Sunday, September 29, 2024, 3:00pm

Darke Hall

Saskatchewan Arts Songs

“Ludwig, with her warm voice and unpretentious musicality, neither over dramatic nor inexpressive, but intuitive and brimming with her complete mastery of meaning, born of a profound understanding of the text, overwhelmed us with astonishment.”

Stephen Pedersen, Halifax Chronicle

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Juno and Dora award winning mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig is an artist of tremendous depth, musicality and scope. Her charm, warmth and easy sense of humour are perfect for the stage and her vibrant musicality makes her a favourite to all her audiences. Her versatility and ability to interpret many styles are impeccable.

Hailed by Halifax Chronicle Herald critic Stephen Pedersen as having “tones of silver and gold,” Andrea has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company in numerous roles including Nireno in Handel’s Julius Ceasar, the Second Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Moira in Paul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata.

Very much in demand for contemporary opera, Andrea has been involved in many of Tapestry New Opera’s projects including their LibLab and Opera Briefs, as well as the world premiere of Juliet Palmer’s Shelter at Edmonton Opera in 2012 and Toronto in June 2014. Andrea was Nada in the multi Dora-nominated Queen of Puddings’ production of Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba (The Wedding) that had it’s world premiere in Toronto in June 2011. She reprised the role of Nada in France, Serbia and Ireland in 2012; at Edmonton Opera and Philadelphia Opera in 2013; and at the prestigious Festival D’Aix en Provence in 2015.

Ms. Ludwig’s commitment to concert performance remains a strong focus. She has sung with Symphony Nova Scotia, Symphony New Brunswick, Shanghai New Music Festival, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville, Against the Grain Theatre, Toronto Masque Theatre, Soundstreams, Off Centre Music Salon, the TSO Chamber Soloists and Echo Chamber Toronto.

Recordings include the ECMA-nominated Schubert Orchestrations with Symphony Nova Scotia, Responsio, by Peter Anthony Togni,  Galicians II with The Ukrainian Art Song Project,  ATMA label recording of Ana Sokolovic’s Sirens, and the UK Chandos recording of Thais: Grand Opera in Concert, with the TSO and TMC, under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis.

Andrea is also in demand as a vocal coach and clinician. August 2024 will be her third summer as vocal coach with the Ukrainian Art Song Project Summer Institute.  She has given masterclasses at Luther College High School in Regina and to the Opera Division of the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University.  Andrea also accompanies and coaches student choirs in group settings.

Originally from a farm in Northeast Saskatchewan, Michael Angell has had a diverse career in Canada and Argentina. He has taught all manner of subjects and methods to all sorts of people; played for innumerable singers and instrumentalists: everything from Suzuki Violin book 1 to Wagner; and, before taking his current role as a Lecturer at the University of Regina’s MAP Faculty, spent several years working in the Financial Technology Industry.

His current research includes a collaborative study with URegina’s Kinesiology department on shoulder training for pianists, a paper on Cultural Poverty in Saskatchewan, as well as continued study at Alicia de Larrocha’s piano archives in Barcelona.

Active as a speaker, clinician and entertainer, Michael’s 24/25 season will see his one-man show go into production at home and in Spain, featuring solo piano, songs, monologues and comedy, performed in both English and Spanish. He will also host a new weekly interview podcast series while continuing his work as the Artistic Director of Perspective Festival.

Born in Prague, Rudolf Sternadel started violin lessons at the age of five. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto in 1991 under Prof. David Zafer. He then enrolled at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied violin with Prof. Václav Snítil and chamber music with Prof. Lubomír Kostecký of the Smetana Quartet. During his stay in Europe, Rudolf also toured Germany and Italy as a member of the RIAS Jugendorchester, Berlin, and participated in several chamber music seminars. Upon returning to Canada in 1993, he enrolled at the University of Toronto, completing his Master of Music degree in September 1994 under the tutelage of Prof. Loránd Fenyves. Until October 2000, he was involved in numerous freelance and chamber music activities in Toronto and Kitchener[1]Waterloo. Upon his moving to Regina in 2000 until 2015, Rudolf was the head of the Child / Parent String Program at the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts. In 2012, he has undertaken Fall and Winter residencies at the Banff centre under the direction of Henk Guittart and in June 2021 he participated in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute as part of professional development. From 2012-2017 he was a member of the Amati String Quartet. Currently, he is the head of the String Department at the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts, Assistant Music Director / Librarian of the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, member of the Regina Symphony and the per Sonatori Baroque Ensemble.