A Northern Lights Dream

A Waltz Dream

  • Daniela Agostino

    Italian-Canadian soprano Daniela Agostino holds a masters degree in Performance and Literature from Western University, where she studied with soprano Jackalyn Short. Daniela enjoyed many performance highlights during her studies, including Gretel from Humperdinck’s HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, and First Lady in Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE. In 2018, Daniela performed as Second Spirit in BROTT Opera’s production of THE MAGIC FLUTE and 2019, joined Opera York for Zerlina in Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI. Daniela debuted with Toronto Operetta Theatre in Lehar’s THE MERRY WIDOW, as Valencienne, a role she reprised for Brott Opera in Hamilton. Most recently, Daniela joined Southern Ontario Lyric Opera as Barbarina in their production of Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Toronto Operetta Theatre as Arsena in THE GYPSY BARON. Currently, Daniela studies under the tutelage of soprano Frédérique Vézina and coaches regularly with Trevor Chartrand.

     

  • Ian Backstrom

    Ian Backstrom is excited for his return to the TOT stage, last having performed as Ned Failsham in PERCHANCE TO DREAM.  Ian is a singer/actor originating from the west coast who got his start singing tenor in the chorus for UBC Opera’s productions of CARMEN and LA TRAVIATA whilst pursuing a BSc in microbiology.  With diverse interests and ranges, Ian has since played roles varying from Riff Raff in ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Hart House Theatre) to Algernon Moncrieff in EARNEST: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre); from two years singing with the fully professional St. James Cathedral choir to voice acting as Christopher for the upcoming audio drama podcast DREAMERS (Broken Crown Productions).  Other select companies Ian has worked with include Opera in Concert, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars, Royal City Musical Theatre, Fighting Chance Productions, and Renegade Arts Company.

     

  • Karen Bojti

    Karen Bojti spent many years studying and performing theatrical clowns and improvised devised theatre. Her operatic repertoire includes the full spectrum of merry matrons found within the G and S cannon. Karen has sung several operatic roles from the Third Lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Marcellina in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, 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, Ma Moss in THE TENDERLAND and Baba in THE MEDIUM. Most recently Karen sang the much-coveted role of Lady Augusta Bracknell in the Canadian operetta, ERNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING, as well as Mirabella in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s THE GYPSY BARON.

  • Lillian Brooks

    Canadian mezzo-soprano Lillian Brooks praised for her “legato, lyric sound” (Ludwig van Toronto), and “easy handling of coloratura” (Schmopera), has appeared in many operatic roles and as an oratorio soloist throughout Canada. Her past operatic roles include Bradamante in ALCINA, Third Lady in Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE, Flora in LA TRAVIATA, and Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. Lillian has enjoyed 2 exciting years with Calgary Opera as a member of their Emerging Artist Program during their 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons. She appeared as The Mother in AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, Hansel in HANSEL & GRETEL, and was scheduled to perform the role of Beatrice in BEATRICE ET BENEDICT (cancelled due to Covid-19). This season, Lillian will be performing as a soloist in the Canadian premiere of Romulo Delgado’s THE CROSS OF CHRIST and can also be seen singing the role of Lucia in Toronto City Opera’s CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA.

     

  • Gregory Finney

    "There's no place like home." - Dorothy Gale.

     

    Called “A masterclass in Irrepressible, over-the-top physical comedy” by Opera Going Toronto and “delightful” by OperaCanada, Cape Breton Baritone Gregory Finney is over the moon to be returning to TOT. The Dora Award-winner (Outstanding Ensemble - Opera) for #ATGMessiah and nominee for the ATG's premiere of Figaro's Wedding, Gregory’s “big, surprising voice” (schmopera.com) has also been seen in many roles here at TOT: Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky), The Merry Widow (Baron Zeta), The Chocolate Soldier (Popoff), HMS Pinafore (Sir Joseph), The Csárdàs Princess (Feri), The Gondoliers (Plaza Toro) and many more. Gregory's also performed in Operas like Die Zauberflöte (Papageno), Don Giovanni (Leporello), Street Scene (Abraham Kaplan), Cendrillon (Maitre de Plaisirs); all the way to Musicals in Footloose: The Musical (Rev. Moore), Beauty and the Beast (Narrator/M. D'Arque), A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum (Marcus Lycus) and the Canadian Premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera to name a few.

