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Serenissima – January 15, 1995 | Walter Hall, Toronto
Songs in celebration of the city of Venice

date: January 15, 1995

Originally presented in the Royal Ontario Museum in 1983, this concert took its material from the vast amount of music written in celebration of one of our favourite cities, Venice; we were able only to dip a toe into the wide and deep lagoon of possible repertoire. Three versatile singers led us from the classicism of Schubert and Monteverdi through the delights of Romantic masters and finished on theatrical stages with Fauré, Cole Porter and Johann Strauss – a varied diet indeed! The literary extracts which formed our narration were taken from the works of Casanova, Goethe, Byron, Ruskin and Henry James, together with the reminiscences of that redoubtable patroness of all the arts, Winnaretta Singer, the Princesse de Polignac.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Mignon: Kennst du das Land? D321 McKenzie, Siphiwe, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
La regata veneziana (Soirées musicales) McKenzie, Siphiwe, soprano; Prata, Gabrielle, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino Pepoli, Carlo
Gondelfahrer, D808 Prata, Gabrielle, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Mayrhofer, Johann
Venetianisches Gondellied, Op.57/5 Chamandy, Dan, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Moore, Thomas, trans. Freiligrath, Ferdinand
Mysterious gondola (Death in Venice, Op.88) Chamandy, Dan, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Piper, Myfanwy
Anzoleta avanti la regata (La regata veneziana: Péchés de vieillesse) McKenzie, Siphiwe, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino Piave, Francesco Maria
Anzoleta co passa la regata (La regata veneziana: Péchés de vieillesse) McKenzie, Siphiwe, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino Piave, Francesco Maria
Anzoleta dopo la regata (La regata veneziana: Péchés de vieillesse) McKenzie, Siphiwe, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino Piave, Francesco Maria
Sur les lagunes: Lamento, Op.7/3 (Nuits d’été) Prata, Gabrielle, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Berlioz, Hector Gautier, Théophile
Sérénade italienne, Op.2/5 Chamandy, Dan, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chausson, Ernest Bourget, Paul
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O come sei gentile (Madrigali: Libro VII) McKenzie, Siphiwe, soprano; Prata, Gabrielle, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Monteverdi, Claudio Guarini, Giovanni Battista
Venetianisches Lied I, Op.25/17 (Myrthen) Chamandy, Dan, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Robert Schumann Moore, Thomas, trans. Freiligrath, Ferdinand
Venetianisches Lied II, Op.25/18 (Myrthen) Chamandy, Dan, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Robert Schumann Moore, Thomas, trans. Freiligrath, Ferdinand
Epithalame, Op.57/4 (Shylock) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel n/a
Mandoline, Op.58/1 (Cinq Mélodies de Venise) Prata, Gabrielle, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
Final, Op.57/6 (Shylock) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel n/a
Sopra l’acqua indormenzada (Venezia) McKenzie, Siphiwe, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Hahn, Reynaldo Pagello, Pietro
La barcheta (Venezia) Chamandy, Dan, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Hahn, Reynaldo Buratti, Pietro
The Tale of the Oyster Prata, Gabrielle, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
Sei mir gegrüsst, du holdes Venetia (Eine Nacht in Venedig) Chamandy, Dan, tenor; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Strauss the younger, Johann Zell, F. / Genée, Richard
Sei mir wilkommen, holde Nacht (Eine Nacht in Venedig) McKenzie, Siphiwe, soprano; Prata, Gabrelle, mezzo; Chamandy, Dan, tenor; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Strauss the younger, Johann Zell, F. / Genée, Richard
Komm in die Gondel (Eine Nacht in Venedig) McKenzie, Siphiwe, soprano; Prata, Gabrelle, mezzo; Chamandy, Dan, tenor; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Strauss the younger, Johann Zell, F. / Genée, Richard
La primavera (Venezia) – ENCORE McKenzie, Siphiwe, soprano; Prata, Gabrelle, mezzo; Chamandy, Dan, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Hahn, Reynaldo Cicogna, Alvise