A German Requiem
April 13, 2013 8:00pm
Conexus Arts Centre
CBC Saskatchewan is a proud sponsor of the Regina Symphony Orchestra's Mosaic Masterworks concert series.
Brahms knew how to write a dark and ominous requiem. Listen, and be moved by the voices of guest artists, soprano Meara Conway and baritone Vasil Garvanliev. It is sure to be a truly soul-stirring experience.
Guest Artist: Meara Conway, soprano -Saskatchewan Music Festival Association Gordon Wallis Memorial Opera Competition winner
Guest Artist: Vasil Garvanliev, baritone
Guest Artists: Regina Philharmonic Chorus
Guest Artists: The Halcyon Chamber Choir
Guest Artists: Briercrest Singers
Guest Artists: University of Regina Chamber Singers
Guest Artists: The Luther Bach Choir
Hart Godden, Chorus Master
Tickets available at the RSO Box Office
Meara Conway's performance impressed judges Valdine Anderson of Winnipeg and Kim Mattice Wanat of Edmonton on Saturday, November 20, 2010 so much they awarded her the $5,000 prize in the Gordon C. Wallis Memorial Opera Competition. The Regina-born singer performed works by Chausson, Handel and Stravinsky in a hotly contested all-female competition.
The competition was established by the late Gordon C. Wallis, former Assistant Director of the University of Regina Conservatory of Music and is presented by the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. It is held every two years, alternating between Saskatoon and Regina and is intended to support young singers in further studies in opera.
Recipient of the Maureen Forrester Award, Soprano Meara Conway completed her Masters degree in Opera Performance at McGill University. Winner of the Canadian National Music Festival Competition and a Schulich Academic Scholar, she began attending law school at McGill University in fall of 2009 and continues to study and perform opera intensively across Canada.
Macedonian baritone, Vasil Garvanliev, began performing professionally at the age of seven as a child singer in his native country, achieving celebrated status. He moved to Toronto in 2004 and completed his music studies at the Glenn Gould School, and the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Mary Morrison. Vasil is thrilled to be a member of Calgary Opera's Emerging Young Artist Program in the 2010/11 Season.
Vasil kicks off the 2011 Season with a debut and world premiere of The Inventor (Calgary opera) followed by a guest appearance as the title role in Don Giovanni (U of T Opera School). As an Emerging Artist at Calgary Opera he takes the stage as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, then repeats the title role in Nozze di Figaro (Opera on the Avalon), and is proud to be finishing the season off with a leading role debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni (Opera Atelier). On the concert stage Mr. Garvanliev makes his debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony, and returns to OffCentre Music salon and The Helliconian Birthdays Series for a recital. Vasil, along with Opera Atelier, was recently awarded a CTV BRAVO!Fact grant to make his operatic music video debut as Don Giovanni under the direction of Andrew Gregg.
Winning the University's Concerto Compeitition brought Vasil the opportunity to sing Mahler's Rückert Lieder in the 09/10 Orchestra Season. Other recent performances include Pangloss in Candide, Bonafede in Il Mondo della Luna, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, and Geronimo in Il Matrimonio Segreto (University of Toronto's Opera School); Papageno in Die Zauberflote (MacMillan Singers Opera Concert); Harasta in The Cunning Little Vixen (Banff Opera Centre); Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Tobia Mill in Cambiale di Matrimonio, and title role in Signor Deluso (Highlands Opera Studio); Antonio in Marriage of Figaro and Grand Priest in Idomeneo (Opera Atelier); and the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro (Glenn Gould School) . Vasil also had the opportunity to perform across the pond, playing Mesetto in Don Giovanni as a Member of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme in Aldeburgh, England.