A Hot Night at the Opera to warm your Winter!

03 Feb 2014, Posted by admin in News

For immediate release:

January 27, 2014

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  (Julie Nesrallah, Mezzo) https://www.dropbox.com/s/asys6210p1nik7e/Sparkly%20Nez.jpg

 (Melody Thomas, soprano) https://www.dropbox.com/s/7q5wq8g00tru9su/IMGP9531Thomas.jpg

Peterborough, ON – On Saturday, February 8th, Fight the February blues with a Night at the Opera! Peterborough Symphony Music Director, Michael Newnham [NYOO-NUM] and CBC’s Julie Nesrallah bring the passion of Carmen to the stage along with your favourite moments in Opera. Also featuring Peterborough emerging talent & 2013 United Way ambassador, Melody Thomas

A Night at the Opera, featuring mezzosoprano Julie Nesrallah and emerging soprano Melody Thomas

CBC’s Julie Nesrallah and Peterborough Emerging talent & 2013 United Way ambassador, Melody Thomas

Praised for her “stunning and transformative” performances, soprano and Peterborough native Melody Thomas received her Honours Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto under the tutelage of mezzo-soprano Jo-Anne Bentley.  She then completed her Opera Diploma at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012-2013, and the season was an eventful one.

In the summer of 2012, Melody performed her operatic debut as Nora in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea with the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop.  Her excellent performance was praised in Opera Canada Magazine. With Opera Laurier, Melody successfully performed the excerpted roles of Despina from Così fan tutte, Gretel from Hänsel und Gretel, and Laoula from Chabrier’s L’étoile in the fall, and then performed the role of Susanna from The Marriage of Figaro in the spring.  Upon graduating from Laurier, Melody travelled to Victoria, BC to study Baroque chamber music at the Victoria Conservatory’s Advanced Summer Vocal Academy.  The 2013-2014 season finds Melody spending time back in her hometown of Peterborough, where she is teaching, performing, and applying to graduate schools.  In October, she was a featured soloist with Brantford’s Grand River Chorus after being named a winner of their inaugural Spotlight on Our Youth Competition, and December saw her first solo Messiah with the Peterborough Singers.  She looks forward to joining the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra for A Night at the Opera in February 2014.

This is also a debut performance of the PSO’s Assistant Conductor, Francois Koh who began in January as this year’s 2014 RBC Emerging Artist in a project partnered with Market Hall and the Kawartha Youth Orchestra.  The public will see him at work this coming Saturday at the Lunar New Year concert held at St. James church (221 Romaine St. at 7pm) with members of both the PSO and the KYO but he will be conducting the full orchestra on February 8th.  “I am thrilled to perform Rossini and Donizetti’s arias with CBC’s Julie Nesrallah and Melody Thomas, and I will also be conducting Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture which the audience will love and recognize from Bugs Bunny’s cartoons. I know they’ll enjoy this wonderful concert!”

Tickets for this February 8th concert are available from Showplace Box office or online at Showplace.org.


A Night at the Opera

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 8:00pm, Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. North)

GUEST ARTISTS: CBC’s Julie Nesrallah and emerging local talent & 2013 United Way Ambassador, Melody Thomas

Tickets: $39.50/36.50/28.50 for Adults | $15 for Students & Rush Seats | $15 for Tweet Seats (#psolive) | $5 for eyeGO


The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Music Director Michael Newnham celebrates his 13th season with the orchestra.  Maestro Newnham begins each concert evening at 7:10pm with fascinating and engaging pre-concert chat, which can include guest appearances and multi media presentations.



The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 46 years as a cultural cornerstone of our community, and has developed a reputation as being one of the best community orchestras in Canada.

Learn more at www.thepso.org or by calling (705) 742-1992.

The Peterborough Symphony is generously supported by:

 Glen Colbourne Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation

City of Peterborough

Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation

The Pilkington-Henniger Charitable Trust

The Dawe Family Foundation

The Barns Donation Fund

The Peterborough Foundation

RBC Emerging Artists Program

Glen Colbourne Fund/Toronto Community Foundation

The Ontario Arts Council

The Peterborough Examiner

The New Classical 103.1



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