A Monteverdi Christmas Vespers with David Fallis

A Monteverdi Christmas Vespers with David Fallis

David Fallis is a Canadian conductor and music director renowned for his work in both early and contemporary music. As Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort, Canada's leading ensemble specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque, he has toured extensively in Canada, the US and Europe, and has led the ensemble in their numerous recordings. He has led them in critically acclaimed performances of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, all three Monteverdi operas in concert, Cavalli's Calisto, Giasone, Elena and Gli amori di Apollo e di Dafne, the Praetorius Christmas Vespers, and The Play of Daniel. He has created many of the Consort's most successful programs, including The Marco Polo Project, The Real Man of La Mancha, Shakespeare's Songbook and Carnival Revels.

As Music Director of Toronto's Opera Atelier he has led critically-acclaimed productions of Mozart's The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Abduction from the Seraglio, La Clemenza di Tito, all three Monteverdi operas, Lully's Armide and Persée, Handel's Alcina, La Resurrezione and Il pastor fido, Weber's Der Freischütz, as well as operas by Purcell, Gluck and Charpentier. He has conducted at the Royal Opera House in Versailles, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Singapore Festival, Festival Vancouver, Houston Grand Opera, the Seoul Arts Centre, Cleveland Opera, Wolftrap Theater, Utah Opera, and in major opera houses in Japan.

For the prestigious Luminato Festival in Toronto, he conducted Murray Schafer's music-theatre epic Apocalypsis at the Sony Centre in 2015. Mr. Fallis was the Music Director for the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer's The Children's Crusade produced by Soundstreams, in collaboration with the Toronto Consort, also at the Luminato Festival. He has conducted world premieres by many other leading Canadian composers, including James Rolfe, Christopher Butterfield, Christos Hatzis and Andrew Ager.

Mr. Fallis directs Choir 21, a vocal ensemble specializing in contemporary choral music, which has performed for Soundstreams Canada, for the Toronto International Film Festival during the inaugural film series at the Bell Lightbox, for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in their "New Creations Festival", for the Art of Time Ensemble, and for Continuum Contemporary Music.

Mr. Fallis was the historical music producer for two acclaimed TV series The Tudors and The Borgias. He lives in Toronto with his wife Alison Mackay.

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Festive Cantatas – A Monteverdi Christmas Vespers at the Cathedral

With violins, cornetti, sackbuts, theorbos, keyboards and voices, this special Christmas presentation recreates the lavish celebration of Christmas Vespers from the Church of San Marco in 17th-century Venice, with music by the incomparable Claudio Monteverdi!  Featuring works from his 1641 collection of sacred music, the concert will resound with the glorious sounds of a Christmas celebration you won’t soon forget. Gloria in excelsis!
 
“This Christmas Vespers, led by David Fallis, was an engaging blend of scholarship with honest sentiment plus all the bells and whistles that the early Baroque could muster in service of religious music. The result was nothing less than splendid, one of the best musical treats of the holiday season.”
 
December 23, 2015, The Vancouver Sun

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