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Mysterious Barricades Concert - Toronto, Ontario

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Named for Arnold Walter, Dean of UofT Music (1952-1968), with 490 seats, Walter Hall is Toronto’s finest small auditorium. Designed for chamber music and solo recitals, Walter Hall also has a Casavant Organ.

Thank you to University of Toronto for their continued support and encouragement.

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Monica WhicherMonica Whicher (vocal)
Style and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher’s performances on the concert and opera stage. In recent seasons, the varied aspects of her artistry have been reflected in performances with the Toronto Symphony (Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder), Houston’s Mercury Baroque (Vivaldi’s Motezuma), the Colorado Symphony (Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven Mass in C), the Calgary Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony (Mendelssohn’s Elijah), the Elmer Iseler Singers (Bach’s Mass in B Minor, for CBC radio), Symphony Nova Scotia (Fauré Requiem, Brahms Requiem) and in recitals across Canada.
Operatic roles include Thaïs (Massenet’s Thaïs), the Countess (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina and Erste Dame (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Zerlina (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), (Anna Maurant (Kurt Weill’s Street Scene), Dido (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas), The Governess (Britten’s Turn of the Screw), Female Chorus (Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia), and Mérope (Lully’s Persée) with companies such as The Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, The Cleveland Opera, Opera in Concert and the Nürnberg International Chamber Music Festival.
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Norine BurgessNorine Burgess (vocal)
Praised for her bright, elegant and lambent-toned voice, Canadian mezzo-soprano has performed in opera houses and with leading orchestras throughout North America and around the world.
Norine’s refreshingly compelling, charismatic and touching interpretations bring vigour and dimension to her signature roles, including Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Siebel in Faust, Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. Her enormous success after an extended run as Miss Mary Lloyd in the Vienna Volksoper’s production of Kálmán’s Die Herzogin von Chicago has made it one of her most memorable characters: “she is so perfect in the role that it is almost impossible to imagine a production without her: she is charismatic, and brings depth and sensitivity to what could be an unsympathetic role. Her enthusiasm seems to light up the stage.” (MusicWebInternational).
Other roles include Neris in Cherubini’s rarely-performed opera Médée which she performed at the Salzburg festival under the direction of Sir Charles MacKerras, Mother Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites (Arizona Opera), Meg Page in Falstaff, and 2nd Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Salzburg Festival).
Concerts and recitals always figure prominently on Norine’s calendar. Notable concert engagements have included Mozart’s Requiem under Manfred Honeck in Leipzig and Halle, the Monteverdi Vespers conducted by Helmuth Rilling with the Oregon Bach Festival, Peer Gynt with the Toronto Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Columbus Symphony, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Handel’s Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic in, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s St. John Passion and Healey Willan’s Requiem with the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hartford Symphony and Haydn’s Mass in B flat Major, “Harmoniemesse” at the Salzburg Festival.



Russell BraunRussell Braun (vocal)
Renowned for his luminous voice “capable of the most powerful explosions as well as the gentlest covered notes” (Toronto Star) baritone Russell Braun rightfully claims his place on the concert, opera and recital stages of the world. His intelligent and thoughtful portrayals of Chou En-lai, Billy Budd, Prince Andrei, Figaro, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Pelléas, Eugene Onegin, and The Traveller have captivated audiences at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, l'Oéra de Paris, the State Opera in Vienna, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Los Angeles Opera, La Scala in Milan, and at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals.
The highlight of Russell’s 2016-2017 season is the title role of the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Louis Riel in Toronto at the Four Seasons Centre and in Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra presented as part of the celebrations surrounding Canada’s 150th Anniversary. In an intense concert season, Russell reprises Peter Eötvös’s Senza Sangue in Rome and London, Brett Dean’s Knocking at the Hell Gate with the BBC Symphony in London, and Kaija Saariaho’s Cinque reflets aus: l’amour de loin with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester in both Stuttgart and Freiburg. He also performs Carmina Burana with l’orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Fauré’s Requiem and Brahms’s Four Serious Songs with the Toronto Symphony at Roy Thomson Hall, Elijah with Chorus Niagara, and Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony.
Recent seasons have included performances of Brahms’s Vier Ernste Gesänge arranged by Detlev Glanert and Fauré’s Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vaughn Williams’s A Sea Symphony with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, reprisals of Peter Eötvös’s Senza Sangue in Bergen (Norway) and Göteberg (Sweden), a work he premiered in May 2015with the New York Philharmonic in Cologne and New York, his role debut as Pentheus in Hans Werner Henze’s The Bassarids with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and appearances as Count Almaviva in the COC production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.More

