WALTZ RIVALS

  • Michael Barrett

    Born in Newfoundland, tenor Michael Barrett has been featured from one side of Canada to the other.

     

    A former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, he’s heard as soloist in MESSIAH in his home province, he appeared in Edmonton Opera's DIE ZAUBERLOTE, in SWEENEY TODD for Vancouver Opera and in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Pacific Opera Victoria.

     

    Selected credits include Osiris in ISIS AND OSIRIS – Gods of Egypt with Opera in Concert, Eisenstein in Opera 5's production of DIE FLEDERMAUS,  Spalanzani in LES CONTES  D'HOFFMANN for the COC and Edmonton Opera, Quint in TURN OF THE SCREW for Against the Grain Theatre, and Monostatos in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Saskatoon Opera.

     

  • Lucia Cesaroni

    Recently seen as Isis in the world premiere of Canadian opera, ISIS AND OSIRIS with Opera in Concert, and Yum-Yum in THE MIKADO and Julia in COUSIN FROM NOWHERE with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

     

    Woglinde in Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD with Pacific Opera Victoria Maria in WEST SIDE STORY with Vancouver Opera Norina in Saskatoon Opera`s Don Pasquale Barbarina in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Opera Hamilton.

     

    Lucia will sing Musetta in LA BOHEME for Opera de Montreal in May 2017. She has debuted in Italy at the Spoleto Festival in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO as Susanna last summer, and will return to Spoleto for Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI next Spring.

     

  • Gregory Finney

    This past year held MESSIAH with Against The Grain Theatre, DON GIOVANNI with Opera By Request and LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN with LooseTEA Music Theatre and Michonnet in ADRIANA LECOUVREUR (OBR). Adept in comedic roles, he garnered rave reviews as Antonio/Bartolo in Against The Grain's production of FIGARO'S WEDDING. Roles include: Clarivan in LOS GAVILANES, Roderich in COUSIN FROM NOWHERE, Kromow in THE MERRY WIDOW, Ebenezer in TAPTOO! and he was seen LUISA FERNANDA, KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY, KAMOURASKA and Eric Idle's NOT THE MESSIAH.

     

    Further credits include DIE FLEDERMAUS (Orlofsky), FALSTAFF (Bardolfo), LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Don Curzio), CENDRILLON (Le Maitre de Plaisirs), and in Berlioz's BEATRICE ET BENEDICT (Don Pedro) with Opera By Request.

     

  • Adam Fisher

    Tenor Adam Fisher has been recently seen in Opera Atelier's ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO as Pedrillo and also City Opera Vancouver's world premiere of Margaret Atwood/Tobin Stokes' new opera, PAULINE.

     

    Other engagements include MESSIAH with National Arts Centre, Gustavin LAND OF SMILES with Toronto Operetta Theatre and Alfred in Edmonton Opera's DIE FLEDERMAUS. He appeared in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Westben, Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific with Victoria Symphony, "Best of Broadway" with Chorus Niagara, and "Some Enchanted Evening" with Brantford Symphony. Past season, Adam performed as Camille with Edmonton Opera's THE MERRY WIDOW and Lysander in Britten's MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM with Pacific Opera Victoria.

     

  • Sarah Forestieri

    Soprano Sarah Forestieri's recent performances include Rosaura in LOS GAVILANES with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and, Il Destino in LA CALISTO in Sulmona, Italy. Sarah also performed in Alabama as a company member of the Druid City Opera Workshop. Other performances have included a variety of traditional and contemporary art song in Los Angeles, where she participated as a Schubert Fellow at the Songfest Art song Festival.

     

    Sarah is no stranger to the music theatre scene, with appearances including Amber Von Tussle in HAIRSPRAY, and Ariel in FOOTLOOSE. Sarah has also worked with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as a top 20 contestant on CBC's OVER THE RAINBOW.

     

    She recently completed her Voice Performance program at the University of Toronto. She currently studies with her teacher, Elizabeth McDonald, and her coach, Helen Becqué.