     

    Twitter: @gregory_finney

    Instagram: @giggyhertz

     

  • Amy Moodie

    Amy Moodie is thrilled to be playing Glita in A NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM! Most recently, Ms. Moodie performed the role of Despina in a socially distant outdoor concert of Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE and created an online performance for A Good Mess Opera Theatre’s A GOOD HAUNTING. Ms. Moodie rang in 2020 by being selected as the winner of the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition and was featured in a virtual concert in November 2020. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where she was a two-time recipient of the prestigious Richard Bradshaw Fellowship in Opera (2016-2018). In the fall of 2019, she was selected as a finalist and winner of two prizes at the American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition (2019). Upcoming: Ms. Moodie is excited to be revisiting the role of Mabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE with COSA Canada this winter!

     

  • Lauren Pearl

    Lauren Pearl is an interdisciplinary artist known for a “luscious, rich tone” (Opera Canada) and “robust, dramatic voice” (BroadwayWorld).

     

    Lauren's mission as a performer is to inspire and invigorate. Equally comfortable on both operatic and concert stages, Lauren has debuted across North America and Europe, including at Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall. Notable Canadian collaborations include performances with the Hornby Island Festival; concerts with Echo Chamber Toronto; an inspiring run as Bino in Against the Grain Theatre’s FIGARO’S WEDDING; and numerous engagements with the Canadian Opera Company, including a self-produced Les Adieux performance of Messiaen’s transformational song cycle Poèmes pour Mí, in which pianist Rachael Kerr and Lauren performed while Lauren painted by hand on a stage of canvas. A passionate chamber musician, Lauren has held residencies at The Marlboro Music Festival, Chamberfest Cleveland, and the New York Festival of Song.

     

  • Christina Raphaëlle Haldane

    Christina Haldane's career spans the UK, Europe, Asia and Canada, where she has performed opera, orchestral concerts, chamber music and recitals. She has interpreted many leading opera roles, having performed for opera houses such as The Finnish National Opera, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong. Christina specializes in Handel’s heroines, comedic bel canto and contemporary opera and collaborates with composers of our time to bring their vocal music to life. As a recording artist, she released her critically acclaimed debut album ‘… LET ME EXPLAIN’ in 2019, a collection of Canadian art songs which explores folk, jazz and avant-garde styles. Christina is a bilingual English and French speaker with Acadian heritage, and she is a proud citizen of Canada and Great Britain. Home for Christina is in Canada's Atlantic provinces, where she lives with her partner Patrice and their two diva dogs Pomeranians.

     

  • Kate Carver - Music Director

    Kate is thrilled to be able to help bring this beautiful score to life, and to be part of the World Premiere of A Northern Lights Dream. Kate maintains a private studio as a Vocal Coach and accompanist and has been a member of staff at the University of Toronto’s Opera Division for over twenty years. Other positions have included Music Staff with the Canadian Opera Company, the voice program at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, New York, and the University of Montreal; as well as Music Director for Essential Opera, Maritime Concert Opera, and Opera by Request. Kate received her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music from McGill University, and studied in England at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Britten-Pears School, and The National Opera Studio.

     

  • Michael Rose - Composer

    Michael Rose, pianist, and has enjoyed a long association with several of Toronto’s leading arts organizations, including Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre (Guillermo Silva Marin, general director), and Forte – Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus (Edward Connell, conductor). He now lives in Nova Scotia, where he coaches for the voice department of the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University. Also a composer, playwright, and lyricist, Michael’s third full-scale music theater piece, A Northern Lights Dream, was performed by students at Dalhousie in February under the guidance of Betty Allison and is now receiving its professional premier by Toronto Operetta Theatre at the St. Lawrence Center. Michael is currently working on a commission for a set of songs for voice, clarinet, and piano.

     

  • Elizabeth Beeler

    With over 30 years in performing arts, Elizabeth has worked as an actor, singer, director, writer, freelance coach, and teacher. TOT audiences will remember her performances in DIE FLEDERMAUS, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER 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 and GUYS AND DOLLS. Original casts of the Toronto LES MISERABLES, ASPECTS of LOVE, SHOWBOAT (T.O./NYC), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and JANE EYRE.  Her choreography for the Oakville Children’s and The Hamilton Children’s Choirs have received international recognition in Los Angeles and Madrid. Recently, The Beggar Woman in SWEENEY TODD at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, Countess Stasi in THE GYPSEY PRINCESS, Ruth in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, assistant director on LUISA FERNANDA, The Old Woman in CANDIDE and Prince Orlovsky in DIE FLEDERMAUS.

