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The Prix d’Europe will celebrate its 110th anniversary this year. Since its beginning, the scholarship offered by the Prix d’Europe has enabled winners to study abroad. The competition offers what might be called a sabbatical year for further development after musical studies and before embarking on a professional career. “We are always transformed by studying abroad,” comments Vincent Boucher, vice-president of the Académie de musique du Québec and organist at St. Joseph’s Oratory. “I think that the Prix d’Europe was an important cultural driving force in Quebec in the sense that a Quebec musician who went to Vienna or Paris…

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Steven Philcox and Lawrence Wiliford, the Co-artistic Directors of CASP, announce a series of grants to support new and emerging composers during this difficult time of COVID-19 isolation. Two grants of $2000 will be awarded in each of the next three years. The successful applicants will be expected to create three Art Songs (free-standing poems set to music), roughly 10 to 12 minutes in total, within 8 months of the agreed start date. As part of the programme the applicant will be paired with a recognized Canadian Art Song composer who will act as Mentor throughout the process. The Mentors will provide…

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ReWatch on Facebook:  ReWatch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Nm8oowYFrIk Come and join our musical party of La Scena Musicale in a joyful, cozy and jolly Holiday concert on Facebook and YouTube. The event will count with the participation of more than 20 musicians and singers from Canada and around the world, including: Gino Quilico Chantal Dionne Nadine Benjamin Hugo Laporte Marie-Annick Beliveau Bruno Roy and many more. We will also be announcing the winner for our Holiday Concert Giveaway with amazing prizes courtesy of La Scena Musicale. It’s all on Sunday, December 20th at 3pm on La Scena Musicale’s social media…

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While most of the musical world has been at a standstill since March, Marc Boucher has not been short of projects. On the musical scene for more than 25 years and with several recordings to his credit, he founded Festival Classica in Saint-Lambert nearly 10 years ago. Hailed by the international press, the festival has quickly become one of Quebec’s staple musical events of the year.  Now he is tackling a new project: leconcertbleu.com. This new digital platform, put forward by Festival Classica, will be developed in collaboration with the Quebec digital transformation firm ellicom/LCI LX. “We have been thinking…

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Montreal tenor Frédéric Antoun, reacting to an op-ed article in La Presse in a video on Facebook, uses a tissue to demonstrate how, contrary to popular belief, professional opera singers release very little air during singing. “Enough with the fake news, OK?” finishes Antoun on a comical note with a Donald Trump imitation.

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Erin Wall, a Calgary native (who also grew up in Vancouver) whose sumptuous voice and dignified stage presence kept her busy as both a concert and opera singer, has died at age 44. It was known as early as January 2018 that the soprano was suffering from breast cancer. In one of her own tweets she made a reference to having contracted COVID-19.  “Once I was an opera singer,” reads what appears to be her last message. “Then COVID-19 and stage IV cancer changed everything.” A regular on major stages around the world, Wall in 2017 performed both as Strauss’s…

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When 34-year-old soprano Lise Davidsen made her Montreal debut last October as the title character in Orchestre Métropolitain’s opera in concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio, audiences were awestruck by the ability of her voice to effortlessly fill the Maison Symphonique. Her voice was two sizes larger than most of the other casts, including many notable local singers. It’s a generational talent reminding me of live encounters with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and the late tenor Salvatore Licitra. Comparisons are inevitable with her fellow great Norwegan soprano Kirsten Flagstad, whose international career spanned the 1930s and 1940s, and was the greatest Wagnerian…

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Last Sunday, La Scena Musicale and CORONA Serenades celebrated Father’s Day with a special virtual broadcast through Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, a couple of songs were not included. We have therefore recompiled all the songs into a Father’s Day Concert featuring only the performances (duration: 30 mins). Here is the link to the concert. Repertoire: — Hugo Laporte, baryton/baritone, La mort de l’ours, Félix Leclerc — Valérie Poisson, soprano, Tu che di gel sei cinta  (de l’opéra Turandot), Giacomo Puccini — Anne-Marine Suire, soprano, Cheek to Cheek, Irving Berlin — Yara Zeitoun, soprano,…

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On Sunday, May 3 at 2 pm, we unveiled the CORONA Sérénades Concert Week 2, with a Facebook Watch Party. The concert is titled “Divas Spotlight” and will include: Kara Covey Kathryn Frady Rebecca Louise Dale Yara Zeitoun Erica Lee Martin Anne-Marine Suire Giorgia Fumanti Chantal Dionne Marie-Annick Béliveau Anne Marie Sheridan Here is the link to the Facebook Watch Party. And here is the video on YouTube: Please make an order for our free or donation options at www.coronaserenades.com. This would make a good gift for mother’s day.

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CORONA Serenades by La Scena Musicale  La Scena Musicale is proud release CORONA Serenades Concert Week 1, a 30-minute compilation of the best performances after the service’s first full week. Click on the image to view the video on YouTube. SONG LIST / RÉPERTOIRE: La vie en rose (Édith Piaf, Louiguy) – Yara Zeitoun, soprano Lamma Bada Yatathanna (traditional Andalusian song) – Yara Zeitoun, soprano Près des ramparts Séville (Carmen / Georges Bizet) – Anne Marie Sheridan, mezzo-soprano Alma Mía (Bola de Nieve) – Marie-Annick Béliveau, mezzo-soprano Di provenza il mar il suol (La Traviata / Giuseppe Verdi) – Christopher…

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