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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 2, No. 8

Les Notes

Par/by Wah Keung Chan / May 1, 1997

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Singers' Stories
Toronto's Today's Seniors' March issue contains a featured article on Canadian contralto Maureen Forrestor (by Linda Pruessen). This article can be found at :
http://www.novatech.on.ca/seniors/marfeat1.html .
The March 22nd edition of Opera News had profiles and interviews of Waltraud Meier, Angela Gheorghiu, Minnie Hauk and Lilli Chookasian. The April 5 edition featured Hildegard Behrens, while the April 19 issue profiled Mirella Freni, Galina Gorchakova and Irina Arkhipova.
The Spring '97 issue of Opera Canada celebrates their 150th issue with a feature on Montreal baritone Gino Quillico (by Paul G. Baker), and profiles of noted soprano and teacher Irene Jessner (1901-94) (by Neil Crory) and Calgary soprano Frances Ginzer (by John Charles) who made her Met debut in Wagner's Die Walküre this April.
Montreal's The Asian Leader's March issue contains a profile of Chinese tenor Jianyi Zhang (by Wah Keung Chan). Seehttp://www.brenrose.com/~scena/zhang.html
International baritone Thomas Hampson is currently promoting his latest compact disc. He talks with Richard Turp in the March 29, 1997 edition of the Montreal Gazette and to John Allemang in the April 19, 1997 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail.
Dominique Olivier, de l'hebdomadaire Voir (4 avril 1997), nous livre un article de fond sur la soprano baroque Suzi Leblanc. Voirhttp://www.voir.qc.ca . (Chercher sous Suzi Leblanc).

Résultats des auditions Début / Début Audition Results
Les lauréats des auditions Début de 1997-1998 sont The winners of the 1997-98 Debut auditions are Corey Hamm, piano, le quatuor Euterpe, Nora Sourouzian et Dina Martire, mezzo sopranos, Angela Kim, piano, Michel Viau, marimba, Patrick Kearney, guitar, David Griffiths, tuba et Michael Meraw, baryton. Chacun des lauréats donnera un récital à la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur à la saison prochaine. They will each perform a recital at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur next season.

Auditions for the XII Concours International de Chant de Verviers (Belgique) and the Fourth Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Auditions will be held at the same time on June 7 (Toronto) and June 8 (Montreal at the Chapelle historique de Bon-Pasteur). The deadline is : May 25. Info: Sylvia Burla (514) 684-7287.

Open Dress Rehearsal
Students are invited to the dress rehearsal of the Opéra de Montréal's production of Puccini's final opera Turandot on May 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 upon presentation of a student ID. For more info call 985-2222.

Une répétition générale, portes ouvertes
Les étudiants sont invités à assister à la générale de l'Opéra de Montréal dans sa production du dernier opéra de Puccini, Turandot, le 29 mai, à 19 heures. Le coût des billets est de 4 $ sur présentation de la carte étudiante. Pour plus d'informations, appeler au 985-2222.

Subscription Updates
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra's 1997-98 Subscription season contains several new ideas. Their Sponsor a Subscriber program rewards current subscribers: get one new subscriber and receive two tickets. The MSO is also venturing into new territory by offering weekend concerts twice: once on December 5 and 6, and the other on March 13 and 14. These two are part of a special four concert Brahms series of his symphonies and his German Requiem. The celebration of Mahler and his symphonies will continue in a three concert subscription series devoted to the 5th, 6th and 7th symphonies. Strangely, the performance of the Adagio from his 10th symphony is not included in this series. Remaining on the topic of repertoire, the MSO will be featuring several concerts devoted to Spanish music.
The OSM projects a 15% increase in attendance this season over last year attributed to lowered ticket prices. Ticket prices for the next season will remain the same. Their $10 'day of concert' rush tickets for full time students will continue, as well as their normal $10 rush tickets for the first 100 tickets available starting at 6:30 p.m.
The good news for L'Opera de Montréal's 1997-98 season is that subscription ticket prices have not changed. Subscribers also benefit from a new program of ticket replacement from one opera to another. Furthermore, their Opera 18-35 program will likely be continued again next year. The bad news is that single ticket prices have gone up slightly.
Many regular opera goers have noticed that the L'OdM has dropped their last hour 50% rush ticket policy for students and seniors. The 18-35 program takes care of most students, but seniors are out of luck.

Ailleurs / Elsewhere
Mme Eva Narbonne, soprano est actuellement en tournée en France, Belgique et en Suisse. Elle se produira prochainement en concert à la Maison Canadienne de Paris le 1 mai 1997.

Concert Bénéfice / Benefit Concert
La soprano Céline Giangi et les pianistes Françoise Gadbois et Derek yaple-Schobert ont recueilli des fonds de 2400 $ pour la Fondation de l'hôpital de Montréal pour enfants lors de deux concerts tenus à la Salle Tudor du Magasin Ogilvy le 1er et 6 février dernier.
Soprano Celine Giangi and pianists Françoise Gadbois et Derek Yaple-Schobert raised a total of $2400 for the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation with two cocnerts held in Ogilvy's Tudor Hall last February 1st and 6th.

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