Saturday November 13, 2021 7:30pm

It’s OPERA! It’s FESTIVE!

It’s a vocal PALOOZA!!

As we begin to emerge from 21 months of pandemic restrictions, we can’t begin to express our joy and hunger to take the stage once again and share what we love and do best in front of a live audience. The evening promises to not disappoint as our artists bring to life celebrated arias and ensembles spanning the composers from Samuel Barber to Richard Wagner, including the operas, operettas and zarzuelas of: A Hand of Bridge, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Adriana Lecouvreur, Andrea Chenier, Romeo et Juliette, Samson et Delila, La Dolorosa, La Picara Molinera, Lakme, Die Fledermaus, Die Meistersinger, La Bohème & Rigoletto.

Celebrate with us the return to the concert hall and the magic of live performance! We look forward to welcoming you to our audience!


Artist Bios:

Lynn Isnar is an Armenian-Canadian soprano known for her “firecracker coloratura,” (Opera Canada, John Gilks) and “terrific stratospheric high notes,” (Opera Canada, Joseph So).

Ms. Isnar started off the 2021-2022 season by recording with Sinfonia Toronto for Canadian composer, Colin Eatock’s, upcoming CD works. She will continue the season by performing concerts with various organizations around Toronto, followed by singing the title role of Harapshilli in Conan and the Stone of Kelior with Mightier Productions.

During the 2020-2021 pandemic season, Ms. Isnar was fortunate enough to join the Glenn Gould School as a guest artist singing the role of Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in a virtual concert. She later joined the Amici Chamber Ensemble in their virtual concert Armenian Treasures where she sang works by Amirkhanyan and Aznavour. Ms. Isnar also performed in the A.G.B.U. “Solidarity in Song” Online Concert Series. Past roles performed by Ms. Isnar include Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), La Marchesa (La Cecchina), Katya (Katya Kabanova), Emma (Khovanshchina), Nanine (The Widow), Daphne (The Beautiful Helen), Lydia/Veronica (Perchance to Dream), Katya (Katya Kabanova), Valencienne (The Merry Widow) and Adele (Die Fledermaus).

www.lynnisnar.com

Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah is a singer and broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice. Miss Nesrallah has performed for leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across Canada and around the world. Operatic roles include Isabella in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, The Composer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Cenerentola in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, to name a few.

Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen for Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in a performance that was viewed by millions. She also sang for An Evening for Peace for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan in Montreal.

Miss Nesrallah is the host of Tempo on CBC Music, Canada’s national classical music program, and is also the executive producer and star of Carmen on Tap, a company that performs Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen as dinner theatre. Miss Nesrallah has been the recipient of several distinguished awards including the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award and Mid-Career Grant, and most recently the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada’s performing arts.

born in Baku (Azerbaijan). A fourth-generation musician, Narmina never had to think about her occupational choice. After an early start, she gave her premiere solo concert at the age of 6. During her studies at the Bülbül Specialized musical school under the guidance of Adelya Vekilova, Narmina frequently gave solo concerts and performed with the orchestra.

Prize-winner of many piano contests in Azerbaijan, Narmina graduated from the U. Hadjibeyov Azerbaijan State Conservatory with master’s degree in 2000.

In October 2012, she was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying, (University of Toronto, Faculty of Music). In demand as a collaborative pianist and coach, Narmina has been working as a music director for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and other companies.

Being involved in many great projects, Narmina has the honour to work with Canadian composers, such as Victor Davies and Peter Togni, and enjoys working under the batons of Robert Cooper, Derek Bate and Larry Beckwith.

Recent performances include chamber music and piano works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Grieg, Chopin and such operas as I Due Figaro by Mercadante, THE ECSTACY OF RITA JOE by Victor Davis and WERTHER by Massenet ( Opera in Concert).

As Karl Franz in The Student Prince with Toronto Operetta Theatre –
“As the title character, Ernesto Ramírez… is now completely at home on stage. He has a rich, Italianate tenor and seemingly
unlimited lung‐power. His impassioned singing of the famous ‘Serenade’ drew the loudest and longest applause of the
evening. But Ramírez lends a heartfelt quality to all of his singing.”

Christopher Hoile, Stage‐Door.com

Mexican tenor Ernesto Ramírez is garnering rave reviews for his distinctive Italianate sound, “wonderfully fluid line and brilliant high notes,” combined with his “suave, nuanced lyricism.” Ernesto recently debuted as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Mexico’s Opera de Leon, Rodolfo in La bohème with Pacific Northwest Opera, and sang his first Don Jose with Opera Kelowna’s Carmen and in concert with Kitchener‐Waterloo Symphony.

