Apollo's Fire (Cleveland Baroque)
Choeur St. Laurent
Clavecin en concert
Colours of Music Festival
Continuum Contemporary Music
Early Music Vancouver
Festival Baroque Montreal
Festival of the Sound
Guelph Chamber Choir
I Musici de Montreal
Jeunesses Musicales du Canada
L'Opera de Montreal
L'Opera de Quebec
National Arts Centre Orchestra
Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Opera in Concert
Orchestre symphonique de Laval
Orchestre symphonique de Montreal
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Ottawa Choral Society
Pacific Opera Victoria
Palm Beach Opera
Queen of Puddings Music Theatre
Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal
Symphony New Brunswick
Symphony Nova Scotia
Tapestry New Opera Works
Thunder Bay Symphony
Toronto Masque Theatre
Vancouver Bach Choir
Westben Concerts at the Barn
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.
Dion 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.
Summertime 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
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.
Jun 6 – 8 Adam Fisher sings the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, in concert at the Westben Theatre, Campbelford, Ontario www.westben.ca
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
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 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
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
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
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!
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...
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.