     

  • Michael Rose, Music Director

    Michael Rose, pianist, has worked with Opera in Concert (Toronto), Toronto Operetta Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Nuova, and The Banff Centre.

     

    Recent engagements include Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (the world premiere of A TALES OF TWO CITIES ,IDOMENEO; VANESSA; FALSTAFF; VENUS AND ADONIS), Opera in Concert (ARMIDA; LES HUGUENOTS; THE DEVIL AND KATE; I PURITANI; KAMOURASKA; IL MONDO DE LA LUNA, GIULIO CESARE), and Toronto Operetta Theatre (LOS GAVILANES; EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING; MIKADO; IOLANTHE; KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY; A benefit concert, PARIS ON BROADWAY).

     

THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER

  • Eugenia Dermentzis

    Praised for her supple and lustrous voice, Eugenia Dermentzis has been hailed as “…a mezzo-soprano to watch, clear of voice with a hearty sound in development” (Opera Canada). A Masters graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Eugenia has performed across Canada and in Europe. Most recently, Eugenia trained as a Britten-Pears young artist in the French Grand Opera and Mélodie Programme. As a “Jeune Ambassadeur Lyrique,” she became a finalist at the 24e Concours International de Chant de Marmande. Her most current roles and performance experiences include: Madame Defarge in the World premiere of Davies and Benson's A TALE OF TWO CITIES, featured artist in Toronto Concert Orchestra's Symphony in the Gardens: “Che Belle Voci” concert, Orfeo in Gluck's ORFEO ED EURIDICE, Penelope in IL RITORNO D'ULISSE, the title role in CARMEN, Elizabeth Simcoe in TAPTOO!, Mariana in LUISA FERNANDA, and various gala appearances with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

  • Gregory Finney

    This past year held MESSIAH with Against The Grain Theatre, DON GIOVANNI with Opera By Request and LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN with LooseTEA Music Theatre and Michonnet in ADRIANA LECOUVREUR (OBR). Adept in comedic roles, he garnered rave reviews as Antonio/Bartolo in Against The Grain's production of FIGARO'S WEDDING. Roles include: Clarivan in LOS GAVILANES, Roderich in COUSIN FROM NOWHERE, Kromow in THE MERRY WIDOW, Ebenezer in TAPTOO! and he was seen LUISA FERNANDA, KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY, KAMOURASKA and Eric Idle's NOT THE MESSIAH.

     

    Further credits include DIE FLEDERMAUS (Orlofsky), FALSTAFF (Bardolfo), LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Don Curzio), CENDRILLON (Le Maitre de Plaisirs), and in Berlioz's BEATRICE ET BENEDICT (Don Pedro) with Opera By Request.

     

  • Cian Horrobin

    Cian Horrobin's tenor voice has been praised for its "clarion tone" by stage-door.com (Hoile) and by Opera Canada for its "lively, virile" quality. Trained in New Brunswick, Toronto and Italy he has sung with Opera NB, the University of Toronto Opera, the Royal Conservatory of Music Opera, Opera Atelier, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Toronto Operetta Theatre and Opera in Concert in various roles and operas.  Upcoming performances include various concert engagements and CARMEN with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre.

  • Austin Larusson

    Austin Larusson was most recently seen as Lorenzo in I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, Opera in Concert;  Malyuta Skuratov in THE TSAR’s BRIDE, Three, Seven, Ace Opera; Jarvis Lorry in A TALE OF TWO CITIES and Achillas in JULIUS CAESAR, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre; Frank Maurrant in STREET SCENE, Aeneas in DIDO AND AENEAS and Guglielmo in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Opera by Request; Camilo in LOS GAVILANES, Lucas in THE STUDENT PRINCE and Botswain in H.M.S. PINAFORE, Toronto Operetta Theatre; Marcelo in BOHEMIOS Essential Opera; George Jones in STREET SCENE, Opera in Concert; Davenaut and Berkeley in DER VAMPYR, Schaunard in LA BOHEME,SOLT; Fiorello in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Opera York.

