Timothy Vernon

Conductor

Timothy Vernon

Conductor

 

Recently invested as a Member of the Order of Canada, Timothy Vernon is the Founder and Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria and Conductor Laureate of Orchestra London.  As a guest conductor he has been engaged by Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Winnipeg and Toronto symphonies and Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings.  He has also appeared with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and with the Montreal Symphony at the Lanaudiere Festival. Conductor of Pacific Opera Victoria’s recent productions of MACBETH, FALSTAFF, VANESSA, RODELINDA and LA BOHEME, Maestro Vernon has led Opéra de Montréal’s Opera Gala, Victoria Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Gala, MACBETH for Opéra de Québec, DIE FLEDERMAUS for Opéra de Montréal and LA TRAVIATA and CARMEN for Calgary Opera. Recent and upcoming projects include the World Premiere of LES FELUETTES for Opéra de Montréal and subsequent remount in Victoria and SIMON BOCCANEGRA, also for Pacific Opera Victoria. 

Maestro Vernon’s creative imagination in opera was honored in 2005, when he received the prestigious Ruby at the annual Opera Canada Awards Ceremony.  His visionary leadership and daring repertoire choices with Pacific Opera Victoria have yielded sold out performances of works including Hoiby’s THE TEMPEST, Giannini’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and Janacek’s THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN.  His skills as impresario fostered a partnership with Orchestra London and Pacific Opera Victoria, resulting in productions of Puccini’s TOSCA, Verdi’s RIGOLETTO, MADAMA BUTTERFLY and Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI and THE MAGIC FLUTE being seen in both cities. He has been associated with the Edmonton Symphony as conductor for the ‘Symphony Under the Sky’ concerts and ‘A Lighter Classical Christmas’.  He was re-engaged by the Victoria Symphony and also led performances of Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, produced by the Glenn Gould School of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music.

Other credits include DON GIOVANNI for Edmonton Opera, MADAMA BUTTERFLY for the Green Mountain Festival in Vermont, RIGOLETTO with Calgary Opera and MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Blitzstein’s rarely heard REGINA, THAÏS, DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, LA TRAVIATA, THE RAKE’S PROGRESS, COSI FAN TUTTE, SEMELE and his own orchestral reduction of Strauss’ rarely heard CAPRICCIO for Pacific Opera Victoria. 

In addition to his duties in London and Victoria, he has been engaged as guest conductor by the Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa conducting Ben Heppner and Pinchas Zukerman in a gala concert seen on CBC and filmed for worldwide television distribution.   

As Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria, a post he has held since that company’s inception in 1980, he has led the vast majority of their productions including such rarely heard works as L’AMORE DEI TRE RE, WOZZECK, GIULIO CESARE and DER FREISCHÜTZ. FIDELIO, directed by Robert Carsen, was produced for TV and broadcast by the PBS and CBC networks and Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM was heard on CBC Radio Two’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera which also broadcast a live performance of the POV production of Richard Strauss’ DAPHNE, in another orchestral reduction prepared by Maestro Vernon

Internationally renowned for his work with young musicians, he conducted the McGill Symphony in an ecstatically received performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in Montréal, now released as a CD on the Fonovox label.  Rick MacMillan of Classical Music Magazine praised both orchestra and conducting, noting that “this is the only Canadian recording ever made of a Mahler symphony, and it’s a real triumph.  It has every right to share shelf space with the celebrated readings of Bernstein, Karajan, Tennstedt and other giants of Mahler interpretations”.  Previously Vernon conducted the McGill Orchestra in acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Roy Thomson Hall, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Le Grande Théâtre de Québec and Montréal’s Place des Arts.  Broadcasts of Britten’s WAR REQUIEM and Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 were part of an ongoing association between the McGill Orchestra and CBC/Radio Canada brokered by Maestro Vernon during his professorship. The film McGILL, MAHLER, MONTREAL has been broadcast nationally on Bravo and on CBC.  The orchestra’s recording of Korngold’s Symphony in F sharp, recorded live in Carnegie Hall, is distributed by Polygram and was nominated for a Juno Award.                

