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Friday, July 16, 2010

Barbara Budd joins Ben Heppner in Tribute to Edward Johnson

News Release

Former CBC broadcaster and actress Barbara Budd joins Canadian tenor Ben Heppner in Stratford Summer Music’s
salute to the late Canadian tenor, Edward Johnson

Three performances only!
For Immediate Release
July 16, 2010

Stratford, Ont... John Miller, Artistic Producer of Stratford Summer Music, today announced that Barbara Budd, actress and former CBC broadcaster from the acclaimed radio program As It Happens, will join renowned Canadian tenor Ben Heppner in his salute to the late Canadian tenor, Edward Johnson, a show – conceived and written by Neil Crory - which is now to be called Edward and Beatriz: A Love Story. Morning performances, with the participation of Toronto pianist, John Hess, will be held in St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Stratford, July 23 – 25, 2010.

In addition to their joint narration of the life and times of the late Canadian tenor who became a world celebrity in the early 20th century, Mr. Heppner will read from the correspondence of Mr. Johnson and Ms. Budd from
the letters of his Portuguese-born love, Beatriz d'Arneiro, who had a major impact on his career. Their married life lasted for only 10 years before her untimely death.

The messages between the young lovers at the turn of the 20th century come from a newly (2010) published volume At My Sweet Recall: the Letters of Edward Johnson and Beatriz d'Arneiro (1906-1908), edited by Gloria Dent of
Guelph, Johnson's home town. Guelph is also home to the organisation he founded, The Edward Johnson Musical Foundation, with the goal of expanding music education among young Canadians.

Throughout Edward and Beatriz Mr. Heppner, who is celebrated world-wide today as was Mr. Johnson almost a century earlier, will perform many of the most famous tenor arias and works for which both men are known. Works
on the program include If with all your hearts from Mendelssohn's Elijah; Aprile by E.P.Tosti; Giacomo Puccini’s Donna non vidi mai from Manon Lescaut; Umberto Giordano’s Amor ti vieta from his opera, Fedora; and
Oscar Straus’ Waltzes and Wine from A Waltz Dream. “Welcoming Ms. Budd back to Stratford, where I first remember enjoying her performances in The Winter’s Tale some years ago, and knowing that she will be on our program with Mr. Heppner only heightens my excitement for our opening week in this special anniversary season,” said John A. Miller, Artistic Producer of the music festival. “It’s great to have these two well-known Canadian cultural figures back in Stratford!”

Performances of Edward and Beatriz: A Love Story will occur at 11:15 a.m. in St. Andrew's Church, 25 St. Andrew’s Street, during Stratford Summer Music's 10th anniversary. Thursday, July 22; Friday, July 23; and Saturday, July 24.

Other programs during the music festival's Portrait of Ben Heppner will include a solo recital on July 20, a master class for three young Canadian singers (Van Abrahams, tenor; Vasil Garvanliev, baritone; Joey Niceforo,
tenor) on Friday afternoon, July 23; and Heppner’s closing appearance with the 100-member National Youth Orchestra of Canada on Sunday night, July 25.

Full details are online at www.stratfordsummermusic.ca. Tickets are now on
sale online or by calling 519 271-2101 or 1-866-288-4313.

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