The TSO and Equilibrium Young Artists announce soloists for 2020’s Mozart Requiem
After announcing their new partnership in December, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and Equilibrium Young Artists (EQ) revealed earlier this week that soprano Jenavieve Moore, mezzo-soprano Jillian Bonner, tenor Charles Sy, and bass Trevor Eliot Bowes have been chosen as the featured vocal soloists in Mozart’s Requiem—conducted by Sir Andrew Davis—to be presented by the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall in January 2020.
Barbara Hannigan (soprano, conductor, and founder of Equilibrium Young Artists) and Sir Andrew Davis (distinguished conductor and Interim Artistic Director of the TSO) selected the four young Canadian singers after auditioning more than 20 gifted candidates earlier this month.
Along with each audition, candidates had the chance to participate in mentoring sessions during which Hannigan and Davis engaged in invaluable group conversations with the singers, discussing the ups, downs, and inside-outs of professional music careers. Each discussion was wholly unique and takeaways varied from suggested reading material to hints on keeping positive, focussing on personal growth, and knowing how to deal with difficult situations and people.
“It was so inspiring to hear and meet everyone,” comments Barbara Hannigan. “We had to make difficult choices, as we could only select four singers for Mozart’s Requiem. Though we could not cast everyone at the time, I am delighted about the connections we made—these connections can play out in other, sometimes very unexpected, ways down the road. And now, all of these remarkable young singers are on our radar.”
In preparation for their upcoming TSO débuts, the four singers will attend an intensive EQ workshop with Hannigan at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP) in Nova Scotia in August 2019. The EQ workshop involves working with Barbara as well as with Jackie Reardon—coach to Olympic medal-winning athletes (team and individual)—as well as leaders in business, technology, and the arts, who have been working with Equilibrium since its formation in 2017.
See Jenavieve Moore, Jillian Bonner, Charles Sy, and Trevor Eliot Bowes alongside Sir Andrew Davis, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the TSO as they perform Mozart’s Requiem on January 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2020.
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