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New York, NY (July 31, 2018) – Matthew Rose has been appointed as the Artistic Consultant to the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the company’s elite program for artists on the cusp of international opera careers. An acclaimed bass, Matthew Rose has sung at leading opera houses around the world, including the Met, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and English National Opera. He is an advisory member of the Mahler Foundation and has coached young singers at the National Opera Studio and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program. In his new role,…

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A jobs & auditions website for opera singers has moved into providing courses for a group of artists traditionally poorly catered for in skills trainings and courses – dramatic singers. In early June this year The Opera Stage put on its first Summer Course for Dramatic Voices in Berlin. The one-week course was taught by pianist/coach Caroline Dowdle (Britten Pears School, Verbier International Music Festival, Royal Opera House Jette Parker Programme). Usually summer and short courses focus on lyric voices, due to the fact that a far greater proportion of young singers fit into these categories. The Opera Stage course allowed larger voiced singers a chance to come together and work intensively on their…

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There’s a debate going on among agents as to whether it is better for an artist to have an exclusive record contract or to work across several labels. Alisa Weilerstein, who has made outstanding recordings of the Elgar, Dvorak and Shostakovich concertos for Decca, has now popped up on a Dutch label with the two Haydn concertos and Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night. Pentatone is a terrific label, run by former Philips professionals. This ought to be a top-drawer recommendation. Why it isn’t is a matter of some perplexity. Weilerstein dispenses with a conductor for these pieces, which is not unusual. But…

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Quebec, July 26, 2018 – This press release is in response to a meeting last Thursday in Montreal between Robert Lepage, Ariane Mnouchkine and the signatories of the open letter published on July 14 in Le Devoir regarding the show Kanata. The participants of the meeting were very open and we felt that many of our exchanges were productive. Nevertheless, the infinitely complex and often aggressive controversy surrounding the show has in the meantime reached the North American co-producers that were interested in it, and certain ones have now announced their withdrawal. Considering what we recently went through, we certainly understand…

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Toronto, July 25, 2018 – The Canada Council for the Arts, in collaboration with NYO Canada (National Youth Orchestra), is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Michael Measures Prizes, which recognize promising young Canadian classical music performers. This year’s Michael Measures first prize of $25,000 goes to Martin Mangrum, of Montréal, who plays the French horn. Martin is a performance student at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. “I am honored and thrilled to receive the Canada Council for the Arts – Michael Measures Prize 2018.” -Martin Mangrum “The prize money will, of course, be…

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Montreal, the 25th of July 2018 – The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) unveils today the new face of the 2019-2020 edition of its Homage Series: Katia Makdissi-Warren. By the choice of this established composer having met the challenge, with sensitivity, of eliminating the frontiers between music of various traditions, Walter Boudreau, artistic director of the SMCQ, poses a concrete gesture in favor of the recognition of a contemporary music open to the world. “The SMCQ believes as much in the importance of recognizing the immense contribution of the ‘builders’ of contemporary music in Quebec such as Gilles…

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TORONTO…Toronto Summer Music announces two additional opportunities to hear some of its most popular programmes this summer.  On July 25 at 3:00 PM the Dress Rehearsal of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will be open to the public at Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor Street West) and on Jul 29 at 5:30 PM at Walter Hall (80 Queen’s Park) audiences can enjoy the TSM Pop-up Preview featuring duo Jonathan Crow and Phil Chiu. Due to overwhelming demand for their July 30th recital, Artistic Director and TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow and TSM all-star Phil Chiu present a sneak preview of their upcoming…

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July 18, 2018 (Calgary, Alberta) – Calgary Opera’s General Director and CEO, Keith Cerny, Ph.D., is delighted to announce distinguished Canadian tenor and broadcaster Ben Heppner, O.C., LL.D., as Honorary Chair of Calgary Opera’s new Legacy Society.  “Calgary Opera is deeply privileged to have Mr. Heppner serve as Honorary Chair of our Legacy Society”, said Keith Cerny.  “Mr. Heppner’s remarkable career serves as a model for Canadian singers achieving success at the world’s greatest opera houses, including his extraordinary performances in Calgary in 2012 as Captain Ahab in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick.  He, better than almost anyone, understands…

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Montreal, July 19, 2018 – André Pappathomas, well-known composer, choir director, and interdisciplinary artist, is launching an ambitious new project : La voix, espace public. Works of visual and sound art, concerts and public lectures dedicated to exploring and celebrating the human voice will be presented from August 30 to September 23, 2018. For the first time in the history of the Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, both the gallery and concert spaces will be occupied by the same artist. “Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with and reflect on the unique communicative and expressive capacities of the human…

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Numerous bids are being made in this centennial year to redeem Leonard Bernstein’s three symphonies from their fatal flaws. None that I have heard makes a better fist of it than Antonio Pappano’s new set with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Pappano, who met Bernstein as his would-be repetiteur on an opera production, has a keen empathy for the composer’s melting-pot background. From first note to last, he tones down gestural excesses and desperate self-borrowings. The Rome orchestra plays like a Broadway pick-up band – Broadway usually recruited the best players in New York – and the soloists…

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