 

September 2016

OPERA REPERTOIRE

Beethoven FIDELIO
Bellini NORMA
IL PIRATA
Berlioz BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT
Bernstein TROUBLE IN TAHITI
CANDIDE
Bizet CARMEN
Boughton THE QUEEN OF CORNWALL
Britten THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA
A MIDSUMMERNIGHT’S DREAM
TURN OF THE SCREW
Charpentier LOUISE
Copland THE TENDER LAND
Delius A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET
Donizetti ANNA BOLENA
L’ELISIR D’AMORE
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT
DON PASQUALE
Dvorak RUSALKA
Gounod FAUST
MIREILLE
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
Handel GIULIO CESARE
PARTENOPE
Janacek THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
Kalman DIE CZARDASFÜRSTIN
GRÄFIN MARIZA
DIE ZIRKUSPRINZESSIN
Lehar DIE LUSTIGE WITWE
DAS LAND DES LÄCHELNS
GIUDITTA
Lortzing ZAR UND ZIMMERMANN
DER WAFFENSCHMIED
Massenet MANON
WERTHER
Menotti THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF
THE MEDIUM
THE CONSUL
AMAHL AND THENIGHT VISITORS
Meyerbeer LE PROPHÈTE
Monteverdi IL RITORNO D’ULISSE IN PATRIA
L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA
Mozart LA FINTA GIARDINIERA
IDOMENEO
DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL
DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR
LENOZZE DI FIGARO
DON GIOVANNI
COSI FAN TUTTE
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
Nicolai DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR
Puccini MANON LESCAUT
LA BOHEME
TOSCA
MADAMA BUTTERFLY
IL TRITTICO
Romberg THE STUDENT PRINCE
Rossini L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
LA CENERENTOLA
J. Strauss DIE FLEDERMAUS
DER ZIGEUNERBARON
WIENER BLUT
EINENACHT IN VENEDIG
R. Strauss DAPHNE
ARIADNE AUFNAXOS
Tchaikovsky SAINT JOANEUGENE ONEGIN
Verdi MACBETH
RIGOLETTO
IL TROVATORE
LA TRAVIATA
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
AÏDA
OTELLO
Wagner DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
LOHENGRIN
DAS RHEINGOLD
DIE WALKÜRE
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
Weber DER FREISCHÜTZ
EURYANTHE
Zeller DER VOGELHÄNDLER

