The Third André Turp Society Seasonby Wah Keung Chan
/ May 1, 2000
They say the third time is a charm, and for the André
Turp Musical Society (ATMS), their third season is shaping up
to be just that. The Society's mandate is to promote the vocal
arts, and to date, their primary activities have been their series
of recitals, and lectures and round-table discussions. New next
year will be a group of four masterclasses and workshops, including
a masterclass conducted by Will Crutchfield on interpreting Bellini
and Verdi, and a workshop on the art of the accompanist.
Their Spinelli Series devoted to Canadian artists will feature
baritone Gerald Finley, a recital by Monique Pagé, and
one by Lyne Fortin; Finley's recital will be his Montreal debut
and his only Canadian recital for the year. The Archambault series
of international stars will feature the Montreal debut of tenor
Christoph Prégardien in Schubert's Die Winterreise
(the first of the three Schubert Song Cycles for ATMS), and a
ATMS fundraiser featuring contralto Ewa Podlès, who thrilled
Montreal audiences this year in a mostly Polish program, will
return in a program of Rossini, Gluck and Handel arias and cantatas
with La Chapelle de Montréal directed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
With the collapse of the International Recital series at the Toronto
Centre for the Arts, Prégardien's recital will be the only
Canadian stop in his tour.
In their first two years, the ATMS have established themselves
with recitals by international baritone Dmitri Hvorstovsky and
heldentenor Ben Heppner, and as a result have accumulated a large
deficit. The recent postponement of the Heppner recital due to
a sudden snow storm didn't help. In response to grumblings about
high ticket prices for these events, André Lemay-Roy, Secretary
of the ATMS explains, "We don't receive any government funding."
Happily, the ATMS will get some support from CBC Radio Two and
Radio-Canada next year. The main focus of the ATMS has been to
promote the art of the recital, thereby filling a void in Montreal.
A donation of 9000 audio recordings from the estate of Christian
Delmas will allow the ATMS to open a public audio library.