Browsing: Art Song

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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DiDonato, Rating: 4 stars Grigorian, Rating: 5 stars The American mezzo-soprano is touring a programme of works that are designed to reconnect humanity to nature. On this evidence, her voice has darkened in the COVID absence, acquiring a warming reassurance and companionable presence. This is singing as a form of mildly polemical conversation, from her to us. Her selection, accompanied by Il Pomo D’Oro ensemble with Maxim Emelyanchev, is colourfully varied, from a Baroque aria by Marini to an aubade by the film composer Rachel Portman. I am slightly confused by the presence of Mahler and Wagner but…

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A double bill from the Opéra de Montréal On Sept. 25 and 26 the Ballet Opéra Pantomime company and the I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra joins the Opéra de Montréal in the Théâtre Maisonneuve to present the premiere of Le Flambeau de la nuit by Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse (music) and Olivier Kemeid (words). Bringing together more than 60 artists on stage, this opera is conceived as a mirror of the opera Riders to the Sea by the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, from which it borrows the dramatic process of closed doors, the ghostly presence of a female choir and…

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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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Name: Klara Martel-Laroche Voice Type: Soprano From: Quebec City Teacher: Adrienne Savoie Education: Conservatoire de musique de Montréal Klara Martel-Laroche is pursuing a master’s in performance at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal under the supervision of Adrienne Savoie. Open-minded by nature, Klara is a sensitive artist whose commitment to music is as strong as her will to invest in it emotionally. In operas and musicals alike, she handles soprano and mezzo roles with equal ease, with a readiness to depart from the beaten paths. In recent years, she has sung the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon under the baton…

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Name: Samira Tou Type de voix : soprano From: Algérie Teachers: Gail Desmarais, Anne Popescu, Rose-Marie Landry, Lyne Fortin Éducation : Université de Montréal et Université McGill Samira Tou has been lauded for her acting ability, engaging presence and dancing skills. Weaned as much on the rhythms and melodies of her native land as the sounds of Western music, this singer embraces music from a worldly perspective, as if she had many options to choose from. By the time she started operatic singing, she already had 15 years of experience as a classical dancer under her belt. On two occasions, she…

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Name: Maud Lewden Voice Type: soprano From: France Teachers: Rosemarie Landry and Richard Margison Education: Université de Montréal A native of Bordeaux, France, Maud Lewden is a soprano who earned her undergraduate diploma in her hometown before moving to Montreal to get a master’s in vocal performance at the Université de Montréal. She is currently a pupil of Rosemarie Landry and Richard Margison. From 2018 to 2021, she took part in productions staged by  the Atelier d’Opéra at U of M under the direction of Robin Wheeler. She has benefited from the guidance of several keynote instructors like Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière,…

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Name: Agnès MénardVoice Type: SopranoFrom: FranceTeachers: Rosemarie Landry and Catherine SévignySchool: Université de Montréal Soprano Agnès Ménard began her studies in France with Anne Constantin. During her apprenticeship, she played Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Despina in Così fan tutte and the First Lady in The Magic Flute. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Université de Montréal under the direction of Rosemarie Landry and Catherine Sévigny. She has sung Elettra in Idomeneo, Gabrielle in La Vie parisienne, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Diane in Actéon. She has also sung excerpts from Ana Sokolović’s song cycle…

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Name: Yosra Abid Voice Type: SopranoFrom: Tunisia Teachers: Hristina Hadjieva and Julie Gebhart Education: Music Institute in Tunis  In 2017, soprano Yosra Abid successfully completed her undergraduate studies in music and musicology with a closing recital, for which she received an honourable mention and personal congratulations from the examiners. Prior to that, Yosra began a three-year apprenticeship in 2014 with baritone Ivan Konsulov, choir director of the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, while taking lessons with Christof Buescher, Benedikt Holtbern and Lucas Grimm that same year; further instruction ensued with conductor Vladimir Sheiko in 2016 and, a year later, with Polish countertenor…

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  Name: Queen Hezumuryango Voice Type: mezzo-soprano From: Burundi Teachers: Rosemarie Landry and Catherine Sévigny Education: Université de Montréal Queen Hezumuryango is a mezzo-soprano whose experience and passion for music cover a range of styles, from opera to recitals and musicals. Among her credits are Huntsman in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Third Wood Sprite in Dvořák’s Rusalka and Venus in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers. She will soon begin her doctoral program at the Université de Montréal, her dissertation addressing the contribution of Black composers to classical music. She wishes to acknowledge the invaluable support of her teachers, friends and…

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