"You could just sit back, forget the spectacle and concentrate on
Tchaikovsky's luscious vocal writing."

Wayne Gooding, Opera Canada

CREATORS
Suzy Smith
Narmina Afandiyeva
Stephen Hargreaves
Robert Cooper

PERFORMERS
Danlie Rae Acebuque
Vania Chan
Holly Chaplin
Amy Moodie
Ryan Downey
Natalya Gennadi
Evan Korbut
Owen McCausland
Julia MacVicar
Dion Mazerolle
Julie Nesrallah
Meghan Lindsay
Lauren Pearl
Scott Rumble

Creators
Suzy Smith

SUZY SMITH
LUCIO SILLA

Highlights for Suzy Smith include Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges and L'heure espagnole (VOICEBOX), Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Massenet's Manon, as well as the Canadian double-bill pairing John Beckwith's Night Blooming Cereus with the world premiere of Michael Rose's A Northern Lights Dream (SOLT). Other experience includes Cosí fan Tutte and L'Amico Fritz for the San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera program as apprentice coach under Mark Morash, Warren Jones, and Ari Pelto; Bolcom's A Wedding as a fellow in Marilyn Horne's Music Academy of the West; as well as, music direction and vocal coaching for the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona Italy (COSI), the Southern Alberta Vocal Experience (SAVE), and the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (COAA). Suzy earned her Master of Music Degree at Western University training with John Hess and her Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia training under Jane Coop. She has also trained at The Banff Centre, Opera NUOVA, and Morningside Music Bridge programs.


NARMINA AFANDIYEVA
MÉDÉE

Pianist, Music Director

Studied at the Bülbül Specialized musical school and Azerbaijan State Conservatory under the guidance of professor Adelya Vekilova. Graduated in the Collaborative Piano Program at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Professor Steven Philcox.

She was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying (University of Toronto, Faculty of Music).

Narmina worked as Music Director and Pianist for I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, THE MAGIC FLUTE, MADAME BUTTERFLY (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre), and as a pianist for zarzuela SAUCY SEÑORITA, THE MIKADO, EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING (Toronto Operetta Theatre), borodin's PRINCE IGOR and Weill's STREET SCENE (Opera in Concert).


Stephen Hargreaves

STEPHEN HARGREAVES
L'AMANT ANONYME

Hargreaves attended Indiana University as a horn major under the famed Myron Bloom. In Hargreaves' third year, he played piano for a performance of Turn of the Screw. The experience captivated him like no other and set the course for his professional career. Since then, Hargreaves has functioned as a répétiteur, coach, harpsichordist, assistant conductor and conductor to over 135 unique operatic productions ranging from early music to the most difficult of modern music. He has collaborated with innovative small companies and large scale opera companies throughout the United States and internationally. While doing this, he has continued to perform as a solo pianist (Brahms' 2nd, Rachmaninov 3rd concerti), recitalist and "re-orchestrator" (developing a new edition of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle and the Chevalier Saint-Georges' L'amant anonyme). He lives in Montréal and is an associate professor at McGill.


Robert Cooper

ROBERT COOPER, C.M.
VOICEBOX CHORUS DIRECTOR

Artistic Director: Chorus Niagara, the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, and Ontario Male Chorus.

Chorus Director for the Black Creek Summer Festival.

Conducted symphony orchestras in Halifax, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Orchestra London (ON); opera companies in Victoria, Ottawa and Winnipeg.

Executive Producer of Opera and Choral Music at CBC for 31 years.

Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Brock University, the Order of Canada and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to the Canadian choral community.


Performers

DANLIE RAE ACEBUQUE

Described for possessing a "beautiful, warm baritone voice with enviable flexibility and an easy top" (Claudia Friedlander), and for his "warm resonance and moving artistry" (Meredith Hall, Dean Artists Management), Filipino-Canadian baritone Danlie Rae Acebuque holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Master's of Music in Opera Performance in the studio of the Canadian soprano, Frédérique Vézina at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music.

A recipient of several awards, dedicated and passionate artist, Danlie Rae was the first recipient of the prestigious Ivan Alexandor Chorney Opera Scholarship at the University of Toronto in 2021 and in March of 2022, Danlie Rae became the recipient of the Stuart Hamilton Memorial Award with Voicebox: Opera in Concert. An energetic, charismatic, versatile and exciting performer, Danlie Rae had debuted his operatic roles as Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Gugliemo (Cosi fan tutte), Billy (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi), Escamillo (La Tragedie de Carmen), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Top (The Tender Land), and Reverend John Smithurst (Florence: The Lady with The Nightlamp) to name a few.