    New York appearances include Second Priest in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Yamadori in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Hermann in LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN and Sciarrone and the Jailer in TOSCA, Regina Opera; and Malatesta in DON PASQUALE, New York Opera Forum.

     

  • Anna Caroline Macdonald

    Anna Caroline Macdonald holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from McGill University, where she studied with Stefano Algieri and received the Mariana Paunova and Stefano Algieri Scholarship in Voice twice. Most recently, Anna was heard as Cleopatra in JULIUS CAESAR (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre). She was a soloist with the Durham Philharmonic Choir and received the Marianne Turner Memorial Scholarship.

     

    Past stage performances include Nita in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s Canadian Premiere of LOS GAVILANES, Janthe in DER VAMPYR and Queen Anne in MARTHA with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre.  She has also performed in Opera McGill’s productions of VENUS AND ADONIS, PYGMALION and LE NOZZE DE FIGARO. Anna was the soprano soloist in Bach’s Christ Lag in TODESBANDEN with the McGill Baroque Orchestra and the Schulich School Singers. She was a National Finalist in the Canadian Music Competition in 2014. Anna has begun her Masters of Music at Western University under the tutelage of Dr. Sophie Roland.

     

  • Michael Nyby

    A native of Hamilton, baritone Michael Nyby has performed with the Vancouver Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, the Caramoor Festival, Opera Atelier, Theatre Aquarius, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Duluth Festival Opera, and others.

     

    Recently, Mr. Nyby sang the world-premiere of the comic opera Georgia Bottoms with the Huntsville, Alabama Symphony. Other World premieres include Kuszmenko’s Golden Harvest for the Winnipeg Symphony and Seth in ISIS AND OSIRIS for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert.  Further credits include CARMINA BURANA for the Victoria and Thunder Bay symphonies, Danilo in THE MERRY WIDOW with Edmonton Opera, and performances with the Windsor Symphony (LA BOHEME and MESSIAH), and Niagara Symphony (Gilbert and Sullivan Concert). He was also featured with the Toronto Operetta Theatre in DER VETTER AUS DINGSDA and in Opera Atelier’s DER FREISCHÜTZ.

     

    He holds a degree from University of British Colombia and was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s Western Canada District Competition.

     

  • Jennifer Taverner

    Recent performances included the role Kathie in THE STUDENT PRINCE with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Fiordiligi in Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, as well as performances with Soundstream's contemporary opera AIRLINE ICARUS, the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bach Elgar Choir, the Toronto Classical Singers, and the Larkin Singers. Last season, she sang as Rose in Kurt Weill's STREET SCENE with VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert.

     

    Graduated from Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, and completed the Artist Diploma program at the Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School.

     

  • Peter Tiefenbach, Conductor

    Peter Tiefenbach is Toronto-based pianist, composer, conductor, writer and performer. He is a member of the faculty of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he coaches singers, lectures on orchestral literature, and serves as music director of the school’s fall opera production.

     

    The longtime collaborator of soprano-comedienne Mary Lou Fallis, he also appears frequently with piano duet partner Robert Kortgaard, as well as with Kimberly Barber and the cabaret group L’Accordéoniste.

     

    His compositions and arrangements are featured on recordings by Jean Stilwell, Isabel Bayrakdarian, The Canadian Brass, Elmer Iseler Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elora Festival Singers, Monica Whicher & Judy Loman, and Laughton & Humphreys.  His recent commissions include a set of Prince Edward Island folk songs for the Indian RIver Festival, and a new set of comic songs for baritone Geoffreey Sirett sponsored by the Canadian Art Song Project.  As a broadcaster for CBC Radio, he presented acclaimed series on the music of Bruckner, Strauss, and Rachmaninoff, and interviewed major figures including Witold Lutoslwaski, Luciano Berio, Henri Dutilleux, Isaac Stern, Andras Schiff and Krystian Zimerman.

