Browsing: Vocal

We were quite ­precise about the two metres,” Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor of the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, said about the recording sessions last November – at the height of the second COVID wave in Montreal – dedicated to a new album on the ATMA label aptly titled Distance. “Which is hard, because that is two metres on every side.” Nonetheless, the 24 professionals who make up the highly regarded ensemble managed to keep their distance in the pews (there would not have been enough space in the choir stalls) and maintain an ­appropriately high…

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I’m always interested in what makes a ­storyteller a good storyteller,” says soprano Maureen Batt. “Whether we’re singing one vowel, one poem, or a whole role, there are stories to be told!” Maureen Batt has been telling musical ­stories professionally for the past 10 years, both through her new-works-oriented ­company, “Essential Opera” (co-founded with ­soprano Erin Bardua), and through her ­international recital series “Crossing Borders,” which has toured Canada, the United States and Colombia, and recently generated a new album, Breathing in the Shadows, for which Batt sings works by Iranian-Canadian ­composer Saman Shahi. Fireside Chat “I really hate the…

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Montreal, March 12, 2021 – The Opéra de Montréal’s board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Me René Branchaud, a partner at the law firm of Lavery, as board President. With over 30 years of experience in the fields of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law, Mr. Branchaud has built a strong business network he can call upon when carrying out the mandates entrusted to him. He succeeds outgoing President Bernard Stotland, who has been at the helm of the board of directors for close to 10 years. Mr. Stotland will remain an active member…

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company invites students, ages 12-18, to see what a career in the performing arts could look like, through a new digital program slated to run during Ontario’s April Break for schools. Spring Break at the COC: Exploring New Opera offers five days of live webinars from April 12 – April 16, with daily sessions taking place from 2 – 3 p.m. ET. “Our team is incredibly passionate about opening wide the doors to a creative industry that has historically been seen as ‘high art’,” says COC Deputy General Director Christie Darville. “We want students to…

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Montreal, March 4, 2021 – Health and safety restrictions imposed by the federal and provincial governments have obliged the Opéra de Montréal to cancel its production of The Marriage of Figaro, with performances planned on May 8, 11, 13, and 16. The Opéra de Montréal will contact all ticketholders to inform them of the next steps. “This past year has been very difficult for opera companies everywhere. Cancelling a production is a last resort to which we have resigned ourselves with great sadness,” explains Patrick Corrigan, General Director of the Opéra de Montréal. The company will do all it can…

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The Royal Conservatory of Music and Tirgan together present a one-of-a-kind online concert honouring the legacy of one of Iran’s greatest vocalists, Mohammad Reza Shajarian (1940-2020), starting on Saturday, March 20, to coincide with the Persian new year celebrations. Lost in The Desert Sky: Kayhan Kalhor in Memory of Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian was filmed in the spectacular Mahinistan Palace in Kashan, Iran, and features all new music by Kayhan Kalhor with his ensemble and vocalist Hadi Hosseini. Iranian vocalist and master of Persian traditional music, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, whose career spanned over 50 years, was “regarded as one of his country’s national treasures…

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Toronto – In an announcement made this morning by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Opera Company will receive $644,372 in crucial funding provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund toward the Digital Infrastructure Enhancements Project at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The infrastructure plan, developed in partnership with The National Ballet of Canada, aims to implement a range of digital upgrades to the opera house, significantly boosting both organizations’ recording and broadcast capabilities in the immediate, as well as helping to improve both community and global access to  Canadian artistry and other community programming showcased in the…

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HOUSTON, Texas – February 9, 2021 – On the morning of September 22, 2015, in Renfrew County, Ontario, a single man went on a killing spree, brutally murdering three ex-partners in their separate homes. They were victims in a crime now recognized as one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. The murders devastated the rural Ottawa Valley community where baritone Joshua Hopkins grew up – his sister, Nathalie Warmerdam, was one of these women. Hopkins has since set out on a journey to use his voice to wake people up to the global epidemic of gender-based violence…

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Hamilton, Ontario – February 8, 2021 – BrottOpera is delighted to share Scenes From Filumena, a uniquely Canadian opera experience, now  available to stream online.  The opera Filumena, composed by John Estacio, libretto by John Murrell and set in Alberta, Canada, tells the story of the last woman to be executed in the province of Alberta. It is a tightly-woven tale of  romantic entanglements, bootlegging, crime, and punishment.  “The music is hauntingly beautiful, highly dramatic and Puccini-esque” said conductor Boris Brott.  Brott’s production features the National Academy Orchestra and an all-star cast including baritone  Gregory Dahl as Picariello, tenor Ernesto Ramirez as Stefano,…

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SAN JOSE, CA (3 February 2021) – In keeping with Opera San José’s mission to expand accessibility to its work, the company has announced that through the support of generous donors it is able to extend access to its hit virtual production of Jake Heggie’s chamber opera, Three Decembers, now making it available on a pay-what-you-can basis for streaming on demand. The production is being offered with subtitles in Spanish and Vietnamese, as well as English, furthering its accessibility to the Spanish and Vietnamese speaking members of the San Jose community, two of the largest populations in its home region. Featuring world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan…

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