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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. {…}


21C Media Group’s Senior Publicist and Editorial Director Louise Barder Will Relocate to the UK


Louise Barder, 21C Media Group’s Senior Publicist and Editorial Director has announced her relocation to the UK this July. Barder will no longer serve in a full-time position at 21C, but will continue to work as a consultant with a special focus on clients, projects, and media throughout the UK and continental Europe. Barder will pass the baton in mid-June {…}


Magali Simard-Galdès & Florence Bourget Lead Concert at Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours


Photo credit: Brent Calis Soprano Magali Simard-Galdès and mezzo-soprano Florence Bourget headline the upcoming concert at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours. The soloists are joined by the Ensemble Clavecin en concert as well as Luc Beauséjour on the organ. Beauséjour will also conduct. The program includes Dietrich Buxtehude‘s “Herr, wenn ich nur Dich hab” (BuxWV 38) and “Chorale Prelude Jesus Christus, unser {…}


Emily D’Angelo, Barbara Hannigan & Cyrille Dubois Lead Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal’s 2023-24 Season


The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal has announced its 2023-24 season. The season opens with Camilla Tilling, Rose Naggar-Tremblay, Ladislav Elgr, Matthew Rose, and Jean-Willy Kunz. Rafael Payare conducts a program that includes Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” Performance Dates: Sept. 12-14, 2023 Gemma New conducts Colin Currie and OSM Chorus in Nicole Lizée’s “Blurr is the {…}


Opéra Queens Releases Film ‘Drama Queens’


Canadian-based Opéra Queens has released a unique film entitled “Drama Queens.” The film, which was released on April 14, 2023, features the reimagining of four operas including Händel’s “Agrippina,” Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila,” Purcell’s “Dido,” and Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur.” It also features new music by multi-disciplinary artists Morgan-Paige Melbourne. The work was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts {…}


Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Janai Brugger & Spencer Britten Lead Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal’s 2023-24 Season


The Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal has announced its 2023-24 season. here is a look at the vocal performances. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Händel’s “Messiah“ with soloists Magali Simard-Galdès, Rose Naggar-Tremblay, Spencer Britten, and Philippe Sly. Performance Dates: Dec. 19 & 20,  2023 Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a concert of music by Poulenc, Boulanger, and Amy Beach. Janai Brugger and Karen Cargill are the soloists. Performance Date: Feb. 3, {…}


Wallis Giunta, John Mac Master, Brett Polegato, Adrian Kramer Headline Orchestra Philarmonique et Choeurs des Mélomanes’ 2023-24 Season


(Credit: Dario Acosta) Montreal’s Orchestra Philarmonique et Choeurs des Mélomanes has announced its ninth season. The season opens with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with a cast starring Soprano Sydney Baedke, mezzo-soprano Simona Genga, tenor John Mac Master, and baritone Brett Polegato. The program also features music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Brahms. Francis Choinière conducts. Performance Date: Nov. 4, 2023 Wallis Giunta {…}

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Association for Opera in Canada Announces Updates to Board


The Association for Opera in Canada has announced some changes to its board for the upcoming years. The organization unveiled that the members rotating off the board include Calgary Opera General Director Heather Kitchen, “member-at-large” Alexandra Skoczylas, and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman. Board members that were elected for one term during the 2023-24 season include: Michael Mori, General Director, Tapestry Opera {…}