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Aug 26, 2015

Tafelmusik Kicks Off 2015/2016 Season with The Human Passions September 16 to 20, 2015

Rodolfo Richter, violinist & guest director
Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano  
“Richter performed with such conviction … drama and vulnerable intensity” - DEFINITELY THE OPERA (2014)
Toronto, August 26, 2015 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra welcomes back violinist and guest director Rodolfo Richter for The Human Passions, the opening concerts of the 2015/2016 season, September 16 to 20, 2015 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. Mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel, who makes her Tafelmusik debut in these concerts, performs dramatic arias from Handel and Vivaldi operas. Tafelmusik’s Dominic Teresi is the featured soloist in Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in F Major, RV 485. An Audience Talkback with select musicians will take place after the September 16 performance. 
Tafelmusik approaches the 15/16 season with particular anticipation and looks forward to welcoming its Managing Director Designate William Norris, who hails from London’s Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment — one of the UK’s leading period music ensembles. 
Highlights for fall 2015 include a tour to Versailles, France, with Opera Atelier, and the release of two recordings in the “Best of” series compiled from the Tafelmusik catalogue: “Best of French Baroque” and “Best of German Baroque: J.S. Bach.” On September 25, Tafelmusik musicians will also participate in the 20th anniversary celebrations of Wholenote Magazine, taking place during Culture Days. 
Rodolfo Richter’s debut performances with Tafelmusik last season garnered rave reviews and critics singled out his interpretation of Vivaldi’s demanding Grosso Mogul, which he performed “as an intimate virtuoso piece … while the pyrotechnics were all there, he seemed to have decided to tone down the volume and engage the listener on a more profound level” (Definitely the Opera). Richter’s artistry will be on display once again when he performs his own violin transcription of Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052 – the most virtuosic of the composer’s concertos for the keyboard.
British/Brazilian violinist Rodolfo Richter is concertmaster of the Academy of Ancient Music and B’Rock, professor of baroque violin at the Royal College of Music in London, and director of the Early Music Course and Festival at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba in Brazil. He appears as soloist and director with, among others, Academia Montis Regalis (Italy), Bach Collegium San Diego (US), Barokkanerne (Norway), B’Rock (Belgium), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert, and Academy of Ancient Music (UK). He is also very active as a chamber musician and is a member of the acclaimed Palladian Ensemble. 
The Human Passions programme opens with Ouverture no. 6 in G minor by Francesco Maria Veracini. Despite his reputation as an eccentric and a madman, Veracini was recognized during his lifetime as one of the leading violinists in Europe. 
Mireille Lebel will sing arias from Vivaldi’s Il Farnace, and Handel’s Alcina, Ariodante, and Rinaldo – repertoire that has prompted critics to describe her as “unforgettably regal … Her powerful yet emotionally expressive performances … evoked standing ovations.” (The Jewish Tribune). Winner of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques competition, Lebel was invited to join the ensemble at Theater Erfurt, Germany, singing much of the lyric mezzo repertoire including the title roles in La Cenerentola, Carmen, and Hänsel und Gretel, among many others. Guest engagements have taken her to Theater Basel, Opéra de Tours, Opéra de Nice, Opera Atelier, Opéra de Metz, and the Schwetzingen Festival. Lebel has sung on recordings with the Boston Early Music Festival, including the Grammy award-winning La descente d’orphée aux enfers by Charpentier.
The operas represented on The Human Passions programme offer a cross-section of Handel’s career as an opera composer in London. Rinaldo was the first opera he produced in London — indeed, the first original Italian opera to be performed on the London stage. Giulio Cesare was written twelve years later at the height of his opera career, and Ariodante twelve years after that.
Though Vivaldi’s prolific output as a composer of concertos is well known, his 45 operas composed for theatres throughout Italy are less familiar to modern audiences. His 1727 opera Il Farnace was premiered during Carnival at the Teatro di Sant’Angelo in Venice. One of his most popular operas, it was restaged several times throughout Italy and in Prague and Madrid.
In 2015/2016, Tafelmusik continues its tremendously successful 35 & Under membership programme, Tafelscene. Launched in 2012, Tafelscene was responsible for almost 15% of single tickets sold for the 2014/2015 season. Young audience members will continue to have the opportunity to attend concerts at discount prices, be invited to intimate intermission parties with Tafelmusik musicians, and gain access to a number of special events beyond the concert hall.  
Dates + Times:       Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall 
Wed Sept 16 at 7pm 
Thu Sept 17, Fri Sept 18, Sat Sept 19 at 8pm
Sun Sept 20 at 3:30pm
Full programme: Veracini Ouverture no. 6 in G minor
Vivaldi "Gelido in ogni vena" from Il Farnace
Vivaldi Concerto for bassoon in F Major, RV 485 (Dominic Teresi, bassoon)
Handel "L'Angue offeso" from Giulio Cesare
Bach Concerto for violin in D Minor (Rodolfo Richter, violin)
(Transcription by R. Richter of Concerto for harpsichord in D Minor)
Handel "Scherza infida" from Ariodante
"Venti, turbine" from Rinaldo
Ticket Prices: TSP: Regular: Start at $38| 65+: Start at $30 | 35 & Under: $15 - $81
Venue:       Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Box Office:       Trinity-St. Paul’s 416.964.6337
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