In the Press

Music writer Brian Kellow talks to Dolora Zajick about the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices

Music writer Brian Kellow spent three days with the IYDV and writes about his experience, including an interview with Dolora. Click here for the full article.

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Ehnes Quartet Nominated for 2017 Gramophone Award

The Ehnes Quartet’s recording of Schubert’s String Quartet No 14 and the Sibelius String Quartet, Op 56 on the ONYX label is nominated for a Gramophone Award. Category winners are announced on September 1 and on September 13 is the Awards dinner where the …

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Russell Braun ‘incandescent’ as Louis Riel

Russell Braun’s performance in the title role of the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Louis Riel has been described as ‘incandescent’ (NOW Magazine), a ‘tour de force (Broadway World), ‘riveting’ (Globe & Mail) and ‘powerful and deeply moving’ (Toronto Star). Read more about …

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Adrianne Pieczonka Talks to Operawire about Vocal Longevity

Francisco Salazar talks with Adrianne about tackling two of her most difficult operas – Fidelio and Elektra with Operawire’s Francisco Salazar.…

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Russell Braun discusses the ‘heart and soul’ of Canadian music with Musical Toronto

In a season that includes singing Canada’s National Anthem in German for the Toronto Symphony’s Canada Mosaic project, and his recent performances with the orchestra, and his debut in the title role of Louis Riel with the Canadian Opera Company, Russell discusses what he …

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Ehnes Quartet Receives Rave Review in Gramophone Magazine

The Ehnes Quartet has received a rave review for their recording of Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ and Sibelius’ ‘Intimate Voices’.…

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James Ehnes Featured in Australia’s Limelight Magazine

James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong’s recording of ‘Elgar, Debussy, Respighi Violin Sonatas’ has been named Chamber Music Recording of the Year. Read the review and an interview with James Ehnes.…

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Jan Vogler Interview in Seen & Heard

Jan Vogler speaks with Seen and Heard’s Michael Cookson about his new Tchaikovsky album, the Dresden Music Festival, playing challenging works, his practice regime, and much more.

Read the full interview on the Seen and Heard website

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Allyson McHardy as Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust at the Grant Park Music Festival

“Marguerite doesn’t show up until the second half in Berlioz’s version but Allyson McHardy made the most of her belated appearance as Faust’s doomed beloved. Resplendent in a midnight-blue gown, McHardy’s high mezzo-soprano proved apt for this Gallic idiom. The Canadian singer brought inner

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James Ehnes performs Strauss’s Violin Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis

“That always-welcome soloist, James Ehnes?, returned to resuscitate Strauss’ brilliant Violin Concerto in D minor, a product of the composer’s teenage years but loaded with enough virtuosity to keep Ehnes busy and a rich-if-lumpy orchestration to back his efforts. The surrounding framework of Strauss’ …

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Juan Francisco Gatell as Nemorino in Donizett’s Elisir d’amore at Opera di Firenze

Reviews in Italian:

“Il tenore Juan Francisco Gatell ha voce lirica di timbro chiaro e volume limitato, morbida e carezzevole, particolarmente felice nel registro centrale e nei pianissimi; in una concezione generale che abbiamo detto impostata sulla comicità, a lui sono affidate le frasi …

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Russell Braun as Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Ottawa Choral Society and the National Arts Centre Orchestra

“The all-Canadian quartet of soloists was led by the eminent baritone Russell Braun in the title role. From his first commanding declaration, Braun simply was Elijah: at turns prophetic and stern, mocking and vengeful, and full of care and concern. Above all, Braun made …

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James Ehnes plays Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Michael Francis

“As James Ehnes began the Violin Concerto No. 1 K207, there were in fact three performers in play on the stage: Mr. Ehnes, the Festival Orchestra, and the Balboa acoustic itself. During the cadenza of the slow movement of the concerto we were treated …

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James Ehnes@40 Tour Reviews!!!

“We were treated to the complicity and intimacy of two old friends and partners, working together as if in the comfort of their living room — the very best kind of chamber music experience. Bramwell Tovey wrote Stream of Limelight as a kind of …

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Juan Francisco Gatell as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Dutch National Opera

“Don Ottavio, outstandingly interpreted by the Argentine tenor Juan Francisco Gatell featured an elegant and beautifully phrased ‘Dalla sua pace’.” (Opera Gazet, 9 May 2016)

“Tenor Juan Francisco Gatell sang both of Don Ottavio’s arias with fantastic ease and style, and tasteful ornamentation.” (Bachtrack, …

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Phillip Addis as Marcello in the Opéra de Québec production of La Bohème

“Vocally, Canadian baritone Phillip Addis was the most impressive among the male roles for the power of his voice, the beauty of his timbre and his convincing stage performance.”  Sur le plan vocal, c’est le baryton canadien Philip Addis qui impressionne le plus

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