London Opera Guild Gala Concert
Apr
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

London Opera Guild Gala Concert

Ever wonder if you might be interested in opera? Well, this is just the kind of relaxed concert to go to in order to get acquainted.

I'll be singing some beautiful and fun music with my friends Jen Cyr (soprano), Jade Vaughan (mezzo-soprano), Colin Bell (tenor), and Parker Clements (baritone) in a concert of operatic favourites. We'll all sing an aria or two that we really like, of course, but we're also going to highlight Mozart's Don Giovanni and Gounod's Faust.

Thanks to the London Opera Guild for providing the opportunity to perform. Tickets will be available at the door.

Please come and enjoy!

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Doctoral Recital #2
Apr
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Doctoral Recital #2

Journeys
This second recital is about the journey of our lives. And, in honour of the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation, it piggybacks this metaphorical journey on that of explorers and settlers coming to North America from England and France for the first time.

I explore questions like these in this recital: What made them leave their homes for the unknown and for adventure? What challenges did they face? What did they see when they reached their destination and what happened at the end of their travels? Was a new journey awaiting them at the end of the first? And, in the same way, I ask these same questions about our lives and our time.

Also worth mentioning is that most of the music for this concert was written by Canadian composers, something I thought appropriate given the occasion.

Here's the program:

Sea Fever                                                               
Hidden Treasure                                 
Sea Fever                                                           
Toll the Bell                            
Sea Dirge                                        

Three Salt Water Ballads                
Port of Many Ships                                                                                       
Trade Winds
Mother Carey

🍁Three Traditional French-Canadian Songs
La plainte des coureurs-des-bois
Rossignol du vert bocage                                                                                    
Le navire de Bayonne

🍁Selections from South of North              
Wilderness on Centre Island                                                                          
Grace
Northern River Falls
Congregation at the Shoreline

🍁Two French Songs For Baritone
Violon de villanelle                                                                                         
Soir d’hiver

🍁A Clear Midnight                                                           
🍁Saturday and Sunday                                               
Sure on this Shining Night       

Admission is free.  I hope you can come!                               

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Doctoral Recital #1
Apr
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Doctoral Recital #1

Bach Ich habe genug  - I Have Enough BVW 82
Violin I - Anita Louwerse
Violin II - Nick Carlucci
Viola - Jeff Komar
Cello - Patrick Theriault
Oboe - Joel Heinbuch
Harpsichord - Melanie Cancade

Brahms Vier ernste Gesänge - Four Serious Songs Op. 121
Piano - Melanie Cancade

P.D.Q. Bach Four Next-To-Last Songs S. Ω-1
Piano - Melanie Cancade

 

The repertoire of this recital is music that I've always wanted to sing. I've never had the opportunity to sing them and, admittedly, didn't really feel ready to do so until now. They are each challenging in their own way and I'm delighted to present them to you. 

The Bach is one of two cantatas Bach wrote for the bass voice. It illustrates Simeon's reaction to seeing the baby Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem. It's full of hope, longing, and joy. I'm delighted to present this cantata to you with the help of a small string ensemble and harpsichord. Hearing Bach with a small chamber "orchestra" like this is a real pleasure and amplifies the impact of Bach's beautiful writing.

The Brahms cycle of four songs is based on the books of Ecclesiastes, Second Corinthians, and the extra-biblical book of Ecclesiasticus. The first two songs consider the state of humankind and reflect on the injustice we inflict on one another. The third compares the bitterness and boon of death. The last song changes tone as though Brahms were providing his own answer to these three problems: if we don't have love, we're nothing and have nothing.

The PDQ Bach songs are just plain funny and are a loving, though hilarious, parody of the German art music genre. I heard these on a recording some time ago and wrote to the composer asking to purchase the music, which wasn't available at the time. I'm so happy he agreed and am really excited to share them with you.

This is a free concert and I hope many of you can come!

 

 

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The Jack Richardson London Classical and Jazz Music Awards
Apr
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Jack Richardson London Classical and Jazz Music Awards

I'm performing a saucy song with the fabulous Mark Payne at the J.R.L.M.A. Classical and Jazz Music Awards on April 2 (click the link to check it out)! It's going to be a great evening of music that will also feature Sonja Gustavson, the London Jazz Orchestra, Kings College Chamber Choir, the Rebelheart Collective, and others.

