Concerts

Concerts

"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist."
Robert Schumann - Composer (1810-1856)


Thirteen

Cities & Times (2018)

From Sunrise to sunset,
13 continual hours of concerts
St. Johns
Halifax
Sackville
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto
Kitchener/Waterloo
London
Winnipeg
Edmonton
Calgary
Kelowna
Vancouver

13 livestreamed performances. coast to coast


St John’s

 

Performed on Friday, Sept 7th 19:30(Local NDT)

Streamed at 10:30-11:30(Local NDT) 09:00-10:00(EDT)

Venue: D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University

DFCookThe D. F. Cook Recital Hall is an acoustically rich 296 seat concert hall equipped with a Casavant pipe organ. The hall features recording and sound reinforcement facilities.

Livestream may be viewed in the Suncor Energy Hall following completion of the concert in the D.F. Cook Hall.

Thank you to Memorial University for their continued support and encouragement.
MUN

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the territory on which we gather for this concert, as the ancestral home-lands of the Beothuk and the island of Newfoundland as the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk. We would also like to recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original people of Labrador.

Lead organizer: Dr. Jane Leibel

JaneLeibelSoprano Jane Leibel has earned praise for her “crystalline, strong soprano” (Opera Canada) “vibrant, sweet, fresh singing” (The Globe and Mail) and for her acting abilities: “It remained for Jane Leibel, as Diana, the outraged goddess, to steal the show with her finely tuned comic sense.” (Opera Quarterly)

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Halifax

 

Performed on Saturday, Sept 8th

Streamed at 11:00-12:00(Local ADT) 10:00-11:00(EDT)

Venue: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre

Rebecca Cohn TheatreSince 1971, the Dalhousie Arts Centre has been a key feature in Nova Scotia’s arts and culture landscape. The Dalhousie Arts Centre is home to the Fountain School of Performing Arts, the Nova Scotia Art Gallery and the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium regularly features performances by local performing artists as well as world-famous national and international entertainers.

Friday, September 8 – 7:00 to 8:30
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue

Thank you to Dalhousie University for their continued support and encouragement.

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We would like to respectfully acknowledge that this concert is being held in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

Lead organizer: Prof. Marcia Swanston

Marcia SwanstonMarcia Swanston’s voice has taken her to opera stages around the world. Today, it’s brought the mezzo-soprano to Dalhousie where she is a professor of voice. Originally from Alberta, Prof. Swanston did post-graduate studies in concert and opera in London, England, at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. As a professional opera singer, Prof. Swanston has performed with orchestras and opera companies in more than 50 roles across North America and Britain. More
marcia.swanston@dal.ca

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Sackville

 

12:00-13:00(Local ADT) 11:00-12:00(EDT) Live

Venuie: Brunton Auditorium, Mount Allison University - "Beyond the Marshes"

315 seatsMount Allison1Mount Allison2; Located in the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music, the newly-renovated Brunton Auditorium is Mount Allison’s most treasured performance space. It hosts distinguished faculty performances, guest and student recitals, ensemble concerts, master classes, lectures, and workshops each year.

Location of the livestream viewing:
Brunton Auditorium
MYB Conservatory of Music
Mount Allison University
134 Main Street, Sackville, NB

Mount Allison LogoThank you to Mount Allison University for their continued support and encouragement.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

Lead organizer: Sally Dibblee

Sally DibbleeSoprano Sally Dibblee continues to enjoy success on stages and concert halls throughout North America. She opened the 2011-2012 season as Nedda in I pagliacci and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Calgary Opera. Last season’s engagements included her return to the Mineria Orchestra for Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, her role debut as Lucia di Lammermoor in Calgary, and Nedda in I pagliacci in Ontario. Upcoming engagements include her role debut as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda for Opera Pacific Victoria. More
sdibblee@nb.sympatico.ca

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Montréal

 

12:00-13:00(Local EDT) Live

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Venue: Tanna Schulich Hall at McGill University

Tanna Schulich Hall at McGill University

Pollack Hall
Tanna Schulich Hall, opened in 2006, is a multipurpose venue located in McGill’s Elizabeth Wirth Music Building (formerly called the New Music Building). It is named after Tanna Schulich, a music lover and amateur violinist.

The 187 seat hall is technologically sophisticated, with wood panels that enhance the acoustics. It has a large reception area/lobby and green room and is commonly used as a concert, lecture and conference venue.

