2017 - 2018 SEASON

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Mar 03, 2018 - FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
  • Crown
  • James  Mc Lean  Photo
  • Michael  Robert  Broder
  • Maeve  Palmer (1)
  • Lillian  Brooks  Headshot 2016 (.7 M)
  • F I N K E L S T E I N  P H O T O1 (2)
  • Dion Mazerolle Headshot 2015 8x10

This concert generously sponsored by Janet and Peter Partridge.

Chorus Niagara

Talisker Players


Michael Robert-Broder - CHRISTUS

Maeve Palmer, soprano

Lillian Brooks, mezzo-soprano

Zach Finkelstein, tenor

Dion Mazerolle, baritone

Alan Macdonald, baritone

Chorus Niagara Children's Choir

Stage Director -  Aria Umezawa

Discover Johann Sebastian Bach's magnum opus and the opera he never wrote, the monumental St.Matthew Passion. Two choirs, two orchestras, six soloists and one great work by a composer at the pinnacle of his creative powers. Experience thie unique and innovative 'semi-staged' rendering of history's most transformative story.

Complimentary pre-concert chat for ticket holders at 6:30pm.

This concert generously sponsored by Janet and Peter Partridge.

Featuring James McLean as the Evangelist and Michael Robert-Broder as Christus.

James McLean, tenor grew up in the city of Toronto, where he began his solo career with the Toronto Symphony, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Canadian Opera Company.

Moving to Germany, he established himself as a lyric Tenor, specializing in the repertoire of Mozart. He has performed the roles of: Tamino, Belmonte and Ferrando,in Nürnberg with Christian Thielemann, in Münich at the Gärtnerplatz Theater, and in Düsseldorf at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

In recent years his repertoire has expanded to include such varied roles as; Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Alfredo in La Traviata, Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, Steva in Jenufa and the Prince in Rusalka.

Appearances on the concert stage have led to engagements throughout Europe and Israel. James McLean has recorded numerous recitals for CBC Canada and WDR Köln. Among the CDs he has made are song cycles by Benjamin Britten, Gerald Finzi and Ralph Vaughan-Williams.

Michael Robert-Broder, baritone – Native to Vancouver, Michael Robert-Broder has established himself as one of Canada's most versatile young baritones. Equally at home with art song, oratorio, and opera, he has gained a reputation for engaging performances that perfectly join poet’s text with composer’s music, with the dramatic essence of a piece.

Oratorio performances include Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé, major works by J.S. Bach, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Israel in Egypt that found him in “a rich, mature voice.” (Georgia Straight).

As a strong advocate of contemporary music, Michael has been invited to première a number of pieces in the past year. Among them was Cameron Wilson’s The Oratorio to end all Oratorios, the role of The Jester in George Austin’s The King Who Wouldn’t Sing, and a concert of excerpts from Timothy-Benton Roark’s dramatic cantata based on the writings of W.B. Yeats, Crazy Jane. Michael has presented recitals of staged “non-dramatic” works, which have included scenes from Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister, using the art songs of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Wolf.

On the lyric stage, Robert-Broder has recently portrayed the roles of l’hotelier, and un marchant d’elixir in Massenet’s Manon, Sprecher in Mozart’s masterpiece Die Zauberflöte, Bob in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Ben in Menotti's The Telephone, and Il Conte in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Michael’s principle training has been under the guidance of Bruce Pullan, and Gary Relyea. Upcoming engagements include Donizetti's Don Pasquale and L'elisir d'amore, Bach's Johannes-Passion, Brahms's German Requiem, Schubert's Schwanengesang and Die Schöne Müllerin, Handel’s Athalia and several recitals of German, French and American Cabaret music.