Viva La Zarzuela

  • Ana Persijn Alarcon

    Cuban born mezzo-soprano, Ana Persijn Alarcon recently obtained Bachelors of Music in Voice at the University of Western Ontario with Canadian mezzo-soprano Patricia Green. During her time there she was part of the chorus for DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and the Spring Opera Gala with the Western Opera Workshop. While in London, Ana was a choral scholar with First St. Andrews United Church Senior Choir where they provided music for the Sunday services and other concerts throughout the year. Now back in her hometown of Toronto, Ana played the role of Gwendolen Fairfax in ERNEST, The Importance of Being with the Summer Opera Lyric Theatre this past July. She is excited to work again with Guillermo and make her TOT debut in this wonderful concert that celebrates Latin and Spanish music. Ana would like to thank all her teachers, friends and family for their support.

     

  • Romulo Delgado

    Romulo Delgado is a classically trained tenor and a world music multi- instrumentalist. He trained in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory Music and the Glenn Gould School. His versatility as a performer has enchanted audiences all over North America and Europe. His operatic roles currently include Pinkerton in Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Alfredo in Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA, Don Jose in Bizet’s CARMEN, The Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s RIGOLETTO, Edgardo in Donizetti’s LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Idomeneo in Mozart’s IDOMENEO, Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s TOSCA, Macduff in Verdi’s MACBETH, Rodolfo in Puccini’s LA BOHEME and Riccardo in the Canadian premiere of Verdi’s OBERTO.

     

    Ultimately, what distinguishes Romulo’s singing is that “striking, powerful and ingratiating lyric tenor sound with all the money notes!” (Opera Canada). As a world music performer, Romulo has also toured and recorded with many international and local recording artists and been engaged by several of the fortune 500 corporations. Whether on the opera stage, or enchanting audiences with his world music passion, “Romulo Delgado’s free, vigorous & lustrous tenor voice makes him one of Canada’s most unique performing artists.” (The Globe and Mail)

     

  • Olivia Maldonado

    Olivia Maldonado is a soprano entering the second year of her Master’s of Vocal Literature and Performance at Western University and is currently studying with Dr. Todd Wieczorek.  Performance credits include Lauretta from Puccini’s GIANNI SCHICCHI with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Serpetta in LA FINTA GIARDINIERA, Barbarina in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Western University, and Oronte in Handel’s ALCINA with the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy. She has also performed in numerous concerts with Arcady as a solo vocalist and dancer, was featured in their music video Snowflakes Fall Softly, and undertook Arcady’s Emerging Artist Training Program in 2015. In addition to her performance endeavours, Olivia holds various scholarships such as the Don Wright Scholarship Fund in Vocal Music, the Merriam School of Music Scholarship, and the University of Toronto Vari Scholarship. Olivia is thrilled to perform as a soloist for Toronto Operetta Theatre’s VIVA LA ZARZUELA!

     

  • Cristina Pisani

    Cristina Pisani is a vibrant soprano from Mississauga. She is thrilled to make her Toronto Operetta Theatre debut in their VIVA LA ZARZUELA. Cristina’s 2019-2020 season features performances with Arcady and OperOttawa, including the role of Leïla in Bizet’s LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (OperOttawa). Recently, Cristina was the feature soloist in Arcady’s VOICES OF SPRING concert during which she performed a variety of works by Ronald Beckett. Operatic highlights include Violetta in Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre) Elisabetta in Donizetti’s MARIA STUARDA (Opera by Request), Orpah in Beckett’s RUTH (Arcady), Governess in Britten’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW (Abridged Opera), and Violetta in Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA (Jeunesses Musicales Canada). Cristina completed her master’s in Music in Vocal Performance and Literature at Western University under the tutelage of Sophie Roland and Simone Luti. When she is not singing, Cristina loves to spend time with her family, friends, and pets.

