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Monday, 16 February 2015

This Week in Montreal: February 16 to 22

Lakmé (Andréanne Brisson Paquin) & Gérald (Sylvain Paré)
credit: Christian Quezada

This Week in Montreal: February 16 to 22
LakméUne histoire d’amour
(Abridged version for two singers from Lakmé  by Léo Delibes)
1 opéra / 1 heure, as its name suggests, proposes abridged versions of popular operas creating an intimate moment full of lyricism.
Its first project, LakméUne histoire d’amour, gathers moments from Léo Delibes’ Masterpiece. Oeffering only the most action-filled moments, the show focus on the relationship between the young Indian Lakmé and the English soldier Gérald. Costumes, accessories and stage design make this performance more than a simple concert.

Renowned stage director Alain Gauthier leads two singers: the brilliant soprano Andréanne Brisson Paquin as Lakmé and tenor Sylvain Paré as the passionate Gérald. Talented pianist Michel-Alexandre Broekaert will play pieces adapted for single piano between sung arias, offering a different way to listen to Lakmé!

Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique. Feb. 19, 7 :30 pm.
 - Pascal Blanchet

Bach, Mozart and Fauré for voice and organ
Quebec soprano Marianne Fiset accompanied by organist Isabelle Demers will perform a varied repertoire, mixing styles from Bach to Schumann, Mozart to Fauré, including Reger, MacMillan, Barié and Daveluy. This will be an opportubity to hear (or hear again) the Casavant organ, also called Grand-Orgue-Pierre-Béique, in soloist music pieces. Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Fauré’s « Pie Jesu » (a Requiem extract) will be performed. Maison symphonique, Feb. 21, 8 pm.
- Justin Bernard

Opéra da Camera in Haendel’s Serse
The Montreal Company presents its first opera of the season: Serse. In an original production from Andrew Cuk, the concert will feature an Orchestra directed by Christopher Hossfeld and a large group of singers: Meagan Zantingh, Kathrin Welte, Danielle Vaillancourt, Nicola Ravarino Guagenti, Frédérique Drolet, Valérie Bélanger et Jean-Philippe Lupien. Théâtre Rialto. Feb. 19, 21, 28, 7 :30 pm.
- Justin Bernard

Ensemble caprice and Bach’s cantatas
The Arte Musica Foundation continues with its concert series with Ensemble Caprice under the direction of Matthias Maute. Guest soloists will be soprano Monika Mauch, mezzo-soprano Maude Brunet, tenor Hermann Oswald and baritone Clayton Kennedy. Profondeur et consolation will feature two funeral cantatas by Bach (BWV 106 and 198). Bourgie Hall, Musée des beaux-arts. Feb. 22, 2 pm.
- Justin Bernard

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Cette semaine à Montréal : le 16 au 22 février

Lakmé (Andréanne Brisson Paquin) & Gérald (Sylvain Paré)
crédit photo: Christian Quezada

Cette semaine à Montréal : le 16 au 22 février

LakméUne histoire d’amour
(Version abrégée pour deux chanteurs d’après Lakmé de Léo Delibes)
1opéra/1heure propose, comme son nom le suggère, des versions abrégées d’opéras connus, pour un moment plein de lyrisme intimiste… Comme premier projet, Lakmé – Une histoire d’amour, rassemble les plus beaux moments du chef-d’œuvre de Léo Delibes. Conçu pour n’offrir que les moments essentiels de l’action, le spectacle se concentre sur la relation tourmentée entre la jeune hindoue Lakmé et le soldat anglais Gérald. Des costumes, des accessoires ainsi qu’une mise en espace feront de ce spectacle plus qu’un simple concert.
Le réputé metteur en scène Alain Gauthier dirige deux interprètes : la brillante jeune soprano Andréanne Brisson Paquin en Lakmé, face au Gérald passionné du ténor Sylvain Paré. Ils sont accompagnés par l’excellent pianiste Michel-Alexandre Broekaert, qui intercale entre les airs chantés quelques passages de la partition arrangés pour piano seul, offrant ainsi une façon différente d’écouter Lakmé !
Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique. 19 février, 19 h 30.
- Pascal Blanchet

Bach, Mozart et Fauré pour voix et orgue
La soprano québécoise Marianne Fiset sera accompagnée à l’orgue par Isabelle Demers dans un répertoire varié, mêlant les styles musicaux de Bach à Schumann, de Mozart à Fauré en passant par Reger, MacMillan, Barié et Daveluy. Ce sera l’occasion d’entendre ou de réentendre l’orgue Casavant, nommé Grand-Orgue-Pierre-Béique, dans des pièces pour soliste. Parmi les œuvres pour orgue et voix, mentionnons le motet Exsultate, jubilate de Mozart et le « Pie Jesu », extrait du Requiem de Fauré. Maison symphonique. 21 février, 20 h.
- Justin Bernard

