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Karina Gauvin with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra

Karina Gauvin with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Karina Gauvin with the Pacifica Baroque Orchestra Photo
November 01, 2019 | 8:00 PM
  • Starting at: $40.00
  • Venue: Koerner Hall
  • Series: Power Corporation of Canada Vocal Concerts
  • Genre: Chamber, Classical, Vocal
  • Presenter: The Royal Conservatory

One of the world’s reigning sopranos in Baroque and Classical repertoire, Karina Gauvin, and Vancouver’s exciting and innovative specialists in performing “early music for modern ears,” bring you a concert entitled “Russian White Nights: Opera arias from 18th century St. Petersburg.”

At the turn of the 18th century, Peter the Great began to drag Russia, often kicking and screaming, toward the rest of Europe. His new capital, St. Petersburg, was to be a window to the West, and to that end, Peter imported Germans, Czechs, Italians, and other nationalities in his quest to modernize his native land. He and his successors, especially Anna Ivanovna, Elizabeth, and Catherine the Great, saw the opera house as an opportunity to show off their cultural wealth as a modern European nation.

“Karina Gauvin has proved herself one of the most delightful of Baroque sopranos. Her pellucid tone is now flecked with deeper, richer colourings, and precise, nimble coloratura.” (Gramophone)

Karina Gauvin, soprano
Alexander Weimann, Music Director
Pacific Baroque Orchestra


Yevstigney Ipat’yevich Fomin: Overture (Allegro) from The Coachmen at the Relay Station
Dmitri Stepanovich Bortniansky: from Alcide
“Mi sorprende”
“In qual mar”
“Dei clementi”
Domenico Dall’Oglio: Sinfonia Cossaca

I.     Allegro
II.    Andante
III.   Allegro

Johann Adolph Hasse: Sinfonia from La clemenza di Tito
Maxim Sozontovich Berezovsky: from Demofoonte
“Misero pargoletto”
Violin Sonata in C Major (Grave)
“Mentre il cor”
Dmitri Stepanovich Bortniansky: from Le Faucon
Ouverture (Allegro spiritoso)
Air d’Elvire: “Ne parlez pas”
Giovanni Paisiello: Divertimento
            VI.     Largo
            IV.     Amabile
            V.      Allegretto
Christoph Willibald Gluck: from Armide
“Enfin, il est en ma puissance”
“Ah! Si la liberté”
“O ciel! Quelle horrible menace”
“Le perfid Renaud me fuit”

Program Notes

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