Danlie Rae is a returning Sidgwick Scholar with Orpheus Choir of Toronto and the new Pax Christi Choral Bass Lead where he performs both as an ensemble member and their soloist.


VANIA LIZBETH CHAN

Vania Lizbeth Chan is a versatile artist, active in the fields of vocal performance and academia (M.M., Manhattan School of Music, PhD, York University). A lyric coloratura soprano, Vania's voice has been described as "gently shimmering" (Opera News, NY) and "lovely and agile" (@KarasReviews).

She made her Carnegie Hall debut as a 1st prize winner in the Barry Alexander International Competition (NY). In 2022, Vania completed a European tour with Soundstreams, premiered the role of Wenli in City Opera Vancouver's production of CHINATOWN, and performed in The Glenn Gould Foundation's Celebration of Gould's 90th Birthday Anniversary, singing the music of Alma Deutscher. Upcoming: Vivaldi: But "Not the Seasons" (Rezonance Baroque Ensemble).

www.vaniachan.com



HOLLY CHAPLIN

Holly Chaplin is a coloratura soprano based in Toronto. Holly obtained her bachelor's degree in Voice Performance (2014) from York University where she studied, and continues to study with Stephanie Bogle.

Holly has interpreted the roles of Madamme Goldentrill from Der Schauspieledirektor (Co-Operative 2015), Olympia in TALES OF HOFFMANN (SOLT 2016), Frasquita in CARMEN ON TAP (2016), Ample Bliss in A Convenient Lie; the James Bond Opera (Malfi 2016, Abridged Opera 2017, Savoy Society 2018), Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI Odd Opera 2017), Micaela in CARMEN (37Ace 2017) and Cunegonde in CANDIDE (TIFT 2017) and Susanna in I DUE FIGARO.

Ms. Chaplin has been featured as a soloist with Pax Christi Chorale, Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Operetta Theatre (Galop Offenbachien), Opera in Concert (Shakespeare 400, Chorus Fire) and with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre as the title role of Handel's SEMELE. She will be performing Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE (OA Henfenfeld, Germany) and Queen of the Night in MAGIC FLUTE in the fall of 2018.



AMY MOODIE

Amy Moodie is thrilled to be singing Giunia in this season's production of Lucio Silla and Dircé in Médée. Earlier this year, Ms. Moodie joined Toronto Operetta Theatre as Franzi in A Waltz Dream and Glita in the world premiere of A Northern Lights Dream.

She began the year by revisiting the role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with COSA Canada and then performed contemporary opera scenes with Tapestry Opera for their Songbook XI Concert. In the fall of 2021, Ms. Moodie collaborated with A Good Mess Opera Theatre for their A Good Haunting virtual haunted house.

She has been a prizewinner at various competitions including, first place at the Toronto Mozart Competition, The American International Czech and Slovak Competition and the NATS Artists Awards. Other Recent performances include: Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Emma (Fierabras) and Semele (Semele).


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). Ryan recently appeared with his hometown Newfoundland Symphony as tenor soloist in MESSIAH, as Goro in Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY and covering the lead tenor role of Pinkerton, and will be making his National Arts Centre debut 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 much more. For concert credits and more detailed information on upcoming performances and recent news, please visit www.ryanpauldowney.com


NATALYA GENNADI

Ukrainian-Canadian singer Natalya Gennadi brings her "pure, strong, liquid soprano" to a wide range of repertoire. Natalya caused a sensation in her debut in the title role of Oksana G, Tapestry Opera's harrowing tale about human trafficking, earning a Dora Award nomination.

During the pandemic, Natalya led the cast as Adriana in a fully staged digital performance of Adriana Lecouvreur with VOICEBOX:Opera in Concert and appeared in several Opera Breaks cinematic videos produced by Domoney Artists. Natalya's opera roles include Violetta (La Traviata) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Opera York, Countess Almaviva with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera's Le Nozze di Figaro, and Mimi in La bohème with Brott Opera.

In 2022, Natalya performed with Tapestry Opera's summertime outdoor Box Concerts, and was a guest artist with Toronto Concert Orchestra in a concert of opera favourites.

Natalya looks forward to her debut in 2023 with Pacific Opera Victoria as Gerhilde in Wagner's Die Walküre.


