Brahms Requiem


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15 April 2023 7:30 pm9:30 pm (2 hours)


Gordon Gerrard


Conexus Arts CentreWebsite
200 Lakeshore Dr
Regina, SK, S4S 7L3

Brahms Requiem

Brahms’ A German Requiem is a radiant and uplifting musical event performed by soprano, baritone and the local voices of the Regina Symphony Chorus. This cornerstone of choral music explores the transient nature of life and the anxiety of loss, all while providing comfort to the living.

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April 15, 2023

Gordon Gerrard, conductor
Regina Symphony Chorus
Dorianna Holowachuk, chorus director
Emma Johnson, soprano
Phillip Addis, baritone

BRAHMS: A German Requiem, op. 45




Emma Johnson, soprano

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, soprano Emma Johnson obtained her Master of Music from the University of Manitoba under the tutelage of Monica Huisman. As a featured soloist with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and Regina Philharmonic Chorus, Emma has established herself as a versatile performer in opera, oratorio, and art song repertoire.

Emma made her debut as Zerlina in Saskatoon Opera’s mainstage production of Don Giovanni in 2017, followed by subsequent projects in future seasons. In June of 2021, Emma performed the role of Aloysia Weber in Saskatoon Opera’s first-ever virtual main stage production of Mozart ReReImagined which combined selections from W.A. Mozart’s operatic repertoire with remixed arias by Saskatchewan composers. Inspired by fellow musicians demonstrating a variety of talents in directing, photography, and arts administration, Emma took the opportunity to explore a different avenue of her artistic interests as an Opera Production and Management Apprentice at the Berlin Opera Academy in the summer of 2022.

Emma has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Manitoba Graduate Scholarship (University of Manitoba), and the University of Manitoba’s gold medal for academic achievement. In 2019, Emma had the privilege of representing Saskatchewan at the FCMF National Music Festival where she received first place in voice followed by the Grand Award, an achievement for which she was recognized on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 2020 30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30 list.

With so many firsts of her musical career having taken place in the Saskatchewan arts community, Emma is thrilled to make her hometown debut with the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her graduate degree, Emma holds a Bachelor of Voice Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied under Mary Morrison O.C., and Elizabeth McDonald.

Phillip Addis, baritone

Baritone Phillip Addis, known for his “nimble and expressive” sound and “athletic command of the stage”(Twin Cities Arts Reader), is established as one of Canada’s leading performers of opera, concert, and recital repertoire. Mr. Addis’ 2020/21 season began with Laura Kaminsky’s As One, where he sang Hannah Before in a live-streamed production with Orchestre classique de Montréal. In 2021, he was slated to sing in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande, originally set for 2020, with performances in Parma, Modena, and Piacenza (now postponed until 2023). Later in 2021, Mr. Addis joined Festival d'opéra de Québec in their concert L'opéra français en fête and appeared as Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro at Opéra de Lausanne and the Royal Opera of Versailles. In spring 2022, he joined Pax Christi Chorale for Considering Matthew Shephard and in 2022/23, Mr. Addis will sing the roles of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opéra de Québec and Zurga in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles, join Orchestre Classique de Québec and Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah and perform Bruckner’s Te Deum and Stephanie Martin’s Water with the Grand Philharmonic Choir.

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