March 16, 2019: Featuring Lawrence Wiliford, Tenor, Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works Receives JUNO Award
As announced today by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) during the 48th annual JUNO Awards ceremony, the recording of Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) received a JUNO Award in the Best Classical Album: Large Ensemble category.
Carla Huhtanen | Soprano
Emily D’Angelo | Mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Wiliford | Tenor
Tyler Duncan | Baritone
Louis Lortie | Piano
Teng Li | Viola
Sarah Jeffrey | Oboe
Elmer Iseler Singers
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Abigail Nims sings the role of Melanto in the Linn Records recording of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Boston Baroque. The album is nominated for Best Opera Recording at the upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
On Mon. Oct. 31, Opera Canada Publications held its 17th annual Opera Canada Awards, a.k.a. the ‘Rubies’. Each year, this event honours three outstanding contributors to opera in Canada, or those who further the cause of Canadians working in opera abroad. The 2017 honourees were conductor Yves Abel, soprano Karina Gauvin and educator/director Michael Patrick Albano. A glittering assembly of opera industry heavy-hitters and fans from across the country gathered on the stunning 68th floor of First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto as a testament to the strength of our nation’s thriving opera scene. The gala is generously sponsored and hosted by BMO Financial Group in their very own ‘West Wing’-inspired event space with its spectacular views of the city skyline and Lake Ontario. Attendees were serenaded by top Canadian singing talent: the Canadian Children’s Opera Company; mezzo-soprano Marjorie Maltais; tenor Asitha Tennekoon; soprano Lucia Cesaroni and their collaborative pianist, Michael Shannon.
Released in 2015, this world premiere recording of Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe, in which Karina Gauvin sings the title role, is a nominee for Best Opera Recording for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, coming up in 2016.
Tracy Dahl is being honored with the Order of Canada for her accomplishments as an opera singer and for her commitment to mentoring the next generation of Canadian singers.
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
The Adelaide Review interviews the Grigoryan Brothers on their musical relationship
Gregory Vajda is the conductor of the season-opening premiere of Hungarian State Opera’s The Tenor at the Erkel Theater in Budapest, from September 14 – 20, 2014.
Ernst Von Dohnanyi’s comic opera was a huge success when it was written in the 1910s, but it has not been performed since the 1940s. The Hungarian State Opera has also decided to make a world premiere studio recording of the opera in December 2014, under the direction of Gregory Vajda.
Gregory Vajda is named the Artistic Advisor of the International Armel Opera Competition and Festival, effective immediately. As Artistic Advisor, Vajda will be responsible for programming, long term planning, judging vocal auditions and conducting special concerts and performances. The 2014 Festival takes place in Budapest from October 9 -17.
Conductor Gregory Vajda to make debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony on May 5th. Curated by the prestigious Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös, Vajda’s program presents four generations of Hungarian composers of the 21st century, including Vajda’s own composition.
When Bernard Labadie returns in December for his first engagement with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since May 2014, he will be making just his second public appearances anywhere since an 18-month medical hiatus due to cancer. He’s not just fortunate to be back on the podium, he’s also lucky to alive. “Almost against all odds, it did work out,” he said.