EVAN KORBUT

Evan Korbut is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe performer born in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. He began studying at Western University in 2007, completed his Bachelor's degree in music (voice performance) in 2011, and completed his Master's degree in music (voice) in 2014.

Various credits include productions of DIE FLEDERMAUS as Eisenstein, THE MERRY WIDOW as Danilo, COSI FAN TUTTE as Guglielmo, LA BOHÈME as Marcello, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA as Tarquinius/Junius, CENERENTOLA as Dandini, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO as Figaro/Count Almaviva, L'ITALIANA in Algeri as Taddeo, LA CLEMENZA DI TITO as Publio, THE ECSTASY OF RITA JOE as Jaimie Paul, FIERABRAS as Roland, RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY as Moses, and Simms/Spirit Chorus in Shanawdithit, and Owl in THE FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD.


OWEN MCCAUSLAND

Canadian tenor Owen McCausland is increasingly in demand for engagements with both opera companies and symphonies across North America. Highlights of recent seasons include Verdi's Otello with the Cleveland Orchestra, Mozart's Don Giovanni with Pacific Opera Victoria, and the premiere of Cusson's Fantasma with the Canadian Opera Company.

His 22/23 season sees returns to the Canadian Opera Company (Salome), Pacific Opera Victoria (Così fan tutte), and the Cleveland Orchestra (La Fanciulla del West). Owen also looks forward to his role debut as Lucio Silla with Opera in Concert, the world premiere of Frehner's LEX with Soundstreams, and Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

An alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio, he has been heard at the Four Seasons' Centre as Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and the Fisherman in Le Rossignol. Weill's Sieben Todsünden for the Toronto Symphony, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde for the Ottawa Symphony, Messiah for Symphony Nova Scotia, the London Symphonia and Regina Symphony, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Lurcanio in Ariodante for the Canadian Opera Company, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 for Kitchener-Waterloo's Grand Philharmonic Choir and Regina Symphony, and Rodolfo in La bohème for Against the Grain Theatre are among recent credits.

​He has also appeared in COC mainstage productions as Don Juan in Don Quichotte, Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux, Ferrando in Così fan tutte (Ensemble Studio performance), Reverend Horace Adams in Peter Grimes and stepped in for a colleague in the title role of La clemenza di Tito for four performances.

Further credits include Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Pacific Opera Victoria), the title role in Werther (Chautauqua Institution), Camille in The Merry Widow (Newfoundland Symphony), and Alfred in Die Fledermaus (Guelph Symphony).

Mr. McCausland was a finalist and winner of the Canadian Encouragement Award in the George London Singing Competition and also a semi-finalist in the Montreal International Music Competition.


JULIA MACVICAR

Julia MacVicar; Soprano (They/Them/Her) is an opera singer and interdisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto. Hailing from Epekwitk (PEI), and an alumnus of the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University (B.A.Mus 2020), MacVicar has been described onstage as "impressive dramatically and vocally… a big stunning sound" (Barczablog.com). As a neurodivergent individual, they are passionate about increasing inclusivity within creative spaces and exploring different narratives. Performance highlights include: Diana - Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld (Toronto Operetta Theatre 2022); Dido - James Rolfe's Aeneas and Dido (Dal Opera 2020); The Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Dal Opera 2017)


DION MAZEROLLE

Acadian baritone Dion Mazerolle has earned a solid reputation in Canada and Europe as an artist of the highest calibre. A former member of the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal, he is acclaimed for his musical finesse and strong stage presence in both opera and concert. Dion has performed with many choirs, ensembles and orchestras across Canada including: Elmer Iseler Singers, Musica Orbium, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Festival International de Musique Baroque de Lamèque, Newfoundland Symphony, Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble Boréades de Montréal, Chorus Niagara, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and Regina Symphony.

Comfortable in both traditional and contemporary opera, in recent seasons Dion starred as Germont in Verdi's La Traviata with Opéra du Royaume, and in Massenet's Werther and Bizet's Carmen with the Opéra de Québec. He also appeared in Harry Somers' Canadian opera Louis Riel with the Canadian Opera Company and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. A frequent guest artist with Chants Libres, Dion created the role of Soulayed in the world premiere of L'orangeraie (Tremblay/Moultaka), as well as a digital concert of works dedicated to Silvio Palmieri with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal.

Dion appears in several OperaBreaks videos, produced by Domoney Artists and directed by François Racine. In 2022, Dion will make his debut with Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy as the King of Clubs in Prokofiev's Love of Three Oranges.


