Browsing: Classical Music

Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company announced today a new mainstage commission: The Old Fools bycelebrated Montreal-based composer Ana Sokolović and seasoned British librettist Paul Bentley. La Reine-Garçon, first announced in 2015, is moving forward as a co-commission with the Opéra de Montréal; it’s the first mainstage collaboration of its kind between the two major Canadian opera companies and at its helm are two exceptionalCanadian artists: Julien Bilodeau as composer and Michel Marc Bouchard as librettist. The Old Fools This opera in two acts was inspired by “The Old Fools” by renowned English poet Philip Larkin. The poem concerns Larkin’s fear…

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Montreal, December 11, 2018 – The Opéra de Montréal announces a new opera, La Reine-Garçon, with a libretto by Michel Marc Bouchard and music by Julien Bilodeau, which will be presented in Montreal and in Toronto in 2023. This work, the first to be co-commissioned by the Opéra de Montréal and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, once again substantiates Montreal’s undeniably important role in creating a new opera repertoire showcasing our greatest homegrown talents. The popular and critical success of the opera Les Feluettes, which had its world premiere at the Opéra de Montréal in May 2016, confirmed Montrealers’…

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The thought of recording an album dawned on me after performing a Christmas music recital with pianist Lisandre Sévigny Di Quinzio. I enjoyed singing the music, and the audience was quite receptive. After talking to my accompanist, we agreed to be equal partners in this venture. Fundraising Recording a CD is an expensive proposition, far more than we could afford on our own. So we got a fundraising campaign together. We solicited financial contributions, regardless of the amount. In exchange, we offered various incentives to eventual benefactors. Happily, we met our goal, or just about. Repertoire We established three main…

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Montreal, city of a hundred steeples.” Legend has it that the expression was inspired by Mark Twain, who, passing through Montreal in 1881, was stunned by the number of churches in the city. In fact, the church has had a profound influence on Quebec society from the beginning, contributing to the political, social and cultural life of Montreal. Today, as part of Montreal’s urban heritage, churches are seeing their vocation expanded to become centres of cultural dissemination. The following churches are essential places that offer the public varied musical programming throughout the year. St. Joseph’s Oratory Located on the slopes…

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The Montreal Chinese Art and Culture Foundation (MCCAF) will host its third Chinese New Year Concert on Feb. 10, 2019 at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts. The Suzhou Symphony Orchestra performs The Sound of Spring under the direction of its renowned conductor Xieyang Chen, a Golden Record recipient with extensive track record on the international scene. Foundation president Susan Huang is delighted to present an orchestra composed of experienced musicians and rising stars of high calibre. Also worth noting is the multicultural mosaic of this 70-piece ensemble, with some 20 nationalities represented. Beside musicians from China are participants…

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When Yannick Nézet-Séguin told his orchestra about the upcoming European tour, I was there with my camera. That’s when it all began, in July 2017.” Film director Jean-Nicolas Orhon spent a very special year that culminated in performances by the Orchestre Métropolitain in celebrated European concert halls, from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to the Paris Philharmonie. The feature documentary Ensemble is the fruit of talks between the young director and pianist Jennifer Bourdages, who is also a member of the OM board. The film records a year in the life of the orchestra conducted by Nézet-Séguin. We watch rehearsals of Shostakovich, Wagner…

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With the release of My Spanish Heart, pianist Katarzyna Musial follows up on her previous recording Come Dance. Widely acclaimed, that album encouraged this native of Poland now residing in Canada to revel in the artistic and cultural splendors of the Iberian peninsula. “You don’t have to be born in a culture to be enamoured with it,” she explains. In fact, her love affair with Spain first began as a child, when, at five years old, she simply fell in love with the country upon a visit with her parents. “My album is a musical journey through Spain,” Musial explains.…

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Requiem æternam.” A garland of coloured flowers crossed the stage of the Maison symphonique on Oct. 16. Above, a large screen portrayed a flashback of images reflecting the busy life of Jacqueline Desmarais – commonly known as Madame. Family, friends, and loved ones: some of the many people who paid their last respects to the one who spread joy and light for many decades. “Dies iræ, dies illa.” Sophie Desmarais, feeling emotional, was alluding to emptiness, not suffering. “Madame Desmarais will be present through the many unforgettable memories and moments…I feel today a strong emptiness. Nothing will be able…

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Il Divo, the male vocal quartet composed of singers Urs Bühler (Switzerland), Carlos Marín (Spain), David Miller (USA), and Sébastien Izambard (France) is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary with a worldwide tour and their new CD Timeless. We met the internationally acclaimed quartet right before their performance at Theatre St. Denis in Montreal. The ensemble, originally founded by British producer Simon Cowell, and now self-produced, delighted their fans with pieces from their new CD: Timeless. The recording is composed of a mix of pop and traditional standards from the 1930’s until now. It was released last August on Decca Gold with a #1 debut…

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Contemporary composers are not, on the whole, the most considerate members of the human species. Their time is spent writing music, promoting it, and making a living at some more profitable form of musical activity, like banking a university salary. Whatever time they have left is treated as me-time, understandably so. All the more reason, then, to remember Oliver Knussen, who died earlier this year, for his vast generosity in conducting works by other composers – time that he might otherwise have spent finishing his own works. Ollie was a perceptive interpreter and naturally communicative conductor. He brings to life…

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