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Emiliano Gonzalez Toro & Zachary Wilder to Perform ‘A Room of Mirrors’ on North American Tour


(Photo credit: Michal Novak & Orpheus Photography) Emiliano Gonzalez Toro and Zachary Wilder with the I Gemelli ensemble have announced the North American tour for “A Room of Mirrors.” The tenor duo and ensemble will travel to New York City, Boston, and Montreal. The two U.S. performances take place in part with the Boston Early Music Festival at Morgan Library on {…}


Orchestre Classique de Montréal to Present ‘María de Buenos Aires’


The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM) presents a semi-staged presentation of the tango “operita” “María de Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla as part of the Vanda Treiser opera series in its 84th season. The performance, set for Nov. 23 at the Pierre-Mercure Hall, will be in Spanish with English and French surtitles, under the direction and baton of Jacques Lacombe, {…}


Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes to Present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony


(Credit : Tam Photography) The Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes is set to present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on Nov. 4, 2023 at the Maison symphonique in Montreal. The concert will feature soloists soprano Sydney Baedke, mezzo-soprano Simona Genga, tenor John Mac Master, and baritone Brett Polegato. They will sing alongside 100 choristers, the 60 musicians from the orchestra, and {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Johnathan McCullough on the Vail Opera Camp (National Youth Opera Academy)


(Credit: Daniel Welch) Baritone Johnathan McCullough is no stranger to being a versatile singer. He is a singer who has performed at many of the world’s great stages including Opera Philadelphia, Komische Oper Berlin, English National Opera, Opéra de Lausanne, Portland Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, among others. He is also a director whose “Soldier Songs” {…}


GFN Productions & Ensemble Classico-Moderne to Present World Premiere of ‘Ariella’


Canada’s GFN Productions and the Ensemble Classico-Moderne will present the world premiere of “Ariella,” a new opera by Jaap Nico Hamburger. “Ariella” is based on a libretto by Thomas Beijer which is inspired by the novels of Ariella Kornmehl and explores the transformation of a traditional family after the loss of its matriarch. The opera will star Aline Kutan, Myriam {…}


Lina González-Granados Announces New Worldwide Management


(© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2022) Conductor Lina González-Granados has joined Opus 3 Artists for worldwide management. The Colombian-American conductor will be represented by Julijana Mijalković and Jenny Vogel in Opus 3’s Los Angeles office. “I am honored and delighted to become part of the Opus 3 family,” González-Granados said in an official press statement. “This represents the start of a {…}


Opéra Queens Presents ‘A Night of 1000 Cleopatras’


Photo credit: Lauren Halasz Canadian indie opera company Opéra Queens is set to present “A Night of 1000 Cleopatras” in Montréal from August 9-12. Lucas Bouk, Ryan Colbert, Vanessa Naghdi, Laura Corina Sanders, Rain Saran Senavinin, and drag diva Tanya Smania explore the myths, misconceptions, and legacy of Cleopatra through curated arias, ensembles and other works. The audience will enjoy {…}


L’Orchestre de l’Agora Announces 2023-24 Season


Canadian company L’Orchestre de l’Agora has unveiled its 10th season. Here is a look at the vocal performances on offer. First up is “L’Incoronazione di Poppea.” Nicolas Ellis conducts a cast starring Ilanna Starr, Emma Fekete, Ian Sabourin, Sophie Naubert, Rachèle Tremblay, and Chelsea Kolic, among others. Aria Umezawa directs. Performance Dates: Nov. 18 & 19, 2023 Next up is {…}


Jordan De Souza Appointed Music Director in Dortmund


Canadian conductor Jordan De Souza has been appointed as the General Music Director of the City of Dortmund, Germany. He will be responsible for the Opera and the Symphony Orchestra, the Dortmunder Philharmoniker. De Souza has conducted many major opera companies worldwide, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glyndebourne, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Seattle Opera, and Dutch National Opera. {…}