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Issue 11

Sounds Like GGS!

Issue 11 | November 2020

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The cast of Lucrezia during filming of GGS Chamber Opera double-bill.

Pandemic-era performance continues to happen in imaginative ways at The Glenn Gould School and this issue of Sounds Like GGS! is your sneak peek into our latest we-did-it triumph: our Fall Chamber Opera! Filmed in all its glory! 

You can watch in online in December, but we’ve got your primer with behind-the-scenes photos and videos about how our students and creative team pulled it off. The double bill of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and William Bolcom’s Lucrezia blossomed from the hope that it could be done. Moved from Mazzoleni Hall to Temerty Theatre for safety. Designed with distancing in mind. Filmed and edited together. No live audience. But the magic happened anyway! 

Opera Online: Thinking Outside (and Performing Inside) the Box

We’re bursting with more news:  

Our Engineer’s Exotic Sound: Ladom Ensemble  

Revel in the surprising sound world of Ladom Ensemble, founded by GGS audio engineer Pouya Hamidi.   

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Sounds Like GGS Alums!  

Listen to mezzo-soprano Jennifer Routhier (Opera Scholar ’20) capture 2nd prize in this year’s Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, chill to the ethereal new album Alice in Wonderland from Nahre Sol, ADP ‘17 / New Music Fellow ‘19 Alice Huang, and watch soprano Jennifer Taverner (ADP ’11) in a slick new short where Puccini meets the pandemic.  

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What to do when an embassy calls … say yes! 

Find out why pianist SaeYoon Chon (BMus ‘19 / ADP ’21) played a virtual concert for the Korean Embassy in Ireland. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Ema Nikolovska’s choice of voice 

Meet the GGS violinist who found her true calling as a mezzo! Ema Nikolovska (PDP ’15) took what she learned from GGS’s Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman and the RCM’s Helga Tucker, headed for London, and fine-tuned a voice that has been winning accolades across Europe and beyond. 

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