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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Vocal Masterclasses and Concerts at 9th Festival Art Vocal

by Wah Keung Chan

The 9th edition of the Canadian Institute of Vocal Arts is well under way with 41 promising young singers, mostly from Canada and the US, studying under a top team of voice professionals led by Artistic director Joan Dornemann. The three-week program culminates in a two-week Vocal Arts Festival, consisting of five masterclasses and four concerts.

On August 6’s masterclass, Dornemann showed he talent as the voice whisperer, giving five young singers her wisdom to improve their performance. Vocal coach Claude Webster led the August 7 masterclass, while tenor Michel Sénéchal gave a lesson in French art song on August 8. Next week, the masterclasses will move to McGill’s Redpath Hall with star soprano Deborah Voigt on August 14 and soprano Dawn Upshaw on August 16.

Concert performances begin tonight, August 11, with Contest: The Voice is Right, a recital of Lieder and French melodies, on August 13, a production of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias on August 15, and concludes with a Gala concert on August 18, all at the University of Montreal.

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L’Institut canadien d’art vocal annonce que, pour des raisons de santé, la soprano Deborah Voigt annule le master-class prévu ce soir (le 14 août) 19 h 30 à la salle Redpath de l’Université McGill.

Les autres événements prévus aux calendriers jusqu’à samedi prochain 18 août se poursuivent normalement.


Deborah Voigt's masterclass scheduled for August 14 at 7:30 PM has been cancelled due to health reasons. All other events continue until August 18 as scheduled.

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