Magazine article Opera Canada

In Performance

Magazine article Opera Canada

In Performance

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Canadians figure prominently in the Royal Opera Covent Garden 2004-5 season. Baritone Gerald Finley sings Germont in La traviata (Jan.-Feb.). Bass Philip Ens will take on Fafner in Das Rheingold, part of a new production of Wagner's Ring Cycle (Dec.-Jan.). Ens will reprise this role in the upcoming COC Ring in 2006. Director Robert Lepage makes his company debut in the world premiere of conductor Lorin Maazel's first opera, 1984, based on George Orwell's novel. Tenor Richard Margison will create the role of O'Brien. Tenor Ben Heppner, who opened the Metropolitan Opera season in Otello, will repeat the role at Covent Garden (June-July).

Tenor John Mac Master sings Cavaradossi in Tosca and the Prince in Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges this fall for Opera Australia. The Prokofiev opera is a new production directed by Francesca Zambello. Later in the season, the New Brunswick native will create the role of Casey in Richard Danielpour's new opera, Margaret Garner, to a libretto by novelist and Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison. The opera is a co-production of Michigan Opera Theater, Cincinnati Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Canadian soprano Michele Capalbo sang Aida this summer with Opera Nacional de Mexico and made her Italian debut as Leonora in La forza del destino for La Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Parma. The New York-based soprano will assay her first Amelia in Un ballo in maschera for l'Opera de Quebec (Oct.), followed by a debut with Pacific Opera Victoria in Tosca (Apr.).

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Tenor David Pomeroy has received a Canada Council Emerging Artist Award in the amount of $15,000. This award will allow Pomeroy to work with the prominent coach, Craig Rutenberg, in addition to studying with retired Canadian tenor Ermanno Mauro. Pomeroy sang his first Don Jose with Pacific Opera Victoria last April. He will return to that company as Pollione in Norma (Sept.-Oct.). Future engagements include Lennie in Carlyle Floyd's Of Mice and Men for Lyric Opera of Kansas City (Nov.) and Stefano in Filumena at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa (Apr.), a role he created in the premiere last season.

Tenor Alan Woodrow, who sang in the Gran Teatre del Liceu productions of Siegfried and Gotterdammerung in Barcelona in May and June, also made an unscheduled appearance as Siegfried in Gotterdammerung earlier in the year. He had been on holiday with his family in Amsterdam when he received a phone call from the Teatro Real in Madrid. …

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