Apollo's Fire (Cleveland Baroque)
Choeur St. Laurent
Clavecin en concert
Colours of Music Festival
Continuum Contemporary Music
Early Music Vancouver
Festival Baroque Montreal
Festival of the Sound
Guelph Chamber Choir
I Musici de Montreal
Jeunesses Musicales du Canada
L'Opera de Montreal
L'Opera de Quebec
National Arts Centre Orchestra
Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Opera in Concert
Orchestre symphonique de Laval
Orchestre symphonique de Montreal
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Ottawa Choral Society
Pacific Opera Victoria
Palm Beach Opera
Queen of Puddings Music Theatre
Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal
Symphony New Brunswick
Symphony Nova Scotia
Tapestry New Opera Works
Thunder Bay Symphony
Toronto Masque Theatre
Vancouver Bach Choir
Westben Concerts at the Barn
Photo by Kathy Domoney, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
As the leaves begin their inevitable change of costume, summer is becoming a memory... it was a wonderful season of singing, as Domoney Artists were performing across the land at a wide range of music festivals. Check our photo gallery, to see a few highlights!
I am delighted to introduce a new artist to the roster, Canadian countertenor Daniel Cabena. I have admired Daniel's fine musicianship and beautiful singing for some time. He is the consummate performer, adept in repertoire spanning early music through to contemporary works. Featured in this month's Spotlight, I caught up with Daniel to see what projects are on his busy schedule for this season and beyond.
Domoney Artists look forward to a terrific season - with exciting debuts for Maria Soulis (Flosshilde in Pacific Opera Victoria's Das Rheingold), Sean Clark is Tamino in Opera Lyra Ottawa's Studio production of The Magic Flute, Adam Fisher is tenor soloist in Messiah with National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Giles Tomkins sings his first Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with both Edmonton Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria.
Leslie Dala premieres the highly-anticipated Stickboy with Vancouver Opera next month, and leads a busy season of concerts with Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.
Here's to another wonderful season of music in 2014/15!
Follow our roster news with Director's Notes, where the spotlight is on the Stars of Domoney Artists Management. Here you will find special features on this wonderful group of Classical Singers, Orchestral and Opera Conductors and Stage Directors. Read about their passions, hobbies, dream opera roles and more.
Sep 22 Marion Newman joins Toronto Masque Theatre for "The Fine Art of the Masque", an informative salon and performance event, featuring Canadian works commissioned by this innovative company www.torontomasquetheatre.com
Oct 23 – Nov 7 Leslie Dala conducts twelve performances at Vancouver Playhouse of Vancouver Opera's highly-anticipated premiere of Neil Weisensel's Stickboy, based on the book by world-renowned spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan. "Bravely autobiographical, beautifully poetic, visually innovative and musically memorable" www.vancouveropera.ca
Oct 25, 26 & Nov 1 Sean Clark joins Opera Lyra Ottawa's Studio this fall, singing the role of Tamino in their production of The Magic Flute www.operalyra.ca
Oct 26 Maude Brunet is guest soloist in Bach's Cantatas BWV48, 49 and 188 at the Canadian International Organ Competition; Jordan de Souza, Conductor www.ciocm.org
Oct 28 & 29 Virginia Hatfield joins Talisker Players in "Songs of Travel", including Le sommeil d'Ulisse by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and Algoma Central by Louis Applebaum www.taliskerplayers.ca
The latest CD of Ensemble Caprice, Adagio, has been nominated for an ADISQ Felix Award. Conductor/ composer Matthias Maute's "Consideration of a serious matter" has been selected in the category Best Album of the Year – Classical Vocal Music
Canadian countertenor Daniel Cabena is highly regarded in both Canada and Europe for prize-winning performances ranging from baroque to contemporary repertoire, described as “very classy, with his freely flowing slender, well-sustained alto voice”.
In 2012, you received the prestigious Virginia Parker Award from the Canada Council for the Arts - what have you been up to since then?
