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MONTREAL, July 30, 2021 – italfestMTL’s virtual experience is back with a renewed and overflowing programming, complemented by a special in-person event. The festival, formerly known as Montreal’s Italian Week, will enhance the summer of all Montrealers in the name of the Italian culture. This rebranded 28th edition, presented by MastroMD & San DanieleMD, spokesperson, Alexandra Cosentino and together with ambassadors Sicilianudimontreal and Nonna Maria will entertain us on social media with humorous videos. The festival will brighten up your summer days from August 6 to 22, 2021. Tune in for concert performances featuring Manny Blu, Daniela Fiorentino, Anna Liani, Gianni…

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Toronto – The COC Ensemble Studio welcomes two new artists for the 2021/2022 season: soprano Charlotte Siegel and pianist Vladimir Soloviev. The two officially join the Ensemble Studio on August 30, 2021, becoming part of an innovative development program that has launched the careers of nearly 230 Canadian opera professionals. “This year, we connected virtually with promising young artists from all across Canada,” says Roberto Mauro, COC Director of Artistic Planning. “Despite the challenges of recent circumstances, artistic development remains a top priority for the COC – and a pillar of who we are as a national performing arts organization.” “Our newest members are…

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The tenor Giuseppe Giacomini died July 28 at the age of 80 in the town of Veggiano (Padua), where he was born on Sept. 7, 1940. Giacomini specialized in the verismo and dramatic repertoire and had great success in roles such as Otello, Don Alvaro, Radamès, Calaf, Poliione, Andrea Chénier and Canio. La Scala in Milan, the San Carlo in Naples, the Liceu in Barcelona, ​​the National Theatre in Munich, the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera and Covent Garden in London as well as the Metropolitan in New York were some of the stages on which his brilliant career…

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JOLIETTE – Negative in so many ways, the pandemic has given local presenters a good reason to hire Canadian talent. The Lanaudière Festival profited from the opportunity Sunday afternoon in the Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheatre by matching the soprano Karina Gauvin with Les Violons du Roy under Nicolas Ellis. Gauvin has been making music for years but seems no less special for her accessibility. Official biographies stress her strength in baroque repertoire. In fact she can do it all. This program focused on Gluck and Mozart, the composers most responsible for ushering opera from baroque formality into an era of relative realism.…

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Albertine, en cinq temps tells the story of a woman who finds herself alone with her memories after a turbulent life. Confined to a retirement home room at age 70 following an overdose, we discover her in the midst of a conversation with her own ghosts: Albertine at 30, 40, 50 and 60 years old as well as her sister Madeleine, who died several years earlier. The operatic version of Michel Tremblay’s play, set to music by Catherine Major, will be performed by six Canadian singers who actively participated in the creative process, which was the work of an all-female…

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Michel Tremblay is a leading light in Quebec. For Quebecers he could perhaps even be called the leading light. Since the publication of his first collection in 1966, his stories, novels and plays have been part of our cultural landscape, whether for students who discover his novels in high school or for those who love to see (and return to) his theatrical works, which are never far from the stage in Montreal or elsewhere in the province. Since he has been a presence in the lives of Quebecers for more than half a century, we all have the impression of…

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Albertine, en cinq temps is getting a makeover. For the first time, this play by Michel Tremblay, premiered in 1984, will be adapted as an opera. A few arias have already been composed by singer-songwriter Catherine Major. These will be featured in a pair of concerts. For Nathalie Deschamps, the artistic director of Productions du 10 avril, the choice of Major was obvious. “Michel Tremblay’s words express the heart of who we are, in our Quebec roots,” Deschamps explains. “I wanted to find a woman who shares those roots, who composes music that can be hummed easily and that would…

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The Elora Festival this year unfolds mostly in places other than the picturesque town in southern Ontario that gives the annual summer choral celebration its name. “We made the decision early on to go the streaming route,” says Mark Vuorinen, artistic director of both the festival and the Elora Singers. “The kind of music that we do really requires indoor venues.” Which, alas, remain closed to audiences in Ontario. Recording is permitted, so the 24-strong Singers will be doing their thing for cameras and microphones. As will three international ensembles who would not likely be available in a traditional on-site…

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French opera will be in the spotlight this summer in Quebec City at the 10th Festival d’opéra de Québec, presented from July 27 to Aug. 7. The festival’s rich and varied program, presented indoors as well as outdoors, includes a major concert bringing together internationally renowned Canadian singers, a play starring Sophie Faucher, a new production of Les Pêcheurs de perles as well as pop-up concerts and the traditional Brigade lyrique. This is the first festival led by its new artistic director, baritone Jean-François Lapointe. “The flagship event will be a large concert in tribute to French opera,”…

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Name: Irina Medvedeva Voice type: Soprano From: Toronto Teacher: Christiane Riel Education: Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music Russian-Canadian soprano Irina Medvedeva is the 2018 winner of the Comic Opera Guild of Michigan Competition. A recent graduate of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, she sang the role of Annina in La Traviata and has covered multiple leading roles, including Violetta Valéry and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Operatic highlights include the roles of Musetta, Norina, Vixen, Zerlina, La Fée, Morgana and Florestine in the Canadian premiere of Milhaud’s La Mère Coupable. She has…

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