Earthy, muscular and angular, then lyrical and cynical, Orff’s towering masterpiece mines the riches of 13th century poems with extraordinary choral settings that cover everything you would never find in a monastery ! Arranged for contemporary stages with 2 concert grand pianos and an electrifying array of percussion instruments.
Christina Lamoureux is a Franco-Ontarian coloratura soprano. She holds an Opera Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied under soprano Leslie Fagan, and a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Windsor. Past roles include guest soloist in Handel’s Messiah (Music Niagara, 2019), Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (Accademia Europea Dell’Opera, Lucca Italy, 2017) and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Cowtown Opera Summer Academy, Calgary, 2018). Christina is a frequent featured soloist in Georgetown Bach Chorale, performing in their first Opera Gala, and works such as Mozart’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Upcoming performances for Georgetown Bach Chorale include Brahms’s Neue Liebeslieder (February 2020) and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (April 2020). Christina also runs a voice studio from her Georgetown home and teaches Kindergarten at a French public school in Orangeville.
Michael Dodge has been hailed by the Baltimore Sun for his “eloquent phrasing” and “persuasive acting,” and by the Washington Post for his “impeccable” interpretation. An American tenor who has been a winner and finalist in the Hal Leonard online vocal competition, Granite State NATS, and Boston NATS, Michael has appeared on opera and concert stages throughout Baltimore and Washington D.C, collaborating with groups such as Lyric Opera Baltimore, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, Charm City Baroque, and Bel Cantanti Opera. Recent soloist appearances include Bradley Ellingboe’s Star Song with the Manchester Choral Society, Pergolesi/Durante Magniﬁcat with the Maryland Choral Society, Michael Gordon’s modern opera Van Gogh with the Great Noise Ensemble, and Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Charm City Baroque.
Matthew Cassils, praised by the Montreal Gazette for his “clear, silvery tone minted for French repertoire”, is known for his vocal flair and dynamic presence on opera and concert stages alike. A native of Montreal, Mr. Cassils completed his vocal studies at McGill University before relocating to Toronto to attend the Royal Conservatory. Matthew has appeared in Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Mozart’s Requiem at the Elora Festival, as well as in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with both the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. A consummate lieder and art-song singer, Matthew has given concerts of the epic song-cycles by Mahler: The Songs of the Earth and Songs of the Wayfarer. One of Mr. Cassils‘ signature opera roles is as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. Mr. Cassils has been heard on broadcasts with CBC/Radio-Canada and Bravo Television.
Faure Requiem / Lauridsen Lux Eterna
Good Friday, April 10, 2020 7:30pm
Kingston Road United Church