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On the occasion of World TB Day 2005

The Canadian premiere of the musical drama "Chopin and The Nightingale" was performed by The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music at the Royal Ontario Museum on 24 April 2005 with high-level patronage and endorsements to promote awareness of tuberculosis issues.

 Catherine Afflect, soprano.  Meghan Fleet, soprano.  Régulo Martinez, piano.  David Visentin, narrator. Catherine Affleck
Meghan Fleet
Régulo Martinez
David Visentin
Icons of Europe:  playwright, pro bono co-producer, sponsor


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"We plan to perform Chopin and The Nightingale with local artists in other countries to promote World TB Day” - Icons of Europe, partner of the Stop TB Partnership.

Patronage by:
British High Commissioner to Canada,
H.E. Mr David Reddaway CMG MBE

With the endorsement of:
Consulate General of Poland in Toronto
Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw
Embassy of Canada in Brussels
Stop TB Canada

Supported by:
Toronto Public Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
World Health Organization

Statements at the 24 April 2005 premiere
  • City of Toronto:  "We are very pleased that this musical drama is being staged to signal the importance of the global fight against tuberculosis and the contribution that Canada is making to this challenge.  The premiere is a milestone among several initiatives taken in the context of World TB Day."
    Chair of the TB Subcommittee of the Toronto Board of Health, who introduced the premiere at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
  • Public Health:  "Thank you kindly for all of the support you have provided for the premiere of "Chopin and The Nightingale" in Toronto.  I have received much positive feedback from Toronto Public Health as well as from the Ministry of Health on staging this musical drama, while underscoring tuberculosis.  It certainly was innovative and well-received!"
    Focal point at Toronto Public Health, 25 April 2005
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto:  "The performance was a real success, from many standpoints, not least of which was the honour to have been able to collaborate with you and Toronto Public Health.  The students presented very well and the audience (filled beyond capacity) was very attentive to the text ... .  The story created a very good effect, and I was struck by the number of people coming up afterwards who remarked on the quality and intrigue of the story."
    Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School, 25 April 2005


Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849).Chopin and Jenny lind
Chopin suffered from tuberculosis (TB).  When Jenny Lind sang for him in 1848-1849, he felt better and he called her "my nurse".  Jenny Lind raised funds to fight the disease, and she made in May 1849 an unsuccessful attempt to marry Chopin.  He died five months later, only 39 years old.

Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen wrote his famous story
"The Nighingale" as a tribute to Jenny Lind in 1843.


Programme with 3 events

Chopin and The Nightingale
Canadian premiere at the Royal Ontario Museum
Musical drama, The Glass Room, 24 April 2005, 14:00

... Jenny Lind, H.C. Andersen, Bellini, Meyerbeer, Queen Victoria

Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849).On the occasion of World TB Day 2005,
The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music performed, at the Royal Ontario Museum, a musical dramatization of the newly discovered romance between Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin and Swedish soprano Jenny Lind.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen is quoted in the drama that is written for piano, two sopranos and narrator.  Music by Chopin, Bellini and Meyerbeer.


Chopin masterpieces and Nightingale songs
Concert, Royal Ontario Museum, 4 March 2005, 19:00
"We held the audience for 85 minutes without an intermission and were overjoyed at the capacity audience of 600 people ..."

On the occasion of World TB Day 2005 and supported by the TB Program at Toronto Public Health, The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music performed a concert programme that included Chopin's Concerto in F-minor, op. 21;  Fantasie Impromptu, op. 66;  the final aria of Bellini's La Sonnambula;  and other masterpieces by these renowned composers.
Co-producer:  Icons of Europe, Brussels.

Recent research by Icons of Europe shows that the Concerto has an extraordinary historical relationship with Canada.   The concert provided a taste of the Canadian premiere of Chopin and The Nightingale set for 24 April 2005 at the Royal Ontario Museum, and an insight into the threat of TB.

TB and the Arts
Interactive display, ROM, 4 March and 24 April 2005

Chopin suffered from TB.  Jenny Lind raised funds to fight this infectious disease.  TB has today re-emerged as a global epidemic with a dangerous HIV/AIDS interface.  Other issues are multidrug resistance, migrants and stigma.  An interactive display, "TB and the Arts" was organized at ROM by the TB Program at Toronto Public Health.
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Coinciding with the Chopin / Jenny Lind events in Toronto

The sojourn of Polish art treasures
Szczerbiec, the bejewelled sword used since 1320 in the coronation ceremony of Polish kings.  Photo by Janusz Podlecki for the Royal Wawel Castle, Canada 1940-1959/1961.
A collection of original Chopin manuscripts, including Concerto in F-minor and Mazurka in A-flat, and other priceless Polish art treasures were in safekeeping in Canada during World War II and through 1959/1961.
However,  ...  >> MORE

Queen Victoria (1819-1901).Singing for Queen Victoria in 1855
Jenny Lind performed, 150 years ago, an arrangement of Chopin's Mazurka in A-flat, op. 24, n° 3 for Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle - this mazurka concludes the final act of the musical drama. >> Synopis
A detail of the original programme of 23 October 1851.Jenny Lind at St. Lawrence Hall,
Toronto in 1851

Her programme included La Sonnambula and
The Echo Song as on 24 April 2005.  >> MORE

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