World-renowned soprano Nancy Argenta takes the stage with the SPO

Soprano Nancy Argenta’s ethereal voice has enchanted audiences on four continents, and now she brings her acclaimed talent to Sooke (February 25) and Metchosin (February 26) for two concerts with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO).

A teacher at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Nancy is known around the globe for her light, crystalline voice, a repertoire that spans three centuries, and her ability to perform both large-scale works and chamber music. An EMC Solo Virgin Artist, she has recorded over 50 records, including Mozart’s Requiem, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. With the SPO, she will perform arias from Mozart’s Idomeneo, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro as well as arias from Handel’s Rodelinda, Rinaldo, Agrippina and Giulio Cesare.

“It’s [Argenta’s] first time performing with the SPO, and we are extremely privileged,” says SPO conductor Norman Nelson. “She has chosen the repertoire she’s famous for: Mozart and Handel’s beloved favourites. She’s paced the repertoire well — there will be both sobs and shouts of joy.”

In addition to Nancy’s vocal works, the SPO will perform Handel’s Water Music and Mozart’s Symphony No.31, also known as the Paris Symphony, in recognition of the city in which it was composed as well as its distinctly Parisian quality. Under Maestro Nelson, the SPO and guest Nancy are sure to deliver another unforgettable performance!

by Jessica Woollard

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