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2014 International Festival Guide
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September 2013 Issue PDF
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2013 Choir Guide
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LSM Volume 16 eBook
10 issues (September 2010 to July 2011). 10 Discovery CDs. Bonus: 3 issues of The Music Scene. Only $9.99 + taxes

Bring a Teen
La Scena Musicale is pleased to announce the RETURN of the the "Bring a Teen" program to promote classical music among youth.

LSM Endowment Fund Campaign
ends November 30, 2010. Make a donation or purchase a ticket to our Dec. 9 event featuring Aline Kutan.

Gidon Kremer Interview

MET Opera's new Ring

LSM 2010 Summer Festival Guides
Our special page on all things festivals: International Music; Canadian classical, jazz, world and follk music, theatre, film, visual arts and dance.

La Scena Musicale September 2009 / La SCENA Fall 2009
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La SCENA Arts Directory 2009-2010
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The Music Scene Spring 2009 Issue
On the cover: St. Lawrence String Quartet at 20

Petition: Restore Canada Council Funding to Controlled-Circulation Magazines
The Canada Council for the Arts has quietly dropped support for controlled-circulation print magazines, rendering La Scena Musicale ineligible. Although controlled-circulation arts magazines represent a minority, they have been innovators in outreach for the arts and should be treated like all other Canadian arts and literary magazines.

Musical Valentine eCards
Happy Valentine's Day!
We bring back our special feature "Top 10 Musical Valentines" from February 2001.

La Scena Musicale Benefit Gala 2009
Choral Extravaganza, February 14, 2009

The Music Scene Winter 2009 Issue
On the cover: Peter Simon


Canadian Federal Election 2008 Arts Coverage
Follow the 2008 Canadian Federal Election from the arts perspective.

Next LSM Fundraising Activity: May 24 at Madama Butterfly
La Scena Musicale has a block of tickets to Madama Butterfly at the Opéra de Montréal on May 24, 2008. All proceeds goes to LSM. Free DVD of the opera.

CBC Radio 2 Spotlight
The battle to save CBC Radio 2 is heating up. Read the published articles and commentary.

The Music Scene Winter 2008 Issue
On the cover: Isabel Bayrakdarian & Russell Braun

Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur
The free programming at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur has been saved, at least for its 20th anniversary season. Read the news, analysis and the reactions.

Valentine's Day Fundraiser: La Scena Musicale takes you to the Barber of Seville
Looking for a Valentine's Day idea?
This year, La Scena Musicale's annual Valentine's Day Fundraising activity is an outing on Thursday, February 14 to the Opéra de Montréal's performance of Rossini's Barber of Seville.

New: La Scena Musicale Blog

Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928 - 2007)
The German composer passed away. Read the tributes.

The Music Scene Winter 2008 Issue
On the cover: Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Robert Savoie (1927 - 2007)
The great Canadian baritone passed away on September 14. Read the articles.

Homage to Pavarotti
Read the tributes to the late great tenor Luciano Pavarotti

Summer Music Camps Guide 2007
Check out our guide to music camps.

LSM Reviews and web articles
Recent reviews: The Rubies, Renée Fleming in Toronto, COC Altamira Concerts, Salvatore Licitra in Montreal

Holiday Greeting eCards
Send a Holiday Greeting with our popular Streaming eCards. Complete selections performed by Marc-André Hamelin, Suzie LeBlanc, Daniel Taylor and Luciano Pavarotti.

La Scena Musicale Gift Ideas
Order La Scena Musicales's 10th Anniversary Coffee Cup, Valentine's Day Dinner and Subscriptions

La Scena Musicale October 2006 Issue
Our 10th Anniversary issue celebrates La Scena Musicale's 10 years and 100 issues of promoting classical music and jazz. Download the PDF.

The Music Scene Ontario Fall 2006 Issue
The Music Scene salutes the Canadian Opera Company's new opera house and Ring production with an interview with Richard Bradshaw, the COC's artistic director.

La Scena Musicale Classified Ads
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La Scena Musicale Job Board
Check for job postings in the music and arts community.

La Scena Musicale July-August 2006 Issue
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On the cover: Philippe Jaroussky

The Music Scene Summer 2006 Issue
On the cover: The Gryphon Trio
Summer Festival Guide: 200 Festivals
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La Scena Musicale June 2006 Issue
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On the cover: Gregory Charles
Special: Summer Festival Guide - over 200 Festivals (Classical, Jazz, World/Folk+)
Download the Festival Guide only.