I'm also honoured to announce that I've been nominated for one of the awards along with my friends Ted Baerg, Marjorie Maltais, and Margie Bernal. I'm in great company! I'd encourage you to come and enjoy a great night of music and a celebration of London's classical and jazz music culture.

Tickets are FREE but must be reserved on Eventbrite here. Hope to see you there!

 

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Verdi's Requiem
Apr
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Verdi's Requiem

I'm thrilled to join l'Orchestre Symphonique de Laval and the Choeur de Laval for this choral masterpiece by Verdi. Conducted by acclaimed Canadian conductor Alain Trudel, the Verdi Requiem is a tour de force filled with powerful choruses and moving solos and ensembles. I'm honoured to join some wonderful Canadian soloists for this concert: tenor John Mac Master, soprano Chantale Nurse, and mezzo-soprano Renée Lapointe.  It's going to be a special evening and if you're around Montréal, please come up to Laval and join us!

Tickets are available here.

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Verdi's Falstaff
Jan
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Verdi's Falstaff

I have the pleasure of playing Sir John himself in UWOpera's production of Verdi's hilarious comedy Falstaff. This opera, sometimes called the most successful adaptation of a Shakespeare play to opera, premiered on February 9, 1893 and is based on the bard's Merry Wives of Windsor, and scenes from Henry IV parts one and two. It is the last opera Verdi wrote and has elements of all his other operatic works rolled into one.  You'll hear musical references to Otello, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, and others - all with Verdi's tongue placed firmly in his cheek.

There will be six performances:
January 29, 30 at 8pm and 31 at 2pm.
February 5, 6 at 8pm and 7 at 2pm.

Tickets are available through the Grand Theatre website.

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Silent Night
May
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Silent Night

Chad returns to L'Opera de Montréal to sing the role of the British General in Kevin Puts' opera Silent Night.  A deeply moving story, inspired by the film Joyeux Noël, this stirring plea for peace premiered in 2011, went on to win audience acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Salle Wilfred Pelletier

In English, French, and German with Subtitles

Tickets available through the Montréal Opera website.

More information about the opera available at its official site.

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Silent Night
May
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Silent Night

Chad returns to L'Opera de Montréal to sing the role of the British General in Kevin Puts' opera Silent Night.  A deeply moving story, inspired by the film Joyeux Noël, this stirring plea for peace premiered in 2011, went on to win audience acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Salle Wilfred Pelletier

In English, French, and German with Subtitles

Tickets available through the Montréal Opera website.

More information about the opera available at its official site.

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Silent Night
May
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Silent Night

Chad returns to L'Opera de Montréal to sing the role of the British General in Kevin Puts' opera Silent Night.  A deeply moving story, inspired by the film Joyeux Noël, this stirring plea for peace premiered in 2011, went on to win audience acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Salle Wilfred Pelletier

In English, French, and German with Subtitles

Tickets available through the Montréal Opera website.

More information about the opera available at its official site.

 

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Silent Night
May
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Silent Night

Chad returns to L'Opera de Montréal to sing the role of the British General in Kevin Puts' opera Silent Night.  A deeply moving story, inspired by the film Joyeux Noël, this stirring plea for peace premiered in 2011, went on to win audience acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Salle Wilfred Pelletier

In English, French, and German with Subtitles

Tickets available through the Montréal Opera website.

More information about the opera available at its official site.

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Spring Concert At Chalmers: A Night of Opera and Sacred Music
Apr
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Spring Concert At Chalmers: A Night of Opera and Sacred Music

I have the pleasure of singing a concert of operatic and sacred favourites at this Spring concert at Chalmers Presbyterian Church.  My friends Margie Bernal (Soprano), Ryan Fitzgerald (Tenor), Marjorie Maltais (Mezzo-Soprano), and Stéphane Mayer (Piano) will be joining me to perform some of the best-loved selections from the operatic and sacred music repertoire.

Excerpts from La Bohème, La Cenerentola, Le nozze di Figaro, and Rigoletto are just some of the operatic excerpts and the sacred selections will include African American spirituals, favourite spiritual songs from the Christian tradition, and excerpts from classical works such as the Mozart Requiem.

Tickets are $12 per person and $30 per family and are available at the church office or at the door the night of the concert.

