Established in 2008, Director Kathy Domoney presents the 2013-14 roster of emerging and established Classical Singers, Opera/Orchestra Conductors, Stage Directors and Composers.

Domoney Artists Management
DIRECTOR'S NOTES
Vol 2 | Issue 10 | June 2014

Here's to

SUMMER!


Photo by Alexandra Lennox

What a treat to be outside without wearing gloves and scarves! This truly is a season of splendour, the gardens bursting with blooms, the air fragrant with blossoms... it certainly is a joy to have a leisurely meal at an outdoor patio, or head for the cottage and great outdoors.

Not only flowers emerged after our long winter - Domoney Artists brought new opera to life this spring.

Sean Clark, Tenor in Airline IcarusDion Mazerolle starred in Chants Libres' Le rêve de Grégoire, Sean Clark sang in the Ensemble of Soundstreams' compelling Airline Icarus, Adam Fisher received rave reviews for his masterful portrayal of three different roles in Pauline with City Opera Vancouver, and Leslie Dala completes his busy season conducting Shelter for Tapestry New Opera.

Music by the SeaSummertime is the perfect time to enjoy music festivals in beautiful settings, like Bamfield BC, where Christopher Donison is the Artistic Director for Music by the Sea. We are pleased to announce that Music and Beyond has invited Soprano Ellen Wieser to their Ottawa festival in July for A Musical Voyage for Voice and Harp.
Listen to Ellen Sing Amarilli mia bella


On July 15, Charlotte Corwin and Adam Fisher bring The Star of Robbie Burns to Ottawa's Music and Beyond Festival, a fun evening that includes whisky tasting, Scottish food and Highland Dancing.
Listen to Charlotte Sing "Waitin' for my Dearie"

Speaking of Scotland... Benjamin Covey heads to Glasgow for Anamchara: Songs of Friendship, a co-production with Scottish Opera and Calgary Opera. Virginia Hatfield and Marion Newman perform at Festival of the Sound and Westben Arts Festival, Maude Brunet sings with Les Voix Baroques at Ottawa's Chamberfest in July, and in August will be at picturesque Orford Festival for Mozart's Requiem. Adam Fisher returns to Calgary Opera for their Candide, and Leslie Dala conducts La Boheme in Sulmona, Italy... it is a glorious season of music!

I look forward to seeing many of my colleagues at the upcoming Orchestras Canada Annual Conference in Toronto and to those of you who will be attending Opera America's "Audiences Re-Imagined" conference, let's have a chat in San Francisco!

Here's to a relaxing summer for everyone. Thanks for following our news this year.

I look forward to bringing you up to date in September.

This has been a magnificent year for Domoney Artists Management, and we look forward to the new season.

This is the final Directors Notes for 2013/14, but I will continue to add news over the summer on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to check the "On Stage Now" listings on our website, as details are finalized for future engagements.

ON STAGE NOW

News from the
DAM ROSTER

JUNE

Jun 1 & 26
Soprano Ellen Wieser sings “In an English Garden” , music by Handel, Purcell and more, with the Mont-Royal Baroque Collective, Montréal
cbmroyal.wordpress.com

Jesus Christ SuperstarJun 6 – 8
Adam Fisher sings the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, in concert at the Westben Theatre, Campbelford, Ontario
www.westben.ca

 

Shelter

Jun 12 – 14
Leslie Dala is Music Director for the Toronto Premiere of Tapestry Opera's Shelter by Juliet Palmer and Julie Salverson. This opera explores the birth of nuclear energy and its explosive consequences through the wacky adventures of a seemingly happy nuclear family.
www.tapestryopera.com

Jun 22
Matthias Maute and his Ensemble Caprice pursue their cycle of Beethoven symphonies on period instruments at the Montreal Baroque Festival Grand Concert
www.montrealbaroque.com

Jun 27 – 29
Dion Mazerolle sings the role of La Narrateur in Colin Doroschuk's Evangeline with Opera Theatre de Rimouski
www.opera-rimouski.com


JULY

Jul 5 – 13
Artistic Director Christopher Donison presents the Music by the Sea festival in Bamfield, BC
www.musicbythesea.ca

Jul 7
Soprano Ellen Wieser presents "A Musical Journey for Voice and Harp" with Caroline Leonardelli
www.musicandbeyond.ca