La Scena Musicale May 2006 Issue
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On the cover: exclusive interview with Maurizio Pollini
PDF available only until May 5, 2006

10th Annual Summer Festival Issue/Calendar
in La Scena Musicale June issue and The Music Scene Summer 2006 issue. Learn how to register your festival into our annual summer festival calendar, the largest in Canada.
Calendar Deadline Extended
To advertise in these issues, visit the advertising page.

The Music Scene Spring 2006
New: The Music Scene introduces Regional Editions with its Spring 2006 issues: TMS Ontario and TMS West featuring different content. Download the PDF versions.

La Scena Musicale April 2006 Issue
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On the cover: Luc Beauséjour

Music Links
La Scena Musicale's database of music links (over 1450 sites listed). Add your website.

LSM Design Services
Let La Scena Musicale's experienced graphics team take care of your needs. From Websites to concert posters.

La Scena Musicale March 2006 Issue
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On the cover: Matt Haimovitz
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La Scena Musicale February 2006 Issue
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On the cover: Magdalena Kozená

Season's Greetings from La Scena Musicale/The Music Scene
Thank you for visiting scena.org and supporting our publications in 2005...
View our greeting card and listen to a musical selection.

La Scena Musicale December 2005/January 2006 Issue
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The Music Scene Winter 2006 Issue
On the cover: Guillermo Silva-Marin
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La Scena Musicale November 2005 Issue
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La Scena Musicale October 2005 Issue
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The Music Scene Fall 2005 Issue
On the cover: Cecilia Bartoli
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La Scena Musicale September 2005 Issue
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La Scena Musicale July-August 2005 Issue
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The Music Scene Summer 2005 Issue
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La Scena Musicale June 2005 Issue
Download the PDF file (9 Meg), includes the Canadian Summer Festival Guide (90 festivals and 700 concerts listings).

June 2005 - The 9th Annual Guide to Canadian Summer Festivals
in La Scena Musicale and The Music Scene. Advertising and festival information.

La Scena Musicale May 2005 Issue
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La Scena Musicale April 2005 Issue
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The Music Scene Spring 2005 Issue
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La Scena Musicale March 2005 Issue
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La Scena Musicale February 2005
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The Lebrecht Weekly - Latest Web Article
Sitting alone in a box at the opera can give rise to mild delusions. The Duke of Wellington used to imagine he was in his sitting room at home and would greet the singers on stage as arriving guests. ‘Good evening, Miss Lind,’ he’d call out to the Swedish Nightingale. ‘How are you tonight? All right, I hope.’ He was not at all bothered when she proceeded to go mad and die before his eyes as Donizetti’s Lucia.

Send a Musical Greeting Card
with music performed by Daniel Taylor, Marc-André Hamelin, Karina Gauvin or Suzie LeBlanc

La Scena Musicale December 2004/January 2005 Issue
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The Music Scene Winter 2005 Issue
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La Scena Musicale November 2004 Issue
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100 Definitive CDs
Norman Lebrecht's weekly look at the 100 definitive recordings. Latest review is CD100 Schubert: Death and the Maiden

Featured Concert: McGill Celebrates 100 Years with Mahler 2nd
October 2nd. Note change in time to 9:30 PM

La Scena Musicale October 2004 Issue
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The Music Scene Fall 2004 Issue
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La Scena Musicale September 2004 Issue
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Website Maintenance
LSM Online has undergone an upgrade to its server. If you experience problems emailing us, please send your email to scenamusicale@videotron.ca. Thanks.

La Scena Musicale July-August 2004 Issue
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La Scena Musicale June 2004 Issue
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La Scena Musicale May 2004 Issue
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La Scena Musicale 8th Annual Special Issue on Summer Festivals
Registration and advertising info on our special issue

La Scena Musicale April 2004 Issue PDF
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The Music Scene - April - May 2004 Issue
The April-May issue is now in distribution in Ontario and Western Canada. Download the PDF file (5 Meg)

La Scena Musicale March 2004 Issue
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La Scena Musicale Summer Music Camps Guide (March 2004)
The March 2004 issue of La Scena Musicale will contain our annual summer camps guide. Register your camp.

Opera Weekend in Toronto 2004
Join La Scena Musicale on April 17 and 18 in Toronto for the Canadian Opera Company's productions of Wagner's Die Walküre and Verdi's Rigoletto.

