She’s the One with Essential Opera!

This Friday, April 8, 7:30 PM at the beautiful Heliconian Hall, nestled in Yorkville:

She’s the One – a collage of contemporary opera

She’s the One is celebrating and exploring women’s lives through Canadian and American contemporary opera.We’re (Essential Opera) very proud of our mandate to showcase Canadian artists and works–great opera with great singers, at GREAT prices! Our focus is on giving you, the audience an intimate experience with the music and the stories.

I can’t believe we’re already in the second half of season 6! Thank you to Barczablog and Schmopera for promoting the show! You can get tickets at the door ($20/25), or you can buy them online: TICKETS HERE.

She's the one postcard

 

Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred

It is with great pleasure that Cheryl Duvall and I announce the composers whose works will be featured on Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred in Philly (March 13, 7:30PM) and TO (March 20, 2:30PM):

Anna Höstman*, Brian Harman, Joseph Glaser, Leila Lustig*, Rodney Sharman*, Saman Shahi*, Shelley Marwood, Dan Martin, Jenny Beck, Ross Crean*, Tony Marasco*

Featuring texts/lyrics by E.D. Blodgett, V. Lok, Leila Lustig, Rodney Sharman, Forough Farrokhzad, Maria Reva, Michael Biello, Ross Crean, Billy Collins

*World Première

Thank you, Tom Belding, for the poster design!

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Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred Poster

Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred Poster

FORUM 2016 Canadian New Music Network (CNMN)

Hello Ottawa!

I have arrived in your beautiful (and freeeeeezing) city for the Canadian New Music Network national conference, FORUM 2016.

This is my first CNMN FORUM, but it won’t be my last! I’m very excited to be among these new music lovelies. See the featured guests here: FORUM featured guests

On Friday morning at 11:45 I’ll be giving a presentation called “In Pursuit of Balance” at Freimann Hall, Perez Building, Ottawa University. It’s a 15-minute talk (small performance intro!) on work-life balance. I’m looking forward to starting this important (and oh-so-relevant) conversation.

After the talk, please join me on my Facebook page and/or on Twitter to keep the conversation going: SHARE YOUR TIPS, TRIALS, and TRIBULATIONS.

Use the hashtag #InPursuitOfBalance 

Click here for my Facebook page: Maureen Batt, soprano

Click here for my Twitter account: @Operaredhead

A detailed description of all FORUM sessions and activities can be found here (descriptions) and the timetable is here (timetable).

I will also be presenting with my other half, Erin Bardua, under our Essential Opera hats. On Saturday from 4:00-4:30 we will be chatting about new opera beyond commissioning. Join us! We’ll be in the Perez Building, room 113A.

I haven’t had the chance to update my schedule page. In the meantime, you can always follow me on social media (see above) for up-to-date comings and goings. And you can sign up for email notifications (I don’t flood inboxes, promise).  Here are some of my recent and upcoming performances:

Upcoming:

February 12, 2016: Opera Valentine, Opera Nova Scotia. Halifax, NS

March 13, 20, 2016: Crossing Borders – Canadian/American art song and opera recital. Cheryl Duvall, piano. Philadelphia, PA/Toronto, ON

April 8, 2016: She’s the One, contemporary Canadian and American opera excerpts with Essential Opera. Toronto, ON

June 19-25, 2016: The Mikado (Yum Yum), Maritime Concert Opera, South Shore tour, NS

June 2016: Lady of the Lake workshop premiere of Fiona Ryan’s song cycle and Schubert’s Op. 52. Simon Docking, piano. NS

Recent:

October 2015: Regina (Anna) with Essential Opera and The Gilsig Series in Jewish Arts & Culture. Halifax, NS

October 2015: Time of Trouble (Sister Francis). Première of new opera by Elizabeth Raum. MCO. Lunenburg/Halifax, NS

November 2015: TBA iii emerging guest composers with Toy Piano Composers. Music Gallery, Toronto, ON

December 2015: Soloist with the Fredericton Ladies Choir, Fredericton, NB

December 2015: From Away Cabaret, Carleton Bar, Halifax, NS

 

CALL FOR WORKS

CALL FOR WORKS – OPEN TO ALL COMPOSERS

Update (Sept. 14): I have been pleasantly inundated with submissions from composers all over! I may not have the time to respond to each one of you individually for follow-up, but THANK YOU for introducing me to your work! Composers whose works are being considered for this particular Crossing Borders iteration will be contacted directly.

I am curating the next Crossing Borders concert (2016) and am looking for short works for soprano (or mezzo) and piano, as well as short works for solo piano. There is no age, gender, or nationality restriction on this call. Shorter works are preferred. The genre of music is open to classical art song, crossover pop, musical theatre, cabaret, and opera. Themes for this concert centre on questioning reality, gender and sexuality, and being present.