Jul 15
The Star of Robbie Burns - a celebration of Scotland's poet of the people through word and song plus a tribute to Broadway's Brigadoon - comes to Ottawa's Music and Beyond Festival, starring Charlotte Corwin, Adam Fisher, actor Andrew Gillies and Maika'i Nash, pianist www.musicandbeyond.ca

Jul 19
Virginia Hatfield kicks off the celebrations as Festival of the Sound launches their 35th Season with a Birthday Party Dinner
www.festivalofthesound.ca

Anamchara

Jul 25 – 28
Benjamin Covey sings in Anamchara - Songs of Friendship, created for Festival 2014, the cultural celebration running alongside the sporting action of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Scottish Opera’s new family opera, based on themes of friendship and the ties that bind people together, is written by acclaimed Scottish novelist Alexander McCall Smith and composer Pippa Murphy.

A celebration of different cultures, the music features traditional instruments from India and Scotland. The multi-cultural cast of over 100 performers includes young professional singers and musicians from Scotland, India, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, Scottish Opera’s Connect Chorus and Orchestra, and a community choir made up of children, adults and students from Commonwealth countries, living and working in Glasgow.
www.scottishopera.org.uk

Jul 27
3-Divas! Virginia Hatfield joins colleagues Joni Henson and Megan Latham,in this concert featuring the glorious trio from Der Rosenkavalier plus favourites from Carmen, Madama Butterfly and more
www.westben.ca

Jul 30
Marion Newman is the Sorceress when Toronto Masque Theatre brings Purcell's Dido and Aeneas to Festival of the Sound
www.festivalofthesound.ca

Jul 31
Maude Brunet joins Les Voix Baroques in Vanitas Vanitatum:Rome 1650 www.ottawachamberfest.com

AUGUST

Aug 9 | Montreal
Aug 10 | Magog

Orford Festival: Maude Brunet is a guest soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Jean-Francois Rivest, conductor, Academie d'Orford
www.arts-orford.org

Aug 10
Marion Newman is guest soloist in Beethoven's monumental Ninth Symphony, with Elmer Iseler Singers, and the Festival Orchestra, conducted by Jamie Sommerville, at Festival of the Sound
www.festivalofthesound.ca

Candide

Aug 14 -–23
Adam Fisher sings several roles in Bernstein's Candide, at Opera in the Village, Calgary Opera's outdoor summer opera festival www.calgaryopera.com

Aug 24 - 31
Benjamin Covey sings Escamillo in Julie Nesrallah's popular "Carmen on Tap", at Lula Lounge in Toronto
www.carmenbound.com

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THIS JUST IN

Oct 18 – 25
Francois Racine returns to L'Opera de Quebec to direct Lehar's charming La Veuve Joyeuse
www.operadequebec.qc.ca


Apr 18 – 23 | 2015
Adam Fisher sings Normanno with Edmonton Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor
www.edmontopera.com

CABARET CULTURE

Jacques Arsenault, Tenor

Jacques Arsenault on singing at NextFest in Edmonton

Sing at a cabaret? Sure! Most of the event was devoted to a spoken word, poetry slam competition. There were also two performances by dancers, a monologue with painting, and an art installation in response to the #yesallwomen movement. There were also four visual artists painting throughout the evening. I was the featured artist and performed three sets, before each round of the competition (my last song was performed just before midnight!)

There are three Late Nite cabarets during NextFest, each with a different focus: politics, fright, and smut. For this politically-themed evening, the focus for pianist Shannon Hiebert and I was homophobia and the need for recognition of the universality of love and the respect of all, regardless of sexual orientation. We performed songs with texts by gay or bi poets by Debussy, Strauss and Moore.

The whole evening was capped off by a DJ'd dance party!

www.nextfest.org

Listen to Jacques' interview on Radio-Canada

REVIEWS

Dion Mazerolle, Baritone

Le rêve de Grégoire is a huge success for Chants Libres and Dion Mazerolle

"What a dazzling show! (...) Not a minute of boredom! The performers, the stage direction, the extraordinary costumes and the MUSIC… it is so reassuring to realize it still exists."

– Georges Nicholson

"Dion Mazerolle portrays the character of Folly with undeniable mastery..."

– Lucie Renaud, Jeu

"...the performances by François-Olivier Jean in the title role, and by Dion Mazerolle as Folly, were highly impressive."

