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Brett Polegato

accompanied by Robert Kortgaard
April 5th, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Trinity United Church in Gravenhurst
Brett Polegato is one of Canada’s best baritone singers. He is equally comfortable on the concert or the opera stage. His musical ability has earned him the highest praise from audiences and critics. The New York Times praise him for his “burnished, well-focused voice” which he uses with “considerable intelligence and nuance.” He is accompanied by RobertKortgaard who is a favourite collaborator for many of Canada’s finest soloists and vocalists.

Polegato's discography shifts as seamlessly through genres as his live appearances. In addition to the Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, his recordings include the Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem (ASO Media), Ben Moore's Ode To A Nightingale (Delos), his critically praised solo disc, To A Poet, with pianist Iain Burnside (CBC Records) and a live period-instrument performance of Messiah with the Handel & Haydn Society (Arabesque Recordings). With the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra he has recorded Bach's Coffee and Peasant Cantatas (Analekta-Fleur de Lys) and, most recently, Handel's Messiah. In March 2000, CBC Records released a disc entitled Opera Encores that joined him with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra led by Richard Bradshaw. His opera recordings include Emmerich Kálmán's Die Herzogin von Chicago (Decca) with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Gluck's Armide with Les Musiciens du Louvre (Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv label).



Robert Kortgaard

Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master degrees at the Juiliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England.

Kortgaard has performed with sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo and Measha Brueggergosman; violinist Joshua Bell; and with Peter Tiefenback and prima ballerina Veronica Tennant in a new production entitled “Invitation to the Dance.” He has recorded French and German Cabaret programs with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell for CBC Records. His CD with soprano Wendy Nielson was nominated for both Juno and East Coast Music Awards. Recent engagements include tours with mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, the Elmer Iseler Singers and several performances of duo piano repertoire with Peter Tiefenback. He also performs and records with cabaret artist and soprano Patricia O’Callaghan.

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