JUN 2017 | VOL 5 | ISSUE 9
Photo: Alexandra Lennox
THE CONCERT SEASON IS COMING TO A CLOSE, AND WE MOVE OUTSIDE AT LAST - THIS HAS A BEEN A SPECTACULAR SEASON OF PREMIERES, WITH WONDERFUL PERFORMANCES FROM COAST TO COAST. GARDENS, PATIOS, BEACHES NOW BECKON, AS WE PAUSE TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS FOR THESE NEXT FEW MONTHS. BUT, THE SONG CONTINUES...
Summer brings a wide range of events for Domoney Artists:
See you in September when the new season kicks off! Until then, enjoy your summertime, wherever it takes you...
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IN PRINT & ONLINE
Asitha Tennekoon nominated for the "Outstanding Performance – Male" Dora Award for his role in Tapestry Opera's The Rocking Horse Winner –
"Tapestry Opera earns 9 taps over the two divisions, all for its production of Rocking Horse Winner, which leads the pack for most nods for Opera productions"
Adam Fisher in Young Caesar at Disney Hall –
"Adam Fisher portrays the 'Young Caesar' title character in a one-night presentation brought to life with animated projections and shadow puppets. The 1971 Lou Harrison opera was presented at Walt Disney Concert Hall."
Glenn Koenig, Los Angeles Times
"LA Phil’s ‘Young Caesar’ lives up to composer Lou Harrison’s radical legacy"
Jim Farber, Daily Bulletin
Marion Newman in Bramwell Tovey's "Ancestral Voices" with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra –
"Mezzo Soprano Marion Newman gave the piece a distinguished launch."
David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun
Jacques Arsenault appears in the "Microphone" video by KINLEY –
"I encourage you all to watch this from start to finish. I applaud KINLEY for her immense courage and am very proud to know many involved in the making of this amazing work of art. This is so much more than a music video. And because of the dedicated group of young women and men behind it, this video and story will be shared with high school students across PEI. Such an important message. Please share."
Adam Fisher in Oksana G. with Tapestry Opera –
"I was especially taken with Adam Fisher as Father Alexander... he effortlessly provided the warmth that balanced the coldness of Oksana’s servitude."
Robert Harris, The Globe & Mail
"The sweet-toned Fisher suggests a lot as a priest who refuses to judge Oksana"
Glenn Sumi, Now Toronto
"Tenor Adam Fisher shines in the role of Canadian priest Father Alexander... His voice was clean and bright and wrought with emotion. He employed the use of a more musical theatre vocalism which lent itself well to this modern score. I have to say, his English diction was some of the best in the show."
Greg Finney, Schmopera
"...a standout performance by Adam Fisher."
Jenna Douglas, Schmopera
"Adam Fisher’s sweet, bright, and youthful tone was perfection... He approached the role with unassuming candor and vulnerability, which was instrumental in making the story ring true."
Keira Grant, MooneyOnTheatre.com
Asitha Tennekoon in St. Mark Passion with Toronto Bach Festival –
"One cannot say enough about tenor Asitha Tennekoon... His mastery of the drama in the Evangelist’s story-telling matched his vocal clarity and superb musicianship."
David Richards, TorontoConcertReviews.ca
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Jun 10 – 12
Marion Newman is a guest soloist with Vancouver Symphony in the premiere of "Ancestral Voices" by Bramwell Tovey, celebrating Canada 150
Adam Fisher stars in Young Caesar, (Lou Harrison) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group; directed by Yuval Sharon; Marc Lowenstein, Conductor
June 22 – 24
Marion Newman stars in "Bearing", the world premiere of a dance-opera from choreographer Michael Greyeyes and playwright/director Yvette Nolan. Music by Bach, Vivier and Spy Dénommé-Welch.
June 22 – 25
Asitha Tennekoon is Harry Benn in Ethel Smyth’s "The Boatswain’s Mate" at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto
Marjorie Maltais debuts at Ottawa's Music and Beyond Festival in "400 Years of Opera", with musical excerpts sung by four superb singers, narrated by musicologist and director of communications for the Opéra de Montréal, Pierre Vachon
Jul 15 – Aug 6
Caitlin Wood joins the cast of "Sweat", touring Ontario with Bicycle Opera Project
Jul 30, Aug 1 & 3
Dion Mazerolle is F.X. Lemieux in Harry Somers's Louis Riel with L’Opéra de Québec
Aug 10 – 20
Adam Fisher is Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific, Calgary Opera in the Village
Asitha Tennekoon has been invited to Stuttgart this August, studying with renowned Andreas Scholl and Joerg Duermueller
Scott Belluz post-show with 21C "Cantatrix Sopranica" colleagues
Ernesto Ramirez with Off Centre Music Brahms/Schumann concert colleagues Boris, Inna, and Russell Braun
Dion Mazerolle at the National Arts Centre with Louis Riel
Marjorie Maltais with cast of Luisa Miller, Lunenberg Academy of Music Performance
Adam Fisher with Natalya Gennadi, Oksana G.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
"Before I started singing I was a drummer in a heavy metal band. Most of my means of musical expression came through complex drums patterns and writing flashy drum fills. However, it came to a screeching halt before the first semester of music college when the band suddenly broke up while recording our second album. My introduction to the vocal arts came during this period of change and uncertainty in my life. I was in music history class and heard Mahler's "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen". The passion and message of that music resonated in me. I'd never been moved quite that way by a piece of music before."
"My parents grew up in very big Acadian families in New Brunswick. Together they had 19 siblings. During family get togethers for holidays or summer vacations, we always had big parties. Music was always a big part of these occasions. If I wasn't causing havoc with my 40 or so cousins, I was probably harmonizing with my older aunts and uncles to Bluegrass or country music or singing to the rock classics of the 70s with my younger uncles."
"I sing professionally because I can't imagine doing anything else. I never take for granted the opportunity to take the stage and perform for five or five thousand people. Music has the power to heal and change lives. In these troubled times, it's now more important than ever to continue to contribute to this wonderful and timeless art form."
Scott Belluz, curtain call for "Cantatrix Sopranica" from The Music of Unsuk Chin, 21C Festival
Ernesto Ramirez with Paloma
Jacques Arsenault with daughter Lucie
Giles Tomkins storytime with son Benji
Jacques-Olivier Chartier and son Gabriel