     

THE GYPSY BARON

  • Michael Barrett

    Born in Newfoundland, Michael Barrett studied at the University of Toronto Opera School. While a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio he had 14 roles to his credit. In Toronto he also appeared as Spalanzani (LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN) for the COC, Quint (THE TURN OF THE SCREW) for Against the Grain Theatre, was in the world premieres of John Beckwith’s TAPTOO! (Toronto Operetta Theatre) and Halifax composer Peter Togni’s ISIS AND OSIRIS (Opera in Concert) as well as regularly appearing with the Aldeburgh Connection. In Western Canada he has sung with Pacific Opera Victoria (THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO), Vancouver Opera (THE MAGIC FLUTE, SWEENEY TODD), Edmonton Opera (LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN, SALOME, THE MAGIC FLUTE), and Saskatoon Opera (LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN). Recent projects include the roles of Gabriel Dumont in LOUIS RIEL (NAC Orchestra), the Witch in HANSEL AND GRETEL (Sudbury Symphony), and Howard Boucher in DEAD MAN WALKING (Vancouver Opera).

     

  • Karen Bojti

    Soprano Karen Bojti spent many years studying and performing theatrical clown and improvised devised theatre. Karen has a Specialist BA in Drama from the UofT. Her most notable musical theatre foray was as the Witch in INTO THE WOODS, and operatic repertoire includes Buttercup in H.M.S. PINAFORE, Katisha in THE MIKADO, Ruth in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Bertha in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. Ms. Bojti has appeared as Mamma Lucia in CAVALLIERIA RUSTICANA, the Third Lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Marcellina, LAKME’s MISS BENSON, the Baroness in VANESSA, The Queen of the Fairies in IOLANTHE, Dame Quickly in FALSTAFF, La Cieca in LA GIOCONDA, Abuela in LA VIDA BREVE, the Mother  in KATE AND THE DEVIL, Azucena in IL TROVATORE, Moss in THE TENDERLAND and  Baba in THE MEDIUM.

     

  • Joshua Clemenger

    Tenor Joshua Clemenger has just completed a Master’s degree in Opera at The University of Toronto. He began his training in The Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Programme in Hamilton Ontario, where he studied with Tom Oliver, then attended the University of Western Ontario where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Performance with Torin Chiles, and sang his first opera. Currently a student of Lorna Macdonald, recent opera credits include Alfredo in Summer Opera Lyric Theatre’s production on LA TRAVIATA, Fatty in RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY with Opera in Concert, Count Belfiore in LA FINTA GIARDINIERA with UofT Opéra, and Ferrando in COSI FAN TUTTE at La Musica Lirica.  You can see him this fall in TrypTych’s production of H.M.S. PARLIAMENT in Kenora, and THE GYPSY BARON with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

     

  • Cian Horrobin

    Cian Horrobin has been hailed by Opera Canada for his “lively and virile” voice and by stagedoor.com for his “full, heroic tone.” He studied at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music and has gone on to perform leading roles with Opera New Brunswick, Opera Atelier, Opera Noord Holland, Opera in Concert, among many. In 2012 he was a recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Medal. He appears in the soundtracks of TV shows “THE BORGIAS” and “VIKINGS”. Recently acclaimed performances include Bernstein’s CANDIDE, Donizetti’s LA FAVORITA, Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE, Verdi’s RIGOLETTO AND NABUCCO and Novello’s PERCHANCE TO DREAM. He will be appearing next as Gounod’s ROMEO in Ottawa.

     

  • Beste Kalender

    A frequent performer on concert and opera stages internationally, award winning mezzo-soprano Beste Kalender was featured as The New Artist of The Month by the Musical America Worldwide after her recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2017, where she performed again, this time at The Marilyn Horne Song Celebration, in 2018. Beste has recently performed at Helikon Opera (Russia), Bolshoi Theatre (Belarus), Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy), Sori Festival (Jeonju, Korea) and Les Chorégies D'Orange (France), as well as in various productions in Canada.

