"The vocal talents are first-rate. A must-hear is lyric tenor Bud Roach, who is only beginning to introduce himself to Toronto" John Terauds, Toronto Star
"Bud Roach was superb - this oboist-turned-singer not only has a beautiful lyric tenor, but is a natural on stage" Tamara Bernstein, The Globe and Mail
"An expressive singer…(with) an attractive, bright sound" Paula Citron, Opera Canada
"The soloists, (including) tenor Bud Roach, were uniformly excellent." Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen
"This young singer displayed a voice that may soon lead him to become one of the top Baroque tenors in Canada…Completely at ease with the demands of mid-18th century English ornamentation, Roach delivered a sweetness of timbre up and down the entirety of his large vocal range. His diction was perfect as well." Linda Geary, Brantford Expositor
Upcoming Event: October 2-3, 2010
As part of Toronto's "Nuit Blanche", Bud will perform the Canadian premiere of Andrew Staniland's "Calamus 6" (Walt Whitman).
April 22-24 St. John Passion at Aldeburgh. Two performances of Bach's St. John Passion led by tenor Mark Padmore are the culmination of a ten-day course of public masterclasses and rehearsals at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Suffolk. Special thanks to the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation for their assistance.
May 5-6 Toronto Masque Theatre. M. A. Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers J. Rolfe and A. Alexis: Orpheus and Eurydice (Commissioned by TMT in 2003 with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council). www.torontomasquetheatre.com
May 28 Judas Maccabeus with the Bach Elgar Choir, Hamilton and the Hamilton Philharmonic. www.bachelgar.com
Februarly 2-3, 2012: Shchedrin's The Sealed Angel at Koerner Hall, presented by Soundstreams Canada with the Elmer Iseler Singers.
February 18th:"When Tircis Met Chloris": 17th-century duets and dialogues with the Musicians In Ordinary, Heliconian Hall, Toronto. http://musiciansinordinary.ca
February 24-March 4th: "Musical Pawns"- the fascinating story behind the music of David Nowakowsky, presented at New York's Frigid Theatre Festival. http://frigidnewyork.info
March 18th: Bach's Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.
March 25th: Lenten Recital Series, Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton. A programme of arias by Alessandro Grandi, Brahms and Schubert lieder, and the premiere of a new song cycle set to poetry of William Ernest Henley by David Fawcett.
May 5th:The Grain of the Voice, a programme of Monteverdi and Gesualdo with the Aradia Ensemble. www.aradia.ca
May 20-21st: A programme of Airs de cours with the Toronto Continuo Collective, led by Borys Medicky. www.continuo.ca
May 27th and 29th: Premiere of the complete "Contes pour enfants pas sage" (Christopher Butterfield) with Toronto's Continuum Ensemble and Choir 21 www.continuummusic.org
February 24th, 2013: Toronto Early Music Centre Recital Series. Cantatas by Sances, Cavalli and Grandi
***Bud's early music ensemble Capella Intimawill be presenting two programmes in Hamilton and Toronto this season. Details coming soon at www.capellaintima.com. Special thanks to the Ontario Arts Council.***
Praise for the Toronto Consort's performances of Cavalli's "Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne":
"A standout among the many roles is Bud Roach as Tithonous..... his delivery of every syllable is an object lesson in the haute-contre fach."
Bud speaks with John Terauds of MusicalToronto.org about Capella Intima's performances of "Giuseppe":
Click here to link to the article and podcast, and here to visit the Capella Intima page.
Events: May 25th, 2013: J.S. Bach's Magnificat with the Bach Elgar Choir, Hamilton. May
27th: "Psyche, the immortal soul" with the Toronto
Continuo Collective June 12th, 14th and
15th: Fringe Series concerts at the Boston
Early Music Festival Official release of "Sospiro- Arias of
Alessandro Grandi, 1626" on the Musica Omnia label. (Bud Roach, tenor and baroque
guitar- Scroll down for video- more details coming
soon) June 25th and 27th: Benefit concert
for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives - Canadian Music
Centre, Toronto, ON, featuring world premieres of works by Andrew
Staniland and Jeffrey Ryan. More details coming soon.
"What Makes It Great?" with Rob Kapilow, Chamberfest, Ottawa.
