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Quebec City, August 12, 2022 – The 11th edition of the Festival d’opéra de Québec concluded on August 4 with Faust’s final performance at the Grand Théâtre de Québec. This show, along with the other presentations on the program, will have established the mark of Jean-François Lapointe as the new general and artistic director of the event. Its programming offered the high level of quality that one could expect from a singer who has had a remarkable career, especially in French opera. Presented by BMO Financial Group in collaboration with Le Soleil, the Festival featured a flagship production (Faust de…

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After a long, pandemic-induced delay, the Bayreuther Festspiele finally premiered its new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on July 31, but not before a myriad of changes. Back in the before-times, the Cycle was to have been staged by German director Tatjana Gürbaca, who mounted an exciting Ring deconstruction that I saw at the Theater an der Wien in 2017. Its first installment entitled Hagen – a mashup of Rheingold and Gӧtterdämmerung – followed the titular character’s development from a traumatized youth to the brutal villain we love to hate in the final installment in Wagner’s tetralogy (put a pin…

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Montreal, August 2nd, 2022 – On Sunday, August 14th at 9:00 pm, on the Mastro® and San Daniele® stage in Little Italy, all eyes will be on the presentation of the opera, “The Barber of Seville”, starring a cast of exceptional singers including Raphaëlle Paquette as Rosina, Hugo Laporte as Figaro, Louis-Charles Gagnon as Count Almaviva, Doug MacNaughton as Bartolo, and Alexandre Sylvestre as Don Basilio. Under the artistic direction of Salvatore Sciascia, with a symphonic thirty-piece orchestra directed by Maestro Gianluca Martinenghi (Italy), the opera is always sure to be one of the festival’s highlights. The performance of this year’s…

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Toronto, August 8, 2022 – The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is pleased to announce today its 2022/2023 season. After a tumultuous two years for the performing arts, the TMChoir boldly returns with exciting new works, inspiring new faces, and a fresh new look. This season includes a TMChoir concert at the acclaimed Roy Thomson Hall, an inaugural composer-in-residence, and the introduction of our professional 24-voice ensemble—the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers—who will be featured in two concerts this season. With new collaborative partnerships and creative connections, TMChoir’s growth as a choral organisation is evident in every detail of our 22/23 programming. The TMChoir…

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Montreal, August 2, 2022 – As one of the city’s largest ethnic festivals, free activities will still be offered to festival-goers in several Montreal boroughs. If you can’t make it to Little Italy or Quartier des Spectacles, the festivities in St. Leonard will take place on Wednesday, August 10th, at 7:30pm at Wilfrid-Bastien Park. We have planned an evening filled with entertainment for the whole family, including several musical performances: Wednesday, August 10th Fiat 500 car exhibition at 7:30 p.m. Singer: Alicia Santangeli at 7:30 p.m. Singer: Pino Gioia at 8:30 p.m. Singer: Daniela Fiorentino at 9:30 p.m. In addition…

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Toronto, Ontario (July 27, 2022) – Ashkenaz 2022 proudly presents the North American premiere of Henekh Kon’s “Bas-Sheve,” based on the controversial biblical story of David and Bathsheba. The only known pre-Holocaust Yiddish opera, and never performed after its 1924 premiere in Warsaw, the work was forgotten for decades before the only known existing manuscript was unearthed by German musicologist Dr. Diana Matut in 2017. After Matut discovered 16 pages missing from the original score, she enlisted Toronto-based Yiddishist (and New York Times best-selling author) Michael Wex to complete the libretto. Renowned klezmer musician, composer and ethnomusicologist Joshua Horowitz was…

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Montréal, May 4, 2022 – Bradyworks, in co-presentation with Chants libres and Le Vivier, announce the world premiere of Backstage at Carnegie Hall : an opera about racism and the electric guitar. The music is by Tim Brady and the libretto is by Audrey Dwyer.  The performances will take place on September 23 and 24, 2022 at the Centaur Theatre. Backstage at Carnegie Hall is an audacious, multiracial work that explores racism as seen through the eyes of legendary jazz guitarist Charlie Christian (1916 – 1942).  The opera brings us back to December 1939, backstage at Carnegie Hall, just minutes before…

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Toronto, July 20, 2022 – The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is thrilled to announce their 22/23 artistic team, which includes the appointment of several new collaborators and the commencement of a Composer in Residence program for the first time in the TMC’s 128-year history. Dr. Shireen Abu-Khader is the inaugural Composer in Residence, marking a new chapter of growth and collaboration for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Dr. Shireen Abu-Khader is a Palestinian-Jordanian Canadian artist, composer, and educator. She holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Choral Music from the University of Southern California.…

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It is with a heavy heart that La Scena Musicale announces (based on news from Slipped Disc) the passing of Denise Massé on June 14, 2022. Born in Montreal on April 2, 1946, Massé was a French repertoire vocal coach and pianist for the New York Metropolitan Opera. La Scena Musicale has had the privilege to interview her for articles published in past issues, and we will be sharing them below as a tribute to her legacy. Obituary Massé is currently in the care of the Centre Funéraire Côte-des-Neiges. To read the following obituary on the funeral centre’s website, click…

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Toronto, June 16, 2022 – The COC Ensemble Studio welcomes four new artists for the company’s 2022/2023 season: soprano Ariane Cossette, mezzo-sopranos Queen Hezumuryango and Alex Hetherington, and pianist Brian Cho. The four officially join the highly specialized development program for Canadian opera professionals this August, alongside returning sopranos Charlotte Siegel and Midori Marsh, baritone Jonah Spungin, bass-baritone Alex Halliday, and pianist Vladimir Soloviev. In addition to gaining invaluable performance experience on the mainstage, which always has been a foundational pillar of the Ensemble Studio, artists will also work directly with COC General Director Perryn Leech, COC Music Director Johannes Debus, and…

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