Review by David Richards
Elora ON July 11, 2016
A lot of extraordinary things have to come together to create a truly memorable musical event. Firstly, there has to be an outstanding artist; baritone Russell Braun has been singing on the world’s most famed operatic stages and concert halls for several years now. He is the Canadian operatic equivalent of an Olympic medalist. Secondly, there has to be a venue that suits the occasion. Saturday’s concert was held in the beautifully decorated St. John’s Church in Elora with its sublime acoustics. Finally, the programme has to be satisfying. More about that later in the review, but suffice it to say that it was structured to be musically and spiritually nourishing. Noel Edison, Founding Artistic Director of theElora Festival, has perfected the recipe for programming what can only be described as ‘pure magic’!