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Name: Hélène Picard Voice type: mezzo-soprano From: France Teachers: Rosemarie Landry, Catherine Sévigny Education: Maîtrise Notre-Dame-de-Paris, Université de Montréal Music has been in Helène Picard’s life from an early age, as she was born into a musical family. As the French-born mezzo recalls: “I was in a class whose program made an allowance within its usual curriculum for added training at the conservatory, mainly in voice. I was also taught violin.” By her own admission, she did not connect with opera immediately. “I have to admit that my love for singing, like all passions in life, was a stormy one.…

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The Royal Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce an addition to the ninth 21C Music Festival, taking place in January and February of 2022. Presented in collaboration with Tapestry Opera and Manac Star, the world premiere of Gould’s Wall will open the festival on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 8pm, with additional performances on January 13, 14, 15, and 16. Gould’s Wall is a re-imagining of the life of Canadian icon and classical pianist Glenn Gould and features singers climbing along the interior wall of The Royal Conservatory’s atrium. This daring new opera echoes Gould’s constant striving for artistic perfection and the…

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Montreal, May 18 – A women’s collective from the Quebec artistic and business communities are combining their talents to present the premiere of Albertine en cinq temps – L’opéra from Aug. 19 to 23. The performance will be presented online from the Théâtre du Rideau Vert in Montreal. This event is a unique showcase, highlighting excerpts from Michel Tremblay’s play, adapted as an opera by Productions du 10 avril and set to music by the internationally renowned author, composer, musician and singer Catherine Major. Presented by The Scotiabank Women Initiative, this project is a springboard for the launch of a…

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New York, NY (May 12, 2021)—  On Sunday, May 16, at the Knockdown Center, the Queens performing arts space, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and soloists Angel Blue, Stephen Costello, Justin Austin, and Eric Owens, in A Concert for New York, an eclectic program ranging from the “Lacrymosa” movement of the Mozart Requiem to the aria “Peculiar Grace” from Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, set to have its Met premiere in September. There will be two performances of the 45-minute program at 6pm and 8:30pm. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions,…

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The Paris Opera and its General Manager Alexander Neef, are delighted to announce the arrival of Gustavo Dudamel as Music Director for six seasons as of 1 August 2021. « I am extremely happy that Gustavo Dudamel has accepted my invitation to join the Paris Opera as Music Director. He is one of the world’s most talented and prestigious conductors. I was drawn from the outset to this exceptional conductor who has been fascinated by the world of opera since his early childhood and has conducted numerous operatic works with such musical insight. Over the past ten years, I have…

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Here are the streamed concerts we think you shouldn’t miss for this week! To submit your event, please email [email protected] The Canadian Opera Company (COC) explore new opera with young audiences Designed for youth ages 12-18 and anyone interested in learning more about opera behind-the-scenes! Hosted by COC Opera Teaching Artist Makenzie Morgan, Spring Break at the COC: Exploring New Opera gathers a group of artists and craftspeople to explore different career paths in the performing arts. From Apr. 12 to 16, get a behind-the-scenes look at Ian Cusson’s Fantasma, the company’s upcoming original Opera for Young Audiences for youth…

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The ghost light standing vigil on the ­Metropolitan Opera’s silent stage has never burned this constantly or for so long. Even during the flu pandemic of 1918, the Met – like virtually every other theater in New York City – carried on. There has been death on the Met stage (the performance continued), suicide in the ­audience (which halted things that day), even a bizarre sprinkling of cremated human ­remains into the orchestra pit (causing cancelation of half a matinée plus that evening’s performance). But, by and large, the Met’s ­seasons have unfolded in regular and stately grandeur every year…

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Initially scheduled for spring 2020, but ­postponed for a year because of the pandemic, the sixth edition of the Stella Musica Festival will be presented for the first time in a hybrid way, in front of a live audience in the Gesù amphitheatre – if health measures permit this – and online. The traditional networking evening cannot take place, but the Stella Musica Festival will nonetheless pursue the mission that has inspired it since its inception: supporting women composers, women performers and, more broadly, highlighting the contribution of women in the world of music and the arts, including in leadership…

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Montreal, March 12, 2021 – The Opéra de Montréal’s board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Me René Branchaud, a partner at the law firm of Lavery, as board President. With over 30 years of experience in the fields of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law, Mr. Branchaud has built a strong business network he can call upon when carrying out the mandates entrusted to him. He succeeds outgoing President Bernard Stotland, who has been at the helm of the board of directors for close to 10 years. Mr. Stotland will remain an active member…

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company invites students, ages 12-18, to see what a career in the performing arts could look like, through a new digital program slated to run during Ontario’s April Break for schools. Spring Break at the COC: Exploring New Opera offers five days of live webinars from April 12 – April 16, with daily sessions taking place from 2 – 3 p.m. ET. “Our team is incredibly passionate about opening wide the doors to a creative industry that has historically been seen as ‘high art’,” says COC Deputy General Director Christie Darville. “We want students to…

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