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Sueños Ibericos: CANCELLED

Owing to the restriction on public gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this performance has been cancelled. We will be in touch with all ticket-holders to discuss refunds.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham

Spain’s rich history and sun-drenched pueblos have inspired composers of many different nationalities. Join Orchestra Toronto and soprano Julie Nesrallah as we share some great music inspired by Spain’s rich history and culture.

  • In the 19th century, growing nationalism in Europe also inspired an interest in "the other." Both the Russian Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the French Georges Bizet portrayed Spanish themes and ideas in their compositions. Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol  uses the entire orchestra to portray the Spanish countryside. 
  • Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah will perform several well known songs from Georges Bizet's timeless story of love and jealousy in the Spanish countryside.
  • Manuel de Falla, one of Spain's most renowned composers, incorporated Flamenco and folk remedies into his one-act ballet El Amor Brujo.


Michael Newnham – Conductor
Julie Nesrallah – Mezzo-soprano

On the Programme

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:  Capriccio espagnol

Geoges Bizet: Selections/arias from “Carmen” (Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano)

Manuel de Falla:  “Fire Music” from El amor brujo (Love the Magician) (with The Esmerelda Enrique Dance Company)

Manuel de Falla:  Three-cornered Hat Suite 1 and/or 2


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George Weston Recital Hall
Meridian Arts Centre
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8


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Meet our Guest Artists

Julie Nesrallah

Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah is a singer, actress and broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice. Miss Nesrallah has sung for leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles around the world. Julie débuted as Isabella in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri at Pacific Opera Victoria and went on to perform major roles including The Composer in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Cenerentola in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen and Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, among others.

Concerts and festivals include engagements in Paris, Vienna, Hong Kong, Jordan, Macau and Brazil, Colombia, Canada and the United States. In 2015, Miss Nesrallah sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City in a concert for harp and voice.  She sang God Save the Queen for “Will and Kate” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their first visit to Canada on Parliament Hill in a performance that was viewed around the world. She was the sole vocalist in An Evening for Peace for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan in Montreal.

Miss Nesrallah is the host of Tempo on CBC Music, Canada’s national classical music program, and is also the executive producer and star of Carmen on Tap, a company she created that performs Bizet’s opera Carmen as dinner theatre. Julie has been the recipient of several distinguished awards including the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award, and most recently the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada’s performing arts.

Dancer Angela Deiseach photo by Alex Usquiano

A dynamic and engaging performer, Angela Déiseach has been a prominent figure in the Toronto flamenco community for over 20 years. Trained in Toronto, Madrid and Seville,
Angela began her performing career as a member of the acclaimed Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, with whom she danced for many years. Through the years she
has had the pleasure of performing with some of Spain's most notable flamenco artists, including Juan Ogalla, Antonio Granjero and Ramón Martinez. As an independent artist, Angela appears in venues throughout Canada and abroad. In 2016, she co-founded Illumina Flamenco, a collective dedicated to performing traditional and contemporary flamenco dance. Illumina Flamenco’s work is enjoyed by a diverse range of audiences. Favourite past presentations include Hamilton’s ‘ Frost Bites ’ Site Specific Arts Festival and NIGHT SHIFT - a new late-night event showcasing innovative, dynamic and thought-provoking dance by Toronto movement artists. Since early 2019, Angela has also been busy creating and performing with the Toronto-based ensemble Clic-Clac Flamenco. This performance group is rooted in traditional flamenco music and dance and incorporates influences from varying genres and styles. Their work celebrates expression and storytelling through song and dance. Clic-Clac made their
debut as part of the Tablao Flamenco Toronto showcase series and has since been featured in the Dance Matters Into the Fire Series, and The Happening with Muse: Collective Arts.
Angela is delighted to be performing select works by Manuel de Falla with Orchestra Toronto.