|Performer:||Elliot Madore, baritone|
|Time & Date:||2:00 p.m. – Sunday, April 2, 2017|
|Location:||Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd.|
|Tickets:*||$25 Student tickets $5|
A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Canadian baritone Elliot Madore is already gaining international notoriety for his exceptional voice and artistry.
In the 2015–2016 season, Elliot Madore returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Figaro in The Barber of Seville. He also made his San Francisco Opera debut as Anthony in Sweeney Todd and returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos under music director Kirill Petrenko which was performed both in Munich and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. He debuted at Teatro de la Maestranza as Figaro, Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, and at Santa Fe Opera as Mercutio in a new production of Roméo et Juliette conducted by Harry Bicket. Mr. Madore will be seen in concert with Charles Dutoit and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges.
Mr. Madore made his Carnegie Hall recital debut at Weill Recital Hall as part of Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues… series and performed a solo concert with the Edmonton Symphony in a program of opera arias and Lieder. His Canadian recital debut took place at the National Arts Centre in Canada which was recorded and broadcast on the CBC Radio Two’s “Next! Canada’s Music Future” Series. In the summer of 2011, he was a member of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project where he covered the title role in Don Giovanni and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He also made his Salzburg Festival debut as the Japanese Envoy in concert performances of Stravinsky’s Le rossignol with Ivor Bolton and Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. At the Tanglewood Festival, Mr. Madore has been seen as Harlekin and the Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi and the title role of Don Giovanni under James Levine.
In addition to the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Madore was the recipient of the 2010 George London Award for a Canadian Singer from the George London Foundation, a finalist in the 2010 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers in Houston and the recipient of the ARIAS Emerging Young Artist Award from Opera Canada. He was also the winner of the 2009 Palm Beach Vocal Competition. Elliot Madore is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Marlena Malas.
Represented by CAMI
Darryl Shane Friesen, DMA – piano
Dr. Darryl Friesen has been praised for his “rich palette of tonal colour” and performances of “intimate, poignant simplicity” (Winnipeg Free Press, 2008). He completed his DMA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, studying with Fulbright scholar Dr. William Heiles and Dennis Helmrich, as a Fellow of both the University of Illinois (Creative and Performing Arts) and Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Society. After studying with distinguished pedagogue Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music, he received BM and MM degrees in piano performance from the University of Manitoba as a student of well-known Canadian pianist, Dr. David Moroz.
He has given acclaimed performances as a soloist and collaborative artist across Canada, the United States, Europe, China, and Brazil, and has been featured many times in concert on CBC Radio. He has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, and has appeared on the Virtuosi recital series. As a collaborator, he has performed with many distinguished artists, including Andrew Wan, Valdine Anderson, Oleg Pokhanovski, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. He also had the rare privilege to serve as rehearsal pianist for a memorial concert featuring Frederica von Stade, Elizabeth Futral, Richard Leech, Thomas Hampson, and Samuel Ramey.
Dr. Friesen has been the recipient of many awards and honours. His doctoral studies were made possible through generous grants by the Canada Council of the Arts in both 2005 and 2006, which included the coveted Sylva Gelber Foundation Award, given annually to the most talented Canadian classical artist under the age of 30. He was awarded the Nancy Kennedy Wustman Memorial award in Vocal Accompanying at the U of I in 2006, and was the grand prizewinner of the 2003 CBC Arts Encounters Young Performers Competition. He was a finalist in the International Stepping Stone Competition (2004) and Canadian Music Competition (2001), received the Lawrence Genser Memorial Scholarship (2002) as the most outstanding performer at the University of Manitoba School of Music, and received numerous grants from the Manitoba Arts Council throughout his academic studies. He performed in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium as a featured artist in the Prairie Performances series, and has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Murray Perahia, Jeaneanne Dowis, and Marc Durand.
Dr. Friesen is in great demand as a soloist, collaborative artist, teacher, and clinician. He and his wife live with their four children in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He holds the position of Assistant Professor of Piano and General Music Studies at Providence University College, as well as Sessional Instructor at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. He is also a faculty member at the celebrated Morningside Music Bridge program in Calgary, Alberta and the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he works as a collaborative artist and coach.
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