Entries by Chris Simonite

Program Notes for A Tale of Two Cities

The following text will be published in the program for A Tale of Two Cities, presented on February 24 and 25, 2018. Returning to Winnipeg after a 20-year absence has been, in many ways, a gratifying experience. I’ve been offered wonderful artistic opportunities that have given me fresh perspective and challenged me to continue growing […]

Première of Mishaabooz’ Realm

At the end of the summer, our Artistic Director Andrew Balfour led the creation of an original Indigenous-based dramatic opera entitled Mishaabooz’s Realm. The première will be performed on December 15 and 16 in Montréal and on December 21 and 22 in Haliburton. This exciting new opera was jointly commissioned and produced by the Highlands […]

Balfour Receives Senate Award

Camerata Nova artistic director Andrew Balfour was awarded the a Senate 150th Anniversary Medal from Senator Pat Bovey during a ceremony in November in Ottawa. The medal is awarded to “Canadians whose generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work make their communities a better place to live.” Congratulations, Andrew!

Snow Angel: the beauty and strength of children

The following text will be published in the program for Snow Angel, presented on November 25 and 26, 2017. You never know what you’re going to get… In 22 years, Camerata Nova has never done a concert celebrating, and designed for, youth. Plus, although Snow Angel certainly has a Camerata Nova Christmas flavour, we have […]

Balfour to Compose Indigenous Opera

Camerata Nova is excited to announce that Artistic Director Andrew Balfour will be part of the creation of a completely new and original Indigenous based Dramatic Opera; Mishaabooz’s Realm, jointly commissioned and produced by the Highlands Opera Studio/Theatre and L’Atelier Lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal. This exciting new work promises to be multi-media and multi-directional, incorporating […]

Camerata Nova excites with Taken

Two small ensemble classical concerts at Canada Scene this weekend presented a striking contrast between the experimental and the traditional. One was innovative, inclusive and thoroughly engaging, despite some flaws in the execution. The other was technically impeccable, but stuffy and unoriginal. On Saturday afternoon, the Winnipeg chamber choir Camerata Nova brought its Taken project […]

Taken at Canada Scene in Ottawa

Winnipeg’s internationally acclaimed Camerata Nova choir continues to evolve in its own imaginative, risk-taking and quirky way, with early, contemporary and Indigenous-infused music remaining its pillars. The choir enjoys straying from the path too, though, and uses theatrical and visual design to engage its audience in profound and surprising ways. For these and many other reasons, […]

2017-2018 Season

You won’t want to miss Camerata Nova’s exciting 2017-2018 season! Vic Pankratz, John Wiens and Mel Braun will all be returning to conduct new shows. All the details are now on our website, and both subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased on our online store. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Voicing Your Support

Thank you for another successful season – we could not have done it without you! As a supporter, you know that Camerata Nova has fearlessly advanced its unique art form and delivered a rich tapestry of sounds and surprisingly profound musical experiences for over two decades. If you haven’t already given in 2017, we ask […]