JAN 2018 | VOL 6 | ISSUE 4
Photo: Alexandra Lennox
HERE WE ARE IN MID-JANUARY, THE POLAR VORTEX IS ON A BREAK THIS WEEK, AND THE SUNSHINE IS GLORIOUS.
After a stormy day of delays, I finally made it to New York, and had a wonderful time at Chamber Music America’s conference, connecting with my colleagues from all over North America, and hearing some terrific showcases and performances. A visit to MoMa to see Monet's Water Lilies was a great break from the frigid weather.
Domoney Artists are busy in rehearsal right now, Dion Mazerolle is Dick Deadeye with Edmonton Opera’s HMS Pinafore, Asitha Tennekoon has begun rehearsals as Polidoro in Scarlatti’s Erminia with Opera Lafayette in Washington, DC, and Marjorie Maltais has just stepped into the role of Cherubino with Opera in Concert’s I Due Figaro.
Marion Newman is busy with workshops of “I Call Myself Princess” with Paper Canoe and Cahoots Theatre this month, followed by another with Tapestry Opera. We are thrilled to be involved in new Canadian creations. Marion has also been invited to perform at Vancouver Opera’s fundraising event, “Voices from the Pacific Rim”, onstage at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and Giles Tomkins is a guest artist at the "High Notes Gala for Mental Health".
Jacques-Olivier Chartier (Evangelist) and tenor Jean-Philippe Lazure look forward to their performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Montreal’s Choeur Classique at Maison Symphonique, Daniel Cabena is a guest soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with Grand Philharmonic Choir, and Caitlin Wood and Clarence Frazer star as Susanna and Figaro in a concert performance of The Marriage of Figaro with Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
In Innsbruck, Austria, soprano Jennifer Maines sings the role of the Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul at the Landestheatre.
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Adam Fisher rings in the New Year with "Salute to Vienna" in Saskatoon and Vancouver; Christoph Campestrini, Conductor
Jan 25, Feb 1 & 3
Tenor Jean-Philippe Lazure is a guest soloist in "Mozart: Celebrating the Master" featuring Coronation Mass in C, with Pax Christi Chamber Choir; David Bowser, conductor
Caitlin Wood stars as Susanna and Clarence Frazer is her Figaro, as Windsor Symphony presents a concert performance of Mozart’s beloved comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro; Conductor Robert Franz
Feb 3, 6 & 9
Dion Mazerolle returns to Edmonton Opera as Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore
Feb 3 – Jun 7
Soprano Jennifer Maines is the Secretary in 12 performances of Menotti’s The Consul, at
Landestheater, Innsbruck, Austria
Feb 8 – 10
Giles Tomkins and Marion Newman join Toronto Masque Theatre for a double bill of Bach’s Peasant Cantata and "All the Diamonds", songs inspired by the night sky, with a spotlight on some of Canada’s great repertoire including Bruce Cockburn, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell
Daniel Cabena is a guest soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with Grand Philharmonic Choir at St Peter's Lutheran Church, Kitchener
Marion Newman is guest artist at Vancouver Opera’s “Voices of the Pacific Rim”
Who will be living la vie Boheme in 2018?
ANSWER COMING SOON!
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MARION NEWMAN PARTICIPATED IN A WORKSHOP OF “I CALL MYSELF PRINCESS" , WHICH IS HEADING TOWARD PRODUCTION THIS SEPTEMBER.
Based on the life of Indigenous Opera singer Tsianina Redfeather and Charles Wakefield Cadman, who toured the US in the early 1900s performing lecture recitals of interpreted First Nations songs, this new opera features a fabulous cast including Marion Newman, Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster, Aaron Aaron M Wells, Haui Davis, and Richard Greenblatt.
The production is supported by Cahoots Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, and the Canadian Opera Company, with director Marjorie Chan, associate director Keith Barker, Musical Director Jerod Tate, dramaturge Aaron Jan, and Jani Lauzon as Co-Producer and writer.
Jean-Philippe Lazure as a caroler on Murdoch Mysteries
IN PRINT & ONLINE
Giles Tomkins talks about singing for mental health –
"[Giles] Tomkins will sing 'The Impossible Dream' from Man of La Mancha, 'O del Mio Amato Ben' by S. Donaudy and 'Stars' from Les Miserables on Thursday, February 1 at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts."
"Other headliners in the exciting musical transformation include: Dora Award-winning tenor Asitha Tennekoon (Manager), who burst onto the Toronto scene in 2015 with his breakout performance in Tapestry’s smash hit, Rocking Horse Winner; baritone Peter McGillivray (Head of Department); mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig (Landlady); soprano Meher Pavri (Secretary); tenor Keith Klassen (Mokiya); baritone Aaron Durand (Sossiya); bass Giles Tomkins (Khodozat); and mezzo-soprano Erica Iris along with sopranos Caitlin Wood and Magali Simard-Galdés as the Mad Chorus."
Daniel Cabena sings "Hauptmusik: The Cantata Project", a new work inspired by Bach, with Spiritus Ensemble –
"It was Daniel Cabena, a Guelph-based, WLU-trained counter-tenor who performs internationally, who came up with the idea of commissioning a new work inspired by Bach and following his methods and stylistic elements, including working within a limited timeline."
Martin de Groot, Waterloo Region Record
DOMONEY ARTISTS INCLUDED IN THE SCHMOPERA 2017 ROUNDUP!
"Adam Fisher and Jacqueline Woodley gave thrilling performances and Natalya Gennadi as the title character was definitely the season's breakout star for me. A deeply personal topic for Gennadi, it brought a sence of urgency and realness to the story and both Toronto's music and theatre scenes are richer for this performance."
Greg Finney, Schmopera
Asitha Tennekoon in Bound with Against the Grain Theatre –
"...the ensemble of singers was a who's-who of the best talent in Canada. Miriam Khalil, Danika Lorèn, Victoria Marshall, David Trudgen, Asitha Tennekoon, and Michael Uloth singing these reworked Handel arias was, alongside Tapestry's Oksana G., was the most moving theatre I've seen all year."
Greg Finney, Schmopera
Adam Fisher stars in LA Philharmonic recording of Young Caesar –
"The Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Industry drew acclaim last year for their co-production of Young Caesar, Lou Harrison’s depiction of Caesar’s love for another man. The production was directed by Yuval Sharon, The Industry’s founder/director, and the LA Phil’s Artist-Collaborator. The digital album was recorded live with the LA Phil New Music Group at Walt Disney Concert Hall and will be digitally released February 2, 2018, on The Industry Records."
Congratulations Jennifer Taverner and Mike on their Engagement!
Dion Mazerolle as Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore with Edmonton Opera
Asitha Tennekoon exploring Washington DC
Jean-Philippe Lazure backstage at "Christmas Salon" with Toronto Masque Theatre
Jennifer Maines with son Benjamin, winter in Austria!