Evening of French and Italian music [fr]
A concert featuring French and Italian music of the 19th and 20th centuries will take place on December 7th, 2012, at the First Unitarian Church, located at 32 Cleary Avenue, in Ottawa.
It will include performances by distinguished young pianist Mauro Bertoli, tenor Steve Michaud, and soprano Raphaëlle Paquette.
Raphaëlle Paquette: Winner of numerous prizes such as the Scholarship from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation and the Music and Youth Canada Foundation, the French Music of Canada competition, the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques competition and the Canadian final of the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition (2011).
Raphaelle is an accomplished artist with sound voice training, eleven years of piano, theatre-training courses and ten years of classical dance. Her repertoire includes many roles of famous operas (Rossini’s Armida, Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, La Fille du Régiment, Un ballo in maschera, Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, Il barbiere di Siviglia), interpreted at the Opera in Concert in Toronto, the Rimouski Opéra Théâtre, the Quebec Opera, the Montreal Opera, the Vermont International Opera Festival and the Italian Montreal Festival.
She has also performed a variety of other roles (Frasquita in « Carmen », Nadia in « The Merry Widow », Olympia in the «Tales of Hoffmann » and Amelia in « Amelia goes to the ball »). From 2004 to 2010, Raphaëlle was the embodiment of Cristal in the symphonic version of Luc Plamondon’s – Michel Berger’s « Starmania » in many national and international productions.
She has been regularly invited as guest soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Amati Orchestra, the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Francophonie Orchestra.
Steeve Michaud: Over the last decade, Steeve Michaud’s career has reached new heights: Winner of the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition in 2011, he took the prize for new talent given out by the Fondation des arts et des lettres du Québec, he also was a finalist in the International Puccini-Turandot Singing Competition in Verona, and he was a Jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques du Canada winner.
Having received grants and awards from the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Foundation, Quebec’s Ministry of Culture, Conseil régional de la Culture of Western-Quebec, the George-Cédric-Ferguson Fund and the Montreal Opera’s special fund for young artists, Steeve has performed with a number of opera companies, symphony orchestras and he has been a regular at major cultural events.
Since his «Début» in La Traviata in 2002 he has won systematic acclaim for his vocal abilities in Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe. With his wide range of experience and talent, he excels not only at recitals and opera, but also at chamber music and oratorios as well as recitals of all sorts. Up-coming engagements including the role of Don José in Carmen, accompagnied by the Gatineau Symphony Orchestra in April 2013.
Mauro Bertoli, pianist, born in Italy, winner of many international piano competitions, has established himself on the international stage and has been praised by the press for his formidable technique and his exceptional sensitivity (from Toronto Star "....dazzled by (the) up-and-coming pianist ...with absolutely flawless technique and deep musicality...Here is a newcomer to watch out for").
He has performed for important festivals and in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America, Israel, Brazil and China. His recordings have been broadcast on CBC Radio, Rádio Câmara Brazil, Brasilia Super Rádio, Radio Classica Bresciana, Radio Classica Milano among others. His collaboration with violinist Wolfgang David, performing the complete Beethoven’s violin sonatas, received acclaim from audience and press.
His last tour in Brazil was also a success. He performed in different cities as a soloist and with violinist Netanel Draiblate, and offered master classes at the Universities of Brasilia, Goiana, Natal, Campina Grande and Recife. Mauro is an Associate Performance Faculty Member (piano), Department of Music, at Carleton University in Ottawa.