Ernesto has performed to great acclaim for audiences in France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States. In 2014 while engaged as a cover for the title role of Roberto Devereux with the Canadian Opera Company, he was thrilled to share the stage in performance with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky.

Ernesto begins the current season covering the Duke in Edmonton Opera’s Rigoletto, and is the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Hamilton’s Bach Elgar Choir; Alexander Cann, conductor. In 2020, Ernesto debuts in Against the Grain Theatre’s Bound, a reaction to those displaced, dehumanized and mistreated by recent geopolitical conflict, with original text by director Joel Ivany. Composer Kevin Lau infuses his own music onto the backbone of Handel’s music. Operatic roles for Ernesto include Raoul in the Canadian Premiere of Meyerbeer’s Les Huegenots, Arturo in I Puritani, and Alfredo in La Traviata with Sarasota Opera.

His “resplendent tenor” has been heard in performances of Verdi’s Requiem with Brott Music Festival, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony and Kingston Symphony. Opera companies in Zurich, Quebec, Montreal, Tel‐Aviv and Mexico City have welcomed him as a guest artist in their Opera Galas. He also performed at The 150th Anniversary of Puccini, a gala hosted by Simonetta Puccini.

Ernesto earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, and graduated from Boston University’s Opera Institute. He has received awards from The Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in Los Angeles, the Society of Singers Foundation and the New West Symphony Young Artist Prize. Ernesto Ramirez is a Canadian Resident and holds U.S. and Mexican Citizenship.

www.ernestoramirez.ca

Saskatchewan born baritone Stuart Graham, received his formal education at the Faculty of Music of McGill University in Montréal, Canada, with the renowned Canadian baritone Mr. Bernard Turgeon. In 1998, he continued his studies with Diane Forlano at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag, Nederlands, and since January of 2000, Mr. Graham has enjoyed the mentorship of Diana Soviero (Metropolitan Opera, New York) as well as coaching with the incomparable Maestra Teresa Berganza (Madrid, España). Since 1992 Stuart Graham has been heard in recital, oratorio and in opera in Canada, the United States and in Europe, enjoying successes accompanied by orchestras and ensembles, such as: l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, I Musici de Montréal, the Saskatoon Symphony, Silesian State Opera, Slovak State Philharmonic (Košice) and the Oakville Symphony Orchestra. His performance in the world premier of Edifice by Arlan Schultz was broadcast by CBC, the BBC, Radio-France and the Bavarian Radio. In 1993, Mr. Graham made his New York debut as invited artist in recital as part of the Riverside Chamber Music Series (Riverside Church, New York, NY.).

Just before the global pandemic hit, Stuart enjoyed a busy calendar with performances that include his most recent recital outing with pianist Narmina Afandiyeva presenting their program of Rachmaninoff songs, Rachel Laurin’s LES TROIS FABLES and Gustav Mahler’s DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN (Jeanne Lamon Hall – Toronto, La Roche d’Hys – France). In opera he played Plagio in VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert’s Canadian Premier production of Mercadante’s I DUE FIGARO, as Fr. Andrew in Opera in Concert’s World Premier production of Victor Davies’ adaptation of George Ryga’s THE ECSTACY OF RITA JOE (also presented at the Ryga Festival, Summerland, BC), as Agamemnon  in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s LA BELLE HÉLÈNE of Jacques Offenbach. 2018 also saw Mr. Graham’s Italian debut in Milan performing the roles of Tonio/Taddeo in Leoncavallo’s I PAGLIACCI with La Compagnia di Canto Vittorio Tosto. He returned to Milan in February 2019 to sing further presentations of I PAGLIACCI. Other recent performance credits include: Peter Tongi’s ISIS AND OSIRIS: THE GODS OF EGYPT as the Grand Vizier Khamet (world premier) with Toronto’s Opera in Concert, as Marquis Evrémonde in Victor Davies/Eugene Benson’s TALE OF TWO CITIES (world premier), as well as performances of Jacques Offenbach’s LA VIE PARISIENNE (Baron Gondremark) with the Toronto Operetta Theatre, Angeles Lopez-Artiga’s YO VIVO (for baritone & orchestra) at the Palau des Arts (Valencia, Spain) and in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as guest artist with the Opera Nacional Bellas Artes (Mexico City) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Silvestre Revueltas in Celaya, México.

BOX OFFICE:

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR INDOOR PUBLIC EVENTS:

  • Following the guidance and policies of the Provincial and Municipal governments and venue regulations, attendance will be permitted for those who are fully vaccinated (showing official COVID-19 proof of vaccination receipts with QR code) AND mandatory wearing of face masks.
  • ONLINE BOX OFFICE CLOSES AT 3PM, Saturday November 13, 2021.

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JEANNE LAMON HALL, Trinity-St. Paul Centre, Toronto, Canada