We acknowledge that McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

Lead organizer: Michael McMahon

michael mcmahonPianist and vocal coach Michael McMahon studied at McGill University with Charles Reiner. With the aid of the Canada Council for the Arts, he completed his studies in Vienna at the Franz Schubert Institute and the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, and in Salzburg at the International Summer Academy held at the Mozarteum. During this time, he studied with such legendary artists as Erik Werba, Hans Hotter, Elly Ameling, Jörg Demus and Kim Borg. Michael McMahon maintains an active performing schedule. More
michael.mcmahon@mcgill.ca

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Ottawa

 

13:00-14:00(Local EDT) Live

Venue: Freiman Hall, University of Ottawa "No Man is an Island" "Nul Homme n'est une ile"

Freiman Hall in OttawaMusic students or groups enjoy performing on the Freiman Event Center stage in front of an audience.

Thank you to University of Ottawa for their continued support and encouragement.

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.

Lead organizer: Prof. Christiane Riel

Christiane RielAppreciated for more than the sheer beauty of her voice, Christiane Riel is recognized for the generosity and intensity of her interpretations. The heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and those of the French romantic repertoire encompass the very heart of her remarkable career. After a triumphant debut with the Canadian Opera Company, Ms. Riel has enjoyed an international career throughout Canada, the United States, and Australia. A “heartbreakingly believable” Madama Butterfly, Ms. Riel’s Cio-Cio-San is acclaimed worldwide in over 18 different productions. More
criel@uOttawa.ca

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Toronto

 

14:00-15:00(Local EDT) Live

Venue: Walter Hall at the University of Toronto

walterhallNamed for Arnold Walter, Dean of UofT Music (1952-1968), with 490 seats, Walter Hall is Toronto’s finest small auditorium. Designed for chamber music and solo recitals, Walter Hall also has a Casavant Organ.

Thank you to University of Toronto for their continued support and encouragement.

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We wish to respectfully acknowledge this concert is being held on land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

Lead organizer: Monica Whicher

Monica WhicherStyle and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher’s performances on the concert and opera stage. In recent seasons, the varied aspects of her artistry have been reflected in performances with the Toronto Symphony (Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder), Houston’s Mercury Baroque (Vivaldi’s Motezuma), the Colorado Symphony (Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven Mass in C), the Calgary Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony (Mendelssohn’s Elijah), the Elmer Iseler Singers (Bach’s Mass in B Minor, for CBC radio), Symphony Nova Scotia (Fauré Requiem, Brahms Requiem) and in recitals across Canada. More
monicawhicher@rogers.com

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Kitchener Waterloo

 

Performed on Thursday, Sept 13th Noon Hour(Local EDT)

Streamed at 15:00-16:00(Local EDT)

Venue: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University - "The Sounds of Silence"

LaurierUThe Recital Hall seats 323 guests

Thank you to Wilfrid Laurier University for their continued support and encouragement. We are especially indebted to the Faculty of Music and the Office of the Dean of Students for their sponsorship of this concert.

Laurier University

We would like to acknowledge that this concert is being held on the Haldimand Tract, traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosauonee peoples.

Lead organizer: Prof. Kimberly Barber

Kimberly BarberThis season saw Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, creating the role of the fortuneteller Asa in the world premiere of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s OKSANA G to critical acclaim. Kimberly also appeared with Ojibwe narrator Rene Meshake, TorQ Percussion Quartet and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf in a newly commissioned work, THIS LAND, by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, to commemorate the Canadian sesquicentennial for NUMUS in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2017.

Kimberly has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, CBC Records, Teldec and Dutton Classics. Grounded in the traditional, but a champion of new music, she has performed numerous world and Canadian premieres, collaborating with musicians of all stripes.

A powerful advocate of mental health and suicide prevention and awareness, Kimberly was project lead for Laurier's inaugural Mysterious Barricades concert, also taking the helm for this year's event. She brings an adventurous spirit to the voice and opera programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been on faculty since 2002 and recently assumed the role of Associate Dean: External. More
kbarber@wlu.ca

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London

 

16:00-17:00(Local EDT) Live

Venue: von Kuster Recital Hall, Western University

von Kuster HallNamed in honour of Clifford von Kuster, the first dean of the Faculty of Music, the recital hall is located in the Music Building with the entrance off the main lobby. The 248 seat von Kuster Recital Hall is home to more than 270 performances each year between September and May. The hall is primarily used as a venue for the performance of chamber music and small ensembles.

