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Last April, First Nations musician, composer and activist Jeremy Dutcher released his first album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. Bridging traditional music, pop and classical, it pays tribute to his beloved roots in the Wolastoqiyik reserve where he grew up. Can his style be described as Indigenous pop? “I prefer not to be labelled,” says the 27-year-old classically-trained tenor. “I’m more than an First Nation singer. I see myself as metamorphosing from pop to traditional music. A hybrid, if you like.” Dutcher is keen to point out that his pieces were written to be as accessible as possible to a young audience.…

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Today mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, baritone John Brancy, soprano Gemma Summerfield and baritone Julien Van Mellaerts performed to a full house at Bourgie Hall in the Finals of the Art Song division of CMIM 2018. Although the official results will only be announced on June 7, the winner appears to be Brancy. He and his pianist Peter Dugan understood how to captivate the audience, building a program that crescendo to a grand finale with Rachmaninov’s Zdes Khorocho and Vesennié vody. I tweeted during the performance “Back in April we predicted John Brancy would earn first prize at CMIM 2018 for Art…

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All eight semifinalists of the CMIM Art Song division (in the afternoon and evening sessions) gave solid performances, demonstrating master musicianship yesterday (June 1, 2018). However, American baritone John Brancy took it to another level and stole the show. Baritone Julien Van Mellaerts: When he started singing I found his voice smaller than the impression I had listening to him online in the first round. But his voice adjusted, and was able to fill the hall. La Scena’s Adrian Rodgriguez tweeted “flawless performance by Julien Van Mellaers. His Baryton martin voice was perfect for Phydilé.” Soprano Irina Jae-Eun Park: I…

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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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Montreal. May 29th. Yesterday, the Concours musical international de Montréal kicked off its 2018 Voice edition by welcoming the 38 singers and 10 collaborative pianists from all over the world as they sang altogether on stage at Bourgie Hall. Also present was the president of the jury, Zarin Mehta, and all the jury members Warren Jones, Soile Isokoski, François Le Roux, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Edith Bers, Ben Heppner, Dame Felicity Lott, Richard Rodzinksi, and Joseph Rouleau. The vocal competition in its new format, now consisting of two divisions, Aria (voice and orchestra) and Art Song (voice and piano), starts today! The Art Song and Aria First…

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One of the most important music competitions in Canada: The “Concours international de Montréal” has begun!. The first Round was dedicated to art song. Eight out of 16 singers from different corners of the world were selected to pass to the next round: Julien Van Mellaerts Irina Jae-Eun Park Axelle Fanyo Rihab Chaieb Gemma Summerfield John Brancy Tomi Punkeri Clara Osowski Here are my impressions after the first round: The stronger performances of the day came from Baritone John Brancy and mezzo Rihab Chaieb. Brancy seemed to be in total control of his voice and very confident. He showcased great…

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After a full-day, 16 contestants, four hours of music over two sessions, and a short 20-minute deliberation, the CMIM has announced the 8 semi-finalists for the Art Song Contest to be held on Friday, June 1 at 3 PM and 7:30 PM at Bourgie Hall in Montreal. They are (in the order of appearance): June 1, 3 PM: Julien Van Mellaerts Irina Jae-Eun Park Axelle Fanyo Rihab Chaieb June 1, 7:30 PM: Gemma Summerfield John Brancy Tomi Punkeri Clara Osowski Our writer Adrian Rodriguez attended the first round on-site and will file a report in the morning. On April 1,…

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From Bel Canto to Verismo A Rare Intimate Evening with One of the Great Voices of Our Time “Radvanovsky at the peak of her powers is something extraordinary to behold.” – The Toronto Star For Immediate Release, May 23, 2018 … Deemed “an essential artist” by The New York Times, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky continues to astound audiences around the world with her magnificent portrayals of opera’s great dramatic heroines. Toronto audiences have the rare opportunity to experience Radvanovsky’s artistry in the intimacy of a recital setting, on Saturday, November 24 at 8pm at Koerner Hall, with pianist Anthony Manoli, presented by ShowOne Productions. The all-Italian program, From Bel Canto to Verismo, will touch upon Radvanovsky’s history-making…

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