     

    She made her professional debut in the title role of Bizet's CARMEN with Calgary Opera and American role debut with CENERENTOLA at Music Academy of The West. Among her accolades, Beste was named Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Canada five times and won the 2013 Prix Jeune Espoir, the 2016 Sylva-Gelber Foundation Award and the 2018 Inaugural Stuart Hamilton Memorial Award. Beste's recent appearance on OIC stage was last season, as Countess Rosina in the Canadian Premier of I DUE FIGARO by Mercadante. www.bestekalender.com

     

  • Edward Larocque

    Praised for his beautiful tone quality and animated stage presence, he has played a wide range of characters in both opera and operetta. Performance credits include Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. PINAFORE, the title role in Cavalli's L 'EGISTO, Samuel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Hubert in THE STUDENT PRINCE, Monostatos in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Daniel Buchanan in STREET SCENE, Goro in MADAMA BUTTERLY, Oronte in ALCINA, and the title role in Bernstein's CANDIDE. Edward holds his Bachelor of Music from Queen' s University where he majored in voice and piano, and his ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

     

  • Meghan Lindsay

    Canadian soprano Meghan Lindsay has been praised by Opera News for a voice that “shines with greater vocal strength and control than ever before and dazzles with her coloratura passages.”  Meghan was a young artist with Opera Studio Nederland where she made her European debut as Euridice in Pierre Audi’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and made her Concertgebouw debut singing Donna Anna. Meghan performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of The Song Continues workshop with the Weil Institute, and has presented recitals internationally including a concert tour of China, Barrie’s Colours of Music, the Creemore Music Festival, the Houston Early Music Festival, and Holland’s Uitmarkt. Meghan is the winner of the Brian Law Competition and was a semi-finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the Klaudia Taev Competition.

     

    She is an alumnus of the Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist Program; The Toronto Summer Music Festival; the International Vocal Arts Institute; the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program; Opera Studio Nederland; and of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School, where she completed her Bachelor of Music and participated in the Artist Diploma Program. In conjunction with her performance career, Meghan is an advocate for arts research and diverse creative practice. She is the co-founder of New ART/New MEDIA- a collective of Canadian artists committed to interdisciplinary collaboration. She holds a Master in Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University, has both moderated and curated academic panels on Canadian arts practice, and is an OGS recipient for her research on classical music organizations in North America. Meghan is a proud recipient of the Ottawa Arts Council Career Award for artistic achievement.

     

  • Derek Bate, Conductor

    Resident Conductor of The Canadian Opera Company with credits including Verdi's LUISA MILLER and Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN.

     

    Conducted for Toronto Operetta Theatre, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, National Arts Centre, and Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Toronto.

     

    Musical Director and conductor of the original Toronto production of LEL MISERABLES and Harold Prince's production of SHOW BOAT in New York.

     

    Conducted over 1000 tour performances of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

     

H.M.S. PINAFORE

  • Holly Chaplin

    Holly Chaplin is a coloratura soprano based in Toronto. Holly holds Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from York University and continues to study with Stephanie Bogle. Holly has interpreted the roles of Madamme Goldentrill from DER SCHAUSPIELEDIREKTOR, Olympia in TALES OF HOFFMANN, Frasquita in CARMEN ON TAP, Ample Bliss in A CONVENIENT LIE: THE JAMES BOND OPERA, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI, Micaela in CARMEN, Cunegonde in CANDIDE, Susanna in I DUE FIGARO. Last summer she was heard as title role of SEMELE and Fiordiligi in COSÌ FAN TUTTE. Ms. Chaplin has been a featured soloist with Pax Christi Chorale, Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Operetta Theatre and Opera in Concert. Ms. Chaplin is the 2019 recipient of the Stuart Hamilton Memorial Foundation Award for Emerging Artists.