Yvonne Choi (piano)

Tim DawsonTim Dawson (bass)
Timothy Dawson joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1980. At age 21, upon graduating from the University of Toronto, he became the youngest member of the TSO at that time. He has played under TSO Music Directors Sir Andrew Davis, Gunter Herbig, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Peter Oundjian.
Over the years, Timothy has been instrumental in starting several chamber music groups. One of them, The Bach Consort, continues to this day. This group now performs an annual presentation of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. This ensemble is inextricably linked with charitable causes, thus its mantra, “Giving Bach to the Community”. The Bach Consort has been an artistic success, performing with conductors such as Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, Dame Jane Glover, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Harry Bicket. The Bach Consort has been an important community presence as well, and has raised over $400,000 for local charities over the last 20 years. Timothy also organizes concert series at two churches in Toronto’s East End: he is Music Director of the Kingston Road Village Concert Series and the Seicho-No-Ie Chamber Music Series.
Teaching is a big part of Timothy’s life. He is busy at the University of Toronto, the National Music Camp of Canada, and in his own home studio. For 20 years, he was involved with the TSO Adopt-a- Player programme, acting as its music director in its last three years.More









John GreerJohn Greer (piano)
JOHN GREER is an active accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, composer and conductor and is heard in these capacities throughout Canada and abroad, in recital and on various CBC broadcasts. He is an honoured music graduate of both the University of Manitoba where he studied piano and composition with Boyd McDonald and of the University of Southern California where he was a student of pianists Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Brooks Smith and harpsichordist Malcolm Hamilton. His conducting teachers and mentors were Canadian James Fraser-Craig, Boris Goldofsky and David Effron.
Mr. Greer has been fortunate to have worked in recital with many of Canada’s most talented young singers of his generation: Nancy Argenta, Tracy Dahl, Rosemarie Landry, Linda McGuire, Kevin McMillan, Mark Pedrotti, Catherine Robbin, and Michael Schade, to name a few, as well as the renowned American singers/teachers Carmen Balthrope, Linda Mabbs, Carmen Pelton, Ashley Putnam, William Sharp, Carol Webber and Delores Ziegler.
As a faculty member of the University of Toronto opera division Mr. Greer made his conducting debut in 1983. He has conducted numerous operas there including The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, Tschaikowsky’s Iolanta and Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon, as well as works for Victoria’s Opera Piccola, Ottawa’s Opera Lyra, The Banff School of Fine Arts, the Toronto Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Mirvish Productions. He has worked on numerous productions with Opera (Hamilton) Ontario and the Canadian Opera Company where he was chorus master for their 1989 productions of Un Ballo in Maschera and Il Barbiere di Siviglia and assistant conductor for their 1990 production of Suor Angelica. For five years Mr. Greer served as Music Director of the Eastman Opera Theatre in Rochester, New York where conducting credits include Le Nozze di Figaro, Candide, Albert Herring, Patience and The Turn of the Screw and two years he was Music Director of the Opera Studio at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2001. From 2003-10 he was Director and Chair of Opera Studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston and made his conducting debut there with The Magic Flute. Other NEC conducting credits include Massenet’s Cendrillon and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and all of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas. For ten seasons his summers were occupied with his duties as General Manager and Head of Music Staff for the Janiec Opera Workshop at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina where his conducting credits include A Little Night Music, La Cenerentola, The Mikado, Naughty Marietta,The Gondoliers, Brigadoon and the world premier of David Liptak’s chamber opera The Moon-Singer. Mr. Greer has also been on the music staff of Glimmerglass and Chautauqua Opera companies. He is currently HeadVocal Coach for the University of Kentucky voice and opera in Lexington, KY.
Mr. Greer’s compositions include ten song cycles written for Canadian singers such as Catherine Robbin, Kevin McMillan, Mark Dubois, Tracy Dahl, Monica Whicher, and Adrianne Pieczonka and numerous works based on Canadian folk song. He has written two operas for the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, The Snow Queen based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale with a libretto by Jeremy James Taylor of Britain’s National Youth Music Theatre, and an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale The Star-Child with librettist Ned Dickens and a revision and orchestration of the 1889 Canadian operetta Leo the Royal Cadet by O. F. Telgmann, commissioned by Toronto Operetta Theatre.