     

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

  • Colin Ainsworth

    Tenor Colin Ainsworth has distinguished himself with his exceptional singing and diverse repertoire gaining critical acclaim in opera houses and concert halls across the globe.

     

    His recent appearances include Mr. Ford in Salieri’s FALSTAFF (Opera in Cocnert), Castor in CASTOR ET POLLUX (Festival de Beaune and Le Festival Radio France et Montpellier); Bach’s ST. JOHN PASSION (Soli Dei Gloria, Chicago); Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI (Vancouver Opera); Hippolyte in HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE (Opera in Concert); Fenton in FALSTAFF (Pacific Opera); Handel’s SEMELE (Canadian Opera Company) and Lully’s ARMIDE (OPERA ATELIER), Bach Cantatas (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra), Pylade in Gluck’s IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos), Bach’s B minor Mass (Grand Philharmonic Choir,) Monteverdi’s VESPERS (Music of the Baroque) and Steuermann in Wagner’s THE FLYING DUTCHMAN (Seattle Opera).

     

  • Elizabeth Beeler

    With over 20 years in performing arts, Elizabeth Beeler has worked as an actor, singer, director, writer, freelance coach, and teacher. TOT audiences will remember her performances in COUSIN FROM NOWHERE, THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER, DIE FLEDERMAUS and title roles in THE MERRY WIDOW, COUNTESS MARITZA, and the forceful Lisa Elliot in LADY IN THE DARK.

     

    Her directing credits include THE MUSIC MAN, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, GUYS AND DOLLS and she has taught and directed for the Randolph Academy, The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Earl Haig School for Performing Arts and the Yorkminstrels. Her choreography for the Oakville Children’s and The Hamilton Children’s Choirs have received international recognition in Los Angeles and Madrid.

     

    Past season, The Beggar Woman in SWEENEY TODD at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, Countess Stasi in THE GYPSEY PRINCESS and assistant director on LUISA FERNANDA. www.elizabeth.beeler.com

     

  • Nicolas Borg

    Baritone Nicholas Borg recently completed his Masters in Opera at the University of Toronto with Wendy Nielsen. With UofT Opera Nicholas portrayed Ben in THE TELEPHONE, Hel Helson in Britten's PAUL BUNYAN, Sir Joseph Porter in HMS PINAFORE and The Man with the Cornet Case in POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO. He recently performed Tarquinius in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA with MYOpera. Other roles include Peter Quince in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Curio in GIULIO CESARE, Count in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Masetto in DON GIOVANNI, and Simone in GIANNI SCHICCHI. This summer Nicholas participated in the St. Andrews Arts Council Opera Workshop and performed the title role in EUGENE ONEGIN for the Muskoka Opera Festival.

     

  • Vania Lizbeth Chan

    Lyric Coloratura Soprano Vania Lizbeth Chan made her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall, winning first prize in the Barry Alexander International Competition, New York. She premiered the role of the Light Moon in the Dora Award winning opera THE LESSON OF DA JI (Toronto Masque Theatre). Vania sang in the recording of this opera, which was released by Centre Discs and Naxos. Roles include Zerbinetta, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Madame Silverklang in THE IMPRESARIO, the goddess Diane in HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE (VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert), Princess Mi in THE LAND OF SMILES (Toronto Operetta Theatre), the Ad Exec in AIRLINE ICARUS (Soundstreams), Cleopatra in GIULIO CESARE (Halifax Summer Opera Festival) and Chinese Opera Singer/Old Widow in the play COMFORT with the Red Snow Collective; featured as a guest artist with the Canadian Sinfonietta.Vania received her M.M. in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music, New York.

    www.vaniachan.com

     

