Tracy Dahl & Andriana Chuchman:
Duets and Arias
Duets and Arias
Sopranos Tracy Dahl and Andriana Chuchman have a special relationship with Winnipeg. They’re both high-flying, international opera singers with roots in Peg City. They have another unique connection — Andriana is Tracy’s former pupil.
Tracy is, of course, one of Canada’s premier coloratura sopranos; a singer who carries off the agile runs, trills, and leaps of the coloratura repertoire “with sunshine, rainbows and laser light” (Opera Canada ). There’s no need to impress the reader by reeling off all the illustrious stages on which she’s performed, but let’s mention a few anyway: Théâtre du Châtelet, the Metropolitan, La Scala, the Hamburg Opera.
Even if Dahl hadn’t been given a place on the Women’s Executive Network’s 2014 “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” list, her list of accomplished former students (at the University of Manitoba and elsewhere) would surely testify to her indelible impact on the Canadian singing community.
One of those former students is Andriana herself, who just ten years ago was a star voice student at the U of M. Today she stars alongside the likes of Placido Domingo on the world’s top opera stages. Praised by the New York Times and Chicago Tribune for her vocal brilliance, Chuchman cut her teeth learning Ukrainian folk songs with her sister in the Garden City home where they grew up.
It’s not often that a guest artist sells out their debut concert with the MCO, but that’s what Andriana did in December 2016. Seeing who she’s sharing the stage with at our March 2018 concert, which features classic duets and arias, we’d recommend getting your tickets to this one ASAP.
Like teacher, like pupil …
Sopranos Tracy Dahl and Andriana Chuchman have parallel experiences at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Both replaced leading sopranos on short notice, Dahl as Adele in Die Fledermaus in 1991 and Chuchman as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore just this past January. For both, it represented an impromptu Met debut. But their connection goes much further than that.
Dahl is Chuchman’s former teacher… “She’s part of our family, the boys treat her like a big sister,” [Dahl] said. In fact, when Dahl wished to continue her singing career when her children were very young, Chuchman travelled with them as a nanny”—CBC News, Manitoba.
The concert begins at 7:30 pm on March 21st in Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland. Tickets, at $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $15 for students and those under-30 (incl. GST), will be available 28 July 2017, at McNally Robinson, the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice at Sherbrook), Organic Planet (877 Westminster Ave) or MCO’s Ticketline (204-783-7377).
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster United Church
21 March 2018
Tracy Dahl & Andriana Chuchman, sopranos
Airs D’espagne for String Orchestra
Haydn or Mozart symphony (TBD)
Selected duets by Mozart, Vivaldi, Debussy & Saint-Saëns
Concert sponsors / Dr. Elizabeth Tippett-Pope & Bill Pope