Toronto, January 6, 2016 … On Saturday, January 16 from 1 to 5:45 PM, nine young singers aged 35 and under will compete in the inaugural Tafelmusik Vocal Competition at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. Jury members — esteemed singers and teachers Mary Morrison and Catherine Robbin, Tafelmusik Chief Artistic Advisor Jeanne Lamon, and Tafelmusik Chamber Choir director Ivars Taurins — will choose three winners (one each of alto, tenor, and bass) to appear as soloists in Zelenka’sMissa omnium sanctorum, April 28 to May 1, 2016. Admission to the Jan. 16 competition is FREE, and audience members are invited to hear all nine singers and cast a vote for the Audience Choice Award.
In addition to being given the opportunity to appear in concert with Tafelmusik, each of the three prize-winners will receive $2,000, and will be mentored by German soprano Dorothee Mields in a series of masterclasses. Well-known to Tafelmusik audiences, Ms. Mields will be featured as the soprano soloist in the Zelenka Mass and in Bach’s Wedding Cantata.
The nine finalists are Johanna Bronk and Kim Leeds, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Rader, countertenor; Jacques-Olivier Chartier, Brian Giebler, and Zach Finkelstein, tenor; and Jeremy Ludwig, David Rugger, and Jonathan Woody, baritone. For the final round of competition, they will be asked to perform three works accompanied by Christopher Bagan on harpsichord and organ: an assigned solo from Zelenka’s Missa omnium sanctorum, an aria from a Bach cantata or passion, and a Handel opera or oratorio aria. Contestants’ biographies are available here.
Tafelmusik's vision is to be an international centre of musical excellence for generations to come, and the mentoring of professional and pre-professional musicians in the art of period performance is key to making this vision a reality. The Tafelmusik Vocal Competition also provides a unique opportunity for new voices to be introduced to Toronto audiences.
“As an established ensemble with a large and enthusiastic audience, Tafelmusik is in an excellent position to nurture and boost the careers of the next generation of historically-informed vocal soloists,” says Chief Artistic Advisor Jeanne Lamon. “I am very happy that the Tafelmusik Vocal Competition will join our existing artist training programmes to identify rising stars, and bring them to our stage.”
Listing Information: Final Round of the Tafelmusik Vocal Competition
Date + Time: Sat Jan 16, 2016, from 1 to 5:45 PM
Programme: Arias by Bach, Handel, and Zelenka
Ticket Prices: FREE admission
Venue: Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. West
Box Office: Trinity-St. Paul’s 416.964.6337 www.tafelmusik.org