Chorus Niagara Presents Amadeus

Chorus Niagara Presents Amadeus

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 19:30

Culminating its 55th season, Chorus Niagara and Artistic Director Robert Cooper proudly present AMADEUS, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's astounding Mass in C Minor.

Mass in C Minor is the most lavish and grandest of Mozart's works. Four stellar Canadian soloists are featured with brilliant choruses by Chorus Niagara full of operatic flourish. Mozart's theatrical genius further complements the program with buoyant excerpts from his greatest operas Don GiovanniThe Marriage of FigaroCosi Fan Tutte and The Magic Flute

In the spotlight are four brilliant young soloists including Niagara native Jocelyn Fralick, soprano; Claire de Sévigné, soprano; Isaiah Bell, tenor and Vartan Gabrielian, bass-baritone. The Niagara Symphony Orchestra lends their orchestral prowess to the event.

Jocelyn Fralick is thrilled to be returning to Niagara to perform with Chorus Niagara. Ms. Fralick has performed with many organizations in the region including Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Niagara, Chorus Hamilton, and most recently as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Choralis Camerata. Past opera credits include Donne Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni under the direction of Stuart Baker and Leslie Dala, il Cavaliere Armidoro in Niccolò Piccini’s La Cecchina and Kitty Hart in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Recent winner of the Glenn Gould School’s Concerto Competition, Jocelyn performed Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Koerner Hall directed by world-renowned pianist Leon Fleischer. Jocelyn has recently completed her Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School, studying with Monica Whicher and Rachel Andrist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Toronto where she studied with Jean MacPhail.

Claire de Sévigné was named one of CBC’s Top 30 Canadian Classical Musicians under 30. This coloratura soprano was nominated for a 2016 Classical Album of the Year JUNO award for her Naxos album of Vivaldi Cantatas. As the Queen of the Night with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, de Sévigné “dispatched the high-flown coloratura with laser-like precision and tonal beauty”. Her most recent success has been with the Canadian Opera Company, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Opernhaus Zürich and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in the role of Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, in which she was hailed for her “sparkling top notes and vocal brilliance, lightness and finesse”.  From 2015 to 2017, Ms. de Sévigné has spent her time with Opernhaus Zürich performing the roles of Hermione in a new production of Trojan’s Orest,Feu, Princesse and Rossignol in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, as well as the principal role of Angelica in Haydn’s Orlando PaladinoShe holds a Master's degree in opera from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio

Isaiah Bell was hailed in The New York Times for “a performance of haunting beauty, ideally depicting emotional distraction with ultimate economy and glowing vocal skill,” On the opera and concert stage Isaiah continues to be recognized for his “beautiful tenor, command of the style, and natural stage presence,” his “willingness to invest himself wholly into the character,” the “fervency and clarity” and “overwhelming emotional force” of his performances and his “uncommonly warm light tenor, smooth musical line and sound artistic choices.”Isaiah Bell received his formal training at the University of Victoria, from which he holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance. He was an ensemble member in the Young Artist Program of Pacific Opera Victoria, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, and l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, with supplementary training from the Tanglewood Music Centre, Salzburg’s Universität Mozarteum, Edmonton’s Opera NUOVA, and the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Baroque Oratorio Academy. He is also the composer of four operas and a number of song cycles.

Vartan Gabrilian is a rising young Canadian-Armenian talent based in Philadelphia, PA. Hailing from Toronto, he attends the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of Marlena Kleinman Malas, and Armen Boyajian in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. Gabrielian is a 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Encouragement Award winner, 2017 Career Bridges Grant winner and a 2016 Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Encouragement Award winner. Recent engagements included his return to the Chautauqua Summer Voice Program as a guest artist. For the Curtis Institute 2017/2018 season, Gabrielian was seen as Prince Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Doc in Bernstein's A Quiet Place. He made his New Jersey State Opera debut in 2017 appearing in the role of Sparafucile (Rigoletto). This summer, Gabrielian will be covering the roles of The Bonze (Madame Butterfly) and Gen. Leslie Groves (Doctor Atomic) with Santa Fe Opera as part of their apprenticeship program. 2018 marks his professional operatic debut singing Sparafucile in Opéra de Montréal’s production of Rigoletto.

Niagara Symphony Orchestra has been a cultural treasure for 70 years. The NSO is a professional orchestra of over 50 musicians providing classical and contemporary orchestral music to more than 12,000 residents of the Niagara Region annually. The NSO proudly showcases top national and international guest artists, bringing the stars of the world to the stages of Niagara. In the fall of 2010, the NSO welcomed Bradley Thachuk as the eighth Music Director. 


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Single Ticket Prices: (Handling Fee & HST extra) 
Adult: $43, Senior (60+): $41, Under 30: $28, Student (University or College with valid ID): $18
Child (Age 15 & under): $15, High School Student (with valid ID): $5

This concert is generously sponsored in memory of Vicki Little by her family.

For more information contact Diana McAdorey, Managing Director or 905-934-5575


1 - Music critic Lloyd Schwartz on National Public Radio, January 25, 2006