  • Eugenia Dermentzis

    Praised for her supple and lustrous voice, Eugenia Dermentzis has been hailed as “…a mezzo-soprano to watch, clear of voice with a hearty sound in development” (Opera Canada). A Masters graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Eugenia has performed across Canada and in Europe. Most recently, Eugenia trained as a Britten-Pears young artist in the French Grand Opera and Mélodie Programme. As a “Jeune Ambassadeur Lyrique,” she became a finalist at the 24e Concours International de Chant de Marmande. Her most current roles and performance experiences include: Madame Defarge in the World premiere of Davies and Benson's A TALE OF TWO CITIES, featured artist in Toronto Concert Orchestra's Symphony in the Gardens: “Che Belle Voci” concert, Orfeo in Gluck's ORFEO ED EURIDICE, Penelope in IL RITORNO D'ULISSE, the title role in CARMEN, Elizabeth Simcoe in TAPTOO!, Mariana in LUISA FERNANDA, and various gala appearances with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

     

  • Meagan Larios

    Manitoba-grown mezzo soprano Meagan Larios makes her debut with Toronto Operetta Theatre as Kate in this production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Having completed her Bachelor of Music (Canadian Mennonite University) and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Performance (University of Manitoba), she treasures past ensemble performances such as The Winnipeg Singers, Camerata Nova, The Professor Bach Project, Winnipeg Soloists Choir, Mennonite Festival Chorus, and the Mississauga Symphony Chorus performing a wide variety of choral works. Opera roles include Sesto (GIULIO CESARE), Zweiter Knabe (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Cherubino (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), and Bradamante (ALCINA). She is active in the Toronto musical community with Voicebox: Opera in Concert Chorus Ensemble, Confidential Opera’s recent Toronto debut, and will appear as a Lay Sister and Touriere with TrypTych Concert Opera and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra in Puccini’s SUOR ANGELICA. Meagan is a regular soloist and section lead with St. Paul’s Bloor Street Church Choir.

     

  • Edward Larocque

    Edward Larocque is a young tenor pursuing a career in opera and actively performing in Toronto, Ontario. Praised for his beautiful tone quality and animated stage presence, he has played a wide range of characters in both opera and musical theatre. Performance credits include Hubert in THE STUDENT PRINCE (Toronto Operetta Theatre), Monostatos in THE MAGIC FLUTE (Opera York), Daniel Buchanan in STREET SCENE (Opera in Concert), Goro in MADAMA BUTTERLY (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre), Oronte in ALCINA (Accedemia Europa dell'Opera), and the title role in Bernstein's CANDIDE (Queen's Drama Department). As a chorus member he has sung in THE MIKADO with Toronto Operetta Theatre, HANDEL'S MESSIAH with Against the Grain Theatre, and the VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert Chorus for three seasons directed by Guillermo Silva-Marin and Robert Cooper. He holds his Bachelor of Music (with Distinction) from Queen's University where he majored in voice and piano.

     

  • Austin Larusson

    Austin Larusson was most recently seen as Lorenzo in I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, Opera in Concert;  Malyuta Skuratov in THE TSAR’s BRIDE, Three, Seven, Ace Opera; Jarvis Lorry in A TALE OF TWO CITIES and Achillas in JULIUS CAESAR, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre; Frank Maurrant in STREET SCENE, Aeneas in DIDO AND AENEAS and Guglielmo in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Opera by Request; Camilo in LOS GAVILANES, Lucas in THE STUDENT PRINCE and Botswain in H.M.S. PINAFORE, Toronto Operetta Theatre; Marcelo in BOHEMIOS Essential Opera; George Jones in STREET SCENE, Opera in Concert; Davenaut and Berkeley in DER VAMPYR, Schaunard in LA BOHEME,SOLT; Fiorello in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Opera York.

    New York appearances include Second Priest in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Yamadori in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Hermann in LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN and Sciarrone and the Jailer in TOSCA, Regina Opera; and Malatesta in DON PASQUALE, New York Opera Forum.