Thank you to Western University and its Don Wright Faculty of Music for their continued support and encouragement.
Laurier University

We would like to respectfully acknowledge the history of the traditional territory on which this university stands and this concert is being held. We would also like to respect the longstanding relationships of the three local First Nations groups of this land and place in Southwestern Ontario.
The Attawandaran (Neutral) peoples once settled this region alongside the Algonquin and Haudenosaunee peoples, and used this land as their traditional beaver hunting grounds.
The three other longstanding Indigenous groups of this geographic region are: the Anishinaabe Peoples (also referred to as the Three Fires Confederacy including; Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatami Nations); the Haudenosaunee Peoples (also known as the Iroquoian people or Six Nations including Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscorora); and, the Leni-Lunaape Peoples (also referred to as the Delaware and/or Munsee).
The three First Nations communities closest in proximity to this University are: Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabe); Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee); and, Munsee-Delaware Nation (part of the Leni-Lunaape)

Lead organizer: Jackalyn Short

Jackalyn ShortCanadian soprano Jackalyn Short has sung leading lyric coloratura roles with every major opera company and orchestra in Canada. Internationally, she has performed in many U. S. cities, and also in Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, England and Israel. Roles range from Alcina to Donna Anna, Gilda to Anne Trulove. She has been a regular performer on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and Two New Hours, and has been the recipient of several Canada Council grants and scholarships.
Ms. Short has been a faculty member of the NUOVA opera program in Edmonton, HSOF in Halifax, COAA at Western and also Opera on the Avalon in St John’s, Nfld. Recently she founded Music Theatre on the Thames, a summer intensive program at Western. (mtot.ca) More
jackalynshort@rogers.com

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Winnipeg

 

16:00-17:00(Local CDT) 17:00-18:00(EDT) Live

Venue: University of Manitoba, The Desautels Faculty Vocal Arts Room "The Healing Power of Ritual"

The Desautels Faculty Vocal Arts Room
University of Manitoba
Desautels Faculty of Music
T2 - 266, 136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that this concert is being held in Treaty 1 territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Lead organizer: Dr. Laura Loewen

Laura LoewenPraised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Winnipeg collaborative pianist Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America. Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is a professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach at the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. More
Laura.Loewen@umanitoba.ca

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Edmonton

 

16:00-17:00(Local MDT) 18:00-19:00(EDT) Live

Venue: Convocation Hall, University of Alberta

UBC-old-auditoriumA gem of a performance space, Convocation Hall was opened in 1915 and holds an audience of 426 people. A rectangular room wrapped by balcony on three sides, the seating in Convocation Hall is fixed, theatre style. The venue is most suitable for recitals and chamber music ensembles, although larger ensembles can be accommodated.

Thank you to University of Alberta: Office of the Dean of Students and Information Services & Technology for their continued support and encouragement.
UA-COLOUR

We would like to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Territory on which this concert is being held, a welcoming place for peoples from around the world. We would like to acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps have marked this territory for centuries such as: Cree, Saulteaux, Niisitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, Nakota Sioux.

Lead organizer: Elizabeth Turnbull

BethElizabeth Turnbull has been hailed by the critics as ‘a revelation’, with ‘controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence’. Her many and varied credits include appearances with major orchestras and opera companies across North America (Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, New York, Florida, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco). More
turnbull.e.m@gmail.com

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Calgary

 

Performed on an earlier date and time(TBD)

17:00-18:00(Local MDT) 19:00-20:00(EDT) Live

Venue: Rozsa Centre, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Calgary

UBC-old-auditoriumThe Rozsa Centre houses one of the premiere music recital facilities in Western Canada in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall – a 384 seat acoustic marvel. The music hall is the main venue for performances by the Division of Music.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations. I would also like to note that the University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis” which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Concert Lead: Laura Hynes

Concert Lead: Laura Hynes
Laura Hynes

A Fulbright scholar in Paris, coloratura soprano Laura Hynes spent six years abroad in France and Germany, performing repertoire ranging from baroque opera with Les Arts Florissants to “classical cabaret” on French television and radio. Laura Hynes has performed opera roles, solo recitals, and concerts throughout Europe and the U.S. She was the Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Fellow at the University of Minnesota, where she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2013. She has also been awarded degrees from the Paris Conservatory (Cycle de Perfectionnement), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and Miami University (B.M.).

Dr. Hynes is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

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Laura HynesConcert Lead:  Laura Hynes

A Fulbright scholar in Paris, coloratura soprano Laura Hynes spent six years abroad in France and Germany, performing repertoire ranging from baroque opera with Les Arts Florissants to “classical cabaret” on French television and radio. Laura Hynes has performed opera roles, solo recitals, and concerts throughout Europe and the U.S. She was the Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Fellow at the University of Minnesota, where she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2013. She has also been awarded degrees from the Paris Conservatory (Cycle de Perfectionnement), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and Miami University (B.M.).

Dr. Hynes is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.














