Nanaimo's Classical Coffee Concert Series continues with soprano Robyn Driegder-Klassen.
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Robyn and Sarah will perform a rich programme of well-loved Art Song in German, French, Spanish and English, followed by a set of traditional Spirituals and finishing with three silly songs.
Described as “singing with pure tone, absolute clarity of diction and vivid characterisation", Robyn Driedger-Klassen is in high demand in the opera and recital fields. Seen on many Canadian opera stages, Robyn's roles span from Baroque to contemporary music. Also in demand for solo work, Robyn has performed Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah, Orff's Carmina Burana, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Haydn's Creation, and recently was the soprano soloist for a new work by Canadian composer, Larry Nickel entitled Requiem for Peace which can be heard on recording.
In 2007 Robyn appeared with the Vancouver Opera as Sophie in Massenet’s Werther and as Naiade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. In 2008 she appeared again with the VOA as Mazelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio and with Pacific Opera Victoria as Alexandra in the Canadian premiere of Marc Blitzstein’s Regina.
Robyn has received critical acclaim for her performances of the Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Banff Centre (2004) and with Seattle Opera’s young artist programme (2005) where she also performed the Governess in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (2006).
Of her 2008 performances as the Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England, the London Times wrote: “The soprano of Robyn Driedger-Klassen was outstanding in its impassioned embodiment of the drama.”
Highlights from the 2008-09 season include: Bubikopff in Viktor Ullmann’s one-act opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis, a repeat performance of Larry Nickel’s Requiem for Peace with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Bach Choir, performances of Bacalov’s Missa Tango, a recital with Vancouver’s Music on Main Series and concerts with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Robyn can be seen in the upcoming season in performances of R. Murray Schaffer’s Arcana with The Turning Point Ensemble, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and various recitals and concerts including Bach’s Cantata 51 and Handel’s Messiah.