Established in 2008, Director Kathy Domoney presents the 2014-15 roster of emerging and established Classical Singers, Opera/Orchestra Conductors, Stage Directors and Composers.

Domoney Artists Management
DIRECTOR'S NOTES
Vol 3 | Issue 1 | September 2014

Last Rose

OF SUMMER


Photo by Kathy Domoney, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

As the leaves begin their inevitable change of costume, summer is becoming a memory... it was a wonderful season of singing, as Domoney Artists were performing across the land at a wide range of music festivals. Check our photo gallery, to see a few highlights!

I am delighted to introduce a new artist to the roster, Canadian countertenor Daniel Cabena. I have admired Daniel's fine musicianship and beautiful singing for some time. He is the consummate performer, adept in repertoire spanning early music through to contemporary works. Featured in this month's Spotlight, I caught up with Daniel to see what projects are on his busy schedule for this season and beyond.

Listen to Daniel Cabena sing Finzi's "The dance continued"

Domoney Artists look forward to a terrific season - with exciting debuts for Maria Soulis (Flosshilde in Pacific Opera Victoria's Das Rheingold), Sean Clark is Tamino in Opera Lyra Ottawa's Studio production of The Magic Flute, Adam Fisher is tenor soloist in Messiah with National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Giles Tomkins sings his first Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with both Edmonton Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Leslie Dala premieres the highly-anticipated Stickboy with Vancouver Opera next month, and leads a busy season of concerts with Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.

Here's to another wonderful season of music in 2014/15!

Follow our roster news with Director's Notes, where the spotlight is on the Stars of Domoney Artists Management. Here you will find special features on this wonderful group of Classical Singers, Orchestral and Opera Conductors and Stage Directors. Read about their passions, hobbies, dream opera roles and more.

ON STAGE NOW

News from the
DAM ROSTER

SEPTEMBER

Sep 4 – 14
Countertenor Daniel Cabena sings in the Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition
www.ivc.nu

Sep 6, 8, 10 & 13
Giles Tomkins is Angelotti, Dion Mazerolle is Sciarrone in Opera Lyra Ottawa's production of Tosca, National Arts Centre, Tyrone Paterson, conductor
www.operalyra.ca

Opera5 PosterSep 19 – 21
Benjamin Covey debuts with Opera Five in their French double bill, "Offenbach and Hahn"
www.opera
five.com

Sep 21
Countertenor Daniel Cabena Striggio's "Missa Ecce quel si beato giorno" in Saint Omer, France with Hervé Niquet and the Concert Spirituel
www.concertspirituel.com

Sep 22
Marion Newman joins Toronto Masque Theatre for "The Fine Art of the Masque", an informative salon and performance event, featuring Canadian works commissioned by this innovative company
www.torontomasquetheatre.com

Sep 28
Daniel Cabena is soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Ensemble Diapsalma, Magdalena Hasibeder, Conductor
www.diapsalma.ch

 

OCTOBER

Oct 3 – 5
Daniel Cabena joins Daniela Dolci and Musica Fiorita, in Motets by Molitor, for performances in Switzerland and Germany
www.musicafiorita.ch

Das Rheingold

Oct 16, 18, 24 & 26
Maria Soulis debuts as Flosshilde with Pacific Opera Victoria in Wagner's Das Rheingold
www.pov.bc.ca

Oct 16, 19, 22 & 24
Countertenor Daniel Cabena sings A Sanctuary in Song with Stephen Runge, piano
www.stephenrunge.com

Das Rheingold

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

Oct 19
Leslie Dala conducts "Concerto Showcase”, the first concert of the season with Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, at the Orpheum Theatre
www.vancouveracademyofmusic.com

Oct 23 – Nov 7
Leslie Dala conducts twelve performances at Vancouver Playhouse of Vancouver Opera's highly-anticipated premiere of Neil Weisensel's Stickboy, based on the book by world-renowned spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan. "Bravely autobiographical, beautifully poetic, visually innovative and musically memorable"
www.vancouveropera.ca

Oct 25, 26 & Nov 1
Sean Clark joins Opera Lyra Ottawa's Studio this fall, singing the role of Tamino in their production of The Magic Flute
www.operalyra.ca