ORCHESTRAL AND CHORAL REPERTOIRE

Albinoni CONCERTI
Alfven SYMPHONYNO. 14
MIDSUMMER VIGIL
J. S. Bach BRANDENBURG CONCERTI 1 – 6
ORCHESTRAL SUITES 1 – 4
VARIOUS CONCERTI
MASS IN B MINOR
ST. MATTHEW PASSION
ST. JOHN PASSION
CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
MAGNIFICAT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
C.P.E. Bach SYMPHONIES
Balakirev SYMPHONY IN C
Bartok CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA
MUSIC FOR STRINGS, PERCUSSION AND CELESTA
HUNGARIAN SKETCHES
DIVERTIMENTO
PIANO CONCERTI 1, 3
VIOLIN RHAPSODIES 1, 2
Beethoven SYMPHONIES 1 – 9
PIANO CONCERTI 1 – 5
VIOLIN CONCERTO
TRIPLE CONCERTO
OVERTURES
Berg THREE PIECES FROM WOZZECK
VIOLIN CONCERTO
SEVEN EARLY SONGS
Berlioz SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE
HAROLD EN ITALIE
LA MORT DE CLEOPATRA
Bernstein WEST SIDE STORY SYMPHONIC DANCES
SERENADE, AFTER PLATO: SYMPOSIUM
Berwald SYMPHONIES 3, 4
Bizet SYMPHONY IN C
L’ARLESIENNE SUITE
CARMEN SUITES
LA PATRIE OV.
Brahms SYMPHONIES 1 – 4
HAYDN – VARIATIONS
ACADEMIC FESTIVAL, TRAGIC OVERTURES
VIOLIN CONCERTO
DOUBLE CONCERTO
PIANO CONCERTI 1, 2
EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM
SCHICKSALSLIED
NÄNIE
Britten SINFONIETTA
SIMPLE SYMPHONY
SINFONIA DA REQUIEM
PIANO CONCERTO
VIOLIN CONCERTO
SERENADE (TENOR)
LES ILLUMINATIONS
OUR HUNTING FATHERS
SPRING SYMPHONY
WAR REQUIEM
Bruch VIOLIN FANTASY
Bruckner SYMPHONIES 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
TE DEUM
MASSNO. 3 IN F MINOR
Copland APPALACHIAN SPRING
THE RED PONY SUITE
QUIET CITY
CLARINET CONCERTO
Dallapiccola PICCOLA MUSICANOTTURNA
Debussy PRELUDEN
OCTURNES
L’ENFANT PRODIGUE
Delius TWO PIECES FOR SMALL ORCHESTRA
Dvorak SYMPHONIES 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS
OTHELLO OV.
SLAVONIC DANCES
LEGENDS
SERENADE
CELLO CONCERTO
Falla THREE-CORNERED HAT SUITES
NIGHTS IN THE GARDENS OF SPAIN
Grieg PEER GYNT SUITES
HOLBERG SUITE
LYRIC SUITE
PIANO CONCERTO
Handel CONCERTI GROSSI
CONCERTI A DUE CORI
MESSIAH
ALEXANDER’S FEAST
ISRAEL IN EGYPT
BELSHAZZAR
Haydn SYMPHONIESTHE CREATION
THE SEASONS
MASSES:NICOLAI, IN TEMPORE BELLI, NELSON, THERESIEN
Herold ZAMPA OV.
Hindemith MATHIS DER MALER SYMPHONY
SYMPHONIC METAMORPHOSES
SINFONIA SERENA
SYMPHONY “DIE HARMONIE DER WELT”
Holst EGDON HEATH
ST. PAUL’S SUITE
Honegger SYMPHONYNO. 3 “LITURGIQUE”
CANTATA “LA DANSE DES MORTS”
Ives SYMPHONYNO. 4
THE UNANSWERED QUESTION
Janacek SINFONIETTA
THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN SUITE
 
Kodaly HARY JANOS SUITEGALANTA DANCES
PEACOCK VARIATIONS
 
Korngold SYMPHONY IN F SHARP
SINFONIETTA
MUCH ADO SUITE
THEME AND VARIATIONS
VIOLIN CONCERTO
SUITES FROM MOVIE SCORES
Liszt LES PRELUDES
EINE FAUST-SYMPHONIE
MEPHISTO WALTZ
 
 
MacDowell PIANO CONCERTONO. 2
Mahler SYMPHONIES 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10 (ADAGIO)
DAS LIED VON DER ERDE
DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN
LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN
KINDERTOTENLIEDER
RÜCKERT-LIEDER
Martin PETITE SYMPHONIE CONCERTANTE
CONCERTO FOR SEVEN WIND INSTRUMENTS
Martinu SYMPHONIES 5, 6
FIELD MASS
Mendelssohn SYMPHONIES 3, 4, 5
A MIDSUMMERNIGHT’S DREAM
OVERTURES: DIE HEBRIDEN, DIE SCHOENE MELUSINA,
MEERESTILLE UND GLÜCKLICHE FAHRT
VIOLIN CONCERTO
Mozart SYMPHONIES VIOLIN CONCERTI 1 – 5
PIANO CONCERTI 12 – 27
WOODWIND/HORN CONCERTI
DIVERTIMENTI/SERENADES
LES PETITS RIENS
MASS IN C “CORONATION”
MASS IN C MINOR
REQUIEM
Mussorgsky A NIGHT ON THE BALD MOUNTAIN
Myaskovsky SYMPHONYNO. 23 IN A
Nielsen SYMPHONYNO. 5
FLUTE CONCERTO
CLARINET CONCERTO
Novak SLOVAK SUITE
SOUTH BOHEMIA SUITE
SERENADE DE PROFUNDIS
Orff CARMINA BURANA
Prokofiev SYMPHONIES 1, 3, 7
ROMEO AND JULIET SUITES
LT. KIJE SUITE
VIOLIN CONCERTONO. 2
PIANO CONCERTI 1, 3
Rachmaninov PIANO CONCERTI 2, 3 RHAPSODY
Ravel PAVANE
DAPHNIS SUITES
TZIGANE
PIANO CONCERTI G, D (LEFT HAND)
Reger MOZART VARIATIONS
Reinecke FLUTE CONCERTO
Respighi FONTANE DI ROMAVETRATE DI CHIESA
TRITTICO BOTTICELLIANO
Revueltas OCHO POR RADIO
Rimsky-Korsakov SHEHERAZADERUSSIAN
EASTER OVERTURE
CAPRICCIO ESPAGNOL
Rossini OVERTURES (10)
Schmidt SYMPHONYNO. 4
Schoenberg VERKLÄRTENACHTCHAMBER
SYMPHONY NO. 1
FIVE ORCHESTRAL PIECES OP. 16
Schubert SYMPHONIES 3, 5, 8, 9
OVERTURES (3)
MASSES IN G, E FLAT, A FLAT
Schnittke VARIOUS
Schumann SYMPHONIES 1 – 4
MANFRED OVERTURE
KONZERTSTÜCK (4 HORNS)
PIANO CONCERTO
CELLO CONCERTO
SCENES FROM GOETHE’S FAUST
Shostakovich SYMPHONIES 1, 5, 9
PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2
Sibelius VIOLIN CONCERTO
Smetana SUITE FROM BARTERED BRIDE
MA VLAST
 
