names of the prizewinners in both divisions, in the presence…

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Today mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo, tenor Andrew Hadji, tenor Mihail Mihaylov, soprano Dilyara Idrisova, baritone Kidon Choi and bass Jongsoo Yang, competed for one of the six spots in the finals  for the Aria division of the CMIM 2018 competition. Tomorrow six more candidates will participate. Canadian Emily D’Angelo was the undeniable winner of the evening. Her performance was flawless. I can’t believe that she is only 23 years old! She is years beyond her age in terms of technical ability, interpretation and music comprehension. In fact she might be the most mature artist of the competition. She started with “Smanie implacabili”…

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20 singers from 12 nations advance to the Art Song and Aria semifinals Montreal, Friday, June 1st, 2018 – Between May 29 and 31, 38 singers from 20 nations participated in the First round of the Art Song and Aria divisions. The jury selected 8 semifinalists in the Art Song division and 12 semifinalists in the Aria division, representing together some 12 nations. The Art Song semifinal starts today June 1st at Bourgie Hall. Here are the Art Song semifinalists by order of appearance: Art Song Semifinal I – 3 pm Julien Van Mellaerts (New Zealand – United Kingdom), baritone…

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After Day 3’s third and final session of eight singers for the Round one of the opera component, and a 30 minute wait, the CMIM 2018 announced the 12 semifinalists of the Aria competition. They are in alphabetical order: Mario Bahg, tenor (27, South Korea) John Brancy, baritone (29, United States) Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano (31, Canada/Tunisia) Kidon Choi, baritone (32, South Korea) Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano (23, Canada/Italy) Mikhail Golovushkin, bass (35, Russia) Andrew Haji, tenor (32, Canada) Dilyara Idrisova, soprano (29, Russia) Konstantin Lee, tenor (29, South Korea) Mihail Mihaylov, tenor (30, Bulgaria) Petr Nekoranec, tenor (26, Czech Republic) Jongsoo Yang,…

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The first round of the Aria category of “Concours international de Montréal 2018” (CMIM) took place yesterday. Sixteen aspiring young singers from around the world, including four Canadians, gave their best effort in hopes to be part of the 12 chosen talents who will advance to the semi-finals and have the chance to sing at the Maison Symphonique with the participation of the OSM and conductor Graeme Jenkins. Next round will be held on June 4 and 5 at 19:30. La Scena Musicale magazine Publié par Don Adriano Sterling · 23 h ·  The first round of the aria portion cmim is about to…

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