IDOMENEO
Apr
4
to Apr 13

IDOMENEO

April 04, 06, 07, 12, 7:30pm
April 07 - 3:00pm
April 13 - 4:30pm

OPERA ATELIER
David Fallis, Conductor
Marshall Pynkoski, Director
Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Choreography
Chorus Master, Daniel Taylor

Colin Ainsworth, Idomeneo
Measha Brueggergosman, Elettra
Wallis Giunta, Idamante
Meghan Lindsay, Ilia
Olivier Laquerre, Arbace
Douglas Williams, Neptune
Bradley Christensen, High Priest

Idomeneo is an opera seria by Mozart, libretto adapted by Giambattista Varesco from a French text by Antoine Danchet. Set in Crete, following the Trojan War, about 1200 BC, the story is of King Idomeneo, one of Agamemnon’s allies.

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Photo by Bruce Zinger

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B MINOR MASS
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

B MINOR MASS

CHORAL CONNECTION
Hugh Van Pelt, conductor
Bradley Christensen, bass

“One of the Baroque period's most celebrated choral masterpieces, this Mass was Bach's last major work before he died.” (Classic FM)

The Mass in B minor (BWV 232) is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass, composed around 1748–49, a year before his death in 1750. When the work is heard in its entirety, the listener comes away with the impression that this is a piece of music the composer had been building up to writing for the whole of his life. Sadly though, Bach never heard the Mass performed in its entirety. The complete B Minor Mass was first heard in Leipzig, Germany, in 1859.

The concert on April 19, 2019 will be conducted by Hugh Van Pelt, and performed by CHORAL CONNECTION. Formed in the spring of 2003, CHORAL CONNECTION is a local choir made up of singing enthusiasts from St. Thomas and the surrounding area. 

For more information on the choir, concert and tickets, click here.

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WING MEN
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

WING MEN

CONCERTS @100 CONCERT SERIES
Ryan Downey, tenor
Bradley Christensen, baritone

Ryan and Bradley embrace a wonderful collection of opera arias and duets in this concert titled Wing Men. The reason for this is simple - they have selected various characters from four operas where one of the two men (or both) act as a ‘wing man’ for the other.

1. Cosi fan tutte (Mozart):
- Un’aura amorosa (Ryan)
- Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo (Bradley)
- Secondate aurette amiche (Duet)

2. Barber of Seville (Rossini):
- Largo al factotum (Bradley)
- Ecco ridente (Ryan)
- All'idea di quel metallo (Duet)

INTERMISSION

3. L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti):
- Quanto é bella (Ryan)
- Come Paride vezzoso (Bradley)
- Una furtiva lagrima (Ryan)
- Venti Scudi (Duet)

4. La boheme (Puccini):
- Baritone aria 
- Che gelida manina (Ryan)
- O Mimi, più non tormi (Duet)

This is a concert you won't want to miss.

Admission by donation. Venue suggests $25
For venue and concert enquiries, please send a message through the CONTACT page.

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SONG CYCLES
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

SONG CYCLES

CONCERTS @100 CONCERT SERIES
Ryan Downey, tenor
Bradley Christensen, baritone

Song cycle in German translates as Liederkreis, so why not sing the two Liederkreis (opus 24 and 39) by the famed German composer Schumann, alongside a cycle of duets for tenor and baritone.

Liederkreis op. 24, was composed and published in 1840 on nine poems by Heinrich Heine. The nine songs tell of frustrated or lost love, sometimes tender, sometimes anguished. This will be performed by Bradley.

Liederkreis op. 39 - its poetry is taken from Joseph Eichendorff's collection entitled Intermezzo. Written in the same year as op. 24, but a few months later, Liederkreis op. 39, is regarded as one of the great song cycles of the 19th century. In a letter to Clara he called the twelve songs that make up the Liederkreis, Op 39 ‘my most romantic music ever, with much of you in it, dearest Clara’. These twelve vignettes are linked by themes of loss and loneliness, nocturnal mystery and menace, memory and antiquity, wistful reverie and rapturous soaring. These will be performed by Ryan.

Admission by donation. Venue suggests $25
For venue and concert enquiries, please send a message through the CONTACT page.

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FANTASIA ON CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

FANTASIA ON CHRISTMAS CAROLS

UPPER CANADA CHORISTERS
Laurie Evan Fraser, Conductor
Bradley Christensen, Soloist

Composed by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1912, the Fantasia on Christmas Carols is a work that sets four poems in a single movement. Roughly twelve minutes in length, it consists of the English folkcarols "The truth sent from above", "Come all you worthy gentlemen" and "On Christmas night all Christians sing" (Sussex Carol).

The work is written for a baritone soloist, SATB chorus and piano.

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OURS
Jul
16
to Jul 18

OURS

July 16 - 7:30pm
July 18 - 2:30pm

OPERA ON THE AVALON
Judith Yan, Conductor
Glynis Leyshon, Director

Andrew Love, Thomas Nangle
Gordon Gietz, Archbishop Roche
Lara Ciekiewicz, May
Adam Fisher, Edward
Thomas Goerz, Field Marshall Haig
Aaron Sheppard, Charlie Whitten
Aaron Durand, Arthur Murray
Bradley Christensen, Michael Kennedy
Ryan Downey, John King
Cheryl Hickman, Thelma
Brittany Cann, Elizabeth Crowley
Mike Daly, Recruiter

On July 1, 1916, Newfoundland became victim to one of the most devastating losses of the First World War. During the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel, at the beginning of the Somme Offensive, in just a matter of minutes, thousands of young men were ruthlessly mowed down while attempting to drive back German soldiers on the Western Front. "More than 800 Regiment soldiers clambered out of the trenches and ran towards enemy lines. Famously, just 68 were able to answer roll call the following day." (Julie Skinner, CBC News)

Ours, composed by John Estacio and playwright Robert Chafe, tells the story of Catholic priest Thomas Nangle and his roll in helping locate and bury those who died in Beaumont-Hamel. 

See here for more details.

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