Jason HowardJason Howard (vocal)
Raised in the rich singing tradition of South Wales, Jason Howard is now recognized as one of the UK's leading performers on the international operatic stage. Upon leaving his first career as a fireman, he took up studies at Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music with John Wakefield and Norman Bailey respectively, and commenced his career at Scottish Opera, subsequently singing with all of the major United Kingdom opera companies and orchestras. Since then, Mr. Howard has sung to critical acclaim throughout Europe and North America, in addition to his many UK engagements.
Engagements during the 2013-14 season include the title role in New Zealand Opera's Der Fliegende Holländer and Opera Tampa's Popera and Carmen.
In addition to Mr. Howard's successful German debut at the Frankfurt Opera, the 2012-13 season included the title role in Saint-Saëns' Henry VIII with the Bard Music Festival, which the New York Arts called a "truly memorable performance," as well as title roles with the Minnesota Opera and Opera Hamilton.
Mr. Howard has long been known as an outstanding performer of French and Italian repertoire. His celebrated Verdi roles have included those in Attila, La traviata, Don Carlos, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Nabucco and Il trovatore. Other highlights include his debuts at the Royal Opera House and Paris Opera as Marcello in La Bohème and his debut at Chicago Lyric Opera as Adam Brant in Mourning Becomes Electra. More









Judy LomanJudy Loman (Harp)

Considered by numerous music critics to be one of the world’s great harpists, Judy Loman can look back on an impressive career. After studies with Carlos Salzedo at the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia, U.S.A.), Judy Loman was awarded the position of principal harpist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1960, a position she occupied until 2002. She teaches at The University of Toronto, is a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music and Visiting Artist at The Curtis Institute of Music. Her discography comprises some twenty recordings amongst which her recording of Schafer’s Crown of Ariadne has received the Juno Award and the Grand Prix du Disque, Canada. She has commissioned, performed and recorded many Canadian works for harp. As a soloist, she has performed in North America, Europe, Israel Japan and China. Ms. Loman was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2016.













Lorna MacDonaldLorna MacDonald (soprano)
Soprano Lorna MacDonald enjoys a multi-faceted career as performer, professor, librettist and researcher. She holds the Lois Marshall Chair in Voice Studies at the University of Toronto, and is the recipient of three, career teaching awards, and numerous prestigious singing prizes. Head of Voice Studies from 1994-2007, she performed throughout Canada and the US, and in Wales, Taiwan, China, France, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria, and Bermuda. Among her opera portrayals are Zaide, Konstanze, Marie, Despina, Adele, Rose, Monica, Carolina, Musetta, Donna Anna, Belinda, and others, and she has been recorded by CBC, CTV, NBC, and NPR in a variety of recitals, premières, and oratorios. Reviewed “an absolute jewel” (Edmonton Journal), a “master of transformation” (Toronto Star) and “MacDonald’s freshness of tone, her clarity of style and diction, and her beautifully expressive musicianship are served by a perfection of technical mastery which allows her to sing both softly and full on any note in her entire range, as meaning and emotional imagery require.” (Halifax Herald), her prized description remains, “a voice as fresh as a June morn on the Bras d’Or Lakes”.

In 2009 MacDonald created the multi-media program “Lois Marshall in Russia” performed in Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax, and reviewed, “MacDonald’s clear, agile soprano is lighter than Marshall’s was…but she is an outstanding artist in her own right”. In her project “Marrying Mozart” Lorna portrayed all three of the Weber sisters for whom Mozart wrote some of his most brilliant arias, with narration by Howard Dyck and Stuart Hamilton. She is sought widely as an adjudicator, including for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Canadian National Music Competition, Eckhardt-Gramattée Competition, and the Canadian JUNO awards. MacDonald designed and leads the graduate program in Voice Pedagogy at the University of Toronto and her Cochlear Implant Singing Study in collaboration with Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children was cited in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and national media for its collaboration between medicine and music. She is the creator, with composer Dean Burry, of the award-winning opera, The Bells of Baddeck - the Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell Story, “ a tour de force production” (Opera Canada), which received Parks Canada’s CEO Award of Excellence in 2016. She maintains close ties with her home village of Port Morien on Cape Breton Island. More













Carolyn MauleCarolyn Maule (piano and harpsichord)
“Maule’s sensitive accompaniment brought to life the phrase ‘Every note has a living Soul’…the piano sang with lyrical grace” (David Richards, Toronto Concert Reviews 2016)
Much in demand as a vocal accompanist, Canadian pianist Carolyn Maule has worked with such renowned artists as Michael Schade, Monica Whicher, Patricia Racette, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Norine Burgess, Elizabeth Turnbull, and is often heard in recital with her husband, baritone Russell Braun.
She has performed in London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, the National Arts Center, Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall and accompanied recitals in Salzburg, Hamburg, Chicago, Cleveland and New York, as well as at music festivals across Canada.
Carolyn Maule’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio, CBC Radio, Radio- Canada and WQXR-FM in New York. She is featured on recordings including Schubert's Winterreise (CBC Records) Le Souvenir (CMC Records), two CDs of Bach excerpts with the Toronto Bach Consortas well as recordings for the Ukrainian Art Song Project.









