March is a busy month for Zach Finkelstein, who returns to the Seattle Symphony for Carmina Burana opening on March 15, the first of three performances. Earlier, he appeared in the staged performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion for Chorus Niagara and he looks forward to Bach’s St. John Passion for Ottawa’s Thirteen String and the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montréal. He has also been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2018 New York Oratorio Society competition.
- Kudos to baritone John Brancy, who won the prestigious 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition awarded by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music! Seizing the biggest prize, he “impressed the judges with [his] vocal prowess, dramatic risk-taking, and canny [choice] of repertory.” See the Press Release and John’s impactful performances. kwf.org youtu.be/tibLskalA-U
- Soprano Michele Capalbo sings as Donna Anna and bass Kirk Eichelberger as Commendatore in Edmonton Opera’s production of the Mozart staple DON GIOVANNI. Two performances remain, on April 17 and 20, 2018. edmontonopera.com
- Baritone Gregory Dahl is showered with praise on his performance as Scarpia in Calgary Opera’s TOSCA. Calgary Herald critic Kenneth Delong notes Gregory “at his best,” “especially fine in his complex exchange with Tosca in the second act.” Catch his exceptional delivery April 14, 18, and 20, 2018. calgaryopera.com calgaryherald.com
- Dean Artists take over Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA at Manitoba Opera. Baritone Andrew Love and tenors Michael Barrett and Adam Luther make their Manitoba Opera débuts playing Baron Duophol, Gastone, and Alfredo, respectively. Baritone James Westman, in his third engagement with Manitoba Opera, plays Germont. Performances on April 14, 17, and 20, 2018. manitobaopera.mb.ca