The Canadian Nightingale Sings Again!

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Date(s) - 21/01/2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Church of St John the Evangelist,

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Jane Cooper, Author; Cara Gilbertson-Boese, Musical Director; Joanne Moorcroft, Pianist; Ania Hejnar, Soprano; Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, directed by Kurt Ala-Kantti; Leandra Dahm, soprano; Taryn Redmond, soprano.

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A concert to launch a new Canadian historical biography, The Canadian Nightingale: Bertha Crawford and the Dream of the Prima Donna, by Jane Cooper. Under the direction of Ottawa musicians, Cara Gilbertson-Boese and Joanne Moorcroft, the concert will bring together contemporary Canadian musicians to recapture the lost voice of Bertha Crawford (1886-1937). Ottawa soprano Ania Hejnar will draw on her personal connection with Crawford’s story. CBC’s Laurence Wall will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Ambition. Fame. Betrayal. The Canadian Nightingale: Bertha Crawford and the Dream of the Prima Donna, reveals the untold story of a gifted young woman from small-town Ontario, who rose to unprecedented success on the opera stages of Russia and Poland, only to be forgotten for eighty years. Tracking a roller coaster ride to celebrity that was ultimately derailed by broken trust, this new Canadian biography revives a singular voice, and reminds us how important it is to recognize Canadian talent and artistic contribution.


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About Author

Jane Cooper is a researcher and writer. Undertaking government policy research by day, by night she escapes into the history of the early 20th century. Working on and off in the former Soviet Union over the past ten years, she has developed a particular interest in the experiences of Western women in Eastern Europe in the first quarter of the previous century.

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