The Canadian Tenors Inc.

November 23, 2007 15:18 ET

The Canadian Tenors Celebrates Christmas

Let them charm you... with their voices

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2007) - When John, Paul, George and Ringo arrived in North America so many decades ago, they spawned something called Beatlemania and the world of popular culture has never been quite the same. Since then, other singers have incited similar musical mayhem and now, the newly launched Canadian Tenors, are poised to deliver a similar cultural wallop. They sound like Caruso or Pavarotti, they look equal parts Enrique Iglesias and Brad Pitt and their stage presence belies their tender years. They have wit, charm and charisma in spades.

The Canadian Tenors have been entertaining people with their inventive and exciting versions of classic opera and pop songs. They have been described as "Canada's national treasure" possessing "a mountain of talent" and have recently performed for Bill Clinton and sang with Canadian music icon Rita MacNeil. They are now coming to Quebec.

To explain why the Canadian Tenors generate such enthusiasm whenever-and wherever-they perform, the group's founder, Jill Ann Siemens, has a simple but compelling answer, "All the world loves a beautiful song. When the song is sung by four inordinately talented and handsome young men, all the better!"

The four voices of the Canadian Tenors will come together as one in stunning live harmony this November when they perform in a special Christmas Show to be remembered. These four young men's fabulous voices will breathe new life into classic Christmas tunes and interpret new songs destined to become unforgettable Christmas anthems.

The Rising of a Phenomenon

The Canadian Tenors came from an idea of Ms. Siemens a few years ago. In order to get the best of the crop, she has conducted a cross Canada "talent search" for the four finest young tenor voices in the country, and she has succeeded in that quest admirably. "I issued a press release, put an advertisement on the Equity website, contacted all the opera companies and opera schools across the country and canvassed my own extensive network." At the end of the six-month talent search this past September, she signed four exceptional young men to become the Canadian Tenors.

The Tenors

Ranging in age from their mid-20s to their mid-30s, these remarkably talented and handsome young men have already accumulated a tremendous amount of professional experience and artistic accomplishment. Those individual legacies will now blend together to form something quite extraordinary.

Victor Micallef is a Toronto-born singer who found his goal in life when he saw Les Miserables as a child. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music then at the University of Western Ontario on a performance scholarship, and at the Lieder and Opera Workshop in Italy. Renowned mezzo soprano singer Regina Resnik said, "There is a special musicality in his voice that cannot be taught."

Remigio Pereira is an Azorean-Canadian singer, guitarist, composer and songwriter. Starting out in local rock bands as a teen, he was accepted into the prestigious Conservatoire du Quebec to formally learn vocals and classical guitar and has since gone on to perform solo recitals for ambassadors, Prime Ministers and Presidents.

Fraser Walters was a member of the Grammy-award-winning acapella vocal ensemble Chanticleer. His humble beginnings took him from Vancouver to the world stage via the Vancouver, Edmonton and Seattle opera companies as a boy soprano soloist. He has a Voice Performance degree from UBC and put his now-tenor voice to acclaimed use in the world premiere theatre production of The Lord of The Rings in 2006.

Jamie McKnight studied musical theatre at Sheridan College, after spending six years of his youth in the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus. He landed the title role in Aladdin, performed in Ed Mirvish's version of The Producers and won an Audience Choice Award in Go-Go Beach at Summerworks. He is the newest member of The Canadian Tenors, after it was recommended that the group see him perform in his current show, King Lear, at Stratford.

The Democratization of Opera

The Canadian Tenors all had one mission in common: To bring the classically trained voice to a wider-and for the most part non-operatic-audience. So far, they have superbly succeeded. What is unique about these tenors is how their four quite distinct voices blend so well together and how people react to their performance.

A brand new album is being released this winter, with the theme song for the opening of the new Crystal Wing of the Royal Ontario Museum included on it, co-written by David Foster and Andrea Bocelli and sung by The Canadian Tenors. They will then embark on their CD release tour with dates across Europe, Asia and North America.

Upcoming Concerts

November 26th - Quebec City at the Capitol Theatre - 8 pm (www.admission.com)

November 28th - Montreal at Theatre Outremont - 8 pm (www.ticketpro.ca)

November 30th - Toronto, ON at the Winter Garden Theatre - 8 pm (www.ticketmaster.ca)

For more information on the Canadian Tenors, please visit: www.canadiantenors.com.

Audio clip available at the following address: http://file.ccnmatthews.com/release/tenor.mp3

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Contact Information

  • To request a photo or an interview with the Canadian Tenors
    Allard Hervieu Communication
    Veronique Gabrysz
    514-499-3030, extention 3
    vg@ahcom.ca