La Scena Musicale February 2004 Issue
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La Scena Musicale November 2003 Issue
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La Scena Musicale October 2003 Issue PDF
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2nd La Scena Musicale Fundraising Campaign
Support LSM through our various activities.

La Scena Musicale Public's Choice Benefit Gala
Our 2nd Fundraising Gala will be held on September 17, 2003. Buy your tickets now.

September 2003 Issue of La Scena Musicale
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Guide to Music Teachers 2003
Register for the September 2003 Teacher's Guide

La Scena Musicale 2003 Summer Festival Guide
Our list of Canadian Summer Festivals

La Scena Musicale Public's Choice Benefit Gala
Our 2nd Fundraising Gala will be held on September 17, 2003. Help us decide the programme of the evening by voting. Win a collection of 10 CDs on EMI Classics. Deadline: July 31, 2003

La Scena Musicale June 2003 Issue
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La Scena Musicale May Issue
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Meet other singles

La Scena Musicale Summer Festival Issue - June 2003
Find out more about our 7th annual summer festival guide.

Julian Wachner - Composer Conductor
Composers who are successful conductors are not that common. Gustav Mahler and Leonard Bernstein are probably the best examples. With a stirring performance of the Monteverdi Vespers in February, McGill's Julian Wachner is making a case for this rare double career. Wachner conducts Bach's St. John Passion on Sunday, March 16.

International Women's Day
La Scena Musicale salutes women in music with a series of articles in English and French.

The Hilliard Ensemble
performs as part of the Montreal Nouvelles Musiques Festival. Enter to win CDs.

La Scena Musicale March Issue
is in distribution. Download the PDF (12 Meg)

Nancy Argenta Interview
Growing up in a small community in British Columbia's Kootenay region to become one of Canada's most prolific recording artists (over 50-100 recordings) seems like an impossible dream. Read the article. Argenta teams up with Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music. Next concert March 9 in Toronto.

A Look at the Rigoletto Quartet / Melody of the Month
Verdi's Rigoletto is considered one of the best vocal quartet in the operatic repertoire. Steven Huebner looks at why. Read the article and listen to the melody of the month. Photo: Rigoletto (Richard Paul Fink) and Gilda (Lyne Fortin), L'Opéra de Montréal. Credit: Yves Renaud. Production runs Feb. 8, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22.

March 2003 Issue - Summer Camps Guide
Our annual summer camps guide

La Scena Musicale February 2003 Issue (PDF)
is now in distribution. Download the Acrobat PDF.

The Music Scene - Dec 2002 - Feb 2003 Issue (PDF format)
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Letter of Support for La Scena Musicale
La Scena Musicale is lobbying the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to modify their eligibility criteria for cultural publications. Please help by sending a letter of support.

Yo-Yo Ma Interview
Yo-Yo Ma shares his passion for music making and music of the world (as opposed to world music) in this intimate interview. CD Contest: Win the complete Yo-Yo Ma solo discography on Sony Classical (15 CDs)

Holiday Greeting eCards
Send a Free Holiday Greeting with our popular Streaming eCards. Complete selections performed by Karina Gauvin, Marc-André Hamelin, Suzie LeBlanc, Daniel Taylor and Luciano Pavarotti.

December-January Issue of La Scena Musicale (PDF format)
Download the magazine.
The HTML version will be ready by Monday.

Maxim Vengerov Interview
Superstar Maxim Vengerov has succeeded in negotiating the difficult transition between child prodigy and accomplished musician. Discover the man behind the violinist. CD Contest: Win 3 Vengerov CDs on EMI.

Canadian Higher Education Guide 2002

La Scena Musicale November 2002 Issue
The November 2002 issue is now in distribution. Download the PDF file (11 Meg).

Spotlight on Philanthropy

On the Aisle - Latest Web Article/Review
Philip Anson reviews Lang Lang's recital in New York.

La Scena Musicale & The Music Scene Deadlines

La Scena Musicale October 2002 Issue
The October 2002 issue is now in distribution. Download the PDF file (13 Meg).

LSM Introduces The Music Scene Magazine
an all English magazine for southern Ontario and western Canada. On the cover: Michael Schade. Next Issue: December-February. Deadlines for calendar and advertising.

LSM September 2002 Issue (PDF format)
is now distributed in Montreal. Look for it in Quebec City and Ottawa beginning September 3. The PDF is now available (14 Meg - click on the link). The HTML version should be up by September 3rd.

