After the discovery of a brain tumor in 2015, and taking a break to deal with his health last summer, he returned to the opera and recital stage to great reviews. Anthony Tommasini from the Times noted from Hvorostovsky's appearance in Il Trovotore at the Metropolitan Opera that his "resplendent voice, with its distinctive mellow character and dusky veneer, sounded not at all compromised."
The famed Russian pianist was also a prolific composer, who wrote twelve operas during his lifetime (did you know Tchaikovsky studied composition with Rubinstein?). The Demon is based on the poem of the same name by Mikhail Lermonontov: a demon falls in love with Tamara and has her fiancé killed, Tamara starts to become attracted to the demon and lets him kiss her, but his kiss is fatal, and she falls dead.
If you like to drink a lot of Faching coffee, or if you're a Faching huge tea guru, the Schmug helps you caffeinate your way to Faching perfection. We all secretly want to be the Queen of the Night, so if you're a bass who wants to drink himself all the way up to those high Fs, you'll hear no judgement from us.
"Not unlike Canada, China is an immense country with many peoples and cultures scattered across its vastness," explains Music Director Zhang Gaoxiang by translator. "In Enchanting China, we share the voices of these many places and introduce Canadians to Chinese music’s cultural richness. We hope Toronto will be intrigued to experience our country’s version of the orchestra – and be spellbound by the music that it weaves."
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For their Carnegie debuts, Dickerson and Kalender will be joined by world-renowned pianist and conductor, Warren Jones. Kalender first met Jones at the Music Academy of the West in 2014; "I performed in a number of projects and he was my main mentor throughout the summer festival," says Kalender. "Our work together for opera scenes, art song and chamber music inspired me in so many ways, and I am delighted to collaborate with this amazing maestro at Carnegie Hall."
Hearing Ryan describe his greatest dream moved the Lynx team to find a way to use art song to elevate his voice and others like his. "I want to see the world not by the whole, but by the all too beautiful small things." - Ryan, age 17.
If you're interested in training that's focused, yet flexible, have a look through the courses offered by Associate Studios. They audition on a rolling basis, with the next confirmed dates on November 30 and December 15, 2016. Click here to find out more about their Opera Courses, and to apply online.
This year's line-up is an intriguing collection of opera shorts and scenes from larger works, telling stories about everything: break-ups, moving to Mars, copyright infringement, women from the Bible, life as a POW, and even different societal perceptions of AIDS.
The "M" in Leroux's m'M is the phonetic interpretation of the French word for "love" ("aime"); complementary to the concerto grosso form - a handful of musicians playing alongside a large ensemble - Leroux offers that "'m' represents a small group of instrumentalists within the orchestra, and 'M' represents the remaining larger combination of players surrounding the small group."