Suzanne Lemieux, host
W.A. Mozart: Dove sono, from The Marriage of Figaro
George Walker: Lyric for Strings
Tan Dun: Peace and Blessing
Featuring Symphony Nova Scotia musicians
Renaud Lapierre, leader/violin; Karen Langille, Yi Lee, Grégor Monlun, Isabelle Fournier, Charna Matsushige, Ken Nogami, and Anne Simons, violin; Étienne Chénard and Yvonne DeRoller, viola; Rachel Desoer and Hilary Brown, cello; Max Kasper, bass; Brian James and Hamish Gordon, oboe; Gabe Azzie and Chris Palmer, bassoon; David Parker and Mary Lee, horn
After her beautiful, rave-reviewed online appearance with Symphony Nova Scotia musicians last fall, Halifax’s own star soprano Jane Archibald returns for an encore performance of exquisite, expressive music. Hear her sing W.A. Mozart’s bittersweet, passionate aria Dove sono, alongside famed Chinese composer Tan Dun’s Prayer and Blessing – an extraordinary, emotional new work written in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Plus, hear American composer George Walker’s Lyric for Strings – a haunting, poetic elegy that was originally written in memory of Walker’s grandmother, who escaped slavery in the American South. Over the past year, this masterpiece of sorrow and hope has become an international touchstone, gaining a reputation as “the perfect ode to our times … the only possible piece for the moment. It never loses the faith” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
Finally, Jane sits down with host Suzanne Lemieux to answer your previously submitted questions!
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About the Music
Prayer and Blessing
Time is everlasting
May peace be a long blessing
Mercy on me, my nature and spirit
May you and I forever be one…
(Laozi, BC 600-500)
About the Artists
Jane Archibald, soprano
Jane Archibald began her career in her native Canada, before becoming an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera. She then joined the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, debuting many coloratura roles. She has since gone on to perform regularly in the celebrated opera houses and concert halls of the world.
Her 2019/20 season included performances of Mathilde (William Tell) at the Opéra de Lyon, the title role in Semele for the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with Long Yu, recitals in Toronto and environs, Messiah with the Toronto Symphony, a nationally televised German New Year’s Eve gala in Dresden (Léhar), as well as concerts in Chicago (Handel/Mozart) and Madrid (Vaughan Williams) before COVID-19 cut short the rest of her season. The pandemic continues to affect the current season, but her website, janearchibald.com, is updated regularly to reflect current plans.
Her career thus far has taken her to the Metropolitan Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala Milan, Teatro San Carlo, Carnegie Hall, Barbican London, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Zurich Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Canadian Opera Company; major orchestras in London, Atlanta, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Madrid, Hamburg, Tel Aviv, Cincinnati, and Salzburg; and opera houses and festivals in Lyon, Geneva, Hyogo, Copenhagen, Toulouse, Baden-Baden, Aix-en-Provence, and Santa Fe, among others.
Jane Archibald appears on numerous CD and DVD recordings, including her JUNO-winning solo album of Haydn coloratura arias. Jane lives in Halifax with her husband, tenor Kurt Streit, and their family.