Since receiving the Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, I've completed a master's degree in specialized early music performance at the Schola Cantorum in Basel and continued in my music-making in Europe. That prize, as well as other grants from the Canada Council, have helped me immeasurably both in completing my music education and in establishing myself as a singer in Europe. I've been privileged during these last couple of years also to develop fruitful collaborations with musicians and ensembles in Europe. But my time in Europe hasn't only been about singing: it's also been about listening - taking in that which that continent has to offer in terms of culture and music, just soaking up as much as possible. That's been a wonderful gift, a gift for which I am deeply grateful.
You were a finalist in this year's Hertogenbosch Internation Voice Competition. What can you tell us about that experience?
It's been an honour and a privilege to take part in this year's IVC 's-Hertogenbosch. I sang in the first round of the competition, having passed the preliminary auditions almost a year ago in Amsterdam. I was, of course, disappointed not to have gone on to the semi-finals, but that disappointment has been totally erased, transformed by the experience as a whole. It's been wonderful to meet with members of the jury, from some of whom I had the chance to receive thoughtful and lengthy feedback on my performance. That feedback was inspiring and very helpful, and I feel as though my course is clearer than it was before. It's also been enriching to attend masterclasses, to hear my colleagues working with such esteemed singers as Anne Gjevang, Siegfried Jerusalem and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. There's been some truly magnificent singing, and I feel privileged to be in such fine company. Finally, I had the privilege to perform the test-piece for its composer, Willem Jeths. This work, "Quale conjugium," was commissioned by the IVC as the test-piece for this, their 50th competition; and it's inspired by the left panel of Hieronymus Bosch's triptych, "The Garden of Earthly Delights." This commission is also part of a larger song cycle, to be completed by two other composers and which will be premiered during the civic festivities on the 500th anniversary of Bosch's death. I loved working with Mr. Jeths, who hosted a workshop for us on his piece; what a joy to discover his music, which is beautifully and masterfully written. I look forward to exploring more of his works in the future.
Tell us about the The Sanctuary in Song and your upcoming recital tour with pianist Stephen Runge.
I'm happy to say that my energies this season will focus on two exciting projects. The first is "A Sanctuary in Song", a recital tour that I"m undertaking this fall with pianist Stephen Runge which will take us to universities and concert series on the East Coast of Canada and in Ontario. I absolutely love that program, which uses some of my favourite works from the 20th Century English art song repertoire to explore the idea of sanctuary in some of its various meanings. The music and poetry of these songs is very close to my heart, and I appreciate the chance to delve into this world again, Stephen and I having premiered the program for the CBC in 2012.
You are working on a new creation by Stacey Brown. Tell us about that.
I am very excited about Chants dérobés, a 50-minute song cycle, currently being composed by Stacey Brown. Stacey's music is very powerful, colourful and beautifully adapted to the text, which is also stunning. The libretto is written by Augustin Rioux, the Québécois multidisciplinary artist; and it's part of a much larger oeuvre, a sort of 'Gesamtkunstwerk' that includes other musical, literary, sculptural, photographic, operatic...works. In fact, the song cycle that Stacey Brown is currently composing will be just one half of a full-length program, the other half comprised of a spoken monologue. Rioux' oeuvre is really compelling, and I've so enjoyed this chance to uncover it. The song cycle itself will be premiered in the summer of 2015 with l'Orchestre de la Francophonie, under the baton of their marvelous conductor, Jean-Philippe Tremblay. (We've done short reading workshops with the orchestra during each of their last two seasons.) We are also working towards a workshop performance in November 2014 of the theatrical version of the piece, complete with the monologue and the song cycle, in a version for voice and piano. It's a major project; and it's a wonderful opportunity, to enlarge in a very special way the countertenor repertoire.
And finally, congratulations on your recent marriage – here's to a wonderful new life, with your family in Guelph.
Thanks for your words of congratulation. Of course, getting married was the most important date in my concert season! And being married is the most beautiful creative project I could ever hope to be involved in. My wife, Mary, is a wonderful, supportive partner. She's a medical doctor who's been working for Public Health, and she's just also taken on a private medical clinic. It is a challenge to coordinate our hectic schedules. Mary also has two wonderful children, both artists - one a dévotée of graphic design; the other a budding Thespian. As you can imagine, it's hard to be away from home and this lively and beautiful family!