– Christophe Huss, Le Devoir

 

Adam Fisher, Tenor

Adam Fisher triumphs in City Opera Vancouver's premiere of Atwood & Stokes' Pauline

"Adam Fisher (in various roles) almost stole the show with a voice that combined solid power with nimble handling (that is, it reminded me of a very classy sports car)."

– Jason Hall, Vancouver Observer

"...tenor Adam Fisher brings both vocal clarity and commitment to the three separate characters…"

– Janet Smith, Straight.com

"Adam Fisher is fresh, ...clear as a bell and charmingly confident."

– David Gordon Duke, The Vancouver Sun

SPOTLIGHT ON

Conductor
LESLIE DALA

Leslie Dala, Conductor

Leslie, you've been involved with a lot of new music in your career - how would you describe the process when preparing a work like Shelter compared to Handel's Messiah? What are the challenges?

It's always very exciting to tackle a new work since there is little or no performance precedent which means that one has to rely on the score and the imagination only rather than listening to recordings. We are saturated with music so it is wonderful to be able to start fresh with a new piece. I like to sit down at the piano and play/sing through the work as part of the process.

You have had a busy year, conducting Britten's Albert Herring at Vancouver Opera and the University of Toronto, The Florentine Straw Hat by Nino Rota for UBC Opera, in addition to preparing major oratorio repertoire for Vancouver Bach Choir... What were some of the highlights for you this season?

The two Britten productions were definitely a highlight and it was such fun to work with Glynis Leyshon and Joel Ivany on the same piece. They both did such interesting and different things with the piece. The Rota was also a wonderful discovery. The work is an absolute masterpiece of the Italian buffo tradition and I was very happy that Nancy Hermiston asked me to conduct it with her wonderful students in the UBC Opera Ensemble. In addition to the Messiah, the Gorecki Miserere and some works by Brahms, the Bach Choir sang the Poulenc Gloria and Carmina Burana with the VSO which I prepared but did not conduct. With Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra we had a big year with the Planets and Scheherezade on the menu.

Vancouver Opera has commissioned Stickboy, and you will be conducting the premiere in October. Tell us a bit about the piece, you recently led workshops with the composer and librettist.

This is a very powerful and personal work as it tells the story of Shane Koyczan, the poet, spoken word artist and librettist of this opera. Shane experienced severe bullying throughout his childhood and the opera portrays several events in this chapter of his life. Neil Weisensel is the composer and I believe that the two of them have crafted a work which is very direct and very moving. In the public showings we had at the workshops, the audience was quite strongly affected. There is an amazing animation company called Giant Ant that did the animation for Shane's video 'To This Day' (which has over 13 million hits on YouTube and which everyone should watch) who are also involved in this production. This will not be your average opera...

Leslie Dala, Conductor

What's your summer looking like, La Boheme in Italy, "Bard on the Beach" in Vancouver... any special family plans in between?

I am very excited to be going back to COSI (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy) to conduct La Boheme and the Puccini Messa di Gloria and "Bard" will feature excerpts from operas based on Shakespeare. In between I have a few weeks where I will be lying low with the family and we will probably take a little jaunt up to the Okanagan and maybe even do a little wine tasting.

Read more about Leslie Dala

WEDDING BELLS!

Ellen Wieser, Soprano

Ellen Wieser recently became engaged to cellist Jean-Christophe Lizotte. They are busy planning an August wedding!

IN PERFORMANCE

Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano & Virginia Hatfield, Soprano

Marion Newman and Virginia Hatfield sang a lovely programme of flower-themed songs and duets with Thirteen Strings in historic St. Andrew's Church, Ottawa

OFF STAGE

Adam Fisher, Tenor with Margaret Atwood

Adam Fisher shares a laugh with celebrated author and "Pauline" librettist Margaret Atwood

Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano

Marion Newman stays cool in her rooftop Toronto garden beneath her elegant hat

Maude Brunet, Mezzo-Soprano

Maude Brunet hikes atop Orford Mountain during a break from rehearsals at the Orford Festival

Virginia Hatfield, Soprano & Gidget

Summertime with Virginia Hatfield and her dog, Gidget

Sean Clark, Tenor

Sean Clark enjoying summer in New York

Charlotte Corwin, Soprano

Charlotte Corwin in her Montreal garden

QUIZ CORNER

LAST MONTH'S ANSWER

The Star of Robbie Burns will be presented on July 15, as part of Ottawa's Music and Beyond festival.

More trivia in the fall!