“Christina Raphaëlle Haldane was fully committed as Cleopatra…and she sang fantastically well, from the exquisitely shaped melodic line of ‘Se Pieta’ to the dazzling colatorua of ‘DaTempeste.’ (Opera Magazine)

Acclaimed soprano Christina Haldane will launch her new recording of Canadian art songs, Let Me Explain on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at The Music Room. Recorded at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, Let Me Explain features music by Canadian composers, including Samy MoussaCarl Philippe GionetDavid Jaeger C.M. and Oscar Peterson. Christina will be joined by Carl Philippe Gionet and David Jaeger for this performance event.  The performance will include songs from Jaeger’s The Echo Cycle, which he composed for Christina, set to poems by her father, Seán Haldane.  Chrsistina’s cousin, Acadian pianist and interdisciplinary artist Carl Phiippe Gionet, created re-imagined classical arrrangements of Acadian folksongs which will also be featured on the program.

Soprano Chrstina Raphaëlle Haldane has two nationalities, Canadian and British, and grew up speaking English and French.  A recent graduate of the DMA program at the University of Toronto, Christina is part of the Voice Faculty at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts for the 2019/20 academic year.  The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships in Canada, England and the USA, she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after spending a year at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  She has has performed throughout Asia, Europe, the UK and Canada, singing lead roles at opera houses such as The Finnish National Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong.  In 2017 she made her critically acclaimed Canadian debut singing the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda in Toronto for Opera in Concert in 2017.  An advocate of contemporary music, she has collaborated with many composers of our time, and recently created the role of Mary McGee in Shot:  The Story of D’Arcy McGee by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte with the Hamilton Philharmonic.  

Christina is thrilled to also delve into the world of jazz, by performing works by Oscar Peterson.  His family has shared with her one of Oscar’s songs, Why Think About Tomorrow, which is featured on the new album.  

Entry to the event includes refreshments. Admission is free, but attendees should register through EventBrite as seating is limited. Learn more and watch performances and interviews by Christina at www.christinahaldane.com.

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