JULIE NESRALLAH

The dazzling Julie Nesrallah performs for leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across Canada and around the world.

Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen for Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in a performance that was viewed by millions. She also sang for An Evening for Peace for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan in Montreal.

Miss Nesrallah is the host of Tempo on CBC Music and is also the executive producer and star of Carmen on Tap which performs Georges Bizet's Carmen as dinner theatre. Miss Nesrallah has been the recipient of several distinguished awards including the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award & Mid-Career Grant, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada's performing arts.


MEGHAN LINDSAY

Praised as being equal to "the best Mozart interpreters anywhere in the world", Canadian soprano Meghan Lindsay continues a diverse practice as a performer, creator, and researcher. During the 2019-2020 season, she performed in a variety of repertoire highlighted by Handel's Dixit Dominus at the Music and Beyond Festival, Saffi in Strauss' Der Zigeunerbaron for Toronto Operetta Theatre, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Atelier and performed Mary Magdalene in Opera Atelier's film Handel's La resurezzione. In the wake of COVID-19, she expanded her creative practice to collaborate with composers Krists Auznieks and Luis Fernando Amaya on two new chamber music commissions. She premiers the role of Eve in Edwin Huizinga and Chris Bagan's Angel October 2021 and will be recording a filmed version of Frauenliebe und Leben with choreographer Jennifer Nichols for world premiere 2022. In the 2018/19 season, she appeared as Ilia in Idomeneo (Opera Atelier), Paride in Paride ed Elena (Odyssey Opera), Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera (Opera Nova Scotia), Arethuze/Hunter and Galatée in a double bill of Actéon and Pygmalion (Opera Atelier/Royal Opera Versailles/ Harris Theater Chicago). An artist eager to stretch the bounds live theatre, Ms Lindsay co-created and performed in an installation for the Contact Festival/Division Gallery with v isual artist Alex McLeod, is co-creating a piece of chamber music with Latvian composer Krists Auznieks, is recording a digital album of Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben, and is involved in the development of an integrative piece of theatre with Montreal Playwright's Workshop.


LAUREN PEARL

Canadian-American settler Lauren Pearl is a non-conforming interdisciplinary artist known for her "luscious, rich tone" (Opera Canada), "robust, dramatic voice" (BroadwayWorld), and for her reputation as "an artist of subtle skill" (Classical CD Choice). Lauren's mission as a performer is to inspire and invigorate. They strive to question and disrupt conditioned models and structures in order to support equity and inclusivity. Now is the time to be fully present, reconnect with our source, and inspire empathetic awareness through art. Lauren hopes to do this through an interdisciplinary approach to performance art, by blending crafts to engage and welcome audiences through the use of a dynamic artistic spectrum.

Lauren's adaptable instrument and versatile stage presence allow them to be a chameleon on stage; their repertoire ranges from Baroque to Wagnerian and everything between and beyond. Equally comfortable on both the operatic and concert stages, Lauren has made debuts across North America and Europe. Notable Canadian collaborations include performances with the Hornby Island Festival; interdisciplinary concerts with Echo Chamber Toronto; a fabulous and inspiring run as Bino in Against the Grain Theatre's modern adaptation of Le Nozze di Figaro: Figaro's Wedding; and numerous engagements with the Canadian Opera Company, including the self-produced Les Adieux, a performance of Messiaen's transformational song cycle Poèmes pour Mí, in which pianist Rachael Kerr and Lauren brought the music to life while Lauren painted by hand on a stage of canvas. Lauren Pearl is grateful for the community in Toronto, both on and off the stage.


SCOTT RUMBLE

Tenor Scott Rumble was a member of the Calgary Opera's Emerging Artist Development Program and Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program at Vancouver Opera. He holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Rumble was just seen as the tenor soloist in the Vancouver Bach Choir performance of Mozart's REQUIEM and as Ferrando in Brott Opera's drive-in production of COSI FAN TUTTE. While at Calgary Opera he worked on a myriad of workshops for new operas and performed in virtual concerts. He was seen as the role of Flavio in NORMA, Rooster in BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS, and was scheduled to perform Benedict in BEATRICE ET BENEDICT and Tanzmeister in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS before the pandemic. During his time with Vancouver Opera, Mr. Rumble sang the role of St. Brioche in THE MERRY WIDOW and covered both the title role in Gonoud's FAUST and Rodolfo in LA BOHÈME.


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