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Schubert’s Schwanengesang D.597

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1156 Fort Street

Victoria, BC V8V 3K8

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Tenor Isaiah Bell and collaborative pianist Anna Cal will perform Franz Schubert’s powerful song cycle written in 1828 in a special program interspersing Schubert’s songs with complementary folk-song arrangements by other composers.




Recital Program

Liebesbotschaft – Franz Schubert – Schwanengesang D.597
J’ai cueilli la belle rose – Trad. French Canadian, arr. Isaiah Bell (b. 1985)
Kriegers Ahnung – Trad. Irish, arr. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
The Minstrel Boy

Frühlingssehnsucht – Robert Burns (1759-1976)
Ständchen
My Love is like a Red, Red Rose

Aufenthalt – Trad. French Canadian, arr. Healey Willan (1880-1968)
In der Ferne
Rossignol du vert bocage

Corbleur, Marion – Trad. French Canadian, arr. Isaiah Bell
Abschied
La plainte du coureur-des-bois* – Trad. French Canadian, arr. Healey Willan

Intermission

J’ai perdu mon amant – Trad. French Canadian
Der Atlas
Ihr Bild


Das Fischermädchen
Down by the Salley Gardens – Trad. Irish/W.B. Yeats, arr. Britten
Die Stadt
The Ash Grove – Trad. Welsh, arr. Britten

Am Meer
Blanche comme la neige – Trad. French Canadian
Der Doppelgänger

Ah toi, belle hirondelle – Trad. French Canadian
Die Taubenpost




Canadian-American tenor Isaiah Bell’s work is characterized by his “beautiful tenor, command of style, and natural stage presence” (Broadway World) and by performances of “haunting beauty… and glowing vocal skill” (New York Times). He recently created the role of Antinous, lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (Thomas Hampson), in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor’s Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company.

This season, Isaiah returns to Carnegie Hall for the premiere of a new oratorio by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Paul Moravec. He also makes his debut at Vancouver Opera (Almaviva in The Barber of Seville), and returns to sing with Opera Atelier (The Resurrection), the Toronto Symphony (Messiah), and the Bach Festival of Bethlehem.

Some highlights of recent seasons include “a performance of exquisite poignancy” (New York Times) as the Madwoman in Curlew River (directed by Mark Morris, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music), Britten’s War Requiem at the National Arts Centre, Owen Wingrave at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh festivals, and the Matthew Passion with Yannick Nézét-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain. With conductor Nicholas McGegan he has sung Handel across North America, including Atalanta at the Caramoor Festival, Messiah with the Toronto Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic, and several appearances with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco.

Isaiah has recorded with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, Daniel Taylor’s Theatre of Early Music, and CBC Radio. He is also a writer and composer. His original solo show, The Book of My Shames, premieres this year in a co-presentation between Tapestry Opera and Pride Toronto.




Anna Cal was trained in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was accepted into the Soviet State Music School at age six. She studied there for nine years, and was extensively trained in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano. At age 15, she started her Bachelor Degree Program in The Rimski Korsakov College where she continued her training in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano as well as Pedagogy and Psychology.

After acquiring her BMus with highest distinction, Anna was accepted to the St. Petersburg State Conservatory of Rimski Korsakov in 1982. She studied with many well-known professors, including Pavel Egorov, Vitaly Berzon, and Elena Shishko, graduating with her Masters Degrees with highest distinction in three separate fields of Solo Piano Performance, Collaborative Performance and Piano Pedagogy. She also has extensive training in the history of Music and advanced Harmony. After graduation, Anna moved to Italy, where she worked for two years with Italian and German singers performing songs and lieder in the Roma festivals.

Anna has been Director of Collaborative Piano on the experimental song performance projects led by Kathryn Whitney ; Winterreise Project (2015), the Dichterliebe Project(2016), the Schoene Muellerin Project (2017), the Vaughan Williams Project (2018) and the Mahler Project (2019).

Anna maintains a large private studio where she teaches Piano, Harmony, and coaches vocalists. She is a senior teacher at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in the Keyboard and Theory faculties, VCM Summer Piano Academy and piano pedagogy department. Anna has worked as a collaborative pianist and voice coach for the Young Artists program with Pacific Opera Victoria. She is a frequent performer in Victoria as a soloist and in collaboration with voices and instrumentalists.

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