Oct 26
Maude Brunet is guest soloist in Bach's Cantatas BWV48, 49 and 188 at the Canadian International Organ Competition; Jordan de Souza, Conductor
www.ciocm.org

Oct 28 & 29
Virginia Hatfield joins Talisker Players in "Songs of Travel", including Le sommeil d'Ulisse by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and Algoma Central by Louis Applebaum
www.taliskerplayers.ca

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THIS JUST IN

Vivera PosterNov 2, 2014
Jacques Arsenault is tenor soloist for Schubert's Mass in G with the Richard Eaton Singers, Edmonton
www.richard
eatonsingers.com

Dec 13, 2014
Tenor Sean Clark presents "Canuck a la carte II", a recital with Maika'i Nash, piano, at the
Canadian Music Centre, Toronto
www.musiccentre.ca

Dublin Messiah PosterDec 20, 2014
Dion Mazerolle is bass soloist in Handel's Dublin Messiah with Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon, conductor
www.aradia.ca

IN THE PRESS

Ensemble Caprice, Adagio

The latest CD of Ensemble Caprice, Adagio, has been nominated for an ADISQ Felix Award. Conductor/ composer Matthias Maute's "Consideration of a serious matter" has been selected in the category Best Album of the Year – Classical Vocal Music

Watch Ensemble Caprice Perform

 

CBC Covers Dean Burry's Baby Kintyre CD, featuring Benjamin Covey and Giles Tomkins among the all-Canadian cast

Read the Full Article

Bass-Baritone Giles Tomkins was featured in Opera Canada

Read the Full Article

REVIEWS

Giles Tomkins & Dion Mazerolle in Tosca

Giles Tomkins and Dion Mazerolle in Opera Lyra's Tosca

"Giles Tomkins is a suitably tormented Angelotti. Dion Mazerolle is Scarpia's black-hearted henchman, Sciarrone."

– OperaGoTo.com
Read the Full Review

"Giles Tomkins... was most effective as the escaped prisoner Angelotti... Dion Mazerolleeffectively rounds out the supporting cast as Officer Sciarrone"

– Jim Murchison, The Charlebois Post
Read the Full Review

 

Dean Burry, Baby Kintyre

Benjamin Covey in Dean Burry's Baby Kintyre

"Baritone Benjamin Covey is energetic and tragic as their houseguest, George, singing some of my favourite music of the show."

– Schmopera.com
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SPOTLIGHT ON

Countertenor
DANIEL
CABENA

Daniel Cabena, Countertenor

Canadian countertenor Daniel Cabena is highly regarded in both Canada and Europe for prize-winning performances ranging from baroque to contemporary repertoire, described as “very classy, with his freely flowing slender, well-sustained alto voice”.

In 2012, you received the prestigious Virginia Parker Award from the Canada Council for the Arts - what have you been up to since then?

Since receiving the Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, I've completed a master's degree in specialized early music performance at the Schola Cantorum in Basel and continued in my music-making in Europe. That prize, as well as other grants from the Canada Council, have helped me immeasurably both in completing my music education and in establishing myself as a singer in Europe. I've been privileged during these last couple of years also to develop fruitful collaborations with musicians and ensembles in Europe. But my time in Europe hasn't only been about singing: it's also been about listening - taking in that which that continent has to offer in terms of culture and music, just soaking up as much as possible. That's been a wonderful gift, a gift for which I am deeply grateful.

You were a finalist in this year's Hertogenbosch Internation Voice Competition. What can you tell us about that experience?

It's been an honour and a privilege to take part in this year's IVC 's-Hertogenbosch. I sang in the first round of the competition, having passed the preliminary auditions almost a year ago in Amsterdam. I was, of course, disappointed not to have gone on to the semi-finals, but that disappointment has been totally erased, transformed by the experience as a whole. It's been wonderful to meet with members of the jury, from some of whom I had the chance to receive thoughtful and lengthy feedback on my performance. That feedback was inspiring and very helpful, and I feel as though my course is clearer than it was before. It's also been enriching to attend masterclasses, to hear my colleagues working with such esteemed singers as Anne Gjevang, Siegfried Jerusalem and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. There's been some truly magnificent singing, and I feel privileged to be in such fine company. Finally, I had the privilege to perform the test-piece for its composer, Willem Jeths. This work, "Quale conjugium," was commissioned by the IVC as the test-piece for this, their 50th competition; and it's inspired by the left panel of Hieronymus Bosch's triptych, "The Garden of Earthly Delights." This commission is also part of a larger song cycle, to be completed by two other composers and which will be premiered during the civic festivities on the 500th anniversary of Bosch's death. I loved working with Mr. Jeths, who hosted a workshop for us on his piece; what a joy to discover his music, which is beautifully and masterfully written. I look forward to exploring more of his works in the future.

