Opera and Valentine’s Day… admit that it’s not that bad of a mix. In any case, I love it!
Yes, on February 14, music lovers will be able to be drawn into the paths of love with l’Atelier lyrique of the Opéra de Montréal. It is part of the Melodînes series, Pro Musica, that moment of beauty will be presented.
You are not an opera connoisseur? Neither do I. But I can appreciate good music and talented singers. Are you a connoisseur? Perfect! You will appreciate all the work behind the performances.
The Opera Workshop (Atelier lyrique) is a springboard for professional development as well as an artist residency for opera singers and pianists singing chief. They must be Canadian. The Workshop offers training and scenic experience to Canadian opera artists with strong career potential. It also aims to equip, at best, each participant to achieve its full potential. And you have the opportunity to see the result.
7 young artists will be in concert. It is therefore 3 men and 4 women who will appear on stage.
Scott Brooks, a bass-baritone from Vancouver.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Opera from the University of British Columbia and a Doctorate in English Literature from the University of St. Andrews. He made his Opéra de Montréal debut as the Duke of Verona in Roméo et Juliette. This is Scott’s second season at the Atelier lyrique.
Brenden Friesen, a baritone from Langham.
He holds a Master’s degree in Music (Opera) from the University of Toronto. In 2018-2019, he makes his Opéra de Montréal debut in the roles of Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Ernest Hemingway in Twenty-Seven. This is Brenden’s first season at the Atelier lyrique.
Holly Kroeker, a pianist from Grande Prairie.
She holds a Master’s in Collaborative Piano from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s in Piano from the University of Alberta. She took part in the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program at the Vancouver Opera. In 2018-2019, she is the assistant rehearsal pianist for a Broadway Evening (Aramusique) and for Twenty-Seven (Opéra de Montréal). This is Holly’s first season at the Atelier lyrique.
Rose Naggar-Tremblay, a mezzo-soprano from Montreal.
She has a Bachelor’s degree from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She made her Opéra de Montréal debut in the roles of Tisbé in La Cenerentola and Zora in Svadba. This is Rose’s second season at the Atelier lyrique.
Andrea Núñez, a soprano from Markham.
She holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Toronto. She was also part of the young artist programs at the Santa Fe Opera and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In 2018-2019, she is making her Opéra de Montréal debut in the roles of the Page in Rigoletto, Woglinde in Das Rheingold, and Alice B. Toklas in Twenty-Seven. This is Andrea’s first season at the Atelier lyrique.
Elizabeth Polese, a soprano from Toronto.
She holds a Master’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto. Over the course of the 2018-2019 season, she sings Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto and Alice B. Toklas in Twenty-Seven (Opéra de Montréal). This is Elizabeth’s first season at the Atelier lyrique.
Rocco Rupolo, a tenor from Toronto.
He holds an Opera Diploma and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. He was part of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program at the Vancouver Opera for two years. He made his Opéra de Montréal debut in the roles of Spoletta in Tosca and Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette. In 2018-2019, he sings Borsa in Rigoletto and Pablo Picasso in Twenty-Seven (Opéra de Montréal). This is Rocco’s second season at the Atelier lyrique.
13 pieces are on the program of this Mélodînes.
Frank Bridge, « Love went a-riding » – Elizabeth Polese
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Die Zauberflöte : Duo Papageno-Papagena – Andrea Núñez et Brenden Friesen
Johannes Brahms, op.28, « Es rauschet das Wasser » – Rose Naggar-Tremblay, Scott Brooks
Charles Gounod, Roméo et Juliette : « Ange adorable » – Andrea Núñez, Rocco Rupolo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro : « Crudel perché finora » – Elizabeth Polese, Scott Brooks
Georges Bizet, Carmen : Habanera – Rose Naggar-Tremblay
Leonard Bernstein, Georges Bizet, La jolie fille de Perth : « Quand la flamme de l’amour » – Brenden Friesen
Francesco Paolo Tosti, « Marechiare » – Scott Brooks
Luigi Arditi, « Il bacio » – Elizabeth Polese
Fernando Obradors, « Del cabello mas sutil »
Heitor Villa Lobos. « Melodia Sentimental » – Andrea Núñez
Jacques Offenbach, Les Contes d’Hoffmann : « Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour » – Elizabeth Polese, Rose Naggar-Tremblay and all the signers
West Side Story : « Maria » – Rocco Rupolo
It makes you want to go? I understand. In any case, I’ll be there. The concert takes place at the Claude-Léveillée room at Place des Arts. An appointment that will offer music lovers an anthology of the best songs of the repertoire.