Mezzo-pi­ano artist to present pro­gram at Kirk recital

Lind­say Con­nolly to per­form to­day in Char­lot­te­town at 12:10 p.m.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/ENTERTAINMENT -

Lind­say Con­nolly, mez­zopi­ano, will present a pro­gram of songs at the Kirk Sum­mer Recital to­day at 12:10 p.m.

The recital will be held at the Kirk of St. James on Fitzroy Street in Char­lot­te­town, as­sisted by Frances McBurnie on pi­ano.

The pro­gram in­cludes the song cy­cle Frauen­liebe und Leben by Schu­mann, two arias from operas, one ro­man­tic and one con­tem­po­rary and a set of songs by Ned Rorem.

Con­nolly just com­pleted her first year of her masters at McGill Univer­sity. She grew up around mu­sic in P.E.I., even­tu­ally mov­ing to Hal­i­fax to study voice with mez­zoso­prano Mar­cia Swanston.

Dur­ing her time at Dal­housie Univer­sity in Hal­i­fax, she was an ac­tive per­former in the Dal­housie Opera, most notably per­form­ing Lois in “Shopo­holic’’ from “En­coun­ters’’ and Mau­rya from Vaughan Wil­liams’ “Rid­ers to the Sea’’.

Af­ter com­plet­ing her bach­e­lor of mu­sic per­for­mance with dis­tinc­tion, Con­nolly moved to Mon­treal to pur­sue a masters in opera/voice per­for­mance with Joanne Kolomy­jec at the Schulich School of Mu­sic. Af­ter de­but­ing with Opera McGill through cov­er­ing Rug­giero in Han­del’s “Al­cina’’, Con­nolly made her de­but as alto soloist in Han­del’s “Mes­siah’’ with the Diver­ti­mento Orches­tra in Ot­tawa.

In the past, she has also been a fea­tured soloist with the Réjouis­sance En­sem­ble, the Hal­i­fax Col­legium Can­to­rum, Sym­phony Nova Sco­tia and Opera Nova Sco­tia. Com­fort­able on and off stage, she en­joyed as­sis­tant di­rect­ing Strauss’ “Die Fle­d­er­maus’’ with Opera McGill and will be con­tin­u­ing her re­search on per­form­ing women’s iden­tity through art song, on which she has re­ceived the 2017 JosephAr­mand Bom­bardier Canada Master’s Schol­ar­ship.

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Lind­say Con­nolly will per­form on Wed­nes­day at 12:10 p.m. at the Kirk of St. James in Char­lot­te­town.

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