OPERETTTS

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Thomas Sigwald

    Born in Vienna, Thomas Sigwald received his singing training in the studios of Althea Bridges, Ilko Natchev and Ron Schneider. His career started in 1988 in musicals at the United Stages of Vienna, the Municipal Theatre Klagenfurt as well as at the Opera House in Graz. Thomas also appeared at the Municipal Theatre in Linz, where he sang numerous roles.

     

    Besides opera, Thomas Sigwald devoted much time to the operetta. Today he is considered one of the not-too-numerous authentic interpreters of this difficult 'light' genre and appears regularly at the State Theatre Gärtnerplatz (Munich), the Municipal Theatres in Salzburg and Klagenfurt, in the Operetta Metropolis Baden and the Semper Opera Dresden.

     

    Besides "Viennese Specialities" this All-round-talent invented and produced the concert programs "Operettts" and "HoHoHo". Since the year of 2006 Thomas is a permanent member of the Volksoper Vienna.

     

  • Christian Koch, Music Director

    The Carinthian artist completed his piano studies at the Carinthian Conservatory with honours. He has become vocal coach at the Municipal Theatre in Klagenfurt from 2001 to 2003. He taught and coached for all singing classes as well as a master for the Opera Studio at the Carinthian Conservatory. Besides his pianist activities, Christian Koch's began to study singing privately and has performed as a tenor on stage several times.

     

    The versatile Christian is also a conductor and choirmaster, assistant to Professor Rudolf Bibl. Christian conducted the operetta "Gräfin Mariza" (Emmerich Kálmán) at the Summer Festival Mörbisch. He was successful conducting the Waterloo Symphony and the Orchestra in London.

     

    He is a coach and a musical assistant at the Vienna Festival as well as the Festival in Salisburg. Christian lives in Vienna as a freelance conductor, accompanist (among others to Bernada Fink and Michael Schade) and as vocal coach to internationally famous singers.

     

CANDIDE

  • Tonatiuh Abrego

    Winner of the St. Andrew's Arts Council International Aria Competition (2016), Tenor Tonatiuh Abrego has performed across Canada singing leading roles in Opera and as a soloist in concert performances. Tonatiuh's previous credits include: Romeo in Jeunesses Musicales du Canada's touring production ROMEO AND JULIET; the leading roles 'Male Chorus' and 'The Witch' in Calgary Opera's productions of THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA and HANSEL AND GRETEL respectively; Nemorino in Opera Nuova's L'ELISIR D'AMORE and 'Don Ottavio' and 'Mr. Craven' in Banff Centre for the Arts' productions of DON GIOVANNI and THE SECRET GARDEN. He was seen in many of Opera McGill's productions, including Britten's THE TURN OF THE SCREW, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, DON GIOVANNI. After having completed his Masters degree in Voice performance at McGill University under the tutelage of Maestro Stefano Algeri, Tonatiuh graduated from Calgary Opera's renowned Emerging Artist program.

  • 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

     

  • 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

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

THE WIDOW

  • Julie Nesrallah

    A singer, actress and broadcaster, Julie Nesrallah is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world. Miss Nesrallah débuted at Carnegie Hall with harpist Caroline Leonardelli in March 2015. Earlier this year, she was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as a singer and as the host of CBC Radio 2's music program Tempo. On July 1, 2011 Miss Nesrallah sang ‘God Save the Queen’ for His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Princess Kate. She has also performed An Evening for Peace in Montreal for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan. Miss Nesrallah is the Executive Producer and star of Carmen on Tap. Last summer, Carmen on Tap débuted at the Stratford Music Festival, the Prince Edward County Music Festival and at the Lula Lounge in Toronto.

  • Diego Catalá

    Baritone, Diego Catalá is a graduate of the prestigious Glenn Gould School of Music and has his Bachelor in Health from York University. Mr. Catalá is a captivating operatic performer whose roles include Triquet (LOS GAVILANES), Bardolfo (FALSTAFF), Frank Maurant (STREET SCENE), El Rey (GATO CON BOTAS), Marryman (ERNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING), Belcore (L'ELISIR D'AMORE),Ragman (LOUISE), Escamillo (CARMEN ), Caballero de Gracia (LA GRAN VIA), Germont (LA TRAVIATA), Felipe (LA REVOLTOSA), Don Giovanni (DON GIOVANNI), Ernest (LE LAUREAT) Mercurio (LA CALISTO), and Papageno (THE MAGIC FLUTE). Diego Just performed the role of Q, in the premier of JAMES BOND: A CONVENIENT LIE and is performing the role of Capellio in CAPULETI E I MONTECHI. This winter Mr. Catalá will be singing the title role in his third DON GIOVANNI.