Calendar Guide
Submit your events for the Canadian Classical Music Calendar

Win 2 passes to the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
The passports allow you to attend all but 8 of the concerts of the festival which runs from July 27 to August 10.Contest Ends: July 27.

Featured Interview: Karita Mattila
The star soprano is considered by some the greatest singing actress today. Enter to win tickets and CDs.

Download of the Month
"E lucevan le stelle from Tosca" from Salvatore Licitra's The Debut

Download the July-August issue of La Scena Musicale in PDF format. On the cover: Finnish soprano Karita Mattila

La Scena Musicale's Festival Calendar

The First Jeunesses Musicales Montreal International Competition in Voice
Read LSM's daily reviews and press clippings.
Photo: Marc-André Brouillard

La Scena Musicale June 2002 Issue
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2002 Student Writing Contest
Deadline Extended to: June 3, 2002

Yuli Turovsky Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Canada
This month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the maestro's Canadian career. La Scena Musicale interviewed him at home, amid the comings and goings of students and the sound of violin lessons dispensed upstairs by his wife, Eleonora Turovsky, who is first violin of the Musici ensemble.

La Scena Musicale Summer Festival Issue - June 2002
Find out more about our 6th annual summer festival guide.

The Dutoit Affair: Cause and Solution
Read our editorial
News Flash: MSO accepts Dutoit's resignation Read all about it.

100th anniversary of Caruso's first recording
It was a sunny afternoon 100 years ago, on April 11, 1902, when Enrico Caruso sauntered into the Grand Hotel in Milan. Two hours and 10 songs later, the Neapolitan tenor walked out with a cheque for 100 £ ($10,000 in today's currency) and the world of music would never be the same.

Summer Camps 2002 (PDF version)

Bryn Terfel - In his Own Words
The bass-baritone Bryn Terfel will be in Montreal for a benefit gala event for l'Opéra de Montreal on April 7th. A few weeks ago, Terfel spoke to us by phone and in a candid conversation, he discussed his early development, his career, his achievements, his preparation techniques and his future plans. As you will discover, Terfel is well spoken and unassuming. Enter to win the prize of 5 Bryn Terfel CDs, courtesy of Universal.

La Scena Musicale April Issue
available for download in Acrobat PDF format

Pinchas Zukerman - A Gift for Music
Darling of the critics, Pinchas Zukerman has been hailed by the Ottawa Citizen as having "brought energy and excitement to the National Arts Centre. It's no surprise that fans and musicians are cheering the fact he has signed on for at least another four years." Read the LSM profile and enter to win a collection of CDs.

LSM Opera Weekend in Toronto
to benefit La Scena Musicale. Join us in an opera weekend in Toronto on April 20-21 to see Handel's Giulio Cesare (with Ewa Podles, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Daniel Taylor, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Brian Asawa) and Boris Godunov presented by the Canadian Opera Company.

La Scena Musicale - March 2002
Download the entire issue in PDF format.

Richard Margison - In Constant Motion
The road to the Metropolitan Opera stage can take many twists and turns, as in the case of Canadian tenor Richard Margison. At 47, Margison has now become the Met’s tenor of choice for the lirico-spinto repertoire. The key to his success has been careful progress backed by fierce determination, fine motivation for any young musician.

Happy New Year / Xin Nian Hao!
La Scena Musicale celebrates the Chinese Spring Festival with its streaming Musical eCards

St. Valentine's Benefit Dinner - February 14, 2002
in Montreal for Classical Music Lovers and Friends of La Scena Musicale
Invited Guest: Joseph Rouleau

Job Offers / Volunteers Needed
Join the La Scena Musicale Team

Download the February 2002 issue of La Scena Musicale (5.8 Meg)
The February 2002 issue of La Scena Musicale will be put up on the web by February 3rd. Meanwhile, you can download the entire issue in Acrobat format.

January 2002 Pull-out calendar
Download the updated version of the January Quebec Pull-out calendar (error fixed)

Gift Suggestions

Meet the Real Marc-André Hamelin
The incredible mastery of pianist Marc-André Hamelin has given rise to abundant superlatives in the press. Meet the man behind the “super virtuoso.” Enter to win a collection of 17 Hamelin CDs on Hyperion. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2002.

From the Archives
Jacques Desjardins' article "The Harmonies of Nature" (Oct. 2000, La Scena Musicale) on the music of Bela Bartok is a finalist in the 2001 Opus Awards.

