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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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Friday, 10 August 2012

Wicked in Montreal

by  Naomi Gold

Evenko and Broadway Across Canada are staging WICKED in Montreal's Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier until August 26, 2012. Composed by Stephen Schwartz and based on Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel, this musical tells the story of the witches of OZ before Dorothy arrived. Stephen Oremus is the music director while orchestrations are by William David Brohn. The book is by Winnie Holzman.

Tickets are available from the Place des Arts box office by calling 514-842-2112 or can be ordered online:  Prices begin at $52.49 and there are matinee performances on weekends.  In addition, there is a daily lottery in which winners can buy orchestra seats for 25$ each, cash only. To enter, go to PdA's wicket 2 1/2 hours prior to showtime and request the WICKED lottery. Winners will be announced 30 minutes later and must present valid photo ID.  This drawing is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person.

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