Crossing Borders - Canadian and American opera and art song

Friday, March 27, 2015
Event Title: Crossing Borders - Canadian and American opera and art song
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Heliconian Hall, Toronto
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Price: $25 at the door / $20 in advance / $15 early-bird
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Crossing Borders - Canadian and American opera and art song
Maureen Batt, soprano
Cheryl Duvall, piano

This concert puts Canadian and American new music in dialogue each other.

Halifax (Sat., Jan 24, 7:30PM)
Philadelphia (March 2015)
Toronto (Friday, March 27, 2015)

Crossing Borders features works by the following composers:
Stephen Bachicha
Elisha Denburg
Melissa Dunphy
Matthew Emery
John Lawrence Greer
Jake Heggie
Martha Hill Duncan
Anna Hostman
Tony Marasco
Monica Pearce
Kala Pierson
Fiona Ryan


Press Release

Crossing Borders
Maureen Batt to perform concert of works by local, living Canadian and American composers.

Toronto, ON– Soprano Maureen Batt will perform in Toronto on Friday, March 27, at 8:00 PM, at Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. The program, titled Crossing Borders, promises to be full of audience-pleasing music and fascinating stories. The concert features a wide range of contemporary musical styles, including expressions of pop culture phenomena, nostalgia, and North American beauty. Early-bird tickets are $15, available online until Tuesday midnight at, and general admission is $20 and $25 at the door.

Batt is joined by contemporary pianist, Cheryl Duvall, who says, "Maureen and I met here in Toronto a few years ago and have since enjoyed many successful collaborations. When we started talking about this program, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to tour this concert.”

“I’m very excited to perform the final leg of the tour here in Toronto. I’ve been planning this concert, Crossing Borders, for almost three years. Crossing Borders highlights songs by living Canadian and American composers—most of whom I know personally and have worked with to develop these pieces. In several cases, these songs have been written specifically for me,” says Batt.

This inaugural Crossing Borders event is a unique opportunity to hear music created specifically for a particular artist, performed by that artist. It was first presented in Halifax in January, was presented in Philadelphia this past weekend, and is coming to Toronto as its final destination.


About Maureen Batt:
Maureen’s singing has been called dazzling and poignant, and she has been praised for her captivating voice and dynamic stage presence. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of Essential Opera, an opera company based in Ontario. Essential Opera just finished its fifth season in Toronto this past month. Maureen has been engaged by the Toy Piano Composers, New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts, Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, CMC 13th Street Series, Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Maritime Concert Opera, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include performances with Opera Nova Scotia and Opera Lyra Ottawa.

Information about Maureen’s latest dates can be found on

About Cheryl Duvall:
Cheryl Duvall is a multi-faceted musician and pianist. She is active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher and adjudicator and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Argentina and the U.S. She is especially passionate about contemporary music, which has led her to co-found the Thin Edge New Music Collective, now in their fourth season. Thin Edge completed a Canadian tour in winter 2013, were guest artists in residence at the SoundSCAPE Festival of New Music in Maccagno, Italy in 2013 and at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland in 2014. To date, they are responsible for commissioning and premièring 27 new works in the past three years, with plans for 13 new works throughout their fourth concert season.

For more information contact:

Maureen Batt at or 647-290-7970