Tell us about the The Sanctuary in Song and your upcoming recital tour with pianist Stephen Runge.

I'm happy to say that my energies this season will focus on two exciting projects. The first is "A Sanctuary in Song", a recital tour that I"m undertaking this fall with pianist Stephen Runge which will take us to universities and concert series on the East Coast of Canada and in Ontario. I absolutely love that program, which uses some of my favourite works from the 20th Century English art song repertoire to explore the idea of sanctuary in some of its various meanings. The music and poetry of these songs is very close to my heart, and I appreciate the chance to delve into this world again, Stephen and I having premiered the program for the CBC in 2012.

Daniel Cabena, Countertenor

You are working on a new creation by Stacey Brown. Tell us about that.

I am very excited about Chants dérobés, a 50-minute song cycle, currently being composed by Stacey Brown. Stacey's music is very powerful, colourful and beautifully adapted to the text, which is also stunning. The libretto is written by Augustin Rioux, the Québécois multidisciplinary artist; and it's part of a much larger oeuvre, a sort of 'Gesamtkunstwerk' that includes other musical, literary, sculptural, photographic, operatic...works. In fact, the song cycle that Stacey Brown is currently composing will be just one half of a full-length program, the other half comprised of a spoken monologue. Rioux' oeuvre is really compelling, and I've so enjoyed this chance to uncover it. The song cycle itself will be premiered in the summer of 2015 with l'Orchestre de la Francophonie, under the baton of their marvelous conductor, Jean-Philippe Tremblay. (We've done short reading workshops with the orchestra during each of their last two seasons.) We are also working towards a workshop performance in November 2014 of the theatrical version of the piece, complete with the monologue and the song cycle, in a version for voice and piano. It's a major project; and it's a wonderful opportunity, to enlarge in a very special way the countertenor repertoire.

And finally, congratulations on your recent marriage – here's to a wonderful new life, with your family in Guelph.

Thanks for your words of congratulation. Of course, getting married was the most important date in my concert season! And being married is the most beautiful creative project I could ever hope to be involved in. My wife, Mary, is a wonderful, supportive partner. She's a medical doctor who's been working for Public Health, and she's just also taken on a private medical clinic. It is a challenge to coordinate our hectic schedules. Mary also has two wonderful children, both artists - one a dévotée of graphic design; the other a budding Thespian. As you can imagine, it's hard to be away from home and this lively and beautiful family!

Read more about Daniel Cabena

Visit Daniel's new website at www.danielcabena.com

Follow @danielcabena on Twitter

SUMMER FESTIVAL PHOTOS

Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano

Marion Newman, soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, at the Festival of the Sound

Maude Brunet, Mezzo-Soprano

Maude Brunet with colleagues, after the Mozart Requiem at the Orford Festival, Quebec

Benjamin Covey, Baritone

Benjamin Covey, sang Anamchara: Songs of Friendship, with the Scottish Opera at the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

Adam Fisher, Tenor and Charlotte Corwin, Soprano

Adam Fisher, Andrew Gillies, Charlotte Corwin and Maika'i Nash, in The Star of Robbie Burns, Music and Beyond, Ottawa

Virginia Hatfield, Soprano

Virginia Hatfield backstage with Guy Few and Peter McGillivray, at the Festival of the Sound

Adam Fisher, Tenor

Adam Fisher backstage for Candide at the Calgary Opera

MILESTONES

Ellen Wieser, Soprano

Ellen Wieser married Jean-Christophe this summer

Giles Tomkins, Bass-Baritone

Giles Tomkins and Kathryn Tremills welcomed baby Benjamin

Daniel Cabena, Countertenor

Daniel Cabena and his bride, Mary

QUIZ CORNER

This singer knows how to navigate more than tricky coloratura... who is it?

The answer will appear next month