     

  • Brian Dearden

    Brian Dearden’s interest in operetta and opera began when he joined the Vic Chorus at the University of Toronto and became involved with their Gilbert and Sullivan productions. His roles there included Major General Stanley in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Giuseppe in THE GONDOLIERS, Captain Corcoran in HMS PINAFORE, and Archibald Grosvenor in PATIENCE. He has also performed as a member of the chorus in IOLANTHE and as the Herald in THE GRAND DUKE with the St. Anne's Music and Drama Society. Brian sang in the chorus of the 2016/17 Toronto Operetta Theatre production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

  • Rosalind McArthur

    Frequently seen on the TOT stage, Mezzo-soprano Rosalind McArthur’s favourite roles include Leontina (LOS GAVILANES), Buttercup (H.M.S. PINAFORE), Miss Prism (EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING), Maggie (LADY IN THE DARK), and Princess Boźena (COUNTESS MARITZA). This summer, she performed under the direction of Mr. Silva-Marin in the Canadian opera NIGHT BLOOMING CEREUS (Mrs Brown) and in the world premiere of Michael Rose's NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM (Mrs Duke). She received the InspiraTO Festival's award for Best Female Actor for her 2017 performance in MAISIE IN THE DARK. She is a busy stage director: favourites have been HANSEL AND GRETEL, WEST SIDE STORY, and a Celtic rock version of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Rosalind holds performance and teaching diplomas in Voice and Drama from Trinity College of Music (London, England) and a B.A. in Theatre Directing.

  • 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.

     

  • Michael McLean

    Since his 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, the world premiere of OKSANA G. with Tapestry Opera, an Offenbach Showcase performance with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and roles in Poulenc’s DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES, Ravel’s L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE, Mozart’s DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, and Rorem’s THREE SISTERS WHO ARE NOT SISTERS.

  • Ross Mortimer

    Ross Mortimer, tenor, was born in London Ontario and moved to Toronto after completing his is Bachelors of Music, Voice Performance, at Western University. This September, Ross began an Artist Diploma at the Royal Conservatory of Music studying with Monica Whicher and Rachel Andrist.

    This year Ross sings The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel and Alfred in Die Fledermaus with the Glen Gould School. Past roles have include Enoch Snow (Carousel), Simon Stimson (Our Town), Torquemada (L’heure Espangole), Le théière, Le petit vieillard and La rainette (L’enfant et les Sortilèges), Romeo in City Workers in Love and Olaf in Gisela in her Bathtub, the two later directed by the opera’s librettist, Michael Cavanagh.

  • Julia Obermeyer

    Soprano Julia Obermeyer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University and a Master of Music in Performance from Western University. Julia started her vocal training with Mark DuBois and performing with the Mark DuBois studio singers.Performances include Roy Thomson Hall, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, and St. James Cathedral. Her performance credit includes L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA as Nerone, DIDO AND AENEAS as Belinda, and Blonde in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, 1st Witch in DIDO AND AENEAS, Queen of the Night in THE MAGIC FLUTE with SOLT, Clorinda in LA CENERENTOLA with Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Italy and Susanna in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO with SOLT. Performances include Festival of the Sound, her symphonic debut with the Windsor Symphony, soprano soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana and Mozart's Coronation Mass in C Major with York University Concert Choir.

  • Tanya Paradowski

    Tanya is excited to be stepping out of the TOT chorus (Straus' The Chocolate Soldier) and into the role of the Marchioness Adele Beauseant. This summer she had the pleasure of performing in her first opera as Cherubino in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. She has also returned for her second season with the Voicebox: Opera in Concert chorus, having just debuted as a soloist with them in their recent Chorus Fire production as Sesto in Mozart's Clemenza di Tito. Future projects include Mad Margaret in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore with the St Anne's Music and Drama Society, as well as various piano engagements across the GTA as an accompanist.

  • Michael Rose, Music Director

    Michael Rose, pianist and composer, 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 (as a composer of the world premiere of A NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM, MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, 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, and GALLOP OFFENBACHIEN).

     

LA BELLE HÉLÈNE

  • Beste Kalender

    Beste grew up in the city of Antalya, Turkey, and in Istanbul, completed a degree at the State Conservatory and Bogazici University. After a graduate research at the University of Toronto, Beste worked with Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland, France’s Les Choregies D’Orange, and the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI/CVAI) in Montreal. She earned an Artist Diploma ay the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory in 2014. By 2015 she was enrolled in the Emerging Artist Development Program at the Calgary Opera.

     

    Beste’s repertoire includes roles such as: Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia, Banff Centre & Against The Grain Theatre & Canadian Opera Company), Giovanna (Rigoletto, Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel, CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster), Cenerentola (La Cenerentola, Rossini-Music Academy of The West), Mercedes (Carmen, Bizet-Music Academy of The West); Carmen (Carmen, Bizet-Calgary Opera), Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek-Glenn Gould School Opera-GGS), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, GGS Opera),Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart-Opera by Request), Ellen (Three sisters who are not sisters, Rorem-GGS) and Tancredi (Tancredi, Rossini-Summer Opera Lyric Theater).

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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

     

  • 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.

     

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