CMIM schedule and broadcast info

I think I now have the complete schedule and broadcast information for the Concours musical internationale de Montréal édition Chant 2018.

Tuesday May 29th, 3pm and 7.30pm: Art Song First Round

Wednesday May 30th, 3pm and 7.30pm: Aria First Round

Thursday May 31st, 7.30pm: Aria First Round

Friday June 1st, 3pm and 7.30pm: Art Song Semifinal

Sunday June 3rd, 3pm: Art Song Final

Monday June 4th, 7.30pm: Aria Semifinal

Tuesday June 5th, 7.30pm: Aria Semifinal

Thursday June 7th, 7.30pm: Aria Final, Prizes, Gala

Everything up to and including June 3rd takes place at the Salle Bourgie at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.  The Aria semis and final take place at the Maison Symphonique at the Place des Arts.


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Assorted news and signal boosts

genderneutralHere’s the news that’s arrived in my inbox this week.

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts announced that from 2019 the DORA awards will be gender neutral.  In categories where there has traditionally been “Best Performance by a Male” and “Best Performance by a Female” there will now be a single “Best Performance” award.

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Looking ahead to May

marion nSo it looks like January is finally over and that means we can look ahead to next month.  Things are definitely winding down.  There’s the last Opera Pub of the season on the 3rd at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club.  The Vancouver Symphony is appearing with Bramwell Tovey at Roy Thomson Hall on the 26th with the highlight being Marion Newman singing Ancestral Voices; a piece Tovey wrote for her.  Also that evening the Canadian Children’s Opera opens a two performance run of Alice Ping Yee Ho’s new piece The Monkiest King. That’s at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

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The voice competition of the Montreal International Music Competition is not just awarding prizes to singers.  There’s also the $10,000 ‘John Newmark’ Award for the best collaborative pianist. There are twelve competitors, all under 35:


They join the 38 singers already announced.  And I’ll be there too.  I’m now fortunate enough, courtesy of MICM, to be able to be there for the whole of the song and aria competitions and I’ll be providing regular updates and, probably, live social media coverage throughout the events.


The line up for the vocal section of the Montreal International Music Competition has been announced.  There are 38 singers; all under 35.  They are drawn from 22 countries and include 8 Canadians.  There are two competitions; art song and aria.  The former is, of course, with piano accompaniment, the latter, at least in the latter stages, with orchestra.  I’m hoping to be in Montreal for the closing stages of the aria competition in the first week of June so watch this space.  Here is the line up:


More details can be found here.

An offer you can’t refuse?

trollsSo this header was in my mailbox today:

Cineplex’s The Met: Live in HD features Franco Zefferelli’s Tosca on January 27 and Bartlett Sher’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore on February 10th

My first thought was that I would rather be suspended upside down in a vat of ordure and flogged by drug crazed trolls and then I realised that unless I was somewhere in the the multiverse where the Met still had Robert Carsen’s Eugene Onegin this couldn’t be right.  The body text clarified.  It’s actually the, by now scarcely distinguishable from the Zeff, Caledonian knight Sir David MacVicar “Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes”.

I’ll stick with the demented trolls.