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Toronto, 11 janvier 2022 – Given a continued surge of Omicron transmission across Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company is cancelling all live-audience performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. The production had been slated to run from February 4 – 25, 2022 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, but will now be made available as a free digital presentation to current 2021/2022 COC subscription holders who are continuing to support Canadian opera through the donation, exchange, or credit of tickets. “It’s clear that cancelling in-person performances is the most responsible course of action at this time,” says COC General Director…

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Toronto, January 10, 2022 – Twenty-two composers from across Canada submitted their works to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for its 2021 Choral Composition Competition. The competition this year was for original works scored for SATB or SSAATTBB, a cappella or with piano accompaniment. The TMC also encouraged composers to set a text by a poet from an under-represented community. All submitted scores were reviewed (with no composer names) by a three-member jury led by Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée. The winning composition is Of Rest by Benjamin Sigerson – a setting of text by Vancouver poet j. h. Lee.  Benjamin receives…

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Montreal, January 10th, 2022 – On the heels of a highly entertaining and moving autumnal concert, Oktoécho presents their album Transcestral, a hymn to celebrate life. Starting January 21st, the public is invited to discover the music across digital platforms and on Oktoécho’s official website. An original creation of the Oktoécho ensemble, Transcestral brings together artists, singers, and poets from different backgrounds: six Indigenous (Ojibwe, Innu, Métis, Inuit, Nakoda, Dene) and Sufi communities. Known for their unique musical contributions, rich in poetic lyricism and inspired by their ancestral lineages, Innu poet Josephine Bacon, Sufi singer Anouar Barrada, Métis singer Moe…

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Montréal, January 10, 2002 – The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Canimex Mentorship Program, available exclusively to students enrolled in the Faculty of Music at Université de Montréal (UdeM). The program, which is generously supported by the Canimex Group and the RBC Foundation, will be open to thirteen student instrumentalists and one young conductor and is being carried out in collaboration with UdeM’s Faculty of Music. THE PROGRAM The thirteen student instrumentalists will take part in the mentorship program from May 13 to 28, 2022. The OCM’s artistic director, Boris Brott, will oversee…

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Hamburg, 10 January 2022: Tomorrow, on Tuesday 11 January, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg celebrates its fifth anniversary with a gala concert devoted exclusively to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The concert will be given in the Grand Hall under 2G+ conditions before an audience consisting of invited guests plus hundreds of people who won their tickets in a raffle. This was also the case at the inaugural concert five years ago. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Alan Gilbert will be playing works by John Adams and Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as the Piano Concerto…

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Dimanche, January 10, 2022 – Sinfonia Toronto’s January 21 concert will celebrate Mozart just six days before his 266th birthday. Continuing the orchestra’s January tradition of pairing Mozart with another composer, this year’s concert is titled MOZART & JANACEK. It will take place as a livestream on the 21st and the concert video will remain accessible online for four more weeks. The eloquent young Toronto pianist Artun Miskciyan will be featured in one of Mozart’s most beautiful piano concertos, his No. 22 in E-flat Major.  Maestro Nurhan Arman will conduct Janacek’s passionate, folk-inspired Suite and his own orchestral arrangement of the D Major String Quartet by Mozart’s brilliant contemporary Joseph…

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Montreal, January 6, 2022 – In keeping with the current situation, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is obliged to postpone with regret two events: Rafael Payare and the lyricism of Bruckner scheduled for January 12 and 13 and Youth and Creativity: from Mozart to the OSM Competition scheduled for January 16, new dates to be confirmed. The OSM also announces the cancellation of Brahms and Mahler: between hope and resignation, scheduled for January 19 and 20. All ticketholders will promptly be contacted by Customer Service. On the eve of the first anniversary of the announcement of its new Music Director,…

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Montreal, January 6, 2022 – The upsurge in the number of cases and variants of COVID-19, combined with the government’s resulting public health directives have compelled the Opéra de Montréal to cancel its production of La Traviata, which was set to take place at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier January 29 though February 6, 2022. The company has contacted all ticket holders for this production. “Following recent government announcements regarding the deteriorating situation, we recognize that the production of large-scale works such as La Traviata, which involve close to 250 artists, artisans and technicians, may occasion significant risks to their health. It would indeed be…

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Toronto, January 6 2022 – Following the announcement of the Ontario government on January 3, Tapestry Opera is postponing the world premiere of Gould’s Wall. “We’re working hard to reschedule for new dates later in the year, and will announce them as soon as possible. If you already have tickets for Gould’s Wall, The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Box Office team will be in touch with you to re-book your tickets for the new date. You do not have to do anything, simply keep your current tickets. The safety of our audiences and artists remains our top priority; our hearts…

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Toronto, ON, January 5, 2022 – The Association for Opera in Canada announces the second cohort for the RBC Artist Fellowship and Mentorship Program. The program brings together an exceptional group of 10 early-career artist Fellows and 10 mid-career artist Mentors from all facets of opera. Fellows will participate in 1-on-1 mentorship, group workshops and training sessions, life/career coaching, and personalized professional development training, and networking opportunities. This program is about supporting growth, fostering connections, and opening a dialogue. AOC’s Artist Fellowship is designed to give a voice and agency to the next generation of artists by providing a platform…

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