Browsing: Art Song

On October 28 and 29, Toronto audiences had the privilege of seeing performances of Echo Chamber Ensemble’s latest work, “A World Transformed.” The piece is a seamless combination of dance, piano repertoire, spoken narration, and classical vocal music, assembled to tell the story of the murder of Matthew Shepard, who was killed for his sexuality when he was a university student in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. Programmed by tenor Marcel d’Entremont, and choreographed by William Yong and Laurence Lemieux, A World Transformed featured dancers Evan Webb, Zachary Cardwell, Brayden Cairns, and Johanna Bergfelt; violinist Aaron Schwebel; pianists Dakota Scott-Digout and…

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On Oct. 19, Eleanor Friedland, president of the venerable International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA), announced in a press release that it will bid farewell to the music world in a month’s time: “After 40 years as a charitable service organization for Canada’s musicians, the IRCPA will cease operation on Nov. 30.” For many Canadian artists—a number totalling close to 600—the IRCPA has played an invaluable role in helping them establish their careers, especially during the transition from being an aspiring young artist to that of a full-fledged professional. The driving force behind this organization from the very beginning…

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Tenor Matthew Cairns’s star has been rising for a few years now, but his promise was given the ultimate seal of approval when he became one of the winners of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition this past spring. When asked to share the secret of his success, Cairns said: “I think you need to sing what you feel most comfortable singing, and what is also a popular piece. The audience loves an aria that is full of emotion and drama. Ultimately you need to show the audience who you are, and the right aria will do…

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La Scena Musicale presents a series of interviews with the laureates, competitors, and the Jury President of the 2022 Concours musical international de Montreal (CMIM). Interviews conducted by Shirley Wu, filmed by Norman Woo of MCCRTV. Simone McIntosh, Aria First Prize Winner About Simone McIntosh (from her CMIM profile): Canadian mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh takes full advantage of her place in the opera world. She is at home in pants roles like Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, in addition to roles such as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and the title role of La…

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On YouTube: Interview with Nils Wanderer (5 PM): Interview with Hugo Laporte (3 PM): Interview with Meredith Wohlgemuth Join us on Wednesday, June 8 at 1 PM EST on YouTube Live as La Scena Tête-à-tête returns for a special on CMIM 2022 as host Don Adriano interviews three of CMIM’s finalists: 1 PM: American soprano Meredith Wohlgemuth 3 PM: Canadian baritone Hugo Laporte 5 PM: German countertenor Nils Wanderer Joignez-vous à nous mercredi le 8 juin à 13 h HNE sur YouTube, alors que La Scena Tête-à-tête revient pour une émission spéciale sur le CMIM 2022. L’animateur Don Adriano interviewera…

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Montreal, June 3, 2022 – The six semifinalists of the Art Song division, along with their collaborative pianists, returned to the stage this Friday with a series of spectacular recitals. Traversing the rich Art Song repertoire, in multitude of styles and languages, and encompassing both standard and contemporary repertoire, each candidate once again demonstrated their undeniable artistry and was met with the enthusiastic applause of the public present in the Bourgie Hall. The deliberation of the Voice 2022 jury which took place thereafter concluded with the nomination of three finalists. A draw once again determined the order in which these…

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Last Wednesday, late in the evening of June 1, after two full days of competition, CMiM jury president Zarin Mehta announced the names of the 6 semifinalists in the Melody category and the 10 semifinalists in the Aria category. Art Song Since the beginning of the competition, Wah Keung Chan, Adrian Rodriguez (aka Don Adriano) and Justin Bernard have been following the performances of all these singers and live commenting on Facebook. Several choices of the jury were easy to make, notably in the Art Song category. Deepa Johnny, mezzo-soprano, Meredith Wohlgemuth, soprano, and Arvid Fagerfjäll, baritone, appeared to be…

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Montreal, June1st, 2022 – What a grand beginning for Voice 2022! The first rounds of the Aria and Art Song divisions allowed the public present at Bourgie Hall — and those listening via our broadcasting platforms — to see the high calibre of the competitors. The audience unanimously welcomed their passion and joy. At the end of this spectacular first round, the Voice 2022 jury has now determined which competitors will advance to the Semifinal. Subsequently, a draw determined the order in which these competitors will take the stage. Semifinalists – ART SONG In order of appearance Friday June 3,…

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Montréal, May 25, 2022 – Le Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) is proud to announce that Maestro Jacques Lacombe will conduct the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) for the semifinal and final rounds of the Aria competition on June 6-7 and 9 at Maison symphonique. The CMIM is extremely grateful to Maestro Jacques Lacombe who has agreed to step in on short notice to conduct for the Aria competition of Voice 2022. Maestro Lacombe last collaborated with the CMIM for Piano 2004. Maestro Bramwell Tovey, who was slated to conduct for Voice 2022, has been advised by his doctors…

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Winterreise Nathaniel Watson, baritone; Michael McMahon, piano Leaf music, 2022 Written in the year preceding his death, Winterreise is a monumental work in Franz Schubert’s oeuvre. The cycle of 24 lieder that sets into music a series of poems by Wilhelm Müller never ceases to be recorded, a recent addition being this one out on the Canadian label Leaf Music. What stands out in this version is the impeccable German diction of baritone Nathaniel Watson. His rapport with the songs seems so intimate that he makes you want to rediscover them again. The label’s attention to sound quality is also…

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