Part of the proceeds of this concert will be in support of Presbyterian World Service & Development, an international organization dedicated to justicepoverty reduction, and support in times of disaster. 

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Master's Degree Recital
Mar
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Master's Degree Recital

This is it!

The last recital of my Master's degree! I promise it will be a lot of fun. 

This is a night with a big Spanish influence with music by Ibert, Ravel, Buchardo, Ginastera, and a tango as part of a cycle by Canadian Composer Jeff Smallman.  There's other music as well, of course, including some setting of Heine's famous poem Du bist wie eine Blume, or You're Lovely Like A Flower, which may not actually be about a flower at all. You'll have to come hear it to find out.

Please be my guest and join me!  

Admission is free.  

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La Bohème | UWOpera
Feb
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

La Bohème | UWOpera

This tragic love story is one of the most performed operas in the repertoire and is filled with powerful, beautiful music and real, down-to-earth characters. People say that one should be able to follow what's happening in an opera by what's happening in the music and how it makes you feel. Well, this is one opera where that's really true.  On top of that, UWOpera will have surtitles in English as usual. Chad will sing the role of the fiery painter Marcello.  Find out more about La Bohème here.

The performances will be at the Paul Davenport Theatre at Western University.  Chad's performance dates are Saturday, January 31, and Friday, February 6 at 8pm as well as Sunday, February 8 at 2pm.  

As our show is double-cast, you can see another fine cast perform on January 30 and February 7 at 8pm as well as a matinee on February 1 at 2pm.

Tickets available online through the Grand Theatre Website.

Sung in Italian with English Surtitles

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La Bohème | UWOpera
Feb
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

La Bohème | UWOpera

This tragic love story is one of the most performed operas in the repertoire and is filled with powerful, beautiful music and real, down-to-earth characters. People say that one should be able to follow what's happening in an opera by what's happening in the music and how it makes you feel. Well, this is one opera where that's really true.  On top of that, UWOpera will have surtitles in English as usual. Chad will sing the role of the fiery painter Marcello.  Find out more about La Bohème here.

The performances will be at the Paul Davenport Theatre at Western University.  Chad's performance dates are Saturday, January 31, and Friday, February 6 at 8pm as well as Sunday, February 8 at 2pm.  

As our show is double-cast, you can see another fine cast perform on January 30 and February 7 at 8pm as well as a matinee on February 1 at 2pm.

Tickets available online through the Grand Theatre Website.

Sung in Italian with English Surtitles

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La Bohème | UWOpera
Jan
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

La Bohème | UWOpera

This tragic love story is one of the most performed operas in the repertoire and is filled with powerful, beautiful music and real, down-to-earth characters. People say that one should be able to follow what's happening in an opera by what's happening in the music and how it makes you feel. Well, this is one opera where that's really true.  On top of that, UWOpera will have surtitles in English as usual. Chad will sing the role of the fiery painter Marcello.  Find out more about La Bohème here.

The performances will be at the Paul Davenport Theatre at Western University.  Chad's performance dates are Saturday, January 31, and Friday, February 6 at 8pm as well as Sunday, February 8 at 2pm.  

As our show is double-cast, you can see another fine cast perform on January 30 and February 7 at 8pm as well as a matinee on February 1 at 2pm.

Tickets available online through the Grand Theatre Website.

Sung in Italian with English Surtitles

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Jan
11
2:30pm 2:30pm

Songs of Love, Loss, and Laughter

This is a recital of wonderful songs by Ibert, Rubinstein, Schumann, and a wonderful new song cycle by Canadian composer Jeff Smallman called Epitaphs.  The music ranges in emotion and affect from beautifully meditative to just plain ridiculously funny. I have the pleasure of performing with the fabulous Betty Suderman, a very sensitive collaborative pianist with whom I've performed on CBC Radio 2.

This recital is for Trinity Western University's Faculty + Friends Recital Series.  Being my undergraduate alma mater, it's a real pleasure to return and share these songs with TWU faculty and students as well as the Langley community.  Please come and enjoy!

Tickets are available at Eventbrite or cash at the door.

Students/Seniors $10
Adults $15
Families (2 adults and children) $30

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L'Heure Espagnole
Nov
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

L'Heure Espagnole

Chad plays the pompous banker Don Iñigo Gomez in this hilarious comic opera about a clockmaker and his amorous wife.  Apparently, I'm snuck offstage in a large clock...

