Sherrill Milnes, Neil Shicoff, ‘Cendrillon’ Among Highlights of 15th Annual Festival d’Art Vocal de Montréal

By David Salazar

The 15th edition of the Festival d’Art Vocal de Montréal, as presented by the Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal (ICAV), has just announced its summer slate.

The showcase, which runs between July 23 and August 10, is set to include a wide range of masterclasses, concerts, recitals, and a production of Massenet’s “Cendrillon.” Here is a breakdown of what is in store for prospective audiences.

Legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes kicks off the festival with a masterclass on July 23. Additional masterclasses by International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) co-founder Joan Dornemann (July 25), famed tenor Neil Shicoff (July 27), and tenor Richard Margison (August 4) follow.

On July 30, audiences will get a chance to witness a benefit concert by soprano Norah Amsellem. That will be followed by an arias recital by young artists of ICAV on August 1, as well as a “Récital de Chant d’Europe à Broadway” led by Rainer Armburst on August 3.

A Bel Canto recital, directed by Dornemann, will follow on August 6, with all the participants of the Festival joining forces for a Concert Gala on August 8. This final showcase will feature musical direction by Dornemann and IVAI co-founder Paul Nadler with stage direction by Joshua Major.

The festival will draw to a close with a performance of “Cendrillon” on August 10 under the musical direction of Nadler and the stage direction of Major. Yang Lin accompanies at the piano.