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SUNDAY Feb. 20, 2022: Carmen! with Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano

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SUNDAY, February 20, 2022: Carmen! with Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano

George Weston Recital Hall, Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St., Toronto
3 p.m., pre-concert chat at 2:15

Join Music Director Michael Newnham, mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah, and the musicians of Orchestra Toronto for a passion-fuelled afternoon of Spanish-inspired rhythms and songs.

On the programme:

Elizabeth Raum: Flamenco Dance

Manuel de Falla El Amor Brujo, with Julie Nesrallah

Georges Bizet: Selections from Carmen, with Julie Nesrallah

Manuel de Falla: Three-Cornered Hat Suite #2

Mezzo soprano Julie Nesrallah, one of Canada’s foremost interpreters of Bizet’s opera, brings the fire and passion of Carmen to Orchestra Toronto, in a programme of music inspired by Spain’s history, romance, and drama.

Meet Our Guest Artist

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.

Fun fact: In the 90s, I got a tattoo in the East Village in New York City with a guy named Sam. I went home with ink and never saw Sam again.

Julie Nesrallah

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Available from Meridian Arts Centre Box Office 416-366-7723, or for Ticketmaster click here or use the Ticketmaster link below:


Single-concert tickets are on sale now!

Adults: $45
Seniors (65+): $39
OTOPus (13 to 29): $19*
Children (5-12): $15

*OTOPus patrons may purchase one additional ticket at the discounted rate for a guest of any age.
Available from Meridian Arts Centre Box Office 416-366-7723, or from Ticketmaster.


The George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre
5040 Yonge St., Toronto

The Meridian Arts Centre is a fully accessible facility. Pre-concert visits to the venue are available. Please call 416-467-7142 or email if you have any questions about accessibility. 

Sunday performances start at 3:00 p.m. Pre-concert chats start at 2.15. 

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