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Soprano Brooke Dufton in Recital

Soprano Brooke Dufton in Recital

June 6, 2013
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Soprano Brooke Dufton in Recital

On Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m., at Walter Hall, Toronto, Brooke Dufton will perform the vocal music of renowned Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer.

This concert displays the breadth, lyricism, and diversity of Schafer’s vocal writing, drawing on repertoire from across the whole of his prolific five-decade career. The program includes exquisite concert works for voice with piano and with harp, as well as selections from his environmental music and his acclaimed Patria cycle.

Praised for her ‘strong presence’ (Peterborough Examiner) and ‘beautiful tone and control’ (The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax), Brooke has sung for organizations such as Soundstreams, The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, The Scotia Festival of Music, Stratford Summer Music, Opera Nova Scotia, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and she has been recorded and interviewed by the CBC and CMC. She has eagerly seized opportunities for singing in unusual spaces: from the tops of trees, mountains, and high-dive platforms, while swimming or in the bow of a canoe, at dawn and in the middle of the night. Her exploratory performances have been seen in highlight productions for Toronto’s Harbourfront Festival, Guelph’s Nuit Blanche, Peterborough’s Market Hall Bright Lights Series, and Kitchener’s Open Ears Festival.

Equally at home in the worlds of early music and contemporary repertoire, Ms Dufton has sung such roles as Handel’s ‘Morgana’, Cavalli’s ‘Eurinda’, and Bingen’s ‘Anima’, as well as the title role in Schafer’s The Princess of the Stars, ‘Shapeshifter’ in The Enchanted Forest, ‘Angel’ in The Children’s Crusade, and ‘Ariadne’ in And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon.

Brooke is joined for this event by a talented group of guest artists: harpist Emily Belvedere, pianist Narmina Afandiyeva, trumpeter Ben Promane, soprano Peg Evans, and percussionists Nathan Petitpas, Etienne Levesque, and Jonathan Smith.

Saturday, June 22, at 2:30p.m., Walter Hall (lower level), Faculty of Music (North), Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queens Park, Toronto, ON (Museum subway stop)

Free Admission

Related Composers: R. Murray Schafer