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Soprano Jocelyn Fralick, who recently returned to Toronto after two years’ study in Amsterdam, will have to pack her bags again for three days in New York. On Friday, October 15, she was named recipient of the coveted Career Blueprint, in the fourth edition of Ten Singing Stars – The New Generation, presented by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. The announcement was made at the conclusion of the Ten Singing Stars concert at Toronto’s Zoomer Hall, broadcast live on The New Classical 96.3 FM and streamed on the station’s website and YouTube channel. The singers performed operatic arias…

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There are at least three other composers name “Tchaikovsky” besides the famous one? In addition to Piotr Ilyich there are Alexander (b. 1946), his uncle Boris (1925-1996), and André (1935-1982), who was Polish. None of them were related to Piotr Ilyich. Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the animals was neither performed in public nor published during the composer’s lifetime? It went on to become one of the most popular works in the entire repertory of classical music, yet the composer himself forbade all performances beyond a single private one given for his friends during Carnival season (late winter) in 1886. (Saint-Saëns died…

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New York, NY (September 20, 2021)— The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it has appointed Debra Lew Harder as the new host of its radio broadcasts, the longest-running classical music program in American radio history, which began 90 years ago in 1931. Only the fifth person to serve in this capacity, Ms. Lew Harder follows in the footsteps of former legendary voices of the Met, Milton Cross (1931–1975), Peter Allen (1975-2004), Margaret Juntwait (2004–2015), and, most recently, Mary Jo Heath (2016–2021). Ms. Lew Harder comes to the Met from WRTI, the classical music and jazz public radio station in Philadelphia.…

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Montreal, September 16, 2021 — The vocal creation company CHANTS LIBRES is delighted to announce the world -premiere of its latest creation, L’orangeraie by Zad Moultaka (music) and Larry Tremblay (libretto), staged by -Pauline Vaillancourt. The performances will take place in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in the Ludger–Duvernay Theatre of Montreal’s Monument-National on October 19, 20 and 21, 2021, and then again on November 5 and 6, 2021, at Le Diamant in Quebec City as part of their series — Art Lyrique. Artistic Director Pauline Vaillancourt co-founded this company in 1990 with Joseph Saint-Gelais and Renald Tremblay.…

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is inviting audiences to three new mainstage productions at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of its 2021/2022 season offerings: Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, and The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “Through our digital fall, it’s been wonderful to be able to support artists, creators, and technicians in returning to the stage and sharing their talents with audiences from coast to coast to coast,” says COC General Director Perryn Leech. “Today, we’re delighted to announce even more ways to access the very best in…

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They have not been led by their conductor, Jonathan Cohen, since the start of the pandemic. Thus the spirit of a reunion will prevail on Sept. 22, when Les Violons du Roy present their first concert of the season at the Palais Montcalm. There will be a reunion also with the French soprano Sandrine Piau, who sang for the first time with this Quebec City chamber orchestra in 2003. “She was to give a gala concert with us in April 2020,” explains Les Violons artistic director Laurent Patenaude. “This will be our first guest from abroad since the…

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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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Entre drame humain et conte politique At the cutting edge of the contemporary scene for more than 30 years, the Chants Libres company is presenting the world premiere this fall of its new opera L’orangeraie. Adapted from the novel of the same title and presented as a coproduction with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), the opera depicts the throes of war in the Middle East through a gripping family drama. Genesis Deeply impressed by Larry Tremblay’s 2013 novel, the founding artistic director of Chants Libres, Pauline Vaillancourt, felt a deep empathy for the characters, whose music she could hear instantly.…

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AUGUST 25, 2021, VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Opera is proud to welcome two new participants to the 2021–2022 Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program. Hillary Tufford and Amanda Testini will join returning artists Ian Cleary, Luka Kawabata, Amy Seulky Lee, and Jonelle Sills. “Our 2021–2022 participants are an exceptional group of artists who will have an opportunity to work and train with world-class opera professionals this coming season,” says Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director. “With our anticipated return to stage this year, we are pleased to welcome back a few of last year’s young artists—who had extraordinary performances in…

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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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