This is paired with the lovely l'Enfant et les Sortilèges, both by Maurice Ravel.

Paul Davenport Theatre at Western University November 21 and 22 at 8pm.
Tickets available online through the Grand Theatre Website
Sung in French with English Surtitles

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London Opera Guild Scholarship Winner's Concert
Nov
2
2:00pm 2:00pm

London Opera Guild Scholarship Winner's Concert

Come join me and my friends Amanda Bartella, Lisa Mulgrew, Bethany Routlegde, Scott Rumble and pianist Marie-Michelle Raby for a concert of opera's best and greatest hits and this scholarship winner's concert.  Hear excerpts from Carmen, La Bohème, The Magic Flute and other operas.  

Admission is by donation and proceeds go to support the London Opera Guild scholarship fund.

The concert is at 2pm at the Centre Space for the Arts at Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church.

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Adjudicating and Performing at the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival
Jul
1
to Jul 5

Adjudicating and Performing at the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival

I've had the pleasure and privilege of performing and adjudicating at the Kathaumixw Festival twice already, the first time in 2010 and then again in 2012.  I'm thrilled to be going back to adjudicate the solo vocal competition and to perform with the choirs and orchestra! Imagine choirs from all over the world coming together to sing, to compete, and to learn about Canada and one another.  It's an amazing experience hosted in Powell River, BC. If you happen to be on the sunshine coast, don't miss this week of fabulous music! http://www.kathaumixw.org

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Don Carlo | Vancouver Opera
May
11
2:00pm 2:00pm

Don Carlo | Vancouver Opera

Chad returns to Vancouver Opera in the role of The Friar in Verdi's Don Carlo. The Friar, coincidentally, bears a striking resemblance to King Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

In Italian with English Subtitles

This production will be the Milan version: 4 acts without the Fontainebleau scene

Tickets available through the Vancouver Opera website.

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Don Carlo | Vancouver Opera
May
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Don Carlo | Vancouver Opera

Chad returns to Vancouver Opera in the role of The Friar in Verdi's Don Carlo. The Friar, coincidentally, bears a striking resemblance to King Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

In Italian with English Subtitles

This production will be the Milan version: 4 acts without the Fontainebleau scene

Tickets available through the Vancouver Opera website.

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Don Carlo | Vancouver Opera
May
8
7:30pm 7:30pm

Don Carlo | Vancouver Opera

Chad returns to Vancouver Opera in the role of The Friar in Verdi's Don Carlo. The Friar, coincidentally, bears a striking resemblance to King Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

In Italian with English Subtitles

This production will be the Milan version: 4 acts without the Fontainebleau scene

Tickets available through the Vancouver Opera website.

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Don Carlo | Vancouver Opera
May
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

Don Carlo | Vancouver Opera

Chad returns to Vancouver Opera in the role of The Friar in Verdi's Don Carlo. The Friar, coincidentally, bears a striking resemblance to King Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.

In the war-torn 16th century, peace between France and Spain is secured when a French princess, Elisabeth de Valois, is given in marriage to Spain’s King Philip. The King’s son, Carlo, is shattered, for he is in love with her. When Carlo dares to defend the Flemish people from Philip’s persecution, he incites both his father’s fury and the awesome authority of the Grand Inquisitor. Believing that he has been doubly betrayed, Philip arrests Carlo and Elisabeth. In the dramatic final scene at the tomb of Charles V, a ghostly friar rescues Carlo from the wrath of Church and State.

Spectacular on a grand scale and also extraordinarily intimate, Don Carlo is one of Verdi’s most impressive works. His orchestral colours are brilliant, his choruses are powerful, and his music for the monstrous yet very human king, the terrifying Inquisitor, and the heroic lovers is magnificent.  (taken from the Vancouver Opera website)

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

In Italian with English Subtitles

This production will be the Milan version: 4 acts without the Fontainebleau scene

Tickets available through the Vancouver Opera website.

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Madama Butterfly | Edmonton Opera
Apr
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Madama Butterfly | Edmonton Opera

In his return to Edmonton Opera, Chad plays the role of The Bonze, the uncle of Madama Butterfly.  The Bonze, or Bonzo as he's affectionately called, is a lot like the Fonz from Happy Days only crankier, surlier and with a real mean streak.  

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

In Italian with English supertitles

Tickets available through the Edmonton Opera Website

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