MEREDITH HALL (SOPRANO)


Canadian Soprano Meredith Hall delights audiences internationally with her “lustrous sound and fluent legato” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “bravura musical performance matched by a riveting (sense of the) dramatic” (Boston Globe). Equally at home in Opera and Oratorio, she is especially in demand for Baroque and Classical works, particularly those of Mozart and Handel.

Recent engagements include appearances with Apollo’s Fire – an esteemed early music group in Cleveland – singing MESSIAH and Celtic Christmas music, a program of Mozart and Haydn for St. Paul’s Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Bach’s JOHANNES PASSION with the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival, his B MINOR MASS with the Amadeus Choir of Toronto, MATTHÄUS PASSION with the Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener Waterloo, HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, and MESSIAHs for Symphony Nova Scotia and the Newfoundland Symphony. This past fall she featured by Music and Beyond in Ottawa and for the Sweetwater Festival in Ontario.

Past highlights include performances at the Göttingen Handel Festival in Germany, MESSIAH with both Apollo’s Fire of Cleveland and the Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener Waterloo and a Handel programme for the Grand Rapids Symphony. Also on her schedule were performances with the Arizona Chamber Music Festival in Tucson and the Hot Earth Ensemble of Newfoundland. Her 2009-2010 season included MESSIAH for the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto, LES ILLUMINATIONS with Toronto’s Talisker Players, and Vivaldi’s GLORIA for the Elgin Symphony of Illinois.

In her 2008 – 2009 season, she returned to San Francisco for Rameau’s PYGMALION and Arne’s COMUS with Philharmonia Baroque and a tour of Canada’s west coast with La Nef. In addition were performances in DIDO AND AENEAS (title role) for Apollo’s Fire and her debut with Boston Baroque in their presentation of Rameau’s PYGMALION.

In 2007-2008, Ms. Hall was heard in MESSIAH for the Victoria Symphony, in Purcell’s THE INDIAN QUEEN for the Toronto Masque Theatre and was a guest artist at the Montreal Baroque Festival. Her 2006-2007 season was notable for concerts in Halle, Germany at the Handel Festival, MESSIAH with the Toronto Symphony plus concerts and recording projects with La Nef for CBC Radio Canada and with Toronto Masque Theatre for CBC Radio Two.

Ms. Hall debuted at the Shannon International Music Festival in a programme of Beethoven’s Irish and Scottish songs with Nicholas McGegan at the piano and she was heard at the Montreal Baroque Festival and at Domaine Forget in a programme with the Toronto Consort. Other engagements in her 2005-2006 season included MESSIAHs with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Amadeus Choir of Toronto, the Newfoundland Symphony and the Iseler Singers of Toronto. Also in 2006, she was in Göttingen at the Handel Festival for an all Mozart programme, Memphis for Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Tucson for the Arizona Chamber Music Festival and Toronto with Pax Christi Chorale for Mendelssohn’s ST. PAUL. Of particular note was her recital debut in Toronto for the Women’s Musical Club with guitarist Bernard Farley.

Ms. Hall’s 2004-2005 season included the title role in Rameau’s ZEPHYR for McGegan’s Philharmonia Baroque, concerts with La Nef ensemble of Montreal, a Baroque evening for the Windsor Symphony, Bach’s JOHANNES PASSION for Orchestra London and the Toronto Operetta Theatre production of the zarzuela EL BARBERILLO DE LAVAPIES. She was also heard as Aristeo in Rossi’s ORFEO for the Toronto Consort and was featured in a Handel programme for I Musici de Montreal.

Ms. Hall has sung the title roles of Monteverdi’s L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA (Houston Grand Opera and Opera Atelier, Toronto) and Handel’s PARTENOPE (Göttingen Handel Festival, Germany) as well as Pamina in Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Opera Atelier, Toronto) and Phébé in Rameau’s CASTOR ET POLLUX (Opera in Concert, Toronto). Other Handel roles include: SEMELE (Handel & Haydn Society, Boston); Pleasure in THE CHOICE OF HERCULES (Philharmonia Baroque, San Francisco) and Mary Magdelene in RESURREZIONE (Opera Atelier). In Mozart roles, Ms. Hall has appeared as Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Bastienne in BASTIEN UND BASTIENNE with Tafelmusik in Toronto and as Elvira in DON GIOVANNI for Opera Atelier’s tour of Japan. Her performances as Susanna in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO with the same company were received with great acclaim in Toronto and Tokyo. Previous operatic engagements have included Giunone in Cavalli’s ERCOLE AMANTE in Utrecht, Tanglewood and Boston; Eurydice in Gluck’s ORFEO for Cleveland Opera; Galatea in Handel’s ACIS AND GALATEA for Opera Atelier; Dido in DIDO AND AENEAS for Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland); Messagiera in Monteverdi’s ORFEO for Vancouver Early Music; and Altisidore in Boismortier’s DON QUICHOTTE for Paris’ Opera Comique.

Ms. Hall debuted with the Toronto Symphony in Handel’s MESSIAH, a work which she has also performed with the Memphis Symphony and with Apollo’s Fire in Severance Hall, Cleveland. Other concert appearances include Mozart’s MASS IN C MINOR with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Arcadia Chamber Orchestra in Osaka, Japan; Handel’s GLORIA with Pittsburgh’s Chatham Baroque; Pergolesi’s STABAT MATER and Handel’s DIXIT DOMINUS with Le grand Choeur de Montreal; Bach’s MASS IN B MINOR for the St. Lawrence Choir of Montreal and his MISSA BREVIS for the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Ms. Hall toured Japan appearing in a series of song recitals in Osaka and Tokyo with her husband, guitarist Bernard Farley. For Toronto Operetta Theatre she performed the role of Nanine in the Canadian premiere of THE WIDOW by Calixa Lavallee.

She has recorded songs by Robbie Burns with La Nef for the ATMA label and her latest CD with Apollo’s Fire and La Nef is ‘Sacrum Mysterium’. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon Archiv, Philips, Naxos (Rameau’s CASTOR ET POLLUX), Dorian, NPR Records and CBC Records with such groups as Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert Spirituel, Opera in Concert/Aradia, The Musicians of the Globe, The Toronto Consort and Tafelmusik.