Kurt Streit and Jane Archibald

 

“Imagine going from a small community to singing at Carnegie Hall or the Musikverein in Vienna. It can happen. That is why supporting the Performing Arts Campaign is vital. It creates more opportunities for young people to think big and take on the world.” – Kurt Streit

They may have performed at some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, but renowned soprano Jane Archibald and retired tenor Kurt Streit agree that without the support of the communities where they grew up, they might have been content to just sing in the shower.

“It really is crucial,” says Streit, whose recording of Brahms’ Liebeslieder-Walzer was nominated for a Grammy award. “You might love to sing, but it takes feedback to really discover just how talented you are. You also need opportunities and encouragement, and facilities where you can develop your talent before you can ever hope to make a career of it.”

Inspired by the friends, family and teachers who helped them find their way to international stages and success, Archibald and Streit have dedicated themselves to doing the same for Dalhousie students. The couple have joined the Performing Arts Campaign as Performing Artists Cabinet members and Kurt made a gift to Fill the House, putting Jane’s name on a seat in the Joseph Strug Concert Hall.

“We have both led masterclasses at the Fountain School,” says Jane, a native of Truro who won a Juno for her recording of Haydn coloratura arias. “When you work with those students, hear their stories, and see their talent and drive, you get a real sense of how necessary a campaign like this is for their development and their future. That makes our involvement more personal and poignant.”

For Jane and Kurt, the campaign is vital because it creates new and refurbished spaces for young people to hone their talents. They also see the impact it will have on the community.

“The arts bring people together,” says Archibald. “They give us something to bond over, but more than that they give us hope and joy. This campaign very much embraces that spirit and I think it is going to mean new opportunities for learning, creativity and enriching our lives.”