MOZART'S REQUIEM & ARIAS

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
George St. United Church, Peterborough

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Featuring: Ellen McAteer, soprano | Daniel Taylor, counter tenor | Benjamin Butterfield, tenor | Alex Dobson, baritone | Ian Sadler, organ

A nod to the range and depth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this concert from the Peterborough Singers presents for you a selection of well-known arias as well as the composer's last known work - the hauntingly beautiful Requiem.

Experience this immortal music. Gather with the Singers and our guest artists as we share with you the wonder that was Mozart.

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ELLEN McATEER, SOPRANO

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, "young rising star, soprano Ellen McAteer" (CBC Radio), is the two-time recipient of the Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera and has been awarded a Schulich Scholarship, the Gaelyne Gabora Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Wirth Scholarship. Her recent appearance as Lola in James Rolfe’s new opera Crush was hailed by Opera Canada: “Ellen McAteer was stunning as Lola. Universally admired, McAteer braved Rolfe's challenging score with virtuoso daring, and her eloquently played characterization became the hinging point of success for the entire opera.”

Ellen performs frequently in both opera and concert. Her performed operatic roles are diverse, and besides premiering the role of Lola in James Rolfe's new opera at The Banff Centre under the direction of Amiel Gladstone, she has performed Athalia in Handel's Athalia, Miss Jessel in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. In concert, Ellen has recently performed C. P. E. Bach's Magnificat (Bethlehem Bach Festival), Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem (IMSQ Festival), Haydn's The Creation (Bethlehem Bach Festival), Bach's Coffee Cantata (Music and Beyond Festival), Britten's Les illuminations de Rimbaud (University of Toronto), Bach’s Magnificat (Tilford Bach Festival), Handel’s Messiah (Grace Church on-the-Hill), Orff’s Carmina Burana (McGill University), and Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion (Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul).

Ellen's voice can be heard on several CD's, most recently the Juno-nominated Le refuge du cœur (Analekta, 2015), The Vale of Tears (Analekta, 2015), and Four Thousand Winter (Sony, 2015) featuring the newly formed Trinity Choir, directed by Daniel Taylor.

A versatile performer, Ellen has taken part in several unusual performance opportunities. Her voice has been heard on acoustic folk-band October Gold's first CD release, Into the Silence, she debuted and recorded the symphonic poem A Dream within a Dream by McGill composition student Kit Soden, and was featured at Place des Arts in Montreal as part of a multidisciplinary outdoor art exhibit entitled The Artistic Disciplines.

Ellen holds a M.Mus Voice Performance from the University of Toronto; a B.Mus Voice Performance from McGill University, where she graduated with Excellence in Voice; and has furthered her studies at the Banff Centre, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the Orford Arts Centre, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

 

 

 

DANIEL TAYLOR, COUNTER TENOR

A Sony Classical artist, Daniel Taylor is sought after for his portrayals on the opera and concert stage, on CD and DVD, and in film. Appearing on more than 100 recordings, he and his projects have been recognized by a GRAMMY as well as by JUNO, OPUS, and ADISQ prizes. Daniel Taylor is the founder and artistic director of the Trinity Choir. His tireless curiosity, devotion to classical music, and passion have established him as one of the leading up-and-coming conductors in the period and modern fields. Daniel Taylor debuted as the first guest conductor in the history of the Tallis Scholars. He also debuted recently with the Kammerchor Stuttgart and also with the Musica Angelica Orchestra and the Gabrieli Consort. He is also founder and artistic director of the Choir and Orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music, with whom he has toured worldwide and made many award-winning recordings. His new professional ensemble, the Trinity Choir, released its first recording Four Thousand Winter on the SONY label - this disc was voted "Best Classical Recording" by the CBC/SRC.

Daniel has appeared at Glyndebourne, Rome Opera, Welsh National Opera, Canadian Opera, Opera North, in Munich, and at the New York Metropolitan Opera. He has joined leading orchestras including the San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, London, Lisbon, and Cleveland, as well as the New York Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also performed with the Monverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, Les Arts Florissants, the Bach Collegium, and the Berlin Akademie fur Alte Musik.

Daniel has performed for Canadian prime ministers, for the Queen of England, for the King and Queen of Sweden, and for the King and Queen of Spain. His devotion to sacred music has been recognized by the award of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. His commitment to working with young musicians includes his teaching at summer courses at the Siena Liberal Arts University in Italy and the Victoria Conservatory in British Columbia; he has offered master classes at the Beijing Conservatory, the Sao Paolo Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall, the Royal College of Music, the University of Vienna, and at leading universities across North America. The University of Toronto recently appointed Daniel Taylor to the position of Head of Historical Performance and Professor of Voice and Opera at the Faculty of Music.