There is no official deadline for this call; scores will be considered as they are received, beginning today, September 9. The performers for this concert are Maureen Batt, soprano, and Cheryl Duvall, piano. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like any additional info.

Please email Maureen at CrossingBordersConcerts @ gmail . com with scores. Audio samples are encouraged, but not at all necessary.

***Call is for perusal. Composers of works selected will be contacted to arrange score purchase.

 

 

Crossing Borders Inaugural Tour: Recap

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A huge thank-you to those who joined me and Cheryl on the inaugural tour of Crossing Borders: A Celebration of New Music from New Mexico to Nova Scotia! We had a magnificent time in Halifax, Philadelphia, and Toronto! We’re already planning for season 2!

The day before our final concert, we found out that the SOCAN Foundation had approved our proposal and was supporting our Toronto event!! THANK YOU, SOCAN Foundation!!!

 

If you followed the event on social media […]

See Crossing Borders in Philly and Toronto

See Crossing Borders in Philadelphia and/or Toronto!

Our Philadelphia event will be at the beautiful and intimate Biello Martin Studio, Saturday, March 21, 7:30 PM. Tickets are by donation at the door, but you do need to reserve a spot! Please reserve your seat here:
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Our third and final performance of this inaugural Crossing Borders concert will be presented in Toronto at Heliconian Hall on Friday, March 27, at 8:00 PM. You can purchase your tickets online or at the door.
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CROSSING BORDERS_Poster by Tom Belding

Inaugural Crossing Borders concert a success!

I am thrilled that the inaugural Crossing Borders: A Celebration of New Music from New Mexico to Nova Scotia was a success! We can’t wait to bring it to Philadelphia and Toronto in March! You can buy tickets to the Toronto concert HERE. This is a very special concert for me and Cheryl as we have met and worked with most of the composers presented on this programme. We do hope that you’ll be able to join us in March (if you’re not able to join us, you can still buy a ticket to support the event). Thanks for the love on this one.

Our concert in Halifax on Jan. 24, got rave reviews from Arts East:

 Rather than Maureen Batt choosing her professional passion, it seems like it has chosen her. And luckily her body, mind and spirit have listened. Though no doubt she has devoted hours and years of sweat and drive to hone her lifework, she performing seems as natural an expression as breathing or blinking.

Saturday night was a very “dark and dreary” one in Halifax, Nova Scotia. While many may have decided to hide under warm blankets rather than venture out in the pounding rains, those fortunate to have found warmth inside St. Andrew’s Church were treated to a very special recital.

Soprano Maureen Batt and pianist Cheryl Duvall presented a wide array of pieces from North American composers, established and emerging, written between 1989 and 2014. Some songs were contemplative, others funny, some so traumatic—in theme, not presentation—they moistened the eyes.

Batt exemplified the versatility demanded of an opera singer and musical theatre artist alike—vocal chops, beautiful counterbalanced with raw emotional sounds, character-driven facial expression and movement, effectual timing. Duvall’s palpable expertise and mutual fervour for music’s intricacies, made for an ideal partner. Their chemistry was most obvious during the performance of “For broken and tired am I” (Matthew Emery & Archibald Lampman), a moving piece for both the artists and audience alike.

Those sitting in watch Saturday night witnessed songs performed in Canada for the very first time; they observed shoes flying, eyes speaking, laughter singing…animals almost hopping across a piano…a transfixing, multi-layered montage created by a looper pedal and Batt’s gorgeous voice…Crossing Borders was well worth venturing out on a dark and dreary night.

Maureen Batt & Cheryl Duvall present CROSSING BORDERS again on March 27th at Heliconian Hall, Toronto.

Maureen Batt’s next Halifax performance will be on February 14th with Opera Nova Scotia.

http://artseast.blogspot.ca/2015/01/crossing-borders-review.html

Songfire Series Emerging Artists: Songs of our Time and Place

Tonight marks the end of a week of Contemporary Performance Studies at the Vancouver International Song Institute.

I have had the extreme pleasure of working directly with composers Joseph GlaserJake Heggie, and Jeffrey Ryan. I have workshopped works by all three of those composers, as well as works by John Greer and Monica Pearce.

After a week of magnificent, inspiring coachings and masterclasses with Martha GuthErika Switzer, Carla HuhtanenKarl PaulnackJake HeggieCorey HammSteven Philcox, and Heather Pawsey, the singers and pianists are presenting a concert:

Songs of our Time and Place

June 10, 8 PM

Roy Barnett Recital Hall

UBC Music Faculty 6361 Memorial Rd.

Free admission

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For my Toronto friends, I would love to see you at the CMC on June 13th at 5:30 PM. Get tickets here.

Go, go gadget contemporary music–music for you, and music about you!