"This is a sound too often missing from the early music concert hall. Vocalists and guitarists alike can learn much from performances such as this." -Early Music Journal, August 2014
Upcoming Events: Fall-Winter, 2013
September 20th: Soundstreams Canada Salon 21- the music of Arvo Part. September 21st and 28th: Capella Intima- Celestial Sirens: the Music of the Benedictine Nuns of Milan- presented in Toronto and Hamilton www.capellaintima.com October 5th: Solo concert, Todi Early Music Festival, Todi, Italy* October 20-22nd: Recording of Vitali sonatas with Music Perduta, for the Brilliant Classics label, Perugia, Italy* November 9-10th: Bach Elgar Choir, Hamilton- Baroque Opera Choruses November 23-24: Messiah, Choralis Camerata, St. Catherines November 30: Bach's Magnificat, Oakville Masterworks Chorale, Oakville December 1st: Bach's Cantata 140, Church of the Ascension, Toronto December 3rd: Bach's Magnificat, Oakville Masterworks Chorale, Koerner Hall, Toronto December 7th: Messiah, Arcady, Vineland December 15th: Messiah, Arcady, Brantford December 21st: Messiah, Guelph Chamber Choir December 22nd: Messiah, Guelph Chamber Choir January 13-14th, 2014: "Anything Goes"- the music of Cole Porter, Talisker Players, Toronto
February 9th: Hannaford Street Silver Band: Shakespeare songs of Louis Applebaum
February 22nd: Capella Intima/Toronto Continuo Collective: Marco da Gagliano's La Dafne, Hamilton February 23rd: Capella Intima/Toronto Continuo Collective: Marco da Gagliano's La Dafne, Toronto February 26th: Capella Intima/Toronto Continuo Collective: Marco da Gagliano's La Dafne, Toronto March 2nd: Bach Elgar Choir, Hamilton: Vaughan Williams' Mass in G
April 5th: Toronto Consort, Il Giasone (Demo)
April 12th: Messiah- Arcady (London, ON) April 13th: Messiah- Arcady (Cambridge, ON) April 18th: Dubois- Seven Last Words of Christ (Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton) May 8th: Toronto Continuo Collective: Scenes from settings of Psyche May 11th: Bach- Easter Oratorio- Spiritus Ensemble
May 23rd: Shakespeare Songs of Louis Applebaum- Montreal May 30th: Montreal Chamber Music Festival: Gershwin programme with Rob Kapilow *Events during the month of October take place during an International Residency in Italy, generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
"...revelatory concerts..." Early Music America Magazine, Fall, 2013
"Every now and then a recording comes along, giving you a new way of seeing things...Roach’s two CDs offer us something that can change the way we listen, challenging our assumptions about the music and how it works." -Leslie Barcza, www.barczablog.com
2014-15 Season Highlights: August, 2014: Venice Opera Project: "Canzonette from the House of Vincenti" (musical direction) September 27: Solo recitals at the Toronto Early Music Fair September 28: Musicians in Ordinary- Purcell Te Deum and Jubilate October 9: Midtown Concert Series, New York- solo recital- CD release concert October 18: Hammer Baroque Series, Hamilton, ON- recital with David Roth, baritone- CD release concert November 9: Noel Coward concert, Talisker Players, Barrie, ON November 23: Monteverdi Vespers, Soundstreams Canada November 30: Bach Cantata 10, Spiritus Ensemble December 8: Messiah, Boris Brott Academy Orchestra December 9: Messiah, Boris Brott Academy Orchestra December 14: Bach/Burge programme, 13 Strings, Ottawa, ON December 19: Messiah, Musica Sacra, Woodstock, ON December 20: Messiah, Musica Sacra, Woodstock, ON January 11: Irving Berlin, Talisker Players, Toronto January 13: Irving Berlin, Talisker Players, Toronto February 6-7: Toronto Consort- Splendours from the Emperor's Chapel February 14: Capella Intima- "The Poor Man's Vespers" - Hammer Baroque March 6: "An Evening of Antient Music- Purcell's Dido and Aeneas" - Toronto (Trinity St. Paul's) Capella Intima March 7: Repeat performance of Dido- Hamilton's 5 at the First series- Gallery Players of Niagara/Capella Intima March 8: Final performance of Dido- Gallery Players of Niagara series, St. Catherines March 15: Capella Intima performs at Hamilton's Classical JunoFest! March 28: