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.