Opera performance on Bowen
Classical music lovers on Bowen are in for a rate treat. On Sunday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. in Cates Hill Chapel, two opera singers - mezzo-soprano Heny Janawati and soprano Taylor Pardell - will be singing at the third concert of the 2012/2013 Bowen Island Arts Council Classical Concerts Series. Their accompanist will be Richard Epp.
Mezzo-soprano Heny Janawati was born in Bali, Indonesia and immigrated to Canada in 2002. She is the first Balinese opera singer to study in North America. Her operatic roles span from Carmen (Carmen) to Jezibaba (Rusalka). Janawati has performed for North American and European audiences. Last summer, she worked in Italy where she performed the role of La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica) with the Centre of Opera Studies in Italy (COSI). Janawati is currently enrolled in the second-year of her master’s degree specializing in Opera Performance at UBC.
Soprano Taylor Pardell is also in her second year of the masters of opera program at UBC. During the summer of 2012, she attended the COSI program and sang the role of Suor Genovieffa in the production of Suor Angelica. Pardell sang the role of Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann) and Frasquita (Carmen) in operatic excerpts at Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival last August. This past December, she was the featured soprano soloist in the UBC Choir/ Orchestra’s performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts. Richard Epp is a well known Vancouver pianist, accompanist, vocal coach, conductor and chamber musician. Epp is currently music director of the Opera Workshop at UBC where he conducted Hansel and Gretel, The Merry Widow, The Magic Flute, La Finta Giardinera, Die Fledermaus and more. Epp has toured Canada, the United States and Europe as a piano accompanist for singers, as a conductor, and as a chamber musician. He has appeared frequently in CBC recitals.
Tickets will be available at the door which opens at 3 p.m.