St. John Passion (arias) with the Grand River Chorus, Brantford March 29: Bach cantatas with the Spiritus Ensemble, Kitchener April 3: St. John Passion (Evangelist and arias), Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton April10-11: Dido and Aeneas (Sailor) with Les Violons du Roy (Richard Egarr), Quebec City/Montreal April 12: Dido and Aeneas (Sailor), La Chapelle de Quebec/Violons du Roy, New York (Carnegie Hall) May 22-24: Toronto Consort- The Play of Daniel May 31: Solo recital, Toronto Early Music Centre June 2-8: Workshop, Gallabartnit (Britta Bystrom/Rawdna Carita Eira); Soundstreams/Signal Theatre June 9th and 13th: Solo recitals, Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series June 11th and 12th: Duo recital with harpsichordist Peter Watchorn, Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series June 20-21: Dowland songs with the Cardinal Consort of Viols; Hammer Baroque and Toronto Early Music Centre July/August: Recording Project: Capella Intima August 13th: Carmina Burana, National Academy Orchestra
"Throughout he sings with real expressiveness...Roach deserves credit for bringing this repertoire back to life." -Wholenote Magazine, December, 2014
"Hamilton’s Bud Roach has a fantastic, bright tenor voice, and the works of Bach and Handel seem to flow effortlessly out of him." - CBC "Another outstanding performance was the comedic work by Bud Roach (who also played baroque guitar in the ensemble) in the role of Demo, a stuttering hunchback that serves Aegeus, who certainly won the audiences’ affection." - MusicalToronto.com - Toronto Consort performance of Cavalli's "Giasone"
"In the production’s rowdiest, most rambunctious performance of the night, Bud Roach as Demo, the hunched, stammering fool, turns a Venetian stock character into a figure of pathos, a clown bravely fighting back his tears. Roach’s tenor is expansive. When all but gagged by Demo’s chronic stutter, the dramatic effect is beyond heartbreaking." -www.operagoto.com
"Lyric tenor Bud Roach was superb throughout the concert. To this writer, it was almost as if (Noel) Coward himself was presenting the programme. Roach's performance was probably everything Coward would have wanted, all totally fun, relaxed, flamboyant, coy and playful, and a perfect interaction and engagement with the audience. He brought us to a period of music that few of us have lived through, but he made it come alive. Coward I'm sure would have been very happy." -Steve Fielder, the Barrie Examiner
Excellent reviews for Capella Intima's recent performances of "An Evening of Antient Music", including Purcell's Dido and Aeneas!
2015-2016 Season Highlights August 17, 2015 Carmina Burana, National Academy Orchestra (Boris Brott) August, 2015- Recording project with Capella Intima- Sacred canzonettas from the Rolla collection, Milan, 1657 (made possible with support from the Ontario Arts Council) VIDEO September 18- "Amore: Italian songs of Adoration, Desire, and Remorse", Burning River Baroque, Cleveland Ohio September 19- Burning River Baroque programme repeated on the Hammer Baroque series, Hamilton, Ontario September 26- Pergolesi - "Orfeo", with the Talisker Players, Gardiner Museum, Toronto October 17- Capella Intima - English Madrigals, Catches and Glees; Toronto Early Music Fair, Fort York October 17- English Madrigal programme repeated on the Hammer Baroque series, Hamilton, Ontario November 7- Finzi's Farewell to Arms, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (James Somerville) November 22- Solo recital, St. Bride's Anglican Church, Mississauga November 27- Solo recital, University of Western Ontario, Fridays at Noon series December 4- Messiah, Elmer Iseler Singers, Toronto December 9- Charpentier's O Antiphons (haute-contre), Holy Family Church, Toronto December 12- Messiah, Arcady December 13- Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Evangelist), Spiritus Ensemble December 15- Messiah, Choralis Camerata, St. Catherines, Ontario December 19- Messiah, Guelph Chamber Choir December 20- Messiah, Guelph Chamber Choir
