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Soprano Adrianne PieczonkaThis is another exciting week for opera lovers. The Canadian Opera Company is staging Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos after a 16-year absence. It stars the reigning Canadian prima donna Adrianne Pieczonka in one of her signature roles. I had the pleasure of interviewing her recently for the cover story of the new issue of The Music Scene in which she gave us her insight into the character of Ariadne – you can read it at http://www.scena.org/pdf-files/TMS9-2_lr.pdf Partnering her as Bacchus is Canadian tenor Richard Margison. The Composer is the wonderful British mezzo Alice Coote, and Canadian coloratura…

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Top: Contestants and Liz Upchurch, director of the COC Ensemble StudioSecond from Top: Judging Panel (l. to r. Alexander Neef, John Hess, David Speers)Third from Top: Christina Petrowska-Quilico and Alan WalkerBottom: Three Winners (l. to r. Adrian Kramer, Ileana Montalbetti, Chris Enns)Christina and Louis Quilico Awardsfeaturing artists of the COC Ensemble Studioby Joseph K. SoWednesday, April 20, 2011 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing ArtsToronto, ON Liz Upchurch, piano Ambur Braid, soprano”O zittre nicht” – Die Zauberfloete”What is he thinking of…who is there to love me?” – A Hand of BridgeNeil Craighead, bass-baritone”Se…

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by Paul E. RobinsonIt’s not possible to be in two places at once, or is it? Thanks to “The Met Live in HD,” I virtually spent the afternoon in New York enjoying Le Comte Ory, and the evening at the Long Center in Austin, Texas, totally engrossed in Jonathan Dove’s Flight as presented by the Austin Lyric Opera.Le Comte Ory and Flight are far from standard opera fare, yet both were first-class entertainment, and, in the case of Flight, philosophically interesting too. These two productions had something else in common; each of them involved the birth of a child -…

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Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792 – 1868)by Joseph K. SoThe Canadian Opera Company’s spring season swings into action this week with Rossini’s La cenerentola, one of the best known among his 39 operas. I had a sneak peek at one of the working rehearsals last week, and can say Torontonians are in for a real treat! Absolutely gorgeous production – best described as an updated and stylized traditional style – with amazing costumes and superlative singing. This Rossini was last staged by the COC exactly fifteen years ago in April 1996, starring the glamorous Italian diva Ana Caterina Antonacci as Angelina.…

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By L.H. Tiffany HsiehFrance’s Ebene Quartet may look pretty, but its four male members are more than just pretty faces. That much, with charisma and originality to boot, was evident on stage at Walter Hall April 11 as part of the chamber music series put on by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.First violinist Pierre Colombet, second violinist Gabriel Le Magadure, violist Mathieu Herzog and cellist Raphael Merlin — on average about 30 years old — performed pieces they have already recorded together. The changed the order of the programe and the two quartets planned for the first half…

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by Paul E. RobinsonA lingering recession is the worst of times for the arts generally and for music education specifically. Hardly a day goes by without more news of cuts to funding of orchestras, theatres, art galleries, museums and schools. The bad news, however, is often offset by good news; for example, the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto, Canada) just announced a partnership with Carnegie Hall to introduce a national system of study and assessment in the U.S. modeled after the RCM’s comprehensive and highly respected programme, and the Venezuelan movement called El Sistema has taken root in the United…

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By Frank Cadenhead The new brochure of the 2011-2012 season at Paris’s Opéra-Comique only arrived in the past few days and has already caused a stir in two countries. Most Parisians know the name of the composer Auber only as the name of a metro stop near the Palais Garnier. But Daniel François Esprit Auber (1782-1871) was the most performed French opera composer in the 19th Century and his opera “La Muette de Portici” (The Mute Girl of Portici) has an important history. The fact that this opera is in the season at the Opera-Comique next year, from the 3rd…

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By Crystal ChanThe $20,000 Golden Violin Award was started in 2006 to recognize the talent of a string student each year who is near the completion of their studies at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. It’s the largest privately funded music scholarship in all of Canada. This year’s winner is 21-year-old violinist Ewald Cheung, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Performance this spring. Cheung will put the money towards the costs of travelling for international competitions. This award follow wins (he’s a five-time laureate and two-time winner) at the Canadian Music Competitions from 2000 to 2004, the…

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Top:Nurse, Craighead and Giunta from the Trio in Cosi Act OneMiddle: Rigden and Kramer acting it up as Rosina and Figaro; Upchurch at the piano.Bottom: COC Ensemble – OdeM Atelier lyrique Joint Concert (l. to r. Aaron Ferguson, Pierre Rancourt, Neil Craighead, Adrian Kramer, Chantale Nurse, Suzanne Rigden, Wallis Giunta, Jacqueline Woodley)Photo: Chris Hutcheson Website: www.chrishutcheson.comCOC Vocal Series “Collaborations”Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts12 pm, April 7, 2011Liz Upchurch, piano’Tornami a vagheggiar” from Alcina – Suzanne Rigden, sop.”Un’aura amorosa” from Cosi – Aaron Ferguson, ten.”Il est doux, il est bon” from Herodiade – Chantale Nurse, sop.”Come…

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The newest operatic kid on the block kicks off with Rose Marie By Joseph K. SoWhat’s more quintessentially Canadian than the Rockies, Mounties, Indians and Romance? It’s billed as a Canadian love story between a French girl and an English boy, set in the wild west of the Canadian Rockies. Throw in a scintillating score with catchy tunes, sung by up-and-coming singers with beautiful voices and attractive stage presence, and you’ve got the right ingredients for success. That’s certainly the strategy of Wish Opera, in its inaugural production of Rudolf Friml’s operetta, Rose Marie. Founded in the spring of 2010,…

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