Soprano Danika Loren and pianist Stéphane Mayer perform a recital of their own compositions at Pacific Opera Victoria’s Baumann Centre on Monday night, March 2. Courtesy Pacific Opera Victoria

POV hosting Home Grown performers on Monday night

Soprano Danika Loren and pianist Stéphane Mayer perform original material March 2 at Baumann Centre

Local opera fans can enjoy a special treat Monday night, as soprano Danika Loren and pianist Stéphane Mayer perform a recital of their own compositions at Pacific Opera Victoria’s Baumann Centre.

The performance, entitled Home Grown, is part of a Canada-wide tour of the work of this duo, both of whom are Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio alumni. The evening’s program also includes works by Debussy and George Crumb.

Loren has played a wide variety of roles on the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and in concert halls across the country. As a composer, she has completed a songbook, First Fig, of 20 original songs set to text by North American female poets. She has also recently completed her first opera, an adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler.

Mayer has served as a rehearsal pianist at the Canadian Opera Company and as a répétiteur for productions of The Marriage of Figaro and Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera NUOVA) and Don Giovanni (Opera McGill). He also participated in the presentation of three world premières, The Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera/Scottish Opera), Ours (Opera on the Avalon) and Missing (Pacific Opera Victoria/Vancouver City Opera).

Home Grown gets underway at 7 p.m. March 2 at the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Rd. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students), available at rmts.bc.ca and the Royal and McPherson theatre box offices.



editor@mondaymag.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Classical musicLive musicOpera

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Lonely singer reaches out and gives back, with online birthday show

Michael Demers sharing a musical chat tonight at 8 p.m. on Facebook

Trio of rock shows rescheduled for Alix Goolden Hall

Bowie tribute show, Martin Barre’s Jethro Tull show and Tommy Emmanuel all booked for late fall

Province announces $3M in funding for arts groups hit by COVID-19 crisis

BC Arts Council to administer support for both organizations and individual artists

Opera from a social distance: Taking it to the web

Pacific Opera Victoria launching two weekly podcasts to educate and stay in touch with listeners

Victoria Quarantunes playlist encourages support for struggling artists

Victoria brewpub creates local playlist after restaurant closes in response to COVID-19

Netflix reducing video quality in Canada to lower Internet bandwidth use

Bell Media is also planning traffic measures affecting the Crave streaming service

Will the show go on? B.C. music festivals consider options for 2020

Summer events running out of time to stay on schedule, in wake of COVID-19 uncertainties

Relief fund for Canadian performing artists gets $100,000 boost from foundation

Facebook started the fund with a first $100,000 donation last week

Henley, Tucker, Cyrus and others mourn the death of Rogers

Country music icon remembered as a crossover pioneer, a supporter of young artists

Self-isolating? National Film Board of Canada has over 4,000 free films online

A wide range of documentaries, animated films and short films are on the NFB website

Music industry feeling the effects of COVID-19 pandemic

Island musicians, promoters and producers alike reeling from cancellations, venue bans

Joseph Blake: 10 amazing CDs to explore in our COVID-19 isolation

Longtime music writer shares his favourite records from his vast collection

Most Read