February 14- In recital, Registry Theatre, Kitchener- Magdalena Tomsinska, lute and guitar February 27- Music of Zelenka and his contemporaries, Menno Singers, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario February 28- Carmina Burana, Chorus Hamilton/Fanshawe Chorus London March 16- Bach cantata 12, Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Toronto March 25- St. John Passion (Evangelist), Trinity St. Paul's Centre, Toronto April 8- Irving Berlin programme with the Talisker Players, Oakville, Ontario April 9- Bach cantatas for Easter, Spiritus Ensemble, Hammer Baroque series April 10- Bach cantatas for Easter, Spiritus Ensemble, Kitchener April 16- Messiah, Arcady ensemble, Cambridge April 23- solo recital, Venice Music Project, Venice, Italy (postponed- September, 2016) April 30- Mozart's Vesperae solemnes de confessore and Bach Cantata #21, Bach Elgar Choir, Hamilton May 6,7,8- Monteverdi Vespers, Toronto Consort (David Fallis) May 19- Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra What Next Festival- premiere of new work for tenor, string quartet and piano by Abigail Richardson-Schulte May 27- HPO What Next Festival- Abigail Richardson-Schulte's "The Perfect Screw" in concert June 9- Capella Intima, "The Italian Travellers" - Midtown Concert Series (GEMS), New York City June (dates TBD) - Capella Intima performances in Hamilton (Hammer Baroque) and Toronto (Supported by the Ontario Arts Council)
2016 - 2017 Season Highlights: September 25: Bach`s Coffee Cantata (Rezonance Ensemble, Toronto) October 1st: Capella Intima CD Launch- ``Canzonette Spirituali e Morali`` October 21st: Soundstreams Canada, Salon 21 (Excerpts from Gallabartnit) October 22nd: Talisker Players, ``Puttin` on the Ritz`` - Irving Berlin, Barrie Concerts and Georgian Music November 12: Soundstreams Canada, IAMA Conference (Excerpts from Pimooteewin) November 25: Solo Recital, McMaster University, Hamilton November 27: Bach, Cantata 140, Church of the Ascension, Toronto December 4: Bach and Telemann cantatas, Spiritus Ensemble, Kitchener December 5: Messiah, National Academy Orchestra - Boris Brott December 6: Messiah, Nat. Academy Orch- Boris Brott - Waterdown December 10: Messiah, (Capella Intima soloists) Bach Elgar Choir, Hamilton December 12: Toronto Masque Theatre ``O Tannenbaum: The Tree of Life`` December 17: Featured soloist, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra January, 2017: Residency, Montreal, Quebec (Supported by Ontario Arts Council) February 15th: Capella Intima with Magdalena Tomsinska, Kitchener February 17: Capella Intima, Toronto February 19: Capella Intima, Hammer Baroque series, Hamilton February 27th- March 10th: Northern Ontario solo tour- concerts and masterclasses from Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay, Ontario March 7th: Solo Recital, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay March 25th: Bach, St. John Passion, Menno Singers, Kitchener March 26th: Lenten Recital Series, Central Presbyterian, Hamilton April 7th and 8th: Messiah, Knox Presbyterian, Woodstock April 14th: Giroust Requiem, Central Presbyterian, Hamilton April 17th: Hammer Baroque- Italian programme with Amanda Keesmaat, cello; Gregoire Jeay, flute April 22nd: Bach Cantatas + Easter Oratorio, Nota Bene, Kitchener April 23rd: Bach Cantatas + Easter Oratorio, Nota Bene, Hamilton May 7: Bach, b minor Mass, Spiritus Ensemble, Kitchener May 12-14: Helen of Troy, Cavalli, Toronto Consort June 8: Solo Recital, Gotham Early Music Scene Midtown Concert Series, New York, NY June 11-16: Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series solo recitals
Capella Intima`s debut recording on the Musica Omnia label will soon be available from the label`s website for digital download, with availability on iTunes and all the rest in later 2016, as well as at all HAMMER BAROQUE concerts! Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of this project. www.HammerBaroque.com
The December, 2016 issue of The Wholenote magazine raves: ``Flawless intonation, excellent diction and infectious enthusiasm (including strummed guitar) mark the group as a major contributor to the Baroque music scene``.