Nathalie PaulinNathalie Paulin (vocal)
Soprano Nathalie Paulin has established herself in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East as an interpretive artist of the very first rank. Winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Opera Performance, she has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors including Jane Glover, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Antony Walker, Bernard Labadie, Sir Roger Norrington, Andrew Parrott, Hervé Niquet, David Agler, Jacques Lacombe, Michael Christie, Robert Spano, Graeme Jenkins, and Andrew Litton on both the concert platform and in opera. As well, critics have been lavish in their praise. Reviewing from Chicago, John van Rhein noted that “Paulin in particular is a real find; her rich, agile voice possesses great depth and allure, her manner radiates sensuous charm.” Ms. Paulin debuted for L’Opéra de Montréal as Mélisande in PÉLLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE and for Chicago Opera Theater as Galatea in ACIS AND GALATEA. She was re-engaged by Chicago Opera Theater for the title role in SEMELE and for Mary in LA RESURREZIONE, both by Handel. She has also been heard as Constance in DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES for Calgary Opera, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI for L’Opéra de Québec, and Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Cincinnati Opera. The Dallas Opera featured her in CARMEN and CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN..More









Julie RantiJulie Ranti (Bach consort contingent - instrumental)
Julie Ranti joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1985. She grew up in Montreal in a musical family: her father was Principal Trumpet of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM); her mother is a harpist; and her brother Richard is Associate Principal Bassoon of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Ranti began flute studies with Jeanne Baxtresser, principal flute of the OSM at the time. After a year at the Interlochen Arts Academy, she attended The Juilliard School where she studied with Julius Baker and Samuel Baron.
Ms. Ranti is an active chamber musician and a founding member of the Bach Consort. She maintains a busy teaching studio, coaches the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra flute section, is on faculty at National Music Camp, and has taught at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
In her spare time, when not pursuing postdoctoral studies in astrophysics, freediving in Hawaii, or rebuilding a 1968 Chevelle SS 396 convertible, she enjoys walking her dog in High Park.More












Liz UpchurchLiz Upchurch (piano)
Pianist and vocal coach Liz Upchurch is one of the most sort after pianists and vocal coaches in Canada. Currently she is in her 12th season as Music Director of the Ensemble Studio at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. In that time she has helped to train an entire generation of Canadian opera singers including artists such as David Pomeroy, Shannon Mercer, Robert Gleadow, Krisztina Szabo, Joe Kaiser and many more. There she collaborates with celebrated guest artists including, Carol Vaness, Catherine Malfitano and Marlena Malas.
Born and educated in Britain Liz is a graduate prize-winning soloist of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Roger Vignoles. For many years she worked with young artists at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh where she played for masterclasses with artists such as Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Suzanne Danco, William Pleeth and Dame Joan Sutherland. Upchurch has also worked at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg festival in Germany and the National Theatre in London. She held a faculty position in the 20th-century Opera and Song program at the Banff Centre for the Arts and was repetiteur and chorus director at Edmonton Opera. She has taught at the University of Toronto and for the COSI summer program in Italy. She has performed and broadcast chamber music and song recitals extensively throughout Europe and North America as well as working at opera houses such as the Glyndebourne Festival.More






Monica WhicherMonica Whicher (vocal)
Style and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher’s performances on the concert and opera stage. In recent seasons, the varied aspects of her artistry have been reflected in performances with the Toronto Symphony (Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder), Houston’s Mercury Baroque (Vivaldi’s Motezuma), the Colorado Symphony (Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven Mass in C), the Calgary Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony (Mendelssohn’s Elijah), the Elmer Iseler Singers (Bach’s Mass in B Minor, for CBC radio), Symphony Nova Scotia (Fauré Requiem, Brahms Requiem) and in recitals across Canada.
Operatic roles include Thaïs (Massenet’s Thaïs), the Countess (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina and Erste Dame (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Zerlina (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), (Anna Maurant (Kurt Weill’s Street Scene), Dido (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas), The Governess (Britten’s Turn of the Screw), Female Chorus (Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia), and Mérope (Lully’s Persée) with companies such as The Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, The Cleveland Opera, Opera in Concert and the Nürnberg International Chamber Music Festival.More






Tracy WongThe Mysterious Barricades Toronto Chorale
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