March 26, 2021 | 7pm
This event sells out every year – if you’ve missed out in the past, now’s the time to take advantage of this unique, digital offering! From the comfort of your home, be entertained by VBC Music Director Leslie Dala on piano with special guest, mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. Together the two will delight you with an evening of solo and duo music, recorded in the Orpheum Annex.
Name your own price for this concert starting at just $5 for 30 days access.
Berg: Seven Early Songs
Franz Liszt: Die Lorelei
Im Rhein, im schonen Strome
Mignon’s Lied (Kennst du das Land?)
Bartok: Improvisations on a Hungarian Peasant Songs Op. 20
Kodaly: Four Hungarain Folk Songs (arranged)
Az hol en elmenyek
Egy kicsi madarka
A rossz feleseg
Ticket pricing is flexible to suit all budgets and needs. You can name your own ticket price, ranging from $5-$20. All donations are gratefully accepted and go towards the continued operations of the Vancouver Bach Choir. In a typical year, this would be one of our principal fundraising events – we hope that you can continue to support us, but from the comfort of your own home.
Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó is highly sought after in both North America and Europe as an artist of supreme musicianship and stagecraft, and has become known for her promotion and performance of contemporary Canadian works. Among her many laudatory reviews, Opera Canada declared her to be an “exceptional talent” after her performance of the title role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and after a performance with Tapestry Opera, the music blog, Schmopera wrote that “her instrument is one-of-a-kind and she has cemented herself as a darling of Canadian experimental music and opera…her sensibility and sensitivity to the material is truly inspiring”. In her hometown of Toronto, Canada, she has been nominated twice for a Dora Award for Outstanding Female Performance.
Now in his tenth season as the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir, Leslie Dala is also the Associate Conductor and Chorus Director of Vancouver Opera, and the Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted in France, Italy, Ireland, the Czech Republic, China, Taiwan, and recently at Carnegie Hall leading Mozart’s Sparrow Mass with a combined choir of Canadian and American singers and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Leslie was Music Director of the Prince George Symphony for eight years and he has worked at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Opera Company, the Santa Fe Opera, l’Opera National du Rhin, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria and Saskatoon Opera. He is also a frequent guest conductor with the UBC Opera Ensemble, the COSI Program in Sulmona Italy and Soundstreams Canada.
Recent highlights include the world premiere of The River of Light, by Brian Current with the Vancouver Bach Choir during the Vancouver Opera Festival as well as Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Vancouver Opera. In the fall of 2018 he made his debut at the Wexford Festival in Ireland where he conducted William Bolcom’s opera Dinner at Eight as well as Max Richter’s The Four Seasons Recomposed. Other recent highlights include the Verdi Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Vancouver Bach Choir; the UBC Opera Ensemble’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi and the world premiere production of The Overcoat, an Opera by James Rolfe and Morris Panych co-produced by Vancouver Opera, Tapestry Opera and Canadian Stage Theatre.
Highlights of his ten seasons with the Vancouver Bach Choir include the Canadian premiere of John Adams’ El Nino, Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Berlioz’ The Damnation of Faust, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, and Verdi’s Requiem. This season he will lead the Brahms Requiem, Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe, the Messiah and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the VBC, Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera Kelowna with his son Andreas in the title role, The Tales of Hoffmann with the UBC Opera and Another Brick in the Wall based on Roger Waters’ The Wall as recomposed by Julien Bilodeau for Vancouver Opera.