December 7, 2016
The December concert features the 2016 Scholarship Winner, Soprano Monica Orso, singing works by Purcell, Schubert, Strauss, Liszt, and Obradors, as well some famous duets with Mezzo-Soprano Ciara Gallagher and the fantastic Richard Epp at the piano.
Purcell - From Silent Shades (Bess of Bedlam)
Schubert - Nacht und Träume, Lachen und Weinen, Nachtviolen, Rastlose Liebe
Strauss - An die Nacht, Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden, Amor
Liszt - Oh, quand je dors, Comment, disaient-ils Offenbach - Belle nuit ô nuit d'amour from Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Obradors - Al amor, ¿Corazón, porqué pasáis, Con amores la mi madre, Del Cabello más sutil
arr. Niles - I Wonder as I Wander
Head - The Little Road to Bethlehem
Delibes - Sous le dôme épais (The Flower Duet) from Lakmé
Emerging young artist Monica Orso is captivating audiences with her agile soprano voice and dynamic stage presence. Hailed as “fresh” and “joyful”, Ms. Orso’s passion and interpretation won her first prize in the vocal division at the 2010 National Music
Festival. Recent performances have included Handel’s Messiah with the Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir, Clorinda in Rossini’s Cenerentola with LAMP under the baton of Maestro Alberto Zedda, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Vancouver Oratorio Society and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Victoria Baroque Players. A versatile performer and recitalist, Monica has appeared as a soloist with the Pacific BaroqueOrchestra, Bach on the Rock, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and the Victoria Symphony. Recently, Monica received 2nd place in the VWMS Scholarship Competition for Voice. Ms. Orso holds a Masters degree from the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Mary Morrison (O.C.) in addition to an AVCM from the Victoria Conservatory of Music under the direction of Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrot. She is also an alumna of several esteemed training programs for young artists including Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Bel Canto in Munich, Toronto Summer Music Festival, VISI, Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Oratorio Program and Accademia d’Amore.