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Friday, July 15, 2011

Toronto Summer Music Revises Program

For immediate release: July 15, 2011 ● Please include in your listings/announcements

Reprogrammed concert features rising vocal stars
and pianist ROGER VIGNOLES

Toronto Summer Music Festival Artistic Director Douglas McNabney announced today that soprano Christine Brewer has cancelled her recital on August 4 due to health reasons. To replace the originally programmed concert, McNabney has invited two rising vocal stars, soprano Kiera Duffy and tenor Nicholas Phan. They will join pianist Roger Vignoles for the August 4 concert at 7:30 pm at Walter Hall. The revised programme includes a performance of Schumann’s Liederkreis and Britten's Winter's Words by Mr. Phan, Strauss songs by Ms. Duffy and duets. August 4 ticket holders may call the box office at (416) 408-0208 to exchange or refund their tickets.

Well known to opera lovers as a finalist in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, American sopranoKiera Duffy is featured in the film “The Audition”. Described as “a star in the making”, she is recognized for her gleaming high soprano and insightful musicianship in repertoire that encompasses everything from Handel to John Zorn. She was recently heard in Mozart's Requiem and Feldman's Rothko Chapel with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. Last spring, she made her London Symphony Orchestra debut singing Cunegonde in a concert performance of Candide with Kristjan Järvi conducting and returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Unsuk Chin’sCantatrix Sopranica. On the opera stage, Ms. Duffy was seen at Wexford Opera Festival in the European premiere of The Golden Ticket and Atlanta Opera as Despina in Così fan tutte. Ms. Duffy also recorded the fifth volume of “The Complete Songs of Richard Strauss” with Roger Vignoles for Hyperion Records. Her upcoming engagements include her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Pierrot Lunaire with Pierre Boulez and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland’s Severance Hall. She will also participate in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Enchanted Island, and returns to London’s Wigmore Hall.

American tenor Nicholas Phan recently made his debut at the BBC Proms and returned to the San Francisco Symphony for both Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Carmina Burana, to Carnegie Hall for Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Oratorio Society of New York, and to the Music of Baroque for performances of selections by Purcell. In the fall of 2010, he embarked on a U.S. recital tour that culminated in his recital debut at Carnegie Hall in its Great Singers III: Evenings of Song series in Weill Recital Hall. Other recent engagements include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra for Stravinsky’sPulcinella, the Colorado Symphony in Carmina Burana, as well as performances of Britten’s Serenade with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Helsinki Spring Light Chamber Music Festival. Last May, he sang the role of Lurcanio in Handel’s Ariodante on a tour with Alan Curtis and his acclaimed orchestra, Il Complesso Barocco, which included performances at the Barbican in London, the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées in Paris, and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Mr. Phan’s Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinksy’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was recently released on the CSO Resound label. His world premiere recording of Evan Chambers’ orchestral song cycle, The Old Burying Ground, was released in July 2010.

The sixth annual TSMF begins on Tuesday July 19 with a gala recital by pianist Kirill Gerstein, and runs to August 13 in the heart of Toronto, with concerts at Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and at Walter Hall at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. This year, 90-plus Canadian and international musicians converge on Toronto for 13 mainstage concerts celebrating the theme Beethoven and the Romantics. For more details, visit or follow festival updates on Facebook.


July 19 Kirill Gerstein
July 21 Vienna Piano Trio
July 23 Vienna Piano Trio, Mark Fewer, Erika Raum, Chris Costanza
July 26 Sir Thomas Allen & Joseph Middelton
July 28 Menahem Pressler & Leipzig Quartet
July 29 Friday (Late) Night Experiment
July 30 Anton Kuerti, Colin Fox, Zebra Trio, Mark Fewer, Chris Costanza
August 2 Nash Ensemble
August 4 Kiera Duffy, Nicholas Phan and Roger Vignoles
August 6 Nash Ensemble, Michael McMahon, Nathalie Paulin
August 9 National Youth Orchestra of Canada
August 10, 11 Gryphon Trio
August 13 André Laplante, Jonathan Crow, Ian Swensen, Teng Li, Antonio Lysy

Festival passes, including Flex Passes ($100 - $400) and single tickets ($20 - $60) may be purchased: online at; by phone at 416-408-0208; in person at The Royal Conservatory Box Office, 273 Bloor St W; at the door from 4:30 pm on the day of the performance at Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent. Venues: Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, U of T, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent. Koerner Hall, Conservatory Theatre, TELUS Centre for Performance & Learning, The Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor Street West.


Media contact: Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, (416) 481-1161,

High-resolution photos of artists are available for download at the Festival website.

Toronto Summer Music gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its partners:

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