     

  • Sebastien Belcourt

    Sebastien Belcourt is a Toronto based baritone. A York University graduate in Classical Voice, he has sung with the Orpheus Choir under the baton of Robert Cooper, and the Ottawa Bach Choir with Dr. Lisette Canton performing solos in major works such as J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. With the latter choir he toured Europe and China. A lover of opera and operetta, some credits include: Masetto and Commendatore in Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI with AEDO in Lucca, Italy; Don Fernando in Toronto City Opera’s production of FIDELIO by Beethoven; Alaska Wolf Joe in Kurt Weill’s RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY with VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert; and John Worthing in SOLT’s production of EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING by Eugene Benson and Victor Davies.

     

  • Karina Bray

    Canadian mezzo-soprano Karina Bray has performed the roles of La Ciesca from Puccini’s GIANNI SCHICCHI and Flora Bervoix from Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA with the Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. She has also performed, previously as a soprano, the title role of SUOR ANGELICA, and Mimi from LA BOHEME both by Puccini, and Anna Maurant from STREET SCENE by Weill. Ms. Bray has participated in voice workshops at Academie de la Roche d'Hys, France with Jeannette Aster, the Toronto Contemporary Showcase with Adrianne Pieczonka, and in the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal.

     

  • Sean Curran

    Baritone Sean Curran is always happy to join the team at Toronto Operetta Theatre. For TOT: Lutz in THE STUDENT PRINCE; Lane in EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING (2008 World Premiere and in April 2015); Dr. Brooks in LADY IN THE DARK; Penichek in COUNTESS MARITZA; Don Alhambra in THE GONDOLIERS; also THE WIDOW; LAND OF SMILES; CECILIA VALDEZ; and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. For Opera in Concert: LES DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES and others. Elsewhere: The Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI; Truffaldino in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS; Baron de Gondremarck in LA VIE PARISIENNE; Morales in CARMEN; Antonio in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.

     

    Sean is from St. John’s, Newfoundland and is living quite contentedly in the Beaches neighbourhood in Toronto. Love to Mara, Matilda and Tadhg.

     

  • Gregory Finney

    "There's no place like home." - Dorothy Gale.

     

    Called “A masterclass in Irrepressible, over-the-top physical comedy” by Opera Going Toronto and “delightful” by OperaCanada, Cape Breton Baritone Gregory Finney is over the moon to be returning to TOT. The Dora Award-winner (Outstanding Ensemble - Opera) for #ATGMessiah and nominee for the ATG's premiere of Figaro's Wedding, Gregory’s “big, surprising voice” (schmopera.com) has also been seen in many roles here at TOT: Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky), The Merry Widow (Baron Zeta), The Chocolate Soldier (Popoff), HMS Pinafore (Sir Joseph), The Csárdàs Princess (Feri), The Gondoliers (Plaza Toro) and many more. Gregory's also performed in Operas like Die Zauberflöte (Papageno), Don Giovanni (Leporello), Street Scene (Abraham Kaplan), Cendrillon (Maitre de Plaisirs); all the way to Musicals in Footloose: The Musical (Rev. Moore), Beauty and the Beast (Narrator/M. D'Arque), A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum (Marcus Lycus) and the Canadian Premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera to name a few.

     

    Twitter: @gregory_finney

    Instagram: @giggyhertz

     

  • Keith Klassen

    Tenor Keith Klassen has emerged to become one of Canada's busiest vocal artists. Since graduating with honours from the Opera Division at the University of Toronto in 2002, he has performed over one hundred roles from the standard and new operatic repertoire. He has been engaged across Canada, as well as in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, the United States, the Czech Republic, and the Bahamas. He has received rave reviews, praised as a  "tour de force, a commanding presence with superb vocal skills" (The Ontario Arts Review), for being "a skilled tenor, vocally spirited and robust, who works his emotional range with depth and authenticity" (For The Record), and as “one of the country's most versatile artists, whose leading-man swagger, comic panache and solid-brass vocals steal the show whenever he appears” (The Toronto Star). NOW Magazine went so far as to rate Keith as one of Toronto's top ten theatre artists.

