Les Notes: May 1997

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Singers’
Stories
Toronto’s Today’s Seniors‘ March
issue contains a featured article on Canadian contralto Maureen
Forrestor
(by Linda Pruessen). This article can be found at
:
http://www.novatech.on.ca/seniors/marfeat1.html
.

The March 22nd edition of Opera News had profiles
and interviews of Waltraud Meier, Angela Gheorghiu,
Minnie Hauk and Lilli Chookasian. The April 5 edition
featured Hildegard Behrens, while the April 19 issue profiled
Mirella Freni, Galina Gorchakova and Irina
Arkhipova
.
The Spring ’97 issue of Opera Canada
celebrates their 150th issue with a feature on Montreal baritone
Gino Quillico (by Paul G. Baker), and profiles of noted
soprano and teacher Irene Jessner (1901-94) (by Neil Crory)
and Calgary soprano Frances Ginzer (by John Charles) who made
her Met debut in Wagner’s Die Walküre this April.
Montreal’s
The Asian Leader‘s March issue contains a profile of Chinese
tenor Jianyi Zhang (by Wah Keung Chan). Seehttp://www.brenrose.com/~scena/zhang.html
International baritone Thomas Hampson is
currently promoting his latest compact disc. He talks with Richard
Turp in the March 29, 1997 edition of the Montreal Gazette and to
John Allemang in the April 19, 1997 edition of the Toronto Globe and
Mail.
Dominique Olivier, de l’hebdomadaire Voir (4 avril 1997),
nous livre un article de fond sur la soprano baroque Suzi
Leblanc
. Voirhttp://www.voir.qc.ca . (Chercher sous Suzi Leblanc).

Résultats des auditions Début / Début Audition
Results


Les lauréats des
auditions Début de 1997-1998 sont The winners of the 1997-98 Debut
auditions are Corey Hamm, piano, le quatuor Euterpe,
Nora Sourouzian et Dina Martire, mezzo sopranos,
Angela Kim, piano, Michel Viau, marimba, Patrick
Kearney
, guitar, David Griffiths, tuba et Michael
Meraw
, baryton. Chacun des lauréats donnera un récital à la
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur à la saison prochaine. They will
each perform a recital at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur
next season.

Auditions
Auditions
for the XII Concours International de Chant de Verviers (Belgique)
and the Fourth Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Auditions will be held
at the same time on June 7 (Toronto) and June 8 (Montreal at the
Chapelle historique de Bon-Pasteur). The deadline is : May 25. Info:
Sylvia Burla (514) 684-7287.

Open Dress Rehearsal
Students are invited to the dress rehearsal of the Opéra
de Montréal’s production of Puccini’s final opera Turandot on May 29
at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 upon presentation of a student ID. For more
info call 985-2222.

Une répétition générale, portes ouvertes

Les étudiants
sont invités à assister à la générale de l’Opéra de Montréal dans sa
production du dernier opéra de Puccini, Turandot, le 29 mai, à 19
heures. Le coût des billets est de 4 $ sur présentation de la carte
étudiante. Pour plus d’informations, appeler au 985-2222.


Subscription Updates
The
Montreal Symphony Orchestra‘s 1997-98 Subscription season
contains several new ideas. Their Sponsor a Subscriber program
rewards current subscribers: get one new subscriber and receive two
tickets. The MSO is also venturing into new territory by offering
weekend concerts twice: once on December 5 and 6, and the other on
March 13 and 14. These two are part of a special four concert Brahms
series of his symphonies and his German Requiem. The celebration of
Mahler and his symphonies will continue in a three concert
subscription series devoted to the 5th, 6th and 7th symphonies.
Strangely, the performance of the Adagio from his 10th symphony is
not included in this series. Remaining on the topic of repertoire,
the MSO will be featuring several concerts devoted to Spanish
music.
The OSM projects a 15% increase in attendance this season
over last year attributed to lowered ticket prices. Ticket prices
for the next season will remain the same. Their $10 ‘day of concert’
rush tickets for full time students will continue, as well as their
normal $10 rush tickets for the first 100 tickets available starting
at 6:30 p.m.
The good news for L’Opera de Montréal‘s
1997-98 season is that subscription ticket prices have not changed.
Subscribers also benefit from a new program of ticket replacement
from one opera to another. Furthermore, their Opera 18-35 program
will likely be continued again next year. The bad news is that
single ticket prices have gone up slightly.
Many regular opera goers have noticed that the
L’OdM has dropped their last hour 50% rush ticket policy for
students and seniors. The 18-35 program takes care of most students,
but seniors are out of luck.


Ailleurs / Elsewhere
Mme Eva
Narbonne
, soprano est actuellement en tournée en France,
Belgique et en Suisse. Elle se produira prochainement en concert à
la Maison Canadienne de Paris le 1 mai 1997.


Concert Bénéfice / Benefit
Concert
La soprano Céline Giangi et les pianistes
Françoise Gadbois et Derek yaple-Schobert ont recueilli des fonds de
2400 $ pour la Fondation de l’hôpital de Montréal pour enfants lors
de deux concerts tenus à la Salle Tudor du Magasin Ogilvy le 1er et
6 février dernier.
Soprano
Celine Giangi and pianists Françoise Gadbois et Derek Yaple-Schobert
raised a total of $2400 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital
Foundation with two cocnerts held in Ogilvy’s Tudor Hall last
February 1st and 6th.

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