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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLASSICAL UNBOUND FESTIVAL JULY 26-28, 2019 Prince Edward County, Ontario Unbinding classical chamber music from its formal attire, and binding it more closely to our hearts and souls. Something’s happening this summer on the shores of Lake Ontario, on that enticing acreage of sun and lake-kissed land called Prince Edward County… something besides blooming wildflowers and rosy sunsets; besides the wind in the dunes and cruising the country roads between wineries with the windows down. It’s a chamber music festival nestled amongst all of that: Classical Unbound. One of Canada’s premier ensembles, Ironwood Quartet, is running the…

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Joseph Rouleau was on the Board of Directors of the Orchestre classique de Montréal for close to 10 years and, since September 2018, was President. In my role as Executive Director, I tremendously enjoyed working with him. He was always positive and supportive. Everyone at the OCM is devastated by the passing of this great man who helped the orchestra tremendously. He was the type of man who was able to pick up the phone and immediately get results with fundraising resources. He was truly one of kind. Joseph leaves a shining legacy for the OCM and for the entire arts industry. He will…

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On Thursday, July 11, along with my opera fans colleagues, we withstood a road full with traffic, heavy rain and stormy winds to the Église de l’Assomption to hear American tenor Michael Spyres and pianist Mathieu Pordoy in recital. The inconvenient voyage paid off, as we were treated to the musicality and artistry of one of the most technically proficient singers in our time. Throughout the two hour recital, Spyres showed an instrument capable of delivering sweet and tender nuances, and also thunderous sounds, like a passing summer breeze that caresses the ear only to become a storm minutes later.…

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Location: Église Saint-Hubert (Longueuil) and Église Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Montreal) JOIN US on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 OR Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Trio Dell’Aria (Kripa Nageshwar, soprano; Michael Westwood, clarinet; and Ruta Vaivade, piano) will premiere pieces from their new album, Memories of Places Past at Église Saint- Hubert (Longueuil) on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 OR Église Notre-dame-de-grâce on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The album, which received FACTOR funding, features new works from two of Canada’s foremost composers (Colin Eatock and Frank Horvat) and German art songs by Louis Spohr (1784 – 1859). The album was produced by…

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REVIEW: of Ellen West (the world premiere of a new work by Ricky Ian Gordon and Frank Bidart); and La fille du régiment (a new production of Donizetti’s 1840 comic opera). Opera Saratoga inaugurated its summer 2019 mainstage series on June 29 and 30 – the same weekend as the highly-touted “WorldPride 50” celebration. The latter event, of course, originated as homage to the purported founding moment of the modern gay rights movement; but it has by now pullulated far beyond its initial meaning, becoming a portmanteau affirmation of self-identities of all stripes. It is interesting, then, that – whether…

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After two years of planning and enhancement, the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) and the Metropolitan Orchestra organized a free concert for the inauguration of the Espace 67, preserving the symbol of community and sharing from the 1967 International and Universal Exposition. Created for people-gathering activities, the new Espace 67 is now ready to accommodate 65,000 people in a charming and welcoming site along the Saint-Laurent, facing the city of Montreal. The vast site accommodates several sitting areas for possible picnics, including food trucks, and other outdoors activities. To celebrate the new site, 77 musicians from the Metropolitan Orchestra performed…

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A fine cast of young singers was the draw for Opera de Paris’s new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni playing in June and July 2019 and telecast live in HD to cinemas around the world on June 26 (curiously only with English subtitles). Under the staging of Ivo van Hove, the production was supposed to be sensitive to the current #MeToo movement. What you missed Canadian baritone Étienne Dupuis was ideal in his first portrayal of Don Giovanni. Vocally, he sang flawlessly with round tone and the necessary evilness. Fellow Canadian bass Philippe Sly matched Dupuis dramatically, especially with his…

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The Opéra de Montréal’s 2018-2019 season will be remembered for quality and accessibility Montreal, June 27, 2019 – Opéra de Montréal capped off its 2018-2019 season with six sold-out performances of Carmen at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. The season had opened with a bang as well with Rigoletto, an immense success that showcased the incredible talent of the American tenor René Barbera, who positively galvanized the critics. Das Rheingold saw many canadian singers debuts in Wagner in a very innovative production, while Champion allowed Montrealers to discover the first opera by jazz musician Terrence Blanchard who was nominated for an Oscar…

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK (June 4, 2019) — Michael Tilson Thomas announced today that he is withdrawing from all engagements beginning June 17 until September 3 in order to undergo a cardiac procedure. The operation, which will take place in Cleveland, is scheduled to follow his performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Francisco Symphony on June 13, 14, 15, and 16. “I deeply regret missing concerts and projects that I have been greatly anticipating,” said Tilson Thomas. “On the advice of my doctors, I need to undergo this procedure at this time in continuation of treatment for a heart condition I have…

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The governing theme of the Montreal Baroque Festival this year was sprezzatura, an Italian word defined as nicely-calibrated nonchalance by Baldassare Castiglione in his Book of the Courtier (1528). The choice allowed for a preponderance of Italian repertoire, a concentration on venues in Little Italy, a philosophical attitude toward late starts and, on Sunday, the spectacle of co-artistic directors Susie Napper and Matthias Maute locking arms on the stage of the Théâtre Le Chateau, each with a glass of wine, and thanking the various collaborators who made the 17th edition possible. “Concert” would not quite do justice to the show,…

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