     

  • Austin Larusson

    Praised for his "fine baritone voice" (The Brooklyn Eagle), "Austin Larusson sang beautifully" (https://barczablog.com/), previous appearances include Count Carnero THE GYPSY BARON, Vicomte Cascada THE MERRY WIDOW, William Fayre PERCHANCE TO DREAM, Ajax A THE BEAUTIFUL HELEN, Archbishop/Father Bernard CANDIDE, Police Sergeant THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Massakroff THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER, Camilo LOS GAVILANES, Lucas THE STUDENT PRINCE, Boatswain H.M.S. PINAFORE: Toronto Operetta Theatre; Benoit/Alcindoro LA BOHEME, Count Ceprano RIGOLETTO, Bartolo/Antonio LE NOZZE DI FIGARO: Southern Ontario Lyric Opera; Johann WERTHER, Lorenzo in I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, George Jones in STREET SCENE: Opera in Concert; Marchese/Dottore Grenvil in LA TRAVIATA, Crespel in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN: Toronto City Opera, Malatesta in DON PASQUALE: Vera Causa Opera.

     

  • Amy Moodie

    Amy Moodie is so excited to be playing Franzi in A WALTZ DREAM! Most recently, Ms. Moodie performed the role of Despina in a socially distant outdoor concert of Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE and created an online performance for A Good Mess Opera Theatre’s A GOOD HAUNTING. Ms. Moodie rang in 2020 by being selected as the winner of the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition and was featured in a virtual concert in November 2020. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where she was a two-time recipient of the prestigious Richard Bradshaw Fellowship in Opera (2016-2018). In the fall of 2019, she was selected as a finalist and winner of two prizes at the American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition (2019). Upcoming: Ms. Moodie is excited to be revisiting the role of Mabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE with COSA Canada this winter!

     

  • Andrea Núñez

    Praised for her "blinding brilliance," debuting soprano Andrea Núñez is establishing herself as a versatile young artist. Ms. Núñez is an Alumna of l'Atelier Lyrique de l'Opera de Montréal, where as part of her tenure, she performed the roles of Kathleen in RIDERS TO THE SEA, the Page in RIGOLETTO, Woglinde in DAS RHEINGOLD, and Alice B. Toklas in Ricky Ian Gordon's 27. She also performed the roles of the Governess in THE TURN OF THE SCREW in collaboration with the Orchestre de l'Agora and Giulia in LA SCALA DI SETA in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent. In the United States, Ms. Núñez has participated in young artist programs in Saint Louis and Santa Fe performing Pvt. Sonia Gonzalez in the world premier of Ruo & Hwang's AN AMERICAN SOLDIER and Laura in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s COLD MOUNTAIN.  Further credits include the Canadian Opera Company, Pax Christi Chorale, the Toronto Symphony and she holds degrees from Western University and the University of Toronto.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Alexandra Weintraub

    Canadian mezzo-soprano Alexandra Weintraub is a versatile and adventurous multi-disciplinary performer whose passions range from opera to burlesque. Motivated by meaningful work and connection, Alexandra is most committed to creating and contributing to social change through art, community, and advocacy work. Upon her recent graduation from Queen’s University where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree, Alexandra was selected for the ‘RBC x Future Launch Fellowship’ with The Association for Opera in Canada. Selected credits include Mme Pernelle in TARTUFFE (Opera NUOVA), Sorceress in DIDO AND AENEAS (Queen’s Opera), THE MERRY WIDOW (Opera York), BARBER OF SEVILLE (Opera York).

     

  • Derek Bate, Conductor

    Derek Bate is a versatile conductor equally at home in opera, operetta and musical theatre. He has conducted many productions for TOT, including CANDIDE, THE BIRD SELLER, COUNTESS MARITZA, KISMET and THE MERRY WIDOW. He is Assistant to the Music Director with the Canadian Opera Company, where he has conducted an impressive number of operas, including LA TRAVIATA, TURANDOT, LA BOHÈME, CARMEN, LUISA MILLER, EUGENE ONEGIN, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, RIGOLETTO and SALOME. He was also the assistant conductor for the RING CYCLE opening the Four Seasons Centre in 2006. Most recently, he conducted RIGOLETTO with Opéra de Québec, and he has appeared with Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, the National Arts Centre and Opera Grand Rapids. In musical theatre, he was the musical director of LES MISÉRABLES in Toronto, Harold Prince’s production of SHOWBOAT in New York and on tour throughout the U.S., and conducted over 1000 performances of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Toronto and Canadian National Tour).

     

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