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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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One of the Verdi’s best-known operas with many recognizable tunes, La Traviata tells the tragic love story of Parisian courtesan Violetta, who initially rejects the notion of love, but eventually falls for the handsome Alfredo, only to be forced to relinquish her life with him, in the name of saving his family’s honour. Conducted by Music Director Johannes Debus, this is a revival of COC’s 2015 production under director Arin Arbus, which stays true to Verdi’s original vision for the opera, and transports the audience back into the world of Paris’ elite in the mid-1800s. What you missed Egyptian-born soprano…

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Conductor, violinist and educator Iwan Edwards passed away on the morning of March 4, 2022, at the age of 84. Last issue, he was interviewed by Marie-Claire Fafard-Blais for our feature on the St. Lawrence Choir’s 50th anniversary. In 2019, he contributed a three-page retrospective on his career. We pay tribute to Edwards by publishing the memory of my first experience singing with him (blog post from 2014). Visit the Facebook Group “Remembering Iwan Edwards” for more memories from those he touched: www.facebook.com/groups/3115218298732574/ Filmmaker Amena Ahmad is working on a documentary on Iwan Edwards: Once & For All The First…

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Galileo presents two concerts Galileo has been based in Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent, southwest of Montreal, since its establishment in October 2010. Comprising 15 to 35 instrumentalists, this chamber orchestra bills itself as the only Canadian orchestra specializing in historically informed performance of symphonic repertoire from approximately 1730 to 1930. On April 19, at  Saint-Michel Catholic Church in Vaudreuil-Dorion, the orchestra presents its first concert under the direction of Daniel Constantineau with a program resolutely turned towards modernity: Beethoven’s Great Fugue, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Webern’s Fünf Sätze (Five Movements) and Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 2. On June 3, at  the Nativity Catholic Church…

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For its April 8, 2022 program, the Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) invited guest conductor Kenosha Watanabe, a young protégé of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to lead a program that included a world premiere and quite possibly an additional premiere for Montrealers—songs composed by Alma Mahler in the Matthews orchestration. In the now seemingly obligatory opening remarks from the stage of any conductor of this orchestra, Watanabe talked briefly about Paola Prestini’s Barcarola, then paid tribute to conductor Boris Brott, one of Canada’s iconic musical forces, who was tragically struck and killed last week by a hit-and-run driver in Hamilton. What you missed? In…

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Australia Alexandra Flood (1990) soprano | Art song Professor(s): Neil Semer, 2014-present KS Prof Andreas Schmidt, 2014-2017 Anna Connolly, 2011-2013 Vivien Hamilton, 2004-2011 Prizes: 2015 & 2017 2nd Prize, Richard Strauss Competition, Munich, Germany 2015 Winner, Australian Music Foundation Award, London, UK 2014 Awardee – Acclaim Opera Awards Teatro alla Scala Fellowship, Italy 2014 Winner, Opera Foundation for Young Australians AIMS Award, Australia Canada | Bulgary Adanya Dunn (1990) mezzo-soprano | ARIA Professor(s): Don Marrazzo, 2018-present Edith Bers, 2014-2018 Lorna MacDonald, 2008-2014 Prizes: 2021 Winner of three prizes, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, Montréal 2021 Award Winner, Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award,…

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While its 2021 piano edition, won by South Korean Su Yeon Kim, certainly prevailed during the pandemic, it was only able to do so by pre-recording performance rounds in 16 cities throughout the world. This year, for the vocal edition, the Montreal International Music Competition (i.e. CMIM: Concours musical international de Montréal) can finally welcome back candidates on site, as well as live audiences to its halls. General and Artistic Director Christiane LeBlanc looks upon this reunion with great happiness. For her, the past two years have been synonymous with pitfalls, but also with extraordinary lessons for the future. …

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At long last many COVID restrictions have been removed almost entirely across Canada, yet opera lovers are apparently not quite ready to flock back to the Met Live in HD showings at their local theatres. At the theatre I attended—Cineplex VIP Don Mills in Toronto—for Verdi’s Don Carlos on Saturday, March 26, there were fewer than 20 people in attendance. But those who passed up the show missed a great day for Canadian singers. The entire cast led by American tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role was outstanding, but Canadians Etienne Dupuis as Rodrigue and John Relyea as the…

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The music of George Frideric Handel has always been at the core of Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin’s repertoire. One of her earliest recordings, a 1999 Analekta disc of Handel arias with Tafelmusik under the direction of the late Jeanne Lamon, features two arias from Handel’s 1735 opera seria, Alcina. They provide a ­tantalizing early career glimpse of the present moment just as Gauvin has ­triumphed as Alcina in a new production built around her considerable talents by Czech opera director Jiří Heřman for Brno’s National ­Theatre. After its February 2022 première in the Czech Republic, the production travelled to Versailles…

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