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Montreal, September 21, 2022 — With deep emotion and boundless gratitude, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) bids farewell to Richard Roberts, Concertmaster with the Orchestra for the past 40 years! He leaves his position after this week’s concerts, during which the Orchestra performs. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn, a composer of whom he is particularly fond. Richard Roberts studied at Indiana University with Josef Gingold and János Starker, as well as with Ivan Galamian and Henryk Szeryng in Geneva, before joining the Cleveland Orchestra, where he remained for eight years, under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel. He…

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Toronto, ON—September 20, 2022—Just in time for the launch of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s momentous 100th-anniversary concert season, seven new musicians join the ensemble’s roster, including two principals (viola and librarian), an associate principal (oboe), a violin, and three cellos—expanding the section by a full third. This follows a rigorous audition process which draws in hundreds of applicants from around the world, and incorporates a blind audition, where would-be Orchestra members perform behind a screen and are evaluated solely on their artistry and technical skills. “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Michael, Christopher, Alex, Luri, Song Hee, Oleksander, and…

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From Sept. 10 to 18, Opéra de Montréal will present another operatic masterpiece at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Composed during the same period as La traviata and Rigoletto, Verdi’s Il trovatore (in French, Le trouvère) is no less famous for its multi-generational plotlines, its inclinations toward revenge and romance, and, of course, its famous arias. Stage directed by Michel-Maxime Legault and under the baton of Jacques Lacombe, the production features world-class artists, including Australian ­soprano Nicole Car (Leonora), baritone ­Etienne Dupuis (Count de Luna), contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Azucena) and Luc Robert (Manrico). Also featured are Matthew Treviño (Ferrando), and three current or…

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Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata was longer and more complex than any concerto of its time. It inspired a novella by Leo Tolstoy and a string quartet by Leos Janacek, both of them pillars of western culture and windows into human psychology. So the idea of replacing the pianist in the violin-piano sonata with a chamber orchestra and playing the 40-minute like a full-blown concerto is not irreverent, irrelevant, nor technically impossible. On paper, it ought to work. Colin Jacobsen’s attempt with The Knights, a New York soloists’ orchestra, strikes me as honourable in its intention and by no means unmusical. It…

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Montréal, September 13, 2022 – To open its 83rd season, the Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) is paying tribute to its beloved late artistic director, Boris Brott. The OCM will present a program that reflects the spirit of the great conductor, with works celebrating the major milestones of his incredible life. Led by Geneviève Leclair, a protégée of Maestro Brott, this season opener will take place on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Salle Pierre-Mercure at the Centre Pierre-Péladeau. New this season: patrons who purchase one adult ticket can reserve one free ticket for a child aged 12 or under. The evening will be…

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Montreal, Sept. 13, 2022 – The 2022-23 winners for the third edition of the $50,000 Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes announced today in Montreal will create four new contemporary Canadian operas to be premiered in 2024. Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes 2022-23 is awarded to teams of emerging Canadian female or non-binary composers and librettists in three categories: French Language work, work by BIPOC creators (Black, Indigenous or Person of Colour), and English Language work. Winners receive seed funding, mentorship and dramaturgy by opera composer & dramaturg Luna Pearl Woolf, and funding support for a musical workshop. Winners 2022-23 Mécénat…

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Joliette, September 12, 2022 – With a few weeks of hindsight, the Festival de Lanaudière team can now fully appreciate just how significant and vital its 2022 edition has been for the organization. In addition to featuring the return of various international soloists and orchestras, this 2022 season brought together a multitude of unusual, exclusive and highly ambitious projects such as one finds in the most prominent festivals around the world. “This season was a major challenge … one that was brilliantly met!” Renaud Loranger, the Festival’s Artistic Director, proudly stated. “In the current context, bringing together such a brilliant constellation…

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September 8, 2022 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The National Arts Centre (NAC) is pleased to announce a three-year contract extension for Alexander Shelley as Music Director of the NAC Orchestra, from September 1, 2023, to August 31, 2026. Since taking on the role of Music Director in 2015, Alexander Shelley has led the NAC Orchestra through transformational initiatives and major tours, highlighting the ensemble’s national role and positioning it as a creative and collaborative space for Canadian composers, conductors, artists and partners. “I continue to be energized by the individual and collective brilliance of our musicians and inspired by the…

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The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir charts a new path this season with The Pilgrim’s Way, which opens their 22/23 lineup of concerts. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Jean-Sébastien Vallée, the TMChoir introduces the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, a professional vocal ensemble of 24-voices which will appear on October 1st at Trinity St-Paul’s United Church for this moving program. Centred on Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, this concert explores the narrative of displacement, identity, and individual life’s journeys. Talbot’s masterwork for a cappella voices is a musical pilgrimage describing a journey on the Camino de Santiago. Through its four contrasting movements based…

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On September 10, the Opéra de Montréal launched its season with Verdi’s Il Trovatore, another classic of the operatic repertoire. For the occasion, the company had attracted one of the most prestigious casts we have ever seen on the Wilfrid-Pelletier stage: Australian soprano Nicole Car (Leonora), and Canadians Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Azucena), Etienne Dupuis (Count di Luna), and tenor Luc Robert (Manrico). All experienced and with many career successes.   In the lead role, Nicole Car was the Verdian heroine that everyone dreams of hearing. Her voice had the depth take on the difficult score of Leonora and the…

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