Emma Kirkby Cancels Canadian Tour - And Then Her Replacement Falls Ill

Classic Arts News   Emma Kirkby Cancels Canadian Tour - And Then Her Replacement Falls Ill
Soprano Emma Kirkby, suffering from bronchitis, has withdrawn from a four-concert tour of Canada that was to have begun this past weekend. Three of the four dates were with countertenor Daniel Taylor and his ensemble, the Theatre of Early Music, in a program anchored by Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.

Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc, a frequent colleague of Kirkby's during her time in London in the 1990s, was booked last week to fill in on the tour — and then proceeded to fall ill and pull out herself.

Luckily, another Canadian singer and frequent Kirkby colleague, Nancy Argenta, was available on short notice; amid much rearranging of the first half of the program (with Handel arias substituted for the originally planned Bach), she stepped in and saved the concerts.

The three performances with Taylor were in Vancouver on Friday (Nov. 16), Victoria on Saturday (Nov. 17) and Edmonton this Wednesday (Nov. 21). The fourth concert is a solo recital in Kelowna, British Columbia this afternoon; Argenta will be singing, but with both Kirkby and LeBlanc having cancelled, the organizers are refunding ticketholders' money nevertheless and offering free admission to Argenta's program.

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