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Sought after as conductor, vocal soloist and gambist, the Canadian musician Vanessa Chartrand-Rodrigue formed the OpusXX Orchestra in her current hometown Berlin out of a passion for the fascinating and neglected repertoire of female composers across the centuries. Her experience in directing music both from its harmonic roots as a continuo player as well as its lyrical aspect as a singer give her a unique insight from the conductor's podium.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: SONGS OF CARE. LISTENING SESSIONS #1: Vanessa Chartrand-Rodrigue (OpusXX) & Michael Taylor
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Acclaimed by critics for his “great virtuosity”, “vocal radiance” and “outstanding voice”, the Canadian, Berlin-based Countertenor Michael Taylor has performed leading roles in operas around the world ranging from the baroque to the modern era.

In SONGS OF CARE. Listening Sessions #1 Vanessa and Michael present a creative and musically unique re-interpretation of works by women composers. Taking as the seed for their improvisations, will be the works of Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Lily Boulanger. „In contextualizing their works, we change our perspective not only of their place in history, but how we perceive gender in today’s world“, states Vanessa as a core interest in the work of OpusXX. And offers a deep insight into nothing less than a (feminist) counter history of music.
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TAK - Theater im Aufbau Haus - Berlin-Kreuzberg