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Opera Turandot by Puccini: Sat. Feb. 2, 2019

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Music at Trinity Special Presentation

The Turandot Project Collective forms a group of talented classical musicians who will be presenting an abridged version of Puccini’s great masterpiece and also the composer’s last opus, Turandot. Our company of artists includes fresh faces to the opera stage and those who have wealth of experience, each bringing their own remarkable gifts to the project. The score has been adapted by the wonderful musical director, John Kraus. It is a ravishing combination of grandiose brass rounded out with piano and percussion.

The title role, Turandot, will be sung by Stephanie Piercey Beames, a graduate of the University of Toronto, she sang for more than twelve years in some of the most prestigious opera halls in Europe such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Tonhalle (Dusseldorf), the Forum de Meyrin (Switzerland) and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. She has also appeared in concert, oratorio, recital and opera in Canada and the United States.

The Prince Calaf will be sung by Corey Arnold, an operatic tenor who is inspired by the great tenors of the past (Corelli, Del Monaco, Lauri Volpi) and steeped in our contemporary appreciation of individual expression. Like many of today's great works of art, his singing is the synthesis of the beauty of the past with the immediacy and honesty of today's music.

You will have the pleasure of hearing Canadian soprano Nadia Petrella, praised for her “creamy voice” (New York Times) and acclaimed “world class… her demanding lines dazzling” (Buffalo News), is quickly being recognized as one of the most exciting lyric sopranos of her generation, in the role of Liu.

Joseph Song Chi will lead the trio of ministers as Ping with his warm, round, assuring and noble quality sound. He appeared recently at the National Center for the Performing Arts in the title role of Rigoletto in Beijing and with Opera Hong Kong in La Boheme as Marcello.

Tenor Alain Paquette, a former student of the Pellegrini Voice Studio will sing the role of Pang. He has been a featured soloist & professional chorister in events for Seventeen Voyces, University of Ottawa Choir, Ewashko Singers, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Forte, Notre-Dame Basilica (Ottawa and Montreal respectively).

Jacob Abrahamse will close the trio of ministers in the role of Pong. His operatic experience includes productions of Don Giovanni, Orphée aux enfers, Paul Bunyan, Of Thee I Sing, SHOT! The Story of D'Arcy McGee, and Miracle Flight 571.

Kyle McDonald is in charge of the role of Timur. He is a Toronto-based actor, writer, singer, director, and producer; he trained with the late Donna Sherman, with Helga Tucker at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and with Operatic legend Maria Pellegrini.

The last but not least, the role of the Emperor will be sung by David MacAdam who is also the stage director for this production. An alumnus of the State University of New York at Buffalo, David holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance, both with honors. His educational background includes training in all areas pertaining to the lyric stage: vocal performance, dance, acting, directing, stage management, and technical areas. This is one splendid cast and a unique opportunity to see them perform together.

At the heart of it, Turandot is a choral opera that includes some of China’s most beautiful and cherished traditional melodies. We have invited the Chinese Canadian Children's Choir of Canada to join us in celebrating a part of their musical heritage, as well as members of Ottawa’s choral community to help us create an unforgettable and thrilling experience for everyone involved, audience and participants alike.

The opera's version of the story is set in China and involves Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the cold Princess Turandot. To obtain permission to marry her, a suitor has to solve three riddles; any wrong answer results in death. Calaf passes the test, but Turandot still refuses to marry him. He offers her a way out: if she is able to learn his name before dawn the next day, then at daybreak he will die. In the original story by Nizami, the princess sets four conditions. The first is "a good name and good deeds", and then the three challenges.

Turandot will be presented at Trinity Anglican Church, 1230 Bank Street on February 2, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Leading Note or through Eventbrite for $45.

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