Yesterday’s concert in the RBA was the annual collaboration between members of the COC Ensemble Studio and members of the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. Danika Lorèn, Emily D’Angelo and Stéphane Mayer represented the COC with Baritone Geoffroy Salvas, tenor Keven Geddes, mezzo Caroline Gélinas and pianist Carol-Anne Fraser up for the visitors. It was very much a program of “opera pops” but the quality of the performances was consistently more than decent and it made for a fun hour.
We got a very classy Ah, guarda sorella from Danika and Emily. Geoffroy displayed rather a winning personality in Fin ch’han del vino and Keven showed he’d got the notes in La donne è mobile. Emily showed some comic chops (as well as Ambur Braid impersonation skills) in Contro un cor and Danika and Caroline closed things out with a rather lovely Sous le dôme épais.
There were also a couple of Carmen excerpts. Caroline showed off a very pleasant voice and genuinely sultry acting skills in the Habanera as well as a rather chilling version of the final scene with Keven. There was quite a bit more; all pretty high class with Stéphane and Carol-Anne alternating duty at the piano most effectively.