Genevieve PM Roy
The 17th edition Gala
17th edition Gala : Opera of Montreal
BENEFIT EVENT at LA MAISON SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL
OPERA’S NEW VOICES
On Sunday, December 2, 2012, The Opera of Montréal presented their 17th edition of its Gala. This year’s edition shone a spotlight on fifteen young Canadian singers, the Opéra de Montréal Chorus and the Orchestre Métropolitain, masterfully conducted by Paul Nadler.
The Gala was preceded by the induction of Baritone Bernard Turgeon, a Canadian personality who has made a remarkable contribution to the development of opera in Canada, into the Canadian Opera Hall of Fame in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the Canadian opera scene.
Even after having sung over 150 roles on stages around the world in a glorious career that has spun 6 decades, the audience could still feel the fiery passion for his art that was still aflame through this invaluable baritone's own words:
In reference to Opera: " We are the custodians of this art form...invest time in it ...and it will give you things that you have never even dreamed of ! "
Always a highly anticipated event, this year's Gala took place in the new concert hall - La Maison Symphonique de Montréal. I was astounded by the crystal clear - like quality of the hall's acoustics. In my humble opinion, one of the best in the world, and it was a pure joy to be sitting there among my peers and to be able to listen to a variety of quality performances by our young artists in such optimal surroundings.
This year, the Gala introduced 15 new and exciting voices on the opera scene; these young artists will represent the next generation of opera singers. Some have already started getting positive recognition and promising career leads, while others made their professional debuts at this year's edition of the Gala.
The program featured a variety of opera arias, duets and ensembles from the opera repertoire selected from among audience favorites, as well as arias being heard here at the company for the first time.
Some of the evening's highlights included:
- A Virtuosic bel canto rendition of < Ah! Tarda e troppo...O Luce di quest'anima > by soprano Marianne Lambert
- A Powerful take on George Bizet's < Les voici! Voici la quadrille! > From Carmen, by the Opéra de Montréal Chorus - A crowd favorite !
- A Reflective performance of Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser < O du mein holder Abenddtern > by bass- baritone Philippe Sly
- A Theatrical and endearing quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto < Bella figlia dell'amore> by soprano Marianne Fiset, mezzo- soprano Allyson McHardy, tenor David Pomeroy and baritone Etienne Dupuis.
The Gala finished on a high note when all performers came together on stage to perform : " I'm dreaming of a White Christmas" to a very enamored crowd.
Composers on the program were Bellini, Bizet, Donizetti, Handel, Lehar, Leoncavallo, Meyerbeer, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and Wagner.
Conductor: Paul Nadler
Chorus Master: Claude Webster
The young charismatic singers appearing at this Gala were :
Antoine Bélanger, Gordon Bintner*, Julie Boulianne, Teremy Bowes*, Etienne Dupuis, Marianne Fiset, Wallis Giunta*, Hélène Guilmette, Miriam Khalil*, Marianne Lambert, Kurt Lehmann, Allyson McHardy, Kimy Mc Laren*, David Pomeroy, and Philippe Sly*.
As a huge opera enthusiast myself, I was thrilled to be able to assist at this year's Gala and to listen to some of the finest arias and ensembles in the repertoire performed by tomorrow's rising stars !
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