Butterfield sings Britten, Bach, and Brett Dean at Yellow Barn

Posted on Aug 1, 2019 in Artist News, Benjamin Butterfield | No Comments
Butterfield sings Britten, Bach, and Brett Dean at Yellow Barn

On Wednesday July 31, tenor Benjamin Butterfield brings to life Benjamin Britten’s Winter Words, a setting of eight poems by Thomas Hardy; J.S. Bach’s “Sei getreu” from Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 on Thursday August 1 and Mark Applebaum’s Control Freak on August 2. On Saturday August 3, Butterfield sings Winter Songs by Brett […]

McGegan, Moore, Panthaki’s recording of “Joseph makes a strong impression”

McGegan, Moore, Panthaki’s recording of “Joseph makes a strong impression”

“Conductor Nicholas McGegan makes the musical points tell precisely and his energy affects the entire performance, carrying it through the slow parts of the piece. Diana Moore is simply perfect, her crystalline diction making it possible to distinguish every word she sings. Nicholas Phan as Simeon and Sherezade Panthaki as Joseph’s wife Asenath are similarly […]

Vinikour’s Magnificent 20th Century Harpsichord Concertos

Posted on Jul 15, 2019 in Artist News, Jory Vinikour, Recording | No Comments
Vinikour’s Magnificent 20th Century Harpsichord Concertos

“For imaginative choice of repertoire married to sterling performances, this has got to be one of the outstanding discs of 2019. “ Read more at Classics Today

McGegan’s “powerful opening week to start Aspen Music Festival”

Posted on Jul 9, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s “powerful opening week to start Aspen Music Festival”

“The Vivaldi was in McGegan’s wheelhouse. He recently completed a long tenure with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and although the orchestra’s role in this concerto mostly supports the soloists with springy rhythms and appropriate harmonies, he laid the foundation for brilliant playing from Hungarian trumpet virtuoso Tamás Pálfalvi and the Atlanta Symphony’s principal trumpet Stuart […]

Taylor conducted Handel with nobility and vigour

Posted on Jul 8, 2019 in Daniel Taylor, Reviews | No Comments
Taylor conducted Handel with nobility and vigour

“Daniel Taylor conducted Handel’s Dixit Dominus with his own hand-picked vocal and instrumental ensemble from Toronto. The Dixit is such a dramatic, striking work that it’s easy for conductors to exploit extremes of dynamic range and tempo. Taylor’s version had nobility and plenty of vigour, but stayed well within the bounds of sane execution. The […]

Butterfield receives Rubies 2019 Opera Canada Awards

Posted on Jul 4, 2019 in Artist News, Benjamin Butterfield | No Comments
Butterfield receives Rubies 2019 Opera Canada Awards

Big congratulations to Benjamin Butterfield for receiving the Rubies 2019 Opera Canada Awards for his exemplary contribution to the industry! Selected by a committee comprising of leading opera professionals from across Canada, Benjamin and two other honourees will be celebrated at a gala award evening on November 4, 2019 at First Canadian Place in downtown […]

Adams “delivered a supercharged” Mercutio

Posted on Jun 28, 2019 in Artist News, Hadleigh Adams, Reviews | No Comments
Adams “delivered a supercharged” Mercutio

“As Romeo’s friend Mercutio, Hadleigh Adams delivered a supercharged performance, whether leaping up on a table or wielding a sword. His strong baritone was ideal for the ballade about the fairy Queen Mab…” Read more at Cincinnati Business Courier

Panthaki “a new, trailblazing” singer of old music

Posted on Jun 22, 2019 in Artist News, Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Panthaki “a new, trailblazing” singer of old music

“Sherezade Panthaki sings her most daring and brilliant aria in this performance of Haendel’s ‘Samson’—and thereby totally delights colleagues and audience alike. No wonder that this woman—according to the libretto—slays seemingly invincible Samson’s strength: with her exuberant virtuosity, with her elegance and her powerful radiance, Panthaki is a new, trailblazing type among the female singers […]

Molomot’s “humor and lightness” in Dido and Aeneas

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 in Artist News, Marc Molomot, Reviews | No Comments
Molomot’s “humor and lightness” in Dido and Aeneas

“Marc Molomot led the sailors’ song with aplomb…” —Read more at Operawire “Tenor Marc Molomot’s sailor injected a touch of humor and lightness in the tragedy with his boisterous singing of ‘Come away, fellow sailors’.” —Read more at Seen and Heard International

“Kelly declaimed the poet’s despondent musings in a high, oaken baritone”

Posted on Jun 8, 2019 in Artist News, Michael Kelly, Reviews | No Comments
“Kelly declaimed the poet’s despondent musings in a high, oaken baritone”

“Michael Kelly declaimed the poet’s despondent musings in a high, oaken baritone, strongly inflecting the long phrases, biting off the words with fierce diction. “If these were not the most cuddly songs ever written, one could certainly admire their craft and restraint, and Kelly’s ability to sustain a long line.” —Read more at New York […]