From the Archives:
Renée Fleming Interview

St. Lawrence String Quartet
Since its debut in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet seems to have taken a fiendish pleasure in doing everything possible to break down the public’s persistent lack of interest in the world of string quartets. Win their CDs Deadline: Dec. 15, 2001

La Bayrakdarian
Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is on the fast track to stardom. Win one of 5 CDs Deadline: Nov. 30, 2001.

La Scena Musicale Bring a Teen program for music groups
promotes the live classical music experience. See the list of concerts.

New: La Scena Musicale Piano Page

La Scena Musicale Articles & Reviews

Support La Scena Musicale Online

Special: Education 2001
Including the Canadian Higher Education Guide and Information Request Form

La Bayrakdarian
Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is on the fast track to stardom. The budding diva is currently preparing for her debut as Adina in Opera Ontario's production of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore. ... Read to find out more. Listen to arias and watch her in Handel's Xerxes [Photo: John Rennison, Opera Ontario] Win one of 5 CDs

Louis Lortie Tackles Beethoven
Louis Lortie promises to be the main event of the country’s classical music scene this fall. He will play Beethoven’s five concertos, among other works, then go on to spend the whole of October at the Salle Pierre-Mercure in the Centre Pierre-Péladeau as part of the Beethoven Plus series. Read the article to Win the Lortie-Beethoven Chandos collection (8 CDs). Ends October 15, 2001.

La Scena Musicale Online adds New Spotlight Feature
to collect articles on special topics, such as Isaac Stern and the WTC.

Spotlight: Tribute to Isaac Stern (1920-2001)
One of the world's leading violinists passed away on September 22, 2001. Read the many tributes paid to the master.

MESSAGE: System upgrade to curtain services
Due to system upgrades by our web host, many of our internal features and pages may not be working. You will get an ODBC message. We are working to fix those pages, and things should be back to normal by this evening. (2000/09/24)

Spotlight: The Fall out from the World Trade Center Tragedy
How has the WTC terrorist attack affected the classical music industry? Read the news.

La Scena Musicale Gala to be broadcast on Radio-Canada
Those in the audience of the September 12th Gala were threated to a tremendous concert. Coming one day following the tragic events in New York, the musicians and LSM dedicated the concert to peace. Radio-Canada will broadcast the concert on Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. EDT. For the list of frequencies and the webcast URL.

Spotlight: From the Web - Fall Classical Music Previews

NEW La Scena Musicale Links Page

La Scena Musicale 5th Anniversary - Messages of Congratulations

Marie-Nicole Lemieux - The Compelling Voice Next Door
It is not difficult to root for contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux. In person, Lemieux exudes glee. On stage, the winner of the 2000 Queen Elisabeth International Competition combines an innate sense of musical line and stage presence together with clarity and beauty of tone. Read the profile. Lemieux will participate in the LSM Benefit Gala on September 12.

La Scena Musicale Announces Readers' Choice Programme for September 12 Benefit Gala
Our Readers have spoken. Read the press release. To purchase tickets, call (514) 987-6919 or order online. The programme also includes an Editor's Choice. Read the entire program here.

2001 Canadian Summer Music Festivals
Looking for summer music in Canada? Check out our listings of 57 classical music festivals - the most complete list in Canada.

A Look at the Opening of Mahler's First Symphony
The opening of Mahler's First Symphony has always seemed mysterious. Two essays presents an explanation.

La Scena Musicale Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Readers' Choice Benefit Gala
The programme of the September 12, 2001 concert will be announced on August 13. Artists: Daniel Taylor, Donna Brown, Denis Brott, Nathalie Paulin, Julian Armour, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Stéphane Lemelin, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Purchase tickets by calling (514) 948-2520.

James Ehnes and the Heifetz Connection
The year 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of Jascha Heifetz's bith. We ask one of Canada's leading violinists, James Ehnes, about the great master.

Lecture on the Voice - The Larynx for Singers
Dr. Françoise Chagnon, Director of the Voice Lab at the Montreal General Hospital will lecture on the larynx for singers in Montreal on June 7 at 7 p.m. Admission is Free with reservation.

Win Movie Passes to Bride of the Wind
The film “Bride of the Wind” based on the life of Alma Mahler (wife of Gustav Mahler) opens in English in Toronto on June 15th and in Montreal and Vancouver on June 22nd. Enter to win one of 10 double passes to the pre-screening of the film in each city: Toronto (June 13 – deadline June 11), Montreal (June 20 – deadline June 18) and Vancouver (June 21 – deadline June 19).
Watch the movie trailer. (Quicktime format - 11 Meg). Click here to enter.