     

  • Adam Norrad

    Adam usually enjoys dark, campy roles such as Dr. Frank'N'Furter (ROCKY HORROR SHOW), the Emcee (CABERET) and Trekkie Monster (AVENUE Q) so this piratical departure is a well enjoyed change. Other credits include Mark, Roger, and Angel (RENT), Big Hawk (PETER PAN), Jeff ([title of show]). Additionally Adam has served as Choreographer, Swing, Dance Captain, Costume Designer, and Producer in addition to hitting the stage. Yarrrrrh!

     

  • Anthony Rodrigues

    Toronto based Baritone, Anthony Rodrigues, makes his Toronto Operetta Theatre debut this season. Born in Montréal, Québec, Anthony’s recent operatic credits include Mr. Gobineau in Menotti’s THE MEDIUM, Peter in Humperdinck’s HANSEL AND GRETEL, Papageno in Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Sulpice in Donizetti’s LA FILLE DU REGIMENT, Colline in Puccini’s LA BOHÈME, Will Parker in ROGERS and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!, The Gamekeeper in Dvorak’s RUSALKA and Le premier minister in Massenet’s CENDRILLON. He has been engaged by festivals and companies including Shoestring Opera, Golden Classical Music Society, Opera Nuova, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Vox Musicae, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, Opera in Concert and Abridged Opera Company. Anthony’s passion to perform has brought him to the stage in the style of musical theatre, classical ballet, oratorio and art song.

     

  • Curtis R. Sullivan

    A suave baritone sound has assured Curtis Sullivan of success in a variety of musical idioms.

     

    On the opera stage, he starred as Count Almaviva in Opera Atelier's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in Toronto and Tokyo and he has also been heard for Opera Atelier in Charpentier's MEDÉE, as Sarastro in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, as Neptune in IDOMENEO, and Dr. Engel in THE STUDENT PRINCE with Toronto Operetta Tehatre.

     

    For the Stratford Festival, he was cast as Giuseppe in THE GONDOLIERS directed by Brian Macdonald. Sondheim's innovative music theatre work, PASSION, was his assignment at the Canadian Stage in Toronto where he starred as the brooding romantic hero, Giorgio. The Banff Centre alumnus appeared in the Classical Kids production of TCHAIKOVSKY DISCOVERS AMERICA with the Houston Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

     

  • Janaka Welihinda

    Praised for his "clear talent for comic acting" and "clear voice" (Opera Canada), Sri Lankan - Canadian baritone Janaka Welihinda is quickly establishing himself amongst audiences as a captivating young artist.

    This past season, Mr. Welihinda made his professional debut with the Indian River Festival and Stratford Summer Music Festival as Papageno in Brent Krysa's whimsical adaptation of THE MAGIC FLUTE. Other credits include; Claudio in BÉATRICE ET BENEDICT  with Metro Youth Opera, Papageno in LA FLÛTE ENCHANTÉE and as Tory Adair in SCHOOLYARD CARMEN, both with Shoestring Opera. He was also heard as Guglielmo in COSI FAN TUTTE with Opera by Request, Harry Easter in the Canadian premiere of Kurt Weill's STREET SCENE with Opera in Concert under the baton of Robert Cooper.

    Janaka holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Literature from Brandon University and a Masters of Music in Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario.

     

  • 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.

     

GALOP OFFENBACHIEN

  • Holly Chaplin

    Holly Chaplin is a soprano and music educator based in Toronto. Ms. Chaplin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in Vocal Performance from York University where she studied with Stephanie Bogle. Ms. Chaplin studied with vocal coach Semyon Rozin and Opera Cologne stage director Oliver Kloeter in 2014 for the Saarburger Serenanden Rare Music Festival in Saarburg Germany. Ms. Chaplin has performed the roles Madamme Goldentrill from DER SCHAUSPIELE DIREKTOR(Co-Operative 2015), Olympia in TALES OF HOFFMANN(SOLT 2016), Frasquita in Julie Nasrallah’s CARMEN ON TAP(2016), Ample Biss in A CONVENIENT LIE; the JAMES BOND OPERA in pasticcio(Malfi Productions 2016)which tours in the fall and throughout 2018. Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI(Odd Opera 2017) and Micaela in CARMEN (Three Seven Ace Opera 2017). Ms.Chaplin has also performed as a soloist with Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Cantabile Chamber Singers, Pax Christi Chorale, Counterpoint Community Orchestra, Opera in Concert, and Celebrity Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Chaplin will sing the role of Cunegonde in Richard Ouzounian’s CANDIDE in Barrie, November 24th- December 2nd 2017