Kelowna

 

17:00-18:00(Local PDT) 20:00-21:00(EDT) Live

Venue: TBD
Lead organizer: Rosemary Thomson

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GwennaGwenna Fairchild-Taylor, Soprano

@gwennaft (Twitter)
Ottawa-born soprano​ Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor​ holds an M. Mus. Opera (University of Toronto) and a B. Mus. Voice Performance (Western University). Recent performance highlights include Tapestry Opera’s Songbook VII, Berta in ​The Barber of Seville ​ (Indian River Festival, Stratford Summer Music), and Soprano Soloist in ​Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (London Symphonia). An accomplished educator, Fairchild-Taylor is a three-time recipient of Government of Nunavut Culture & Heritage Grants in support of her music and drama programs in Nunavut communities. Other credits include Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (North York Concert Orchestra), Lady Billows, Donna Anna, and the title role in ​The Merry Widow













Betty Allison"[A performer with] great theatrical presence and vocal sophistication," Betty Allison is "gifted with a commanding dramatic soprano voice." She is known to audiences at home for her performances with Pacific Opera Victoria in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and DAS RHEINGOLD as well as for the role of Mary in the world premier of MARY’S WEDDING.
Betty is an alumnus of the University of Victoria where she completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees before joining the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble. This past April she completed her Masters in Voice Performance at UVic with Benjamin Butterfield. She will be starting her doctorate in September at the University of Toronto.
Past performance highlights have included the title role in Floyd’s SUSANNAH with Florentine Opera, Alice in Verdi’s FALSTAFF with L’Opèra Thèâtre de Metz Metropole as well as Rosalinde in DIE FLEDERMAUS and First Lady in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Edmonton Opera. Other roles have included Elizabeth in Britten’s GLORIANA, Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE and Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Betty has also performed in Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand, Brahms’ Requiem and Gubaidulia’s GALGENLIEDER A 3.
For more information, please visit www.bettywaynneallison.com









Michael Lockley
Michael Lockley, tenor Michael Lockley has performed leading roles in opera, operetta and musical theater throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia and has sung at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in diverse repertoire ranging from sacred oratorios, to Sondheim musicals.










Kyle Wedge

Kyle Wedge, piano. Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, pianist and educator Kyle Wedge has studied with Catherine Hughes- Seto, Barbara Marks, Jennifer Mok and Ruth Nieboer, all in New Brunswick, and has completed master classes with Bertrand Giraud (France). After moving to Iqaluit in 2014, Kyle opened a piano studio and presently teaches 23 students, with several students pursuing the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum with great success. In addition to teaching, he also directs and accompanies the Iqaluit Community Choir and has recently given his arctic debut performance in collaboration with Soprano Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor of Toronto in July 2015. Passionate about increasing access to the arts, he has sat on the Board of Directors for the Alianait Entertainment Group since November 2014. For inquiries about educational opportunities or performance enagements, please contact kylewedge@gmail.com.








Julie Vaddapalli
Julie Vaddapalli, piano
Born in Montreal, pianist Julie Vaddapalli studied at Vincent-d’Indy (Diplôme d’étude collégial) and holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Capilano University. She continues to be involved in the art scene, and in 2008, obtained a Certificate in Arts Management (Bishop’s University). This will be the third year Julie will be working with Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor as a piano accompanist at her music and drama workshop in Iqaluit, Nunavut.



Vancouver

 

18:00-19:00(Local PDT) 21:00-22:00(EDT) Live

Venue: Roy Barnett Recital Hall, University of British Columbia

Providing students with a state-of-the-art rehearsal space as well as a 255-seat concert hall, the Roy Barnett Recital Hall is a place of inspiration.

Thank you to University of British Columbia for their continued support and encouragement.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (TsleilWaututh) Nations.

Lead organizer: Prof. Patrick Raftery

Patrick RafteryJ. Patrick Raftery’s debut was for The San Diego Opera’s production of La bohème singing Schaunard and sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. This debut and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner’s concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall helped catapult Mr. Raftery to performances with most of the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. After a career spanning more than three decades, seventy operatic roles, numerous recitals and concerts worldwide Professor Raftery joined the faculty at UBC, School of Music in summer 2014.

Some notable debuts:
The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden (Conte-Nozze di Figaro)
Das Deutsche Oper Berlin (Marcello)
The Glyndebourne Festival (Guglielmo)
The Metropolitan Opera of New York (Lescaut- Manon Lescaut)
L’Opéra de Paris (Figaro-Barbiere)
The Canadian Opera Company (Marcello)
Vancouver Opera (Figaro-Barbiere)
Bayerische Staatsoper (Sharpless-Madama Butterfly)
Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Poeta-Turco in Italia)
The San Fransisco Opera (Marcello)
The Washington Opera (Figaro-Barbiere)
Teatro alla Scala (Cinna-La Vestale)
Théâtre du Châtelet-Paris (Zurga -Les pêcheurs de perles)
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jpatrick.raftery@ubc.ca

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