     

  • Bradley Christensen

    New Zealand born baritone Bradley Christensen has been garnering an excellent reputation in Canada and abroad. Equally as comfortable on both concert and operatic stages, Bradley has continued to earn praise for his “most well-rounded instrument...focused, rich, and sympathetically communicative”(Natasha Gautier, Ottawa Citizen), and “his imposing height, handsome stage presence and attractive lyric baritone” (Joseph So, Opera Canada). Bradley obtained his Master’s degree from the University of Toronto where he was the recipient of the University of Toronto - Faculty of Music Vocal Performance and Pedagogy Graduate Award. Bradley is also an alumnus of the prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Programat The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. Bradley has been a finalist in the New Zealand Aria Competition, a semi-finalist in the LEXUS Song Quest and the Rochester International Voice Competition. Other awards include the Sondra Radvanovsky scholarship, awarded by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artistsas one of 10 ‘Singing Stars: The Next Generation’;the Pears-Britten singing scholarship (University of Auckland); the Marie D’Albini scholarship in singing (University of Auckland); and a travelling scholarship to study in Italy in 2007 (University of Auckland).

     

  • Ryan Downey

    A proud Newfoundlander, tenor Ryan Downey is quickly gaining nationwide recognition for his “nimbleness of voice” (Bachtrack) and “attractive lyric tenor colour” (Edmonton Journal). Upcoming performances include appearing as Goro in Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY and covering the lead tenor role of Pinkerton, as well as reprising his role of John in Opera on the Avalon’s OURS by John Estacio.

     

    Ryan has recently been a regular with several opera companies and symphonies, including Vancouver Opera, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Confluence Concerts and more. Recent select credits include Rodolfo in LA BOHEME, Danilo in THE MERRY WIDOW, the Witch in HANSEL AND GRETEL, Rinuccio in GIANNI SCHICCHI, and Young Meadows in Love in a VILLAGE.

     

    For concert credits and more detailed information on upcoming performances and recent news, please visit www.ryanpauldowney.com

     

  • Gregory Finney

    DORA Award Winner Gregory Finney is delighted to return to TOT. Gregory’s “big, surprising voice...” (schmopera.com) has performed in DIE FLEDERMAUS, THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER, HMS PINAFORE, THE MIKADO, LOS GAVILANES and many more for TOT. Gregory is also regularly seen with VOICEBOX: Opera In Concert (LA DONNA DEL LAGO, KAMOURASKA, DIE FREUNDE VON SALAMANKA, STREET SCENE), Against the Grain Theatre (LA BOHEME, FIGARO'S WEDDING, MESSIAH), Opera By Request (DON GIOVANNI, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, ADRIANA LECOUVREUR) and LooseTEA Music Theatre (LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN, AUTOCORRECT OPERAS) Gregory’s versatility is “remarkable to watch...” (barczablog.com) as he hosts a monthly Opera/Improv show "Whose Opera Is it Anyway?" produced by LooseTea. Gregory is also a well-known music writer and critic published in La Scena Musicale, Opera Canada, and the wildly popular opera blog - Schmopera (www.schmopera.com)

  • Rosalind McArthur

    Frequently seen on the TOT and SOLT stages, mezzo-soprano Rosalind McArthur’s recent roles include, for SOLT: NIGHT BLOOMING CEREUS (Mrs Brown), premiere of Michael Rose's NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM (Mrs Duke), VANESSA (Baroness); for TOT: Praskovia (THE MERRY WIDOW), Lady Charlotte (PERCHANCE TO DREAM), Mme Grizelle (THE WIDOW), Leontina (LOS GAVILANES), Buttercup (H.M.S. PINAFORE), Miss Prism (EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING), Maggie (LADY IN THE DARK),  Princess Boźena (COUNTESS MARITZA). She received the InspiraTO Festival's award for Best Female Actor for her performance as a recovering alcoholic and cocaine addict in MAISIE IN THE DARK. Upcoming: Buttercup for TOT's HMS PINAFORE in March 2020!

