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Q&A with baritone Clarence Frazer, star of ‘Julie’

Baritone Clarence Frazer pursued a career in opera because he couldn’t imagine his life without music. He studied opera at Western University, then joined the Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists Program, where he played Count Gil (Il segreto di Susanna), Ramiro (L’heure espangol) and Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata). He is also an alum of the Canadian Opera Company’s…  Read More

Q&A with mezzo soprano Lucia Cervoni, star of ‘Julie’

Canadian mezzo soprano Lucia Cervoni has been described by The Globe and Mail as, “Tall and statuesque, she has a voice on the darker side, and blessed with this natural color, she has a distinctive sound that should take her far.” Lucia has been hailed by critiques around the globe as possessing a voice and presence…  Read More

Donor Profile: Grace Westcott & Peter Grant

Soundstreams presents Vespers, November 25, 2014 Soundstreams would not exist without the support of our donors, and dedicated patrons. We are thankful to our many friends, volunteers, and supporters, who attend our concerts and Salon 21 series, discuss new and contemporary music with us, and whose time and donations support Soundstreams artists and events. Grace…  Read More

Staff Q&A: Jessica Whitford, Director of Development

The team at Soundstreams has expanded; we'd like to introduce our new Director of Development, Jessica Whitford! Jessica joins us with a breadth of experience, working in the arts for over 10 years, both locally and abroad. She's held various roles at several organizations, including Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Hot Docs Film Festival, Dusk…  Read More

Q&A with 2016 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence Emilie LeBel

Canadian composer Emilie LeBel is a frequent collaborator with Soundstreams, and we are excited to announce that she is our 2016 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence! In her new role with us, Emilie will be composing a work for community choirs in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre.  Emilie is active in the music community in various capacities: composing,…  Read More

Q&A with composer Analia Llugdar

Composer Analia Llugdar was born in Argentina, where she originally studied composition, before earning both her Master of Music and Doctor of Music in composition from University of Montréal. Her work is characterized by a concise investigation of musical textures used deliberately to create an artistic commentary on the state of the world. This can be…  Read More

Q&A with mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó

Our 2015/16 season opens on September 29 with a concert featuring mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, who will perform pieces by George Crumb, as well as the world premiere of a piece composed by Analia Llugdar. In the 2015-16 season Krisztina sings Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle (Colorado Music Festival), Thisbe in Pyramus and Thisbe (Canadian Opera Company), Handel’s Judas…  Read More

Q&A with soprano Adrianne Pieczonka

For our season opening concert, opera soprano Adrianne Pieczonka makes her return to Soundstreams. In 1988, Adrianne made her Soundstreams debut, performing George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children, and she revisits this experimental and highly virtuosic work at this concert in homage to her Soundstreams beginnings. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Verdi…  Read More

Q&A with composer Christos Hatzis

Greek-Canadian Christos Hatzis is widely recognized as a Canadian icon, with two Juno Awards and a SOCAN Award to his credit. CBC has stated that he is “one of the most important composers writing today.” His music is influenced by early Christian spirituality, Pythagorean and Hermetic ideas, his own Byzantine music heritage, world cultures and…  Read More

Q&A with soprano Patricia Rozario

Born in Bombay, and Western-trained, Patricia Rozario has been hailed by Gramophone as “a voice of liquid gold.” She has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in opera, concerts, recording, and broadcasting, and has inspired over 15 of the world’s leading composers to write for her, most notably Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener. We caught up…  Read More

Q&A with soprano Tony Arnold

The Canadian premiere of David Lang's The Whisper Opera will feature New York's International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Tony Arnold as sole soprano. Hailed by The New York Times as “a bold and powerful interpreter,” Tony has gained international acclaim for sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores. As a member of ICE,…  Read More

Lightning Round Q&A: Staff Edition

In every interview we conduct with various Soundstreams performers, conductors and composers, we always end with a “lightning round” of questions. To cap off an excellent year, we decided to do a staff edition of our lightning round! Find out what airport and concert hall were chosen by multiple people, plus our not-so-secret guilty pleasure…  Read More