M13) Concert #13 July 25 -31: The Genius of Mozart : Kirsten LeBlanc, Soprano; Tamar Simon, Soprano; Geoffrey Schellenberg, Baritone; Nate Ben-Horin, Piano
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Reflections & Expressions: Spring/Summer 2021 Concert Series
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Concert #13 July 25 - 31
The Genius of Mozart
Kirsten LeBlanc, Soprano; Tamar Simon, Soprano; Geoffrey Schellenberg, Baritone; Nate Ben-Horin, Piano
An exploration of Mozart's well loved operas, from bombastic arias to elegant ensembles, featuring excerpts from Così fan tutte (That's How Women Are), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Abduction from the Seraglio), Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Idomeneo, and Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro).
Così fan tutte
- Rivolgete al lui lo sguardo
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
- Martern aller Arten
- Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen
- D’Oreste, d’Ajace ho in seno i tormenti
Le nozze di Figaro
- Porgi amor
- Susanna, or via sortite
- Esci omai garzon malnato…Signore, cos’è quel stupore
- Crudel! Perchè finora farmi languir così
New Brunswick soprano Kirsten LeBlanc is currently a member of Opéra de Montréal's Atelier lyrique. Praised for her “engaging stage presence” (Opera Now) and her “ample voice, as much in register as in power” (Ludwig Van Montreal), she received her Masters in Voice and Opera Performance from McGill University and will complete her doctorate in Performance at Université de Montréal this year. Recent credits include covers of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and La femme in La voix humaine (Opéra de Montréal) Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Université de Montréal), and Nella in Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Vocal Arts Institute).
Heralded for her “clear vibrant tone” (Opera Canada), Tamar Simon is an emerging Armenian-Canadian soprano from Vancouver, Canada. Her recent credits include Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Musetta (La bohème), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She has won a District Award and an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Tamar is a frequent performer around British Columbia, singing with Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and Burnaby Lyric Opera. She has also performed internationally with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She is scheduled to reappear as Zerlina in Highland Opera Studio’s 2021 production of Don Giovanni.
Praised for his "impressive vocal colour" (Opera Canada), Canadian-American baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg is a member of Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique. He recently appeared in productions with Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Kelowna, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Development Program, Portland Opera Resident Artist Program, and Music Academy of the West and is a three-time District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Geoffrey is scheduled to appear as Barone in Opéra de Montréal’s upcoming production of La traviata and the title role in Don Giovanni with Highlands Opera Studio.
Nate Ben-Horin is a Montreal-based pianist, composer, and vocal coach. He is an alumnus of UC Berkeley where he won the 2014 Austin F. William Prize in piano performance, and was subsequently hired as a staff accompanist and assistant choral director. He has worked widely with local singers and instrumentalists in the San Francisco area, as well as with West Edge Opera for several seasons as a repetiteur, harpsichordist, choir master, and promotional recitalist. A former solo student of Jeremy Denk, He recently completed a Master's degree in collaborative piano at McGill University with Michael McMahon and Stephen Hargreaves, and attended Highlands Opera Studio in 2019 and 2020.
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