Ellen Wieser, Soprano

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

’Tis the Season...

Xmas Cookies...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.

 

 

Kathy Domoney Xmas TreeWinter 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!

 

Be sure to follow all the news of Domoney Artists, both on stage and off, via Facebook and Twitter, and now Instagram, and check out our YouTube channel for videos of our roster in performance!

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Kathryn Domoney

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ON STAGE NOW

DECEMBER 2017

Christmas Oratorio PosterDec 1
Maria Soulis and Dion Mazerolle debut as soloists with Elmer Iseler Singers in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio; Janet Brenneman, guest conductor

www.elmeriselersingers.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol PosterDec 2
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

www.standrewstoronto.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messiah PosterDec 8 & 9
Jean-Philippe Lazure is tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with Gatineau Symphony Orchestra

www.osgatineau.ca

 

Dec 8 – 10
Baritone Clarence Frazer debuts with Windsor Symphony in Messiah; Peter Wiebe, Conductor

www.windsorsymphony.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messiah PosterDec 9

Marjorie Maltais debuts with Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah; Mark Vuorinen, conductor

www.grandphilchoir.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bound PosterDec 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

www.againstthegraintheatre.com

 

Messiah PosterDec 13 – 17

Marjorie Maltais debuts with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in performances of Messiah; Francesco Lecce-Chong, Conductor

www.mso.org

 

 

 

In Terra Pax PosterDec 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

www.ottawachoralsociety.com

 

 

 

 

Messiah PosterDec 14 – 17
Daniel Cabena steps in as Alto soloist in Messiah with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Ivars Taurins, conductor
www.tafelmusik.org

 

Gifted PosterDec 15
Jean-Philippe Lazure is guest artist for "Gifted" with Forte Toronto Gay Men's Chorus

www.fortechorus.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Oratorio PosterDec 16

Jennifer Taverner is a guest soloist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Cellar Singers; Mitchell Pady, Conductor

www.thecellarsingers.com

 

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

www.torontomasquetheatre.com

 

 

 

 

Salute to Vienna PosterDec 30 & Jan 1
Adam Fisher rings in the New Year with "Salute to Vienna"  in Saskatoon and Vancouver; Christoph Campestrini, Conductor

www.salutetovienna.com

 

MORE UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

THIS JUST IN

Daniel Cabena, Countertenor

Dec 14 – 17
Daniel Cabena steps in as Alto soloist in Messiah with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Ivars Taurins, conductor
www.tafelmusik.org

 

Bravo to L’opera de Quebec,  whose production of Louis Riel (featuring Jean-Philippe Lazure, Clarence Frazer and Dion Mazerolle) is nominated  for the Prix Opus Concert de l'année – Québec

 

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VIDEO
CORNER

Asitha Tennekoon, TenorTenor Asitha Tennekoon sings "Una furtiva lagrima"  from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore

 

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IN PERFORMANCE

DOMONEY ARTISTS ON STAGE

Caitlin Wood, Soprano

Caitlin Wood in Missing with Pacific Opera Victoria

Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano & Caitlin Wood, Soprano

Marion Newman and Caitlin Wood in Missing with Pacific Opera Victoria

Maria Soulis, Mezzo-Soprano & Dion Mazerolle, Baritone

Maria Soulis and Dion Mazerolle sing  Christmas Oratorio with Elmer Iseler Singers

Clarence Frazer, Tenor

Clarence Frazer singing Messiah with Windsor Symphony

 

Clarence Frazer, Tenor

Clarence Frazer singing Messiah with Windsor Symphony

 

Marjorie Maltais, Mezzo-Soprano

Marjorie Maltais debuted in Messiah with Grand Philharmonic Choir

IN PRINT & ONLINE

RECENT PRESS

Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano & Caitlin Wood, Soprano

 

Marion Newman as Dr Wilson and Caitlin Wood as Ava in Missing with City Opera Vancouver –

"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

FULL REVIEW

 

"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

FULL REVIEW

 

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

FULL ARTICLE

 

Caitlin Wood, SopranoCaitlin 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

FULL ARTICLE

 

OFF STAGE

DOMONEY ARTISTS BEHIND THE SCENES

Giles Tomkins, Bass-Baritone & Asitha Tennakoon, Baritone

Giles Tomkins and Asitha Tennakoon with Durham Youth Orchestra Beethoven 9th Symphony colleagues

 

Jean-Philippe Lazure

Jean-Philippe Lazure with Children's Messiah Pax Christi Chorale colleagues

 

Maria Soulis, Mezzo-Soprano & Dion Mazzerole, Baritone

Maria Soulis and Dion Mazerolle with Elmer Iseler Singers Christmas Oratorio colleagues

 

Clarence Frazer, Tenor

Clarence Frazer smiling through his injured ankle with Windsor Symphony Messiah colleagues

 

Marjorie Maltais, Mezzo-Soprano

Marjorie Maltais with Grand Philharmonic Choir/KW Symphony Messiah Colleagues

 

Jean-Philippe Lazure, Tenor

Jean-Philippe Lazure with  Orchestre Symphonique Gatineau Messiah Colleagues

 

Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano & Caitlin Wood, Soprano

Marion Newman and Caitlin Wood and the cast of Missing enjoy high tea at the Empress Hotel, Victoria