 Opéra da Camera dans Serse de Haendel
La compagnie montréalaise présente son premier opéra de la saison : Serse de Haendel. Dans une mise en scène originale d’Andrew Cuk, cette production fera appel à un ensemble orchestral, dirigé par Christopher Hossfeld, et une large distribution de chanteurs : Meagan Zantingh, Kathrin Welte, Danielle Vaillancourt, Nicola Ravarino Guagenti, Frédérique Drolet, Valérie Bélanger et Jean-Philippe Lupien. Théâtre Rialto. 19, 21, 28 février, 19 h 30. ­
- Justin Bernard

Ensemble caprice et les cantates de Bach
La Fondation Arte Musica poursuit sa longue série de concerts avec la participation de l’Ensemble Caprice, sous la direction de Matthias Maute. Parmi les solistes invités, on retrouve la soprano Monika Mauch, la mezzo-soprano Maude Brunet, le ténor Hermann Oswald et le baryton Clayton Kennedy. Au programme de ce concert intitulé Profondeur et consolation, deux cantates funèbres de Jean-Sébastien Bach, BWV 106 et 198. Salle Bourgie du Musée des beaux-arts. 22 février, 14 h.
- Justin Bernard

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This Week in Toronto (Feb. 16 - 22)

My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of Feb. 16 to 22

- Joseph So

We are faced with a period of intense cold here in Toronto, and the temptation is to stay home and "cocoon" rather than braving the elements for a concert.  That said, there're quite a few events well worthy venturing out for.  First of all, this week is your very last chance of seeing the Canadian Opera Company's winter presentations of Don Giovanni (Feb. 18 and 21)  and Die Walkure (Feb. 19 and 22) at the Four Seasons Centre.  Great singing in both but I am particularly fond of the Wagner, so the four hour forty-five minute Walkure goes by in a flash. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favour and go.

Mezzo Janina Baechle

Also there are two free noon hour concerts at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre this week that are very intriguing.  The COC Fricka, German mezzo Janina Baechle, whom I've heard multiple times in Munich and elsewhere is a fine recitalist. She will be giving a concert, Urlicht, on Tuesday Feb. 17. The title is taken from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn - she'll be singing three songs from this great cycle.  Also on the program are Brahms songs, really the bread and butter repertoire for the mezzo voice, plus songs by the lesser known composer Charles Loeffler.  Rachel Andrist is at the piano and Keith Hamm the violist.

On Thursday Feb. 19 at noon is the annual Collaborations, a joint recital involving the COC Ensemble Studio artists and those from the Atelier Lyrique of Opera de Montreal. This concert features the voices of France Bellemare, Aaron Sheppard, Josh Whelan, Gordon Bintner, Clarence Frazer, and Andrew Haji. Jennifer Szeto and Maxime Dube-Malenfant are the pianists. Complete program information can be found at

Conductor Steven Reineke

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is programming a "cross-over" show this week in From Bach to Bluegrass with Time for Three String Trio.  I have to admit I am quite ignorant when it comes to this genre. Based on the TSO website, this group has performed on Dancing With the Stars. On the program are Beatles tunes, Bach's Double Concerto, and the Charlie Daniels Band's The Devil Went Down to Georgia.  At the helm is TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. Three performances, on Tuesday Feb. 17 8 pm, and Wednesday Feb. 18 2 and 8 pm.

Pianist Lang Lang

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is once again celebrating the Chinese New Year, a tradition it started last year. This concert features prominent Chinese guest artists as well as Chinese members of the TSO.  Long Yu returns to conduct a program of Chinese and Western orchestral music. Lang Lang is the headliner of a line-up that also includes folk singer Lei Jia, pianists Johnson Li and Coco Ma, clarinetist Yao Guang Zhai, and violist Teng Li. Mark Rowswell "Dashan" is host and will narrate Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals. Also on the program are Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi.   Saturday Feb. 21 7:30 pm at Roy Thomson Hall.

Violinist Sarah Chang
Violinist Sarah Chang appears in recital with American pianist Julio Elizalde at Koerner Hall on Friday Feb. 20th 8 pm. The Koerner website is a little vague on the program, except to say it will include Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 3, Ravel's Tzigane, and Romanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok.

Pianist Denes Varjon

Hungarian pianist Denes Varjon makes his Toronto debut on Tuesday Feb. 17 8 pm under the auspices of Music Toronto. On the program are works by Beethoven, Schumann, Ravel and Bartok. Recital takes place at the usual MT venue of Jane Mallett Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre.

Toronto City Opera (formerly Toronto Opera Repertoire) is presenting fully staged productions of Un ballo in maschera on Feb. 18 and 21, and Don Giovanni on Feb. 20 and 22, at the Bickford Centre near the Christie subway station. The two shows opens last week. TCO is under the joint direction of mezzo Beatrice Carpino and pianist Aldofo De Santis. The soloists are a combination professionals and amateurs, and all performances have piano accompaniment.

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