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Articles from No. 42, Summer

Bel Canto
In its literal sense, bel canto means, of course, "beautiful singing." Ben Heppner singing Tristan is bel canto. Reee Fleming singing Thais is bel canto. Isabel Bayrakdarian singing Cleopatra is bel canto. But no dyed-in-the-wool opera fan would call...
Debut: Krisztina Szabo
Krisztina Szabo admits she became a singer by subterfuge. Nonetheless, the talented mezzo-soprano, just 28 years old, also knows she was right to follow her instincts. Her rich, plummy voice and dramatic intensity have won her rave reviews in both...
Dido and Aeneas: Purcell
DIDO AND AENEAS Purcell Lynne Dawson & Rosemary Joshua, sopranos; Gerald Finley, baritone; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Clare College Chapel Choirs, Rene Jacobs, conductor. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901683 **** Rene Jacobs' interpretations...
Editor's Notebook
One of our proudest achievements last year was the inauguration of the Opera Canada Awards--named "The Rubies" to commemorate the magazine's founding editor, Ruby Mercer. Our intention was to establish the Rubies as an annual celebration, and with...
Falstaff
Mark Delavan (Falstaff) and Joanne Kolomyjec (Alice Ford) in the Florentine Opera production The challenge of producing its first-ever Falstaff moved Florentine Opera to surpass itself, and the company provided Verdi's masterpiece with unusually...
Grand Tradition: Mary Morrison
Soprano Mary Morrison is one of Canada's premiere teachers of voice, with an impressive number of students who are currently making their mark on the international scene, including Tracy Dahl, Adrianne Pieczonka, Valdine Anderson, Gordon Gietz, Wendy...
Great Singers: What Sets the Best Apart from the Rest?
WE live in an age blessed with a multitude of good singers. Every year, training programs around the world churn out thousands of young opera artists, well schooled and eager to put their talents to use. But what about great singers? How do our...
Jigsaw Career: Gerald Finley on the Fine Art of Putting the Pieces Together
IN 1982, Gerald Finley was leading something of a charmed life as a chorister at Kings College Chapel, surrounded by the green and pleasant world of Cambridge, England. But all that was about to change. "King's was a dream," he says, "but the group...
Melodies: Ravel
MELODIES Ravel Catherine Robbin, mezzo-soprano, Andre Laplante, piano & assorted instrumentalists. CBC Records MVCD 1128 **** This gorgeous recording, made four years ago, provides a French feast of rich music, richly interpreted. The program...
O Sweet Love
O SWEET LOVE Daniel Taylor, countertenor, Les Voix Humaines (Susie Napper & Margaret Little, violas da gamba) & Stephen Stubbs, lute. ATMA Classics ACD2 ** Amid today's countertenor boom, Canadian Daniel Taylor seems happiest simply to make...
Perfect Vocal Marriage
THE PERFECT VOCAL MARRIAGE Pierrette Alarie, soprano, & Leopold Simoneau, tenor, with John Newmark, piano, and the CBC Montreal Orchestra, Jean Beaudet, conductor. CBC Records PSCD 2022 *** These are truly, in every sense, voices from the past....
Summer Opera Lyric Theatre
The founding of Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and Research Centre in 1988 was a prime example of necessity being the mother of invention. Toronto-based tenor Guillermo Silva-Marin, artistic director of Opera in Concert and Toronto Operetta Theatre, and...
To a Poet: Music by Finzi, Britten, Butterworth, Ireland Chanler
TO A POET Music by Finzi, Britten, Butterworth, Ireland, Chanler Brett Polegato, baritone, & Iain Burnside, piano. CBC Records MVCD 1134 **** The concept of this remarkable recording is built around the poetry of three near-contemporary English...
Tracking Canadians at Home and Abroad
COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS Tenors Ben Heppner and Richard Margison were appointed Officers of the Order of Canada this spring, while Ezra Schabas, professor emeritus of music, University of Toronto, was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. ...
Turtle Wakes
Left to right: Dion Mazerolle (Charles), Deborah Overes (Carol), Shelley Harrison (Susan) and Frederick Robert (Robert) in the Calgary Opera/Quest Theatre production The atmosphere was definitely upbeat at the first public performance of Turtle...
Visual Aids: Despite Lingering Opposition, Surtitles Are an Integral Part of Staging Opera
Seasoned opera-goers remember the pre-surtitle era. But even they may have to stop and think for a moment before realizing that surtitles have been integral to live opera for the better part of a generation. Since January 21, 1983, to be exact, when...