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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

NAC Orchestra’s 2009-10 Debut Series of recitals begins on Sept. 21 with soprano Joyce El-Khoury

Ottawa, Canada – The National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Debut Series, which gives talented rising star musicians the opportunity to perform in recital at the NAC, will begin a new season on Monday, September 21 with soprano Joyce El-Khoury accompanied by pianist Jean Desmarais. The four-concert series of one-hour recitals hosted by NAC Artistic Attaché Paul Lefebvre takes place at noon in the NAC Salon. On this opening concert, Joyce El-Khoury will perform songs by Verdi, Duparc, Massenet, Fauré, Korngold, R. Strauss, Puccini, Gounod and Dvorák.

Admission is $3, with proceeds going to fund the NACO Bursary.

The series continues with the Afiara String Quartet on October 20; cellist Estelle Choi (from the Mount Royal College Conservatory Academy for Gifted Youth and a 2009 participant in the NAC Summer Music Institute) with pianist Jean Desmarais on November 19; and pianist Marika Bournaki on January 15, 2010.

CBC Radio 2 has returned to the Debut Series as broadcast partner. The concerts of September 21, October 20 and January 15 will be recorded for future broadcast on Tempo with host Julie Nesrallah, and on In Concert with host Bill Richardson.

Soprano Joyce El-Khoury is a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. A graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Ms. El-Khoury performed the roles of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, the title role in Massenet’s Manon, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, and Violetta in La Traviata. This month she performs as the Second Lady in Opera Lyra Ottawa’s Magic Flute, and as Pamina for their Silver Cast production.. Other roles include Nedda in Pagliacci at the Crested Butte Music Festival and with Knoxville Opera, Marguerite in Faust with Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C.

She is a First Prize winner of the George London Foundation; 2nd Prize winner in the Gerda Lissner International Voice Competition, International Semi-Finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition, First Prize winner in the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition, First Prize winner and WRTI Radio audience favorite in the Giargari Bel Canto Competition. Recently featured with the Metropolitan Opera MET IN THE PARKS Recital Series 2009, Ms. El-Khoury will be making her Metropolitan Opera house debut this season with roles in Le nozze di Figaro, Suor Angelica and Simon Boccanegra.


VERDI Simon Boccanegra : “Come in quest’ora bruna”
DUPARC Chanson triste
MASSENET Manon : “Adieu notre petite table”
FAURÉ “Les roses d’Ispahan” “Fleur jetée”
KORNGOLD Die Tote Stadt: “Marietta’s Lied”
R. STRAUSS “Allerseelen” “Cäcilie!“ “Befreit” “Zueignung”
PUCCINI La Bohème: “Si, mi chiamano Mimi”
GOUNOD Faust: “Ah! Je ris” (Jewel song)
DVORÁK Rusalka: “Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém” (Song to the Moon)

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