 

 

 

BENJAMIN BUTTERFIELD, TENOR

Benjamin ButterfieldCroppedPraised by The New York Times as "clarion-voiced and vibrant," Benjamin Butterfield is known for his performances throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, James Conlon, Nicholas McGegan, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Bramwell Tovey, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Labadie, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Trevor Pinnock, Bruno Weil and Marc Minkowski.

Butterfield’s 2016/17 season features a dynamic range of repertoire showcasing his versatility with both contemporary and classic works. In North America, he performs with major orchestras including the Calgary Philharmonic and the Utah, Kansas City, Newfoundland, and Victoria Symphonies. Overseas, Butterfield will perform Yevhen Stankovych's "Kaddysh" Requiem with the Hamburg Philharmonic at the Kiev Opera House memorializing the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar.

Recent performances include Carnegie Hall with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Lincoln Center with American Classical Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, L’ Orchestre Lyrique de Montreal, and the Victoria Symphony. He makes frequent appearances with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem including in the choir's annual 2-week Bach Festival.

Most recently as an interpreter of opera, he has performed with the Pacific Opera, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Calgary Opera, and he was stage director for Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival.

A prolific recording artist, he has recorded for Analekta, Dorian, CBC Records, Koch International, and Timpani (France).

Associate Professor, head of voice, and co-head of performance for the School of Music at the University of Victoria, Butterfield is the 2015 recipient of the UVic. Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression.

 

 

 

ALEX DOBSON, BARITONE

Alex DobsonBritish-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson has been praised for his musical and dramatic artistry on both opera and concert stages. His portrayal of Wozzeck conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and Orchestre Métropolitain du Grande Montréal was praised by Journal Voir as a “gripping embodiment of Wozzeck.”

Highlighting Dobson’s 2016/17 season is his performance in the title role in Don Giovanni at Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera, a role he has also sung with Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal. Dobson also appears in concert with the Toronto Symphony (Walton’s Belshazzar's Feast), Calgary Philharmonic (Handel’s Messiah), and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem). In recital, Dobson can be heard this season on a program at Mooredale Concerts in Toronto.

Dobson’s operatic roles include “Masetto” in Don Giovanni and “Maximilian” in Bernstein’s Candide with Calgary Opera, “Guillaume” in the French version of Così fan tutte with Opera Lafayette, “The Count” in The Marriage of Figaro with Against the Grain, and “Marcello” in La Bohème with Pacific Opera Victoria. Dobson also sang the role of “Polyphemus” in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with conductor Nicholas McGegan and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

On the concert stage, Dobson has shown versatility with both classical and contemporary repertoire. He has performed Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfayer with Orchestre Métropolitain, Faure’s Requiem with the Windsor Symphony, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the combined National Arts Centre Orchestra and Orchestre Metropolitain. He has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra London, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and many others. Recent performances of contemporary works include the role of “The Master” in Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie’s production of Against Nature with director James Kudelka and “The Pilot” in Soundstreams’ production of Airline Icarus, a new opera by Brian Current. A recording of Airline Icarus (winner of the JUNO for Classical Composition of the Year) featuring Mr. Dobson was released on Naxos Records in 2015.

As a dedicated recital artist, his recent performances of Schubert’s Winterreise and Schumann’s Dichterliebe were highly acclaimed in New York, Montréal, Toronto, Victoria, England, and Paris.

 

 

IAN SADLER, ORGAN

Ian Sadler was a boy chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK. He then attended The King’s School Canterbury, from which he won the Organ Scholarship at Bristol University. Following an honours degree in physics and musicology, he returned to St. Paul’s Cathedral as Organ Scholar. Ian holds further degrees in education and a fellowship from Trinity College of Music, London. His final engagement in the UK was to play the organ in the movie Chariots of Fire.

In 1980, Ian was appointed Director of Music at Grace Church on-the-Hill and Choral Director at Upper Canada College, Toronto. In 1986, he won 1st prize at the Syracuse International Organ Competition (USA). In 1999, Ian was the first Canadian juror at the International Liszt Organ Competition at the Liszt Academy, Hungary. In 2005, Ian had the honour of being elected to membership in the world’s oldest music society, The Royal Society Of Musicians, founded by Henry Purcell in the 17th century.

Recital tours have taken Ian to Denmark, Sweden, Austria, the continental USA and Hawaii, Australia, and back to the UK, where he recently performed his third organ recital at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.

Last summer, Ian gave an organ recital at Coventry Cathedral in the UK. Ian has made 8 organ CD recordings and in 1999 won a Juno award for a choral CD. In the summer of 2015, his Cathedral Singers of Ontario sang for a week of services at Worcester Cathedral. Next summer, this choir has been invited to sing at Hereford Cathedral. This 40-voice choir is drawn from a pool of over 400 singers from southwestern Ontario. This season also marks Ian’s 27th as Artistic Director of The Stratford Concert Choir.

For his dedication to promoting the organ and Canadian music, Ian was awarded with “Fellowship of The Royal Canadian College of Organists” (2007) by that prestigious organization.