  • Stefan Fehr

    Toronto tenor Stefan Fehr recently appeared as Hugo Detlef in THE STUDENT PRINCE with Toronto Operetta Theatre. Other recent engagements include Egon in Künneke's THE COUSIN FROM NOWHERE and Bobinet in Offenbach’s LA VIE PARISIENNE with TOT as well as Male Chorus in Britten’s THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA with the Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam. With L’Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Amsterdam, he sang as Tamino in Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE. In Canada, he has seen as Feri in TOT’s production of THE GYPSY PRINCESS, Gabriel von Eisenstein in Opera Kitchener’s production of DIE FLEDERMAUS, Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA and Charles Darnay in A TALE OF TWO CITIES, both with SOLT, Bénédict in Berlioz’s BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT and Fabrizio in Adam Guettel’s THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, both at Edmonton’s Opera Nuova. Stefan made his film debut as the Co-Pilot in Rhombus Media’s MULRONEY – THE OPERA.

  • Stuart Graham

    "A very fine dramatic baritone... Mathias Clason    (Stage Director/Designer, Kungliga Opera Stockholm, Sweden) Baritone Stuart Graham received his formal training at McGill University with Bernard Turgeon, later continued at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Nederlands) with Diane Forlano and, most Stuart Graham.jpg

    recently, coaches with Maestra Teresa Berganza (Spain). Mr. Graham has been heard in Canada, the USA, Mexico and throughout Europe. His most recent solo outings include performances of Victor Davies’ A TALE OF TWO CITIES (World Premiere) as Marquis St. Evremonde, Dapertutto in Offenbach’s classic THE TALES OF HOFFMANN with SOLT, Peter Togni’s ISIS & OSIRIS: The Gods of Egypt (World Premiere) as the Grand Vizier: Khamet with OIC, Romberg’s STUDENT PRINCE as Count Von Mark and Ruder with TOT, as featured soloist in YO VIVO by Angeles Lopez-Artiga at the Palau des Arts (Spain) and in Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO. 9 with the Opera Nacional Bellas Artes (Mexico) and the Orquesta Sinfonia Silvestre Revueltas. (www.stuartgraham.ca)

  • Meagan Larios

    Manitoba mezzo soprano Meagan Larios holds a Bachelor of Music (Canadian Mennonite University) and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Performance (University of Manitoba). Manitoba ensembles: The Winnipeg Singers, The Professor Bach Project, The Winnipeg Soloists Choir, and Mennonite Festival Chorus performing alongside the Winnipeg Symphony. Solo performances in Duruflé’s REQUIEMand Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, and in Toronto, Alto Soloist in Händel’s CORONATION ANTHEMS, Mozart’s VESPERAE SOLENNES DE CONFESSOREand Haydn’s MISSA IN AUGUSTIISat the Creemore Choral Festival. 2017 engagements: Bertarido (RODELINDA), Mercédès (CARMEN), Lay Sister/Tourière (SUOR ANGELICA). Other opera roles: Sesto (GIULIO CESARE), Zweiter Knabe (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Cherubino (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), and Bradamante (ALCINA). TOT engagements: Kate (THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE), and THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER. She was a member of Opera in Concert Chorus for the 2016-17 season. She was recently heard in recital at Gallery 345 (Pastorale, in support of Forests Ontario), and will be Alto Soloist in Windsor Symphony’s MESSIAHthis December.

