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Opera Canada Vol. LVIII, No. 3

For 50 years, Opera Canada has been the exclusive voice of opera in Canada and Canadians in opera around the world. Each issue includes insightful features on artists and performing companies, exclusive interviews, performance reviews, lively commentary and news of Canadian creators in major opera centers at home and abroad.

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We would be acting like the proverbial ostrich if we did not address 2017’s (and potentially 2018’s) biggest classical music news story—the accusations of sexual abuse and harassment brought against some of the industry’s most powerful men including Charles Dutoit, James Levine and closer to home in the Canadian arts scene, Soulpepper Theatre’s Albert Schultz and former Opera Hamilton General Director, Daniel Lipton. Even before the #metoo movement made its way to our industry, Opera Canada had already commissioned Natasha Gauthier to write a piece we hoped would offer opera artists a platform to share the same types of stories that were already making headlines in Hollywood. It is telling that although top-name Hollywood and Canadian theatre actors now feel liberated to share their stories of being sexually harassed, we have…

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opera in the news

Appointments Calgary Opera has announced the appointment of a new General Director and CEO effective January 2018. Dr. Keith Cerny comes to Calgary from The Dallas Opera, where he has been General Director and CEO since 2010. “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Keith Cerny to the position of Calgary Opera’s General Director and CEO,” said Michael Brown, Chair of the Calgary Opera Board of Directors. “After an exhaustive international search for the right candidate to take Calgary Opera to next level of growth, we believe we have found the perfect candidate in Keith, given his wealth of experience from an artistic, business and operational standpoint.” In other Calgary Opera news, in late October the company announced the appointment of a new Resident Conductor and Repetiteur, Montréal native Kimberley-Ann Bartczak. A conductor,…

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artists on stage

Danika Lorèn hasn’t always called Toronto home. Originally from Saskatchewan, she wasn’t raised in a busy city—it was quite the opposite, actually. “I grew up on a farm, and one of the few things we could do was take piano lessons in a nearby town. So I started with piano and then my teacher said to my mom—when she realized I was not very good at piano—that I should probably try singing,” she smiled. “So I went to the Saskatchewan Children’s Choir and was with them for about ten years, and it sort of snowballed from there.” Lorèn’s transition to opera had never been a guarantee—until one specific production convinced her to follow through and make a career of it. After graduating from high school, she spent two years in the…

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going back to her roots

Lara Ciekiewicz is waxing poetic in the wake of her recent role debut this past fall as Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa at Pacific Opera Victoria, co-produced with Opéra de Montréal and directed by Canadian film icon Atom Egoyan (see review p. 45). “There are often these post-show blues, but this time when I got home, I felt very serene,” reveals the Winnipeg-based artist. “I just felt gloriously humbled by what we all accomplished together, and realized that this production will always have a little piece of my heart.” Ciekiewicz, who self-describes her soaring, three-octave plus lyric soprano voice as “steel wrapped in velvet,” is becoming one of Canada’s most highly sought after singing-actresses. This season, she makes two significant role debuts, including Janáček’s portrait of an ill-fated village girl who is forced to grapple…

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letter from berlin

Berlin is a fantastic city for music lovers, and one of the very best times to visit is during the annual Musikfest, held for three weeks from late August to mid-September. Organized by the Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, the 2017 edition hosted roughly 44,000 visitors who enjoyed over 30 concerts, from early music choral presentations to premieres by contemporary composers. An abundance of music was on offer, from the traditional to the quirky; and a number of renowned organizations took part, including the Staatskapelle Berlin (who opened Musikfest), the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin among them. The Philharmonie Berlin was home to many Musikfest concerts, giving audiences ample opportunities to experience its acoustic…

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letter from buenos aires

Caruso, Muzio, Melchior, Callas, Crespin, Nilsson, Vickers, Quilico, Domingo and Pavarotti have all sung on its stage. Saint-Saëns, Mascagni, Respighi, and Richard Strauss came to conduct or supervise local premieres of their operas. And its podium has also been mounted by Stravinsky, de Falla, Honegger, Villa Lobos, Ginastera, Menotti, Fritz Busch, Erich Kleiber, von Karajan, Bernstein, Boulez and others. Visitors have included European royalty, American Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, as well as former First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters. And it’s where Juan Perón, with First Lady Eva Perón at his side, made his first public appearance as president of Argentina in July 1946. The couple, to be sure, would show up there many more times, Eva in flowing gowns, glitterati and paparazzi in tow. The theatre, of course, is the…