Across Three Centuries of Songs
Date:Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
Enjoy a mix of Purcell's solos and duets, duets by Mendelssohn and Brahms, a gorgeous set of English folksongs that were arranged especially for Nancy and Ingrid by an English composer and friend, and more.
Nancy Argenta is one of Canada's most famous and important singers.With a repertoire spanning three centuries, Nancy Argenta has been hailed not only as the supreme Handel soprano of our age but also for her performances of works by such diverse composers as Mahler, Mozart, Schubert and Schoenberg. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Ozawa, Gardiner, Davis, Blomstedt, Pinnock, Hogwood and Norrington. She has sung with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Toronto,
Montreal, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. In opera, concert and recital, she has appeared at many leading festivals including Aix-en-Provence,
Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, and the BBC Proms. Her discography of over 50 recordings includes Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Mass in B Minor, Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio (Gardiner), Purcell’s King Arthur (Pinnock), and Mozart’s Requiem, Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni (Norrington). An EMI/Virgin Solo Artist she has recorded Schubert Lieder, Scarlatti Cantatas, two discs of Bach Solo Cantatas as well as two of Purcell songs, the first of which O Solitude, was honoured with a Classic CD award. Asa devotee of the song repertoire of all periods, Ms. Argenta tours widely as a recitalist, presenting songs with original keyboard accompaniment of harpsichord, fortepiano, or modern piano. As well as teaching privately since 1986, Nancy was on the faculty of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) from 1994-2003, and has given classes in Germany, Japan, Israel, England, Spain and Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Performance) from the University of Western Ontario and has trained in advanced pedagogy with Dr. Meribeth Bunch. She is Co-artistic director of Nelson Courses for Singers. As a teacher her priorities are a free and natural sounding technique and a straightforward and heartfelt delivery of music and text. Hailed as ‘a singer with uncommon theatrical sensibility and musical intelligence’, soprano Ingrid Attrot has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Dutoit, Marriner, Willcocks, Pinnok and Hickox. Her work with conductor Richard Hickox has included performances of the Britten War Requiem, Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford), and Beethoven’s Fidelio (Leonora). Opera companies with which she has worked include the English National Opera (as Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw), Opera Northern Ireland (as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni), and Pacific Opera (as Abigaille in Nabucco and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte).
Ingrid has recorded extensively for the Chandos label, including Respighi’s Deità Silvane and Stanford’s Stabat Mater, both with the BBC Philharmonic, Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, Holst’s The Wandering Scholar with the Northern Sinfonia (Hickox), Vivaldi’s Gloria with The English Consort (Pinnock) and Handel’s Floridante with Tafelmusik (Curtis).
Her particular affinity for contemporary repertoire was first recognized by her winning of the Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition. This led to many collaborations with composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Geoffrey Burgon, Hugh Wood, Nicola LeFanu, Julian Philips and John Greer. She has sung in major festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the BBC Proms. In recital she has appeared at the Concertgebauw (Amsterdam), Le Monnaie (Brussels), Royal Opera House (London), and at the Wigmore Hall (London).
From 2003-2007, she was the Artistic Director of the “Summer Music on the Shannon” Youth Opera Theatre at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She was Music Director for Out of the Box Productions, 2004-2006, and is Co-artistic Director of Nelson Courses for Singers. Ingrid is head of the voice department of Victoria Conservatory of Music, Opera Studio, and Director of the Voice Collegium program.
Robert Holliston studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Robin Wood and Winifred Scott Wood, and at the University of British Columbia under Robert Rogers. As an accompanist and chamber player he has performed throughout Canada and the USA, England and New Zealand, and
has been heard frequently on CBC-Radio. He has recorded CDs with the popular salon ensemble Viveza, trombonist Ian McDougall, tenor Ken Lavigne, his brother Tom Holliston, Show Business Giants, and members of the Hornby Island Ensemble.
Robert has collaborated with many of Canada’s leading singers, including Richard Margison, Benjamin Butterfield, Judith Forst, Nathalie Paulin, Susan Platts, Peter Barcza, and fellow VCM faculty members; string players Eugene Fodor, Moshe Hammer, Marc Destrubé, Jonathan Crow, and Paul Marleyn; and (with Viveza) dancers Karen Kain and Evelyn Hart. A popular public speaker, Robert hasgiven pre-performance lectures for Pacific Opera Victoria since 1993 and is POV’s Principal Coach.
Still an active performer, Robert is currently Head of Keyboard at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where he also teaches piano and music history and acts as vocal coach. Robert was a founding director of the VCM Opera Studio.
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