  • Michael McLean

    Since his recent graduation from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, tenor Michael McLean has been an active member of the Toronto classical music scene. Highlights of the past few years include creating a student-run concert series at the Glenn Gould School, masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Robert Pomakov, and Jake Heggie, and roles in Poulenc’s DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES, Ravel’s L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE, Mozart’s DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, Rorem’s THREE SISTERS WHO ARE NOT SISTERS, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD.

     

  • Gena van Oosten

    Mezzo-soprano Gena van Oosten is currently pursuing her master’s degree in voice performance at the University of Toronto under the direction of Professor Wendy Nielsen. She graduated from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music where she gained wonderful experience working with Professor Stefano Algieri and learning her first operatic roles with the McGill Opera as Rinaldo in Handel’s RINALDO and Cesare in Handel’s GIULIO CESARE. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree; majoring in voice performance and a minor in psychology, she received the outstanding achievement award in voice performance. In Summer Opera Lyric Theatre’s 2014 season Gena sang as Erica in Barber’s VANESSA and in 2015 she participated in the St. Andrews by the Sea summer program with Wendy Nielsen and Liz Upchurch.  Gena is excited to be preforming the great music of Offenbach with such a fantastic group of friends and colleagues!

  • Janaka Welihinda

    This past season, Janaka Welihinda made his professional debut with Toronto Operetta Theatre as the Pirate King in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Janaka returned to Shoestring    Opera as both Papagenoin LA FLÛTE ENCHANTÉE and as Tory Adair in SCHOOLYARD CARMEN In 2015, Indian River Festival and Stratford Summer Music Festival    as Papageno in Brent Krysa's whimsical adaptation of The MAGIC FLUTE. His other  roles  have included Claudio in BÉATRICE ET  BENEDICT, Uberto in LA SERVA  PADRONA, Bartolo  and Antonio  in  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Pooh-Bah in THE MIKADO, Frank in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Ben in THE TELEPHONE, and Gulgielmo and Don  Alfonso in COSÌ FAN  TUTTE, and Harry Easter in the professional  Canadian  premiere of Kurt  Weill's STREET SCENE. In 2007, Mr. Welihinda developed the  role of Meursault in the world premier of Ian Cherry’s new opera based on the novel by Camus: L'ÉTRANGER. Janaka holds a Bachelor of  Music in Performance and Literature from Brandon University and a Masters of Music in Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario.

  • Virginia Reh

    Virginia Reh is delighted to return to Toronto Operetta Theatre (THE NEW MOON, NIGHT IN VENICE, THE GONDOLIERS, GYPSY VIOLINS.) A director and dramaturg, her career has included over 40 operas with Opera In Concert, including the Canadian premiere of Benjamin Virginia Reh_Apr 2016

    Britten’s GLORIANA. With a focus on lyric theatre, she collaborated with the Niagara Symphony (Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage, The Jungle Book), Chorus Niagara (Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza, Deep In My Heart and The Best of Broadway), Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, and staged musicals across Ontario. Virginia has recently retired from Brock University where her productions included; THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC AND MARAT/SADE. She is deeply committed to the creation of new Canadian musical works and presented the Lyric Canada 2010 conference. Virginia is from New York City and holds an MA in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Michael Rose

    Michael Rose, pianist, has worked with Edmonton Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera in Concert (Toronto), Opera Nuova, and The Banff Centre. After studying abroad and winning 3rd Prize at the Rio de Janeiro Competition for Pianists and Singers, Michael joined the faculty of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music in Edmonton. He now lives in Toronto, where he works as a pianist and vocal coach.  Also a composer and writer, Michael is currently working on a new music theater piece that will have its premiere in July of 2017, at Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, in Toronto.

    Recent engagements include Opera in Concert (ARMIDA; LES HUGUENOTS; THE DEVIL AND KATE; I PURITANI; KAMOURASKA), Toronto Operetta Theatre (EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING; MIKADO; IOLANTHE; KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY), and Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (A TALE OF TWO CITIES; IDOMENEO; VANESSA; FALSTAFF).

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