Dramatic structure in Strauss’s Elektra
When Richard Strauss saw Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s play Elektra in 1904, he was immediately captivated by this free adaptation of the Sophocles classic and wanted to use it for an opera. Nevertheless, he hesitated. Strauss thought Elektra had too much in common with Oscar Wilde’s Salome, which he was then setting to music. In the end, Hofmannsthal convinced Strauss that the two plays were fundamentally different ...

The Challenges of Singing Verdi
When Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) entered the European musical scene at the end of the 1830s, there had already been a great change in the way music for voice was written in Italian opera. ...

Readings by the Arditti Quartet highlight Strings of the Future
At the end of May, string quartet lovers will flock to the third edition of the Strings of the Future Festival (May 21 to 27), held biennially in Ottawa. Once again, the international string quartet festival will host a series of readings of new works written especially for the occasion by four young Canadian composers, picked by a jury of three Canadian specialists.

La Scena Vocale - The Vocal Scene

Nathalie Paulin - The Road to Mélisande
For a quick study, preparing for a new role a year in advance has its own unique challenges. “With my busy schedule, I have had to find a week here and there to learn the role,” said thirty-one year old Canadian soprano Nathalie Paulin, who will be making her debut as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at L’Opéra de Montréal.

The Molinari Quartet: a palette of sound
The Molinari Quartet, now in its fourth year, has initiated a unique combination of art and music—a veritable palette of sound. The quartet rehearses in the studio of Montreal avant-garde painter Guido Molinari, where first-time visitors are assailed by the artist’s powerful use of colour and meticulous precision of line.

New Classical Music News Reading Room
The Classical Music News section has been redesigned to make it easier to access our database of over 11,000 links to articles. The page is arranged in different categories: News, Interviews, Articles, Reviews, CD Reviews, News Releases and Obituaries. Click on Reading Room.

NEW: Email Article Feature
La Scena Musicale now helps you tell your friends of a favourite article in our Classical Music News section. Click on the "Email the Article" link at the lower right corner of the window of the article.

Classical Webcast Scheduler
The world's first classical music and opera webcast schedule database. Now searchable.
Recently added and recommended: Sir Colin Davis conducts Mozart's Requiem (onlineclassics.com)

La Scena Musicale Online New Page Layout
We've reorganized this index page: the first column is devoted to La Scena Musicale print and online editorial, the middle column showcases the features of this website, and the right column is devoted to news, articles and press releases from the classical music world. The page should also load faster. Tell us what you think. Email info@scena.org

Musical Humour
To mark April Fools, see our humour article from last year, with links to musical jokes.

2001-03-27 / La Scena Musicale Online Comes Back OnLine
Our website went down over the weekend due to a problem with our webhost server. We've now moved to a more reliable server, and will be testing to make sure all services are back online. Thank you for your patience.

> On the Aisle by Philip Anson

Classical Webcast Scheduler
The world's first classical music and opera webcast schedule database. Now searchable.
New: Nathalie Dessay in a concert of Mozart Arias (onlineclassics.com)

2nd Annual Canadian Classical Music Student Writing Contest
Deadline extended to June 18, 2001

Jordi Savall - Hespèrion XXI, Restoring Musical Memory
Jordi Savall, one of the principal artisans of the twentieth century’s ancient music revival, is an all-round musician — conductor, teacher, scholar, musical philosopher, and viola da gamba player. His ground-breaking work has succeeded in reviving a basic musical heritage and restoring our musical memory — something he holds dear.

Alfred Brendel - A Musical Paradox
Alfred Brendel is an artist whose peers hold him in the highest regard. He is a perfectionist when it comes to technique, and a musical interpreter of profound sensitivity. In fact, he challenges the standards, expectations, and unspoken laws of the classical music jungle and emerges greater than ever, yet able to maintain a disconcerting frankness and modesty. ... Read article to win 5 Alfred Brendel CDs
Discuss Alfred Brendel

Top 10 Musical Valentines
- Send Musical Valentine e-Cards. Choose from works performed by Furtwangler, Björling, Souzay, Gorr, Maguire.

