Print this Page

News and Calendar of Events

Opera in the Cathedral

Katherine Whyte, soprano; Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure, tenor; Matthew Larkin, piano

Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 PM

Opera in the Cathedral poster


Cathedral Arts presents Opera in the Cathedral, a great opportunity to experience some of your favourite opera music. This exciting concert features soprano Katherine Whyte, tenor Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure, and pianist Matthew Larkin.

Katherine Whyte has performed on opera and concert stages across her native Canada, the United States and Europe. Opera Today has hailed her for her “keen artistic sensibility” while the San Francisco Classical Voice has praised her “her glamorous, vibrato-rich voice”. Last season included her debut with the Dallas Opera as Pousette in Manon, a return to the Metropolitan Opera Company for their production of Rigoletto, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Saratoga, and concerts with the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of China’s National Opera at the Meet in Beijing Arts Festival. The 2016-2017 season includes her return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Jenufa and Rigoletto, a debut with the Edmonton Symphony for Handel’s Messiah, and her debut with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra in China.

Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure is a proud graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. His past season with the Canadian Opera Company has seen him performing the roles of Le Remendado in Carmen, Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Giuseppe in La Traviata. Alongside his colleagues, Mr Fortier-Lazure performed roles of Conte Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia, and Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro in their Ensemble Studio performances, personal highlights during his time in the Studio. In his past seasons, Mr. Fortier-Lazure performed the role of Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande, Le Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites and most recently Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Atelier d’Opéra de l’Université de Montréal under the direction of Jean-Francois Rivest. Other highlights include Carmina Burana with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Mozart’s Requiem with the Centre d’Arts Orford, Mozart’s Lo sposo deluso with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Zelenka’s Missa Dei Filii and Haydn’s Theresienmesse with the Ottawa Choral Society.

Matthew Larkin has served as Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa since 2003. Well-known internationally as a recitalist, accompanist, choral conductor, and composer, he has been much engaged in the Ottawa musical scene since 1995, as conductor of the Anglican Chorale (1997-2006) and the Ottawa Choral Society (2005-2012). A Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Matthew has recorded extensively with some of Canada’s finest artists and concert choirs, and has appeared as soloist with several of Canada’s orchestras.


Where: Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street, Ottawa.
When: Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $40 Reserved, $30 General Admission, $10 Students.
Buy tickets here. Bring your PayPal receipt with you to the concert to pick up your tickets.



Gloria! A Festival of Flowers

A sesquicentennial gift to the people of Ottawa

June 2-4

Festival of Flowers Poster

For three days in June, Christ Church Cathedral will be bedecked in thousands of flowers as part of Gloria! A Festival of Flowers, the Cathedral’s sesquicentennial gift to the people of Ottawa.

Gloria!, an expanded version of the Cathedral’s annual Doors Open Ottawa event, will run June 2‐4, 2017. Doors Open is the weekend every year when local buildings invite citizens to visit for free and learn about their city’s heritage through its architecture. This year, the traditional Doors Open tours, focused on the history and architecture of our 185‐year‐old parish and Victorian building, will be just the beginning of what’s happening over the weekend.

Thousands of blossoms in dozens of arrangements will fill the church in the red, yellow and orange colours of Pentecost, which falls on Sunday, June 4. If you would like music with your flowers, there will be two concerts in the Cathedral on Saturday: at 11 a.m. (the Nepean Songsters) and 2 p.m. (the Strings of the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces).

Displays in the crypt will feature Royal memorabilia and samples of the Cathedral’s beautiful needlework. As well, there will be a tearoom and boutique running in the Great Hall.

Because of the special celebration, the event is running longer than the official Doors Open Ottawa hours — the Cathedral will be open for visitors from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 3, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday June 4.


Essence of Joy Choral Ensemble from Penn State School of Music

African and African American Choral Music

Wednesday, May 10, at 7:30 PM

Cathedral Arts presented the Essence of Joy choral ensemble from the Penn State School of Music, featuring sacred and secular music from the African and African American choral traditions.

Photo of Julia Thompson, Dr. Anthony Leach, Holly Shipton-Savage

Julia Thompson, Cathedral Arts; Dr. Anthony Leach, director of the Essence of Joy choir; Holly Shipton-Savage, Cathedral Arts.

Essence of Joy is one of seven faculty conducted choral ensembles in the Penn State School of Music. Organized in November, 1991 by Anthony Leach, the choir performs sacred and secular music from the African and African American choral traditions. Annual campus events include Fall and Spring concerts, ‘A Celebration of African American Music Festival’ and ‘Our Gift in Song.’ The choir involves undergraduate and graduate students from many academic programs at Penn State.

The ensemble has performed throughout the eastern, southern and mid-western regions of America. International tours to Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, France, South African, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan have provided wonderful opportunities to collaborate with other choirs and musical organizations around the globe. The choir is travelling to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City in May 2017.

There was no charge for this concert. However, there was a free will offering to support the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund for drought and famine relief in Africa. PWRDF is the Canadian Anglican response for emergency relief, refugees, development and justice.


What is Cathedral Arts?

Cathedral Arts Logo

Cathedral Arts celebrates and promotes the visual and performing arts in the unique setting of Ottawa’s historic Christ Church Cathedral.

The celebration of the arts within the precincts of the Cathedral is by no means new or novel. Throughout mediaeval Europe, the crowning glory of any great city was its cathedral. These beautiful edifices were more than places of worship. They were the very heart of the communities’ culture and society – offering settings where artists and musicians presented their masterworks, and where dramatists and performers of the day taught and entertained with their mystery and morality plays. It is this respected tradition that inspired Cathedral Arts to embark upon its program of celebrating the arts at Christ Church Cathedral.

By offering concerts, dramatic productions, educational dinner lectures, and exhibits, Christ Church Cathedral is known as a welcoming place where members of the entire community, irrespective of background or ethnicity, can come to be inspired spiritually, culturally and educationally.

Cathedral Arts is managed by a small volunteer committee. Financial support comes wholly from the proceeds of events, from Cathedral Arts Patrons, from supporters, and advertising. All profits are reinvested in Cathedral Arts and occasionally shared with local charities through specific collaborative arrangements. Read more…

Permanent link to this article: