Labelle honored with 2018 Opera Canada Award

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 in Dominique Labelle, General Updates, News | No Comments
Labelle honored with 2018 Opera Canada Award

Opera Canada is proud to announce the three distinguished honourees who will receive the 2018 Opera Canada Awards for their exemplary contributions to the industry: Wayne Gooding, opera educator and Editor, Opera Canada (1994-2017) Dominique Labelle, soprano and vocal pedagogue Alexander Neef, General Director, Canadian Opera Company and Artistic Director, Santa Fe Opera Selected by a committee […]

SF Classical Voice: “Philharmonia Baroque Go for Glory”

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in News, Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
SF Classical Voice: “Philharmonia Baroque Go for Glory”

“The orchestra, stretched to 40 players (triple winds plus extra percussion and a musette [bagpipe]), captures all the rapidly shifting moods brilliantly. There are tons of short, contrasting movements, the essence of this court entertainment, and Music Director Nicholas McGegan puts the orchestra through its paces, thoroughly characterizing each one.” — Read more at San […]

“Opulent-voiced mezzo Mary Phillips”

Posted on Jul 14, 2018 in Artist News, News, Reviews | No Comments
“Opulent-voiced mezzo Mary Phillips”

“Opulent-voiced mezzo Mary Phillips was dominant and domineering as Wotan’s beleaguered wife Fricka” — Read more at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

OperaWire Interview: Reviving Rameau’s ‘Le Temple de la Gloire’

Posted on Jul 9, 2018 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan, Recording | No Comments
OperaWire Interview: Reviving Rameau’s ‘Le Temple de la Gloire’

McGegan, who has been the music director of the orchestra, since 1985, has made numerous recordings with the organization, particularly of early works including Handel’s “Messiah,” “Dido and Aeneas,” and the concertos of Corelli, among many others. But McGegan and his orchestra may have topped all those other notable efforts with its upcoming release of […]

Dobson’s “warm and powerful baritone”

Posted on Jul 7, 2018 in Alexander Dobson, Artist News, News, Reviews | No Comments
Dobson’s “warm and powerful baritone”

“Following Intermission, Alexander Dobson’s warm and powerful baritone voice filled the barn with the despair of a man who has been rejected by the one to whom he has confessed his love and longing. Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Op. 48, a cycle of sixteen songs, is the epitome of German Romanticism. No one can express despair better […]

KC Star: “For summertime listening, it doesn’t get any better.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2018 in Artist News, News, Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
KC Star: “For summertime listening, it doesn’t get any better.”

“Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale have just released a recording of an opera that is a perfect example of Rameau’s genius. “Le Temple de la Gloire” (“The Temple of Glory”) was first performed in 1745 at Versailles to celebrate the French victory at the Battle of Fontenoy and features a libretto […]

Labelle is “remarkable and memorable” with Aston Magna

Posted on Jun 23, 2018 in Artist News, Dominique Labelle, Reviews | No Comments
Labelle is “remarkable and memorable” with Aston Magna

“After intermission, it was all G.F. Handel sung by soprano Dominique Labelle who teaches voice at McGill University in Canada. She sang two Handel Arias, HMV 204-5 and a long Bach Cantata, BWV 82, which provided a rich meditation on death. Labelle expertly caught the joy beyond resignation that the music yearns for in a […]

“Review: Minnesota Opera’s ‘Fellow Travelers’ sings of love in a time of fear”

Posted on Jun 17, 2018 in Artist News, Hadleigh Adams, News, Reviews | No Comments
“Review: Minnesota Opera’s ‘Fellow Travelers’ sings of love in a time of fear”

“Hadleigh Adams not only matches Acosta in charm and vocal power and purity, but makes Hawk a bracing shot of bourbon to Tim’s fortifying milk” — Read more at TwinCities.com Photo: Dan Norman

Bragle appointed Resident Artist at University of Pennsylvania

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 in General Updates, Meg Bragle, News, Press release | No Comments
Bragle appointed Resident Artist at University of Pennsylvania

“The Music Department is delighted to announce the appointment of distinguished mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle as Resident Artist and Director of Vocal Studies. Ms. Bragle will direct Penn’s Opera Scenes and the new Collegium Musicum. She will also lead masterclasses, offer coachings, perform recitals, and visit classes.” — Read more at upenn.edu.

Panthaki’s “sumptuous, and technically flawless” Bach

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Panthaki’s “sumptuous, and technically flawless” Bach

“Sherezade Panthaki’s voice is perfectly suited to Bach. It is lush, sumptuous, and technically flawless…To close out the program, Sherezade Panthaki returned on stage to sing Bach’s Wedding Cantata; and here the vocal agility and lush tone of Sherezade Panthaki created wonders. I can’t imagine hearing a better vocal rendition of this great cantata than […]