DEC 2017 | VOL 6 | ISSUE 3
Photo: Alexandra Lennox
...FOR BAKING SHORTBREAD COOKIES, FESTIVE LIGHTS, DECORATING THE TREE, EGG NOG, FAVOURITE CAROLS AND MORE! AS I WRITE THIS, TORONTO IS ENJOYING ITS FIRST SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON, AND IT IS A CRISP ( -10C) BUT SUNNY WINTER WONDERLAND.
Winter brings its own challenges, as Domoney Artists are busy on planes, trains and automobiles, heading to their various destinations across the land for performances during this special season. December has been a busy month of Bach, Handel, Finzi and more, with Adam Fisher waltzing us into the New Year with "Salute to Vienna" concerts in Saskatoon and Vancouver.
A powerful new immersive production created by Against the Grain Theatre, “Bound” ( based on Handel’s music) opens this week in Toronto, featuring Asitha Tennekoon, who also makes his debut as Polidoro in Opera Lafayette’s upcoming production of Scarlatti’s Erminia in Washington and New York.
I look forward to attending Chamber Music America’s conference in New York City in January, connecting with colleagues from all over North America and beyond. Stay tuned for exciting announcements in the New Year about upcoming performances for Domoney Artists, as summer festivals, opera companies and orchestras look ahead to their 2018/19 seasons.
May your holidays be merry and bright – with lots of special time with family, friends and music!
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Marion Newman joins Rick Phillips for an evening of dramatic readings, joyous seasonal music, and delicious gingerbread in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, at St Andrew's United Church, Toronto
Dec 8 & 9
Jean-Philippe Lazure is tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with Gatineau Symphony Orchestra
Dec 8 – 10
Baritone Clarence Frazer debuts with Windsor Symphony in Messiah; Peter Wiebe, Conductor
Marjorie Maltais debuts with Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah; Mark Vuorinen, conductor
Dec 13 – 16
Asitha Tennekoon joins "BOUND", new interpretations of Handel's music by recent Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award winning composer Kevin Lau, with Against the Grain Theatre
Dec 13 – 17
Marjorie Maltais debuts with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in performances of Messiah; Francesco Lecce-Chong, Conductor
Dec 14 & 15
Caitlin Wood is a guest soloist with Ottawa Choral Society in Finzi’s In Terra Pax with baritone Russell Braun; Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Conductor
Jean-Philippe Lazure is guest artist for "Gifted" with Forte Toronto Gay Men's Chorus
Jennifer Taverner is a guest soloist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Cellar Singers; Mitchell Pady, Conductor
Dec 17 & 18
Jean-Philippe Lazure joins the fun with Toronto Masque Theatre’s “Peace on Earth: A Christmas Salon”, celebrating the season with carols, songs and instrumental works, including a rare performance of excerpts from the cantata "The Birth of Christ" by Clarence Lucas
Dec 30 & Jan 1
Adam Fisher rings in the New Year with "Salute to Vienna" in Saskatoon and Vancouver; Christoph Campestrini, Conductor
Caitlin Wood in Missing with Pacific Opera Victoria
Clarence Frazer singing Messiah with Windsor Symphony
Clarence Frazer singing Messiah with Windsor Symphony
Marjorie Maltais debuted in Messiah with Grand Philharmonic Choir
IN PRINT & ONLINE
"Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman exuded strength and restraint in the challenging role of Dr. Wilson, who gets into a heated debate about racism in a college class and has some of the few spoken sections of the opera."
Sarah Petrescu, Victoria Times Colonist
"Missing is a piece that at once fills your heart and tugs it down through your gut. It brings a traditionally European art form to a major issue facing indigenous communities by drawing upon the lived experiences of communities and the knowledge of indigenous language holders and storytellers of all mediums."
Shayli Robinson, Showbill.ca
Marion Newman sings in "Forward Currents" arts festival with Regina Symphony Orchestra –
"A partnership between the Regina Symphony Orchestra and MacKenzie Art Gallery, Forward Currents will feature a variety of Indigenous artists, including Knight, Toronto musician Jeremy Dutcher and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman. Writer Drew Hayden Taylor will host."
Ashley Martin, Regina Leader-Post
Caitlin Wood as Clorinda in La Cenerentola, featured on Edmonton Opera’s holiday card!
Clarence Frazer featured in Schmopera's "Talking with Singers" –
"Baritone Clarence Frazer strikes a fine balance between singing staple roles like Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and taking on the more contemporary, like Sam in Rolfe's Crush and Jean in the North American premiere of Boesman's Julie. He is the recipient of this year's IRCPA Career Blueprint Award; he'll spend three days at National Opera Center, provided with new professional photographs, website consultation, video and audio recordings, and mentoring with professionals."
Jenna Simeonov, Schmopera.com
Jean-Philippe Lazure with Children's Messiah Pax Christi Chorale colleagues
Clarence Frazer smiling through his injured ankle with Windsor Symphony Messiah colleagues
Marjorie Maltais with Grand Philharmonic Choir/KW Symphony Messiah Colleagues
Jean-Philippe Lazure with Orchestre Symphonique Gatineau Messiah Colleagues