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Ever since Samuel Barber’s Adagio and Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto became the standard works of public mourning and consolation, the first in the 1940s, the second in the 1970s, the search has been on for an alternative orchestral offering of sombre yet hopeful contemplation. When the Pittsburgh Symphony commissioned the Scottish composer James MacMIllan to mark the tenth anniversary of its Austrian music director, Manfred Honeck, his thoughts turned inward to their shared Roman Catholic faith. The Larghetto, based on MacMillan’s choral setting of Psalm 51, moves from a Miserere starting point to something altogether more encouraging, an organic optimism that transcends…

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The second concert of the Orchestre classique de Montréal season, Tuesday in Salle Pierre-Mercure, came adorned with thematic and honorary elements. In musical essence it was a night of Ravel, and as such it succeeded.   The biggest success came first: Shéhérazade, the sensuous three-part cycle of 1904, with Juile Boulianne as soloist. Singing from memory, this radiant mezzo-soprano seemed to inhabit the music, modulating from insinuating whisper to full-throated climax (and back) in a completely natural way. In an age of COVID cabin fever, the oriental fantasies of the text (by the intriguingly named poet Tristan Klingsor) seemed even…

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – The ninth edition of the 21C Music Festival will include 13 concerts and 1 film, and span over 2 weeks in January with one additional date in February, from January 12 to February 25, 2022. The cornerstone of the Festival will be a spotlight on the Kronos Quartet, who will participate in three events, and world premiere of Gould’s Wall, presented in collaboration with Tapestry Opera and Maniac Star. In total, the Festival will include 18 premieres: 6 world (all by Canadian composers: Brian Current, Eve Egoyan, Kathryn Knowles, Morgan-Paige Melbourne, Nauroz Tanya, and Tanya…

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Last Sunday (Nov 21, 2022), Opéra de Montréal kickstarted their season to a Jam-packed Wilfrid-Pelletier crowd of hungry Operaphiles. The “mixtape” concert featured the artists-in-residence Atelier lyrique along with its two homegrown and former members: mezzo-soprano Catherine Daniel (Atelier 2008-2010) and tenor Éric Laporte. The singers were accompanied by the Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of Jacques Lacombe. The concept of the show was an effective twist on the typical operatic gala concert. The singers Catherine Daniel, Éric Laporte, Mishael Eusebio and  Vanessa Croom also hosted the evening. They made a great effort to be relatable and to appeal to younger audiences,…

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After a three-month international search, Edmonton Opera’s Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Artistic Director, Joel Ivany. “Over the past 58 seasons, Edmonton Opera has built a proud foundation, and we’re in an opportune position to expand the ways in which we serve our community,” says Thomas Bradley, Board Chair. “The entire team is excited for a new era of opera in Edmonton, and we feel that Joel is the perfect person to lead the company into the future as we emerge from the pandemic.” “Edmonton is very familiar to me and my family,…

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November 19th, 2021, Kitchener, ON – The Annual General Meeting of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was held yesterday afternoon, November 18th, 2021, virtually over Zoom. The KWS reported on the financial results of the 2020/21 Season and presented the annual awards. The meeting began with a pre-recorded performance by Artist-In-Residence Gurpreet Chana. Music Director Andrei Feher shared with attendees the number of great successes the KWS had over the 2020/21 Season against all odds. The KWS presented by far the greatest number of digital concerts of any orchestra in Ontario. Feher impressed to attendees that it was crucial for the musicians…

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Last week I had the pleasure of hearing the Cleveland Orchestra in top form at its home in Severance Hall. A real treat after the COVID-19 restrictions that have restricted access to live music, especially for Canadians travelling to the United States. This week I was in the Motor City to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under its new music director, Jader Bignamini. Once again the music-making was on the highest possible level. As Canadians are well aware, the U.S. government finally opened its borders to travelers entering the country by car on Nov. 8. It was a welcome relief,…

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At the start of the first Covid lockdown in March 2020, the violinist Renaud Capucon asked his son Elliott to film a short Dvorak piece he was playing on a tablet. What arose from this moment was a ritual in which, for 56 days, Capucon would play each morning with the pianist Guillaume Bellom and post the results online. ‘It would give me a goal every morning, at a time when one could easily come adrift,’ he says. Twenty-two of those tracks have now been released on record, at the very moment that parts of Europe are heading back into…

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By Justin Bernard, Natasha Gauthier, Arthur Kaptainis, Denise Lai, Dino Spaziani La Nef / Myriam Leblanc / Sylvain Bergeron Oct. 2 What you missed Myriam Leblanc’s soft voice immediately immersed us in an intimate atmosphere. In J’avais cru qu’en vous aimant la douleur serait extrême, by an anonymous composer, we were able to admire her artistic flair, her musicality and her technique, perfectly adapted to early music, especially the vocal treatment of appoggiaturas. In Vos mépris, chaque jour, by a certain Michel Lambert, she showed off her excellent diction. This piece is stylistically very similar to the famous Pur…

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The prize winners of the 66th Kathleen Ferrier Awards were announced last night (Sunday 14 November) after a competition which saw the semi-finalists and finalists perform at Southwark’s Grade II listed Henry Wood Hall. The annual Awards Competition, held in memory of the extraordinary contralto, have a reputation as being career-making for highly talented young singers. This year, British countertenor Hugh Cutting won the first prize of £12,500. Hugh is a member of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio and a Vocal Masters graduate of the Royal College of Music. He has recorded with The King’s Consort and…

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