Yegor Dyachkov A Passion for Playing
Twenty-six-year-old cellist Yegor Dyachkov seems headed for a brilliant international career. Last year he garnered both the first Artist of the Year Award, jointly presented by CBC and the Toronto Women’s Musical Club, and the Young Canadian Musician Award.

Classical Webcast Scheduler
The world's first classical music and opera webcast schedule database. Now searchable.
Recommended:The Centennial Verdi Gala from Parma, Italy - Live March 11 webcast now available on-demand from onlineclassics.com (See Archive section)
Photo: Leo Nucci singing Eri Tu ..., Un ballo maschera

Carnegie Hall's 2001-2002 Season Announced

Top 10 Musical Valentines Survey
vote for your favourite. We'll have final results in February with an audio feature.

Special: Education 2000
Including the Canadian Higher Education Guide and Information Request Form

> News: Special 90,000-Copy February 2001 Issue

Homage to Louis Quilico -

Menopause and the Singer
A sensitive subject treated by Tamara Bernstein

Holiday Gift Suggestions
Looking for some Gift Ideas?

Daniel Taylor - More Than a Pretty Voice
“Singing is an extension of speech. The key is the text,” said Daniel Taylor, as he demonstrated to voice students during a masterclass at the University of Ottawa. “Good singing becomes easier when people allow themselves to speak the music—to be a conduit for the music.” ... Read the article to win 5 Daniel Taylor CDs .

Classical Music Videos on the Web

Renée Fleming - The Song Never Ends
The true sign of success is when your record company gives you carte blanche to record whatever you want. Earlier this fall Decca released the sensational American soprano Renée Fleming’s latest album of operatic arias, entitled simply Renée Fleming, and the accolades are starting to pour in. Hers is not simply a pretty voice, however.

LSM Online Launches New Montreal Concert Calendar Page
New Look with Hot Picks

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José van Dam, Master Singer
It is refreshing to hear a singer say he is still learning to master his voice — especially when he is already 60, has been performing for 40 years and has a discography of over 140 recordings to his credit.

Charles Dutoit -- Stepping Forward and Looking Back
"The problem we have with audiences today is that we have to attract them not through culture, but through the entertainment business," said Montreal Symphony Orchestra artistic director Charles Dutoit in an interview between rehearsals at the Festival international de Lanaudière. "Culture is something we used to respect a lot. "

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ClassicalMusicNews.org Adds Editor's Choice and More Functionality
La Scena Musicale's collection of over 4000 classical music news links has new features: Editor's Choice, Advance Search, news categories such as opera, piano, reviews, Internet and MP3.

Canadian Baritone Louis Quilico Dies
The operatic world has lost one of its great voices. Canadian baritone Louis Quilico died at Toronto Western Hospital on the morning of July 15, 2000 following complications arising from knee surgery. Read the tributes and send a message of condolence.

Contest: Two Passes to the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
Enter to Win. Deadline: July 19, 2000

Keeping Baroque Fresh at the Academy: an interview with Andrew Manze
Andrew Manze, the internationally known English violinist whom The New York Times has called "the Grappelli of the baroque," is doing a return engagement this summer at the Domaine Forget, on August 2 and 3. He will also be performing at the Festival de Lamèque on August 5. Read to Win 5 CDs Contest closes August 31.

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Spotlight: The Millennium Symphony - A Work for the Beginning of Time
On June 3 at precisely 8:30pm, a peal of 2,000 hand bells rang out over the slopes below St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, marking the opening of The Millennium Symphony. Read the 2-part series on the challenges, and the critical reactions.

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Matthias Goerne - German Baritone Extraordinaire
Nothing is more exciting than to realize that one is living through a Golden Age in the history of singing. In the last decade the staggering renaissance in the performance art-song has been made possible by a new generation of artists. Along with Wolfgang Holzmair, Christophe Prégardien and Thomas Quasthoff, the German baritone Matthias Goerne is at the head of this elite group. ... Read to Win CDs

Student Writing Contest
La Scena Musicale announces the First Annual La Scena Musicale Canadian Classical Music Student Writing Contest. Deadline: May 31, 2000.

Special Issue on the Piano

Andreas Staier, Keyboard Lover
Andreas Staier is an exception in the classical music world: an artist with an international career as a performer on both the harpsichord and fortepiano.

La Scena Musicale announces Web News Search
La Scena Musicale's collection of links to over 3100 classical music web news articles is now fully searchable. Find articles from sources such as the New York Times, National Post and the Globe and Mail.

