Please VOTE – Best of Halifax and Music Nova Scotia

I am very excited to share that I have been nominated as “Best Classical Artist/Group” in The Coast’s Best of Halifax 2017 contest. Voting ends on September 15! Any anyone with an email address can vote!

Here’s how to vote:

http://thecoast.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-Halifax-2017/Ballot/Music

-click the link above
-scroll down to “Best Classical Artist/Group” and click
-click on “Vote” beside my name
-enter your email address and follow the steps as you’re prompted*
-go to your email account and confirm your info (check your junk folder for an email from “Promotion Support” from the Coast)
 
*You won’t get spam–they’re just counting one vote per email

 

I am also thoroughly delighted that “Lady of the Lake” has been nominated as “Classical Recording of the Year” in the Music Nova Scotia awards. If you’re a Music Nova Scotia member, you can vote between now and September 29!

Launch Events!

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Party Time! You’re Invited!

Lady of the Lake has officially dropped and we want to party! We have two events – one in Bedford on July 11 and one in Halifax on July 12.

July 11, 6PM
Board Room Game Cafe
936 Bedford Highway
$5 admission to the cafe
Buy a $20 CD and admission price is waived

Come to the Board Room Game Cafe on the Bedford Highway on Tuesday, July 11 at 6PM. You’ll have a chance to greet the artists on the album, we’ll sing you a few ditties, then we can play some games! The official parts of the event will be between 6:00-7:00pm. Then games and hanging.

July 12, 3:30PM
The Press Gang
5218 Prince St.  (between Barrington & Argyle)
Free admission, but reserve your spot HERE 

Come to the Press Gang downtown Halifax on Wednesday, July 12 at 3:30PM. Mix and mingle with the artists on the album, and then we’ll sing for you before resuming more mixing and mingling.

The official parts of the event will be between 3:30-4:30PM. The Press Gang opens its regular service at 5PM, so plan to stay on and have some food and bevvies, if you’re so inclined! (The bar will be open for us for our event).

Maureen Batt, soprano
Jon-Paul Décosse, bass-baritone
Simon Docking, piano
Fiona Ryan, composer

Pre-order Lady of the Lake on iTunes/Amazon

The countdown is on! My debut album is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon! If you pre-order on iTunes, you 1) get two tracks right away! and 2) can preview all tracks

iTunes link HERE

Amazon.com link HERE

Amazon.ca link HERE

Read the press release on Leaf Music HERE

As always, I encourage you to stay up to speed by following me on my FB and Twitter pages on by joining my mailing list: SUBSCRIBE HERE 

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Exciting News!

It’s been a great start to 2016! My grant writing is paying off, and two Canadian operas that I was in got great Opera Canada reviews!

After a successful tour with Crossing Borders, it’s time for more contemporary music– and, this time, OPERA :)! Read more about my upcoming show in Toronto with Essential Opera HERE.

For photos of the Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred tour in Philly and Toronto CLICK HERE.

I’m also thrilled to announce that my project Lady of the Lake with Simon Docking, Jon-Paul Décosse, Fiona Ryan, and Leaf Music Inc. got the #FACTORFunded seal of approval! We record this project in October and I could not be more excited! In other grant news, the SOCAN Foundation has funded four recent and upcoming projects! Thank you, SOCAN!

NEW OPERA CANADA REVIEWS:

Time of Trouble by Elizabeth Raum, libretto by Rex Deverell, with Maritime Concert Opera, October 2016.

Composer Elizabeth Raum and librettist Rex Deverell, both with connections to Mount Saint Vincent University, were intrigued by the history of the institution and the Order of the Sisters of Charity who founded it. They composed a dynamic, sometimes quite humorous, opera with a fully developed plot and real personalities.

Soprano Maureen Batt, as Mary McGuire—later to become Sister Francis and then Mother Francis—filled the church with her rich, warm sound and masterful acting. 

Aunt Helen by Monica Pearce and Serva Padrona by Pergolesi with Opera Nova Scotia, May 2015.

Soprano Maureen Batt sang the role of [Helen] Creighton, a prominent folklorist who published books on Nova Scotia lore and collected more than 4,000 traditional songs and stories. The character of Aunt Helen is alone on stage, now in her 70s and talking about her life to an unseen interviewer. The original score, with some Nova Scotian folk music interspersed through it, is attractive, and Batt brought a warm and very pleasing voice to her performance. 

The third opera was Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, with Batt returning to the stage as Serpina, the receptionist who would like to rule the company and its boss, bass-baritone Jon-Paul Décosse. The music was enjoyable and the singers quite impressive. 

Reviews by Daphna Levit

Maureen during her Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred tour

Maureen during her Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred tour. Photo by Monica Pearce