J. Strauss OVERTURES, WALTZES, POLKAS, MARCHES
R. Strauss DON JUAN
TOD UND VERKLÄRUNG
TILL EULENSPIEGEL
SUITE FROM DER BURGER ALS EDELMANN
VIER SYMPHONISCHE ZWISCHENSPIELE AUS INTERMEZZO
VIER LETZTE LIEDER
BURLESKE
HORN CONCERTI (1 & 2)
OBOE CONCERTO
DER ROSENKAVALIER SUITE
Stravinsky FIREBIRD SUITE
ORCHESTRAL SUITES
PULCINELLA SUITE
DUMBARTON OAKS
L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT
CIRCUS POLKA
VIOLIN CONCERTO
MASS SYMPHONIE DE PSAULMES
Tanayev SYMPHONYNO. 4
Tchaikovsky SYMPHONIES 1 – 6
ROMEO AND JULIET
FRANCESCA DA RIMINI
1812
MARCHE SLAVE
SERENADE
PIANO CONCERTONO. 1
VIOLIN CONCERTO
Vaughan Williams SYMPHONIES 4, 5
TALLIS FANTASIA
THE LARK ASCENDING
FLOS CAMPI
SANCTA CIVITAS
DONANOBIS PACEM
SERENADE TO MUSIC
Verdi OVERTURES
Wagner SIEGFRIED-IDYLL
ALL OVERTURES, EXCERPTS
Weber OVERTURES (3)
Webern PASSACAGLIA OP. 1
DAS AUGENLICHT

 

“De la première à la dernière mesure, le chef Timothy Vernon réussit à établir et à maintenir un équilibre idéal entre le plateau et la fosse, apparemment sans museler qui que ce soit. Sous sa direction, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec joue avec autant d’assurance, d’expression que de conviction.” [Opéra de Québec, Macbeth]Le Soleil, Richard Boisvert

“Dirigé par le chef Timothy Vernon, l’OSQ a interprété les partitions de Verdi avec brio et nuances, sans trop enterrer les voix des chanteurs.” [Opéra de Québec, Macbeth]Journal de Québec, Yves Leclerc

“Vernon was thoroughly in control of the momentum of the piece and drew wonders of colour from the Orchestre symphonique de Québec. This was a performance to remind you of Verdi’s genius as an orchestrator (especially as manifested its revised version of the opera).” [Macbeth]Montreal Gazette, Arthur Kaptainis

“POV’s artistic director, Timothy Vernon, leads the Victoria Symphony in a meticulous and spirited performance. He luxuriates in Mozart’s lyricism while still maintaining a brisk overall pace; his reading is supple, full of colour and feeling, but also tight, articulate and nimble, a neat balancing act that seems to get at something essential in Mozart’s style.”
Victoria Times Colonist, Kevin Bazzana

