Valentine’s Serenade. An Evening of Puccini, Brahms, and more! Presented by Opera di Concertisti e Meraviglie in Vancouver Feb 14th, 8 pm and Maple Ridge (TBA). 8 pm
Friday February 14th
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Vancouver, BC, V6H 1M8
(one block east of Granville, buses 10, 09, 14, 99)
Tickets are 15 dollars for Meet-up members, and 12 dollars for Meetup Seniors. (For discounted tickets type in Meetup)
Ticket link: http://www.opera-di-concertisti.com/#!valentines-serenade/cuh
Opera di Concertisti is Vancouver’s newest professional opera company. It presents a diverse group of professional artists from different walks of their career from recent graduates, like Matt Chittick to veterans of the Canadian opera stages such as Maple Ridge’s Megan Latham, performers from some of BC’s best- loved music ensembles such as Musica intima, as well as a few professional singers in the process of transitioning back to music. The artist run company was created by Elizabeth Lewis Celeste in August of 2012, with the purpose of creating a new alternative for BC’s singers and music lovers, and has been receiving international attention. By hook or by crook, the singers are all paid a fee, in addition the company is beginning an opera-in-school program, and runs a Cinderella Ticket Program, which gives away tickets to those on income assistance, disability, or to at risk youth with plans to create a community chorus this year. This concert is a presentation of the Neues Liebeslieder Waltzes op. 65 by Johannes Brahms as well as the shimmering romantic duets of Puccini, Gershwin, Bernstein, and others. Selections include the Flower duet from Madama Butterfly, duet from I Pagliacci, excerpts from La Boheme, Porgy and Bess, well-loved Puccini arias from Tosca, Gianni Schicchi, and Boheme, and some favourites from Carmen, Lakme, with some favourites from the musical theatre repertoire.
The singers include soprano, Elizabeth Lewis Celeste; mezzo, Megan Latham; tenor, Matt Chittick; and baritone. Andrew Greenwood: with pianists, Nikolai Maloff, and Roger Parton.
All four singers share a UBC connection. Elizabeth Lewis Celeste spent a year at UBC as an exchange student and is a graduate of McGill and Indiana University and performed in a Masterclass series with Dame Joan Sutherland at Britten-Pears. She has performed with the Handel Society, the Toledo Symphony, the North Czech Philharmonic, as well as opera companies in London, UK. She is a recent Semi-Finalist at the New York Oratorio Competition, and won “Most Promising Young Artist” at the Eastern Washington MET Auditions.
Megan Latham is a graduate of UBC (B. Mus.) and University of Toronto (M. Opera) and performs regularly with many of Canada’s leading opera companies such as the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and Pacific Opera in Victoria. Her voice has been described as “clear and honey colored” (Opera Canada). She made her Carnegie Hall Debut with the Marilyn Horne Foundation and currently enjoys a busy concert career across North America.
Andrew Greenwood is also a UBC graduate and enjoys a busy life as an in demand soloist across BC internationally. He has performed with the Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, City Opera Vancouver, and the Stadt Theatre Hildesheim, Germany, among others. He has a large repertoire of over 20 roles, and is also an active concert singer and on his off days works as a fireman in Vancouver.
Matt Chittick is the youngest singer in the concert and is also a UBC (M.Mus.) and McGill (B.Mus.) graduate and will be embarking to Germany this summer to sing his first Magic Flute with Opera Cologne. He has performed leading roles with the Vancouver Island Opera, Burnaby Lyric, Opera Mariposa, and recently performed La Boheme in Rome.
Rounding out the program are the two excellent pianists for the evening Nikolai Maloff (I) and Roger Parton (II). Nikolai holds a PhD from UBC, and works with the Vancouver Island Opera, has won several prestigious piano competitions such as the Virginia Waring, Franz Liszt (Italy), Eckhardt-Gramatté and Canadian Music Competition in addition to being an active recitalist and teacher. Roger Parton is an active composer, an in-demand recitalist, in addition to performing regularly as an opera pianist. He has also performed with the Welsh Men’s Chorus and the Welsh Society’s gala evenings.
Option to meet before hand at Kaneda Sushi, 1418 West Broadway at 6 pm.
RSVP to one or both.