Solatium [sō-ˈlā-shē-əm]

Colin Ainsworth

Apr 16, 2021 7:30pm

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Solatium | Music at the Baumann

April 16 | 7:30PM

Solatium [sō-ˈlā-shē-əm]
:a thing given to someone as a compensation or consolation.

Join tenor Colin Ainsworth for an exploration of darkness and light in three song cycles. Known for the emotional range and exquisite precision of his performances, Colin will be joined by celebrated violinist Terence Tam and pianist Kimberley-Ann Bartczak.

Including works by Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten, the recital will also premiere a new work entitled The Length of a Day with poems by British Columbia’s Michelle Poirier Brown and music by local composer Jeffrey Ryan.

Colin Ainsworth

Colin Ainsworth looks to the right of the camera, wearing all black. He has short dark hair and blue eyesColin Ainsworth has been praised for his “exquisite control and emotional directness” and has long distinguished himself internationally as a specialist not only with his interpretations of the major Classical and Baroque tenor roles but also by his performances in contemporary opera. Having traveled the world with his unique and expressive voice, his many performances have included the title roles in Orphée et Euridice, Pygmalion, Castor et Pollux, Roberto Devereux and Albert Herring; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Fenton in Falstaff, Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Pylades in Iphigénie en Tauride, Renaud in Lully’s Armide, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. An avid supporter of new works, he has appeared in the world premieres of John Estacio’s Lillian Alling at the Vancouver Opera, Stuart MacRae’s The Assassin Tree at the Edinburgh International Festival, Victor Davies’ The Transit of Venus with the Manitoba Opera, and Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna at Sadler’s Wells in London and at the Luminato Festival.

Accompanied by Terence Tam

Consistently praised for his intense musicality and impressive technique, Canadian violinist Terence Tam has performed in Canada, the U.S.A, Australia, Europe and Japan as a recitalist and chamber musician. Currently concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony, he also previously held this prestigious position with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia and Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada.


Accompanied by Kimberley-Ann Bartczak

A native of Montreal, Kimberley-Ann Bartczak is a conductor, pianist and vocal coach. Currently the new Principal Coach and Accompanist at Pacific Opera Victoria, she was the Resident Conductor and Repetiteur at Calgary Opera, was on staff at Opera on the Avalon, an alumna of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, and has performed coast to coast across Canada as well as in the United States, Mexico and Europe.


Poet, The Length of a Day | Michelle Poirier Brown

Michelle Poirier Brown is an internationally published poet, performer, and photographer. She is nêhiyaw-iskwêw and a citizen of the Métis Nation. Her poem “Wake” won PRISM international’s Earle Birney Prize in 2019. Other poetry has appeared in Arc, CV2, Emrys Journal, The Greensboro Review, Grain, Plenitude, Right Hand Pointing, Vallum, and several anthologies, including Sweet Water: Poems for the Watershed. Michelle’s debut book, You Might Be Sorry You Read This: poetic memoir, is forthcoming in 2022 by University of Alberta Press in the Robert Kroetsch Series. A feminist activist and retired federal treaty negotiator, Michelle now writes full-time.

Composer, The Length of a Day | Jeffrey Ryan

Praised for his “strong personal voice” (Globe and Mail), “masterful command of instrumental colour” (Georgia Straight) and “superb attention to rhythm” (Audio Ideas Guide), and recipient of SOCAN’s Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award, Vancouver-based Jeffrey Ryan takes inspiration from the world around him and creates music running the gamut from orchestral and chamber works to opera, art song, and choral music. With awards and recognition including four JUNO nominations, his music has been commissioned, performed and recorded by orchestras, ensembles and soloists worldwide, including his award-winning portrait CD Fugitive Colours with the Vancouver Symphony and the Gryphon Trio.

Creative Team

  • Film Coach | Glynis Leyshon
  • Set Designer | Carole Klemm
  • Lighting Designer | Don Armitage
  • Costume Coordination | Sandra McLellan


New Work Premiere

The Length of a Day, a song-cycle for tenor and piano with poems by Michelle Poirier Brown and music by Jeffrey Ryan, was commissioned by Pacific Opera Victoria for Colin Ainsworth and receives its World Premiere via online stream from The Baumann Centre in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on April 16, 2021.

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Check back often as we continue to share with you more 2020/21 ReImagined Projects including new operas created for the small screen, engaging programming for youth and families, and chamber performances for small audiences streamed online from the Baumann Centre.


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