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Monday, May 9, 2011

Opera Week Toscanini Celebration Concert at George Weston Hall

Opera Week luminaries (l. to r.) Soprano Clarice Carson, opera coach Joan Dornemann, mezzo Jean Stilwell (Photo: Linda Litwack)







11 SINGERS INVITED TO PERFORM

IN OPERA WEEK TOSCANINI CELEBRATION CONCERT

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 8 P.M. AT GEORGE WESTON RECITAL HALL

Eleven emerging opera singers have been chosen to perform in an evening of arias, Wednesday, May 11, 8 p.m. at the George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street (North York City Centre subway).

They were invited from the approximately 20 who took part in five days of Coaching Sessions at the TCA with Vincenzo Scalera of La Scala, Milan, and Joan Dornemann of the Metropolitan Opera, New York. With the exception of one singer, all are in their 20s. All but one are Canadian.

Tickets, $30, $25 seniors and students, may be obtained from the Centre’s box office, 1-855-985-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.ca. More information is available at www.tocentre.com.

The program will include arias from opera in English, French, Italian, German and Russian by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Thomas, Gounod, Wagner, Humperdinck, Britten and more.

Opera Week is presented by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists in collaboration with the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura(Italian Cultural Institute), Remenyi House of Music, Novotel and The New Classical 96.3FM.

The following singers will perform with pianists Kate Carver and Christopher Mokrzewski:

Sopranos:

Stacie Carmona

Kyra Folk Farber

Inga Filippova-Williams

Deirdre Fulton

Alexandra LeBlanc

Jennifer Schinzel

Marissa Solow (the youngest of the artists)

Rachel Weisdorf

Mezzo-soprano Marta Herman

Tenor Edward Kerrick of Washington DC

Baritone Jay Jung

The singers were chosen by Vincenzo Scalera and Joan Dornemann together with Canadian operatic divas Clarice Carson and Lois McDonall, both retired after illustrious international careers, and now active members of the IRCPA.

The May 11 concert will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the reopening of La Scala by legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini on May 11, 1946, after it was bombed in 1943.

The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists has designed programs since 1983 to make artists ready for employment. After formal training, they need guidance in auditioning for national or international markets. The IRCPA provides the opportunity for them to learn from artistic directors and high-level coaches who work with international casts and know what they need to be hired. The artists thus gain rare access to people currently at the pinnacle of their field, while saving on the costs of travel and an accompanist normally needed in seeking out these people.

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