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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Magical direction, talent fuse to pull off stellar concert

Viva Opera transformed the Stockey Centre into an enchanted forest, Italian village, piazza, and gipsy hideaway.

Under the magical direction of Maia Vimboule, four soloists, the Parry Sound School of Music, the Junior Ensemble, and choreographer Brenda Cunningham-Moran's The Huntsville School of Ballet performed beloved operatic works by Puccini, Donizetti, Mozart, Verdi, and others to a standing ovation from a sizeable crowd.

A graduate of St Petersburg Conservatory with an M.A. from the University of Waterloo and 20 productions to her credit, Ms Vimboule invited four of her former students as soloists: soprano Andrea Naccarato; mezzo-soprano Jennifer Enns Modolo; tenor Adam Luther; and host/baritone Jason Martorino.

They electrified the audience with their poise and dramatic and vocal accomplishments despite their youth. Ms Naccarato's Alleluja aria, Ms Enns Modolo's Sequidilia from Carmen, Mr Luther's Romanza from The Elixir of Love, and Mr Martorino's Canzonetta from Don Giovanni memorably illustrated their exceptional abilities.

The Junior Ensemble's talented soloists Mollie Moloney and Candace Cascanette, accompanied by Katy McNabb's enchanting bells delighted everyone with a chorus from The Magic Flute.

The Parry Sound School of Music's own Carol Hawken descanted exquisitely above the choir's rendition of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love.

Ms Cunningham-Moran's brilliantly choreographed ballerinas danced four numbers. The entire troupe gracefully expressed Purcell's Abdalazer and Ensemble Galilei's Irish Melody. Prima ballerinas Tessa Patillo and Frances Young entranced us with their solos of Detibe's Cortege Rustique and Tchaikovsky's Aurora, respectively, to the projections of Katerina Fretwell's watercolour abstractions.

After the final piece, Verdi's Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco, Ms Vimboule shared with the audience her lifelong dream to direct that particular work. The alchemical magic lingering long, this stellar concert embodies what talent near and far can achieve under the unifying direction and musical vision of Maia Vimboule.

By Katerina Fretwell
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