Lincoln Center Announces Star-Studded 2000-2001 Season

La Scena Musicale Launches First Fundraising Campaign
Canadian Heldentenor Ben Heppner will perform in recital in Montreal on Monday, April 10 at 7 p.m. (rescheduled due to a snow storm). Help fund La Scena Musicale by purchasing tickets to this event.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin — A Soaring Talent
On March 9, 2000, Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain announced the appointment of Yannick Nézet-Seguin as their new artistic director, replacing Joseph Rescigno, thus capping an incredible string of successes for the 25-year old conductor. La Scena Musicale spoke with Nézet-Seguin in an interview publish on February 1, 2000.

Barbara Hendricks - a musician devoted to her art
When American soprano Barbara Hendricks decided to devote her life to music, her main objective was to establish what she felt was a good reason for singing. This is characteristic of Hendricks, an intense, engaged musician, inspired by a need to give. ... Read to win 3 Barbara Hendricks CDs

Spotlight: Andrea Bocelli's Werther
Live webcast gives internauts a chance to judge for themselves.

Christa Ludwig: Looking Back
Singing for me was a job. I don't miss it," legendary German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig said in an interview in New York last week, where she was promoting her autobiography Christa Ludwig : In My Own Voice, an English translation of the German memoirs ...und ich ware so gern Primadonna gewesen, originally published in 1994. "Now I feel incredibly free to eat, talk and as much as I want," she smiles, and who could doubt such a candid confession from a singer who has always been admired for her frankness as much as for her vocal splendour? Read to Win the Book.

Marc-André Hamelin and Karina Gauvin: A Budding Duo
The ideal relationship between an accompanist and a singer is an equal musical partnership. A new release on Riche Lieu unites two stars, pianist Marc-André Hamelin and soprano Karina Gauvin.

Soprano Suzie LeBlanc: An Enchanting Muse
Delicate, simple, natural and eminently endearing is how one might describe the soprano Suzie LeBlanc, but that would give the impression of reducing her to a frozen image, of turning her into a Madonna of 17th and 18th century music. ... LISTEN to Real Audio clips ... READ to WIN a prize of Suzie LeBlanc CDs

The latest adventure of Amanda Forsyth and cello
It seemed like a lousy ending to Amanda Forsyth's first year as principal cellist of Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra. A week before the season finale, a thief walked out of the NAC with her instrument. ... LISTEN to a Real Audio clip ... READ to WIN a prize of Amanda Forsyth CDs

European Festival Report
Philip Anson spent a month in August and September in Europe. Here is his report.

Heppner's Tristan Year
Canadian tenor Ben Heppner is taking this summer off. "Every second year is a No-Festival summer," he explained over brunch last month in New York. "I need time for the wife and kids," he asserted, leaving no doubt that the world's top heldentenor is a family man first, and an opera singer second.

Mitsuko Uchida - Piano's Mysterious Magician
Mitsuko Uchida, the 50-year-old pianist the critics nicknamed the high priestess of Mozart," "the leading Schubertian of our time," and "the greatest classical pianist of the present day" will be performing an all-Schubert recital (3 impromptus and 2 sonatas) at the Festival International de Lanaudière on July 23, 1999. ... Read and win 3 Mitsuko Uchida Solo Albums.

Article: Music meets Dance (La Scena Musicale June 99)
Dancer-choreographers Margie Gillis and Sylvain Lafortune talked to us about their relationship with music.

Article: Taming the Harpsichord (La Scena Musicale June 99)
Authoritative yet inspired, today's harpsichordists are masters of their instruments as never before.

McGill University's Hilarious Pinafore
The McGill Savoy Society’s current production of H.M.S. Pinafore gives one real bang for buck, the perfect high spirited tonic to beguile a winter evening. I missed McGill’s 1998 production of Yeomen of the Guard, and now I kick myself for it...

Review: COC's Barber and Xerxes: a Winning Combination
There is nothing like a couple of comedies to brighten a drab Toronto winter. And if ticket sales are any indication, the Canadian Opera Company hit the jackpot this season... COC's 98/99 Season a Hit.

Toronto - An All-Canadian Opening Night Barber of Seville
It was announced at the Canadian Opera Company press conference this morning that Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian will sing Rosina on opening night of Rossini's The Barber of Seville in on Thursday, January 21st in Toronto.

LSM Most Read Article
Norman Lebrecht predicts the demise of the classical recording industry.