     

A NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM

  • Karen Bojti

    Soprano Karen Bojti spent many years studying and performing theatrical clown and improvised devised theatre. Karen has a Specialist BA in Drama from the UofT. Her most notable musical theatre foray was as the Witch in INTO THE WOODS, and operatic repertoire includes Buttercup in H.M.S. PINAFORE, Katisha in THE MIKADO, Ruth in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Bertha in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. Ms. Bojti has appeared as Mamma Lucia in CAVALLIERIA RUSTICANA, the Third Lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Marcellina, LAKME’s MISS BENSON, the Baroness in VANESSA, The Queen of the Fairies in IOLANTHE, Dame Quickly in FALSTAFF, La Cieca in LA GIOCONDA, Abuela in LA VIDA BREVE, the Mother in KATE AND THE DEVIL, Azucena in IL TROVATORE, Moss in THE TENDERLAND and  Baba in THE MEDIUM.

     

  • Natalya Gennadi

    Ukrainian-Canadian soprano Natalya Gennadi caused a sensation in the leading role of OKSANA G, Tapestry Opera’s harrowing tale about human trafficking. Her Dora Award-nominated performance in this world premiere was described as “stunning... piercing in its openness and vulnerability” (Toronto NOW Magazine).

     

    As Mimi in LA BOHÈME with Highlands Opera Studio, Dawn Martens of Opera Canada wrote: “Natalya was a gorgeous Mimi; […] she allowed her powerful voice to ebb and flow producing gorgeously rich tones in Act I and sweeter, melodic phrases in Act IV."

     

    In 2019 Natalya portrays Violetta (LA TRAVIATA) and Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI) with Opera York, Countess with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, and Mimi in LA BOHÈME with Brott Opera, and stars as Helen in Michael Rose’s A NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM with Toronto Operetta Theatre in 2020.

     

    Natalya earned a Specialist Diploma in Russian Linguistics and Literature and shares her love of Slavic music as a professional Russian diction coach with singers throughout North America, including the Highlands Opera Studio and Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.

     

  • River Guard

    Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, River Guard graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo studying with Mezzo-Soprano, Kimberly Barber.

     

    Throughout his musical career, River has transitioned from singing in a rock band, to musical theatre, and now works towards a full-fledged career in opera performance.

     

    Past performance credit includes the role of Rinuccio in Halifax Summer Opera Festival’s production of GIANNI SCHICCHI, Lensky in EUGENE ONEGIN under Maestro Gordon Gerrard (Opera NUOVA), and Martin in Aaron Copland’s THE TENDER LAND. This past summer, River travelled to the Banff Centre to take part in their Opera in the 21st Century program, attended Highlands Opera Studio run by tenor, Richard Margison, and is continuing his studies at The University of Toronto for their Masters in Opera, studying with Wendy Nielsen. River has performed the roles of Lippo Fiorentino in Kurt Weil’s Street Scene and Il Podesta in La Finta Giardiniera with UofT Opera, and is in increasing demand for opera and oratorio work throughout the Toronto area.

     

  • Dale Miller

    Dale Miller is one of Toronto’s most sought after vocalists and holds a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from Acadia University. Dale was a member of the 1996 National Youth Choir under Robert Cooper and occasionally sings with the Elmer Iseler Singers with Lydia Adams. Theatre credits include FALSTAFF (COC, Dora Award Best Ensemble), JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH (Assistant Director/Associate MD), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ANNIE (YPT), DEADMOUSE The Musical (director, Toronto Fringe), ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (Theatre Calgary), SEUSSICAL (YPT/ Citadel Theatre), DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (Mayfield), KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY (TOT), LES MISERABLES (1000 Islands Playhouse), THE GIANT’S GARDEN (Toronto Fringe 2011), THE HANDMAID’S TALE (COC), FOREVER PLAID (Stage West), EVITA (MTC/ Theatre Calgary), CATS, CABARET (Neptune Theatre.) In 2012, Dale made his off-Broadway debut starring in the musical LIVING WITH HENRY at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Television credits include The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Reign and Dark Matter.

     

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