“Both in the grand overview, and in almost every last detail, Pacific Opera Victoria’s Rake’s Progress is a triumph. Under the leadership, at once meticulous, inspired, and inspiring, of conductor Timothy Vernon and director Glynis Leyshon, music and drama alike were realized as consummately as I have ever experienced in the course of more than half a century’s acquaintance with this original and compelling masterpiece.”
International Opera Review – Bernard Jacobson

“Vancouver born Timothy Vernon was trained in Vienna, where he immersed himself in the study of Mahler. This recording (Mahler Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor) is a real triumph. It has every right to share shelf space with the celebrated recordings of Bernstein, Karajan, Tennstedt and other greats of Mahler interpretations.”
Classical Music Magazine – Rick MacMillan

“Pacific Opera Victoria convinces one of the utter necessity of this art form in the life of a city and in a civilized life; this company brings great art to life in a unique way, and has obviously won over its audience: next year’s season, announced in the programme, is Massenet’s Thaïs, Handel’s Semele, and
The Magic Flute. Talk about an exciting line-up – and you can be sure that even the oft-performed Mozart work will be enlivened, not by gimmickry, but by real intelligence and a thorough respect for the music and of the audience. When it comes to opera, this company provides season in and season out, not only the best show in town, but arguably the best on Canada’s West Coast.”
Review Vancouver – J H Stape

“The orchestra received excellent direction from series conductor Timothy Vernon. From the opening brass declamation to the quietly fading winds at the end, Vernon and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra gave a reading of this famous work with an ear to freshly transmitting all its melodic beauty and symphonic grandeur.”
Edmonton Journal – Bill Rankin

“Raucous offbeats were precisely done and the full-blast climaxes had a golden sound. So much for the good-orchestra part. Vernon as energetic as ever on the podium, supplied the good-conductor stuff with idiomatic touches of rubato in the inner movements.”
The Gazette, Montreal – Arthur Kaptainis

“From the pit, Vernon’s tempos were stylish and his orchestra responsive.” (JULIUS CESARE, Pacific Opera Victoria)
The Globe and Mail – Elissa Poole

“Vernon evoked Mozartian fullness of woodwind colour in the arias and made the full orchestra fortissimos count for something. He also came armed with a sympathetic ear for singers and sure sense of how to bring a tempo to life…this was three dimensional orchestra playing of the sort one seldom hears.”
Montreal Gazette – A. Kaptainis

“…high on the list, the fine orchestral rendering of the score under the direction of Timothy Vernon. From the first notes of the overture, it was obvious this was going to be a subtle, carefully guided performance; tempi were neither forced nor sluggish, nowhere did the drama sag, singers were not overwhelmed and from start to finish, the story was urged along with just the right amount of suspense.”
Opera Canada – Peter Symcox

“Vernon and the orchestra provided a perfectly sympathetic accompaniment, lithe and lively in the outer movements, tender and loving in the andante and graceful at all times.” (HORN CONCERTO NO. 2, R. Strauss)
Times Colonist – Derek Barker

“Timothy Vernon confirmed last night those qualities of dynamic leadership and excellent musicianship that he deployed so generously during his years as Music Director of the McGill Symphony Orchestra…equally at ease with the orchestral as with the operatic, throughout a programme including several epochs and styles. He conducted the Symphonic Metamorphoses of Hindemith, the most substantial work on the programme, with a keen sense of rhythmic pulsation, while enabling the different front-desk players to shine.”
La Presse, Montreal – Claude Gingras

“the American composer’s delicate orchestral textures shimmered in their exquisite realization by the Pacific Opera Orchestra under artistic director Timothy Vernon.” Pacific Opera Victoria, THE TEMPEST)
Opera Canada – Robert Jordan
Timothy Vernon

“Under the controlled and fiercly disciplined baton of POV’s artistic director, Timothy Vernon the musicians attained a level of performance hitherto unsuspected not only by the audience but also by the players themselves.
Opera Canada – Peter Symcox

“ Vernon built a deliberate and ultimately dramatic interpretation of Beethoven’s legendary FIFTH SYMPHONY. The conclusion which comes after numerous false alarms, drew the crowd to its feet with a genuine expression of appreciation.” Edmonton Symphony
Edmonton Journal – Bill Rankin