PERCHANCE
TO DREAM

  • 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. 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 recent credits 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.

     

  • Joshua Clemenger

    Tenor Joshua Clemenger is in his final year of a Masters degree in the UofT Opera program. He began his training in The Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Programme in Hamilton Ontario, where he studied with Tom Oliver, then attended the University of Western Ontario where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Performance with Torin Chiles, and sang his first opera. He has since pursued his vocal studies and is now studying with Lorna Macdonald at the University of Toronto. Recent opera credits include Ivan in TOT’s DIE FLEDERMAUS, Ferrando in COSI FAN TUTTE at La Musica Lirica in Italy, President Wintergreen in Bernsein's OF THEE I SING and Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI at The University of Toronto, and Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at The Arts and Letters Club. This season he will be singing as Sam in STREET SCENE, and Belfiore in LA FINTA GIARDINIERA (UofT Opera).

     

  • Cian Horrobin

    Cian Horrobin has been hailed by Opera Canada for his “lively and virile” voice and by stagedoor.com for his “full, heroic tone.” He studied at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music and gone on to perform leading roles with Opera New Brunswick, Opera Atelier, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert, among others. In 2012 he was a recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Medal. He appears in the soundtracks of TV shows “The Borgias” and “Vikings” and most recently performed in Bernstein’s CANDIDE, with Toronto Operetta Theatre, as Narraboth in Strauss’s SALOME as the Duke of Mantua in an OBR concert staging of Verdi’s RIGOLETTO as well as Donizetti’s FAVORITA with the same company, and as Orestes in TOT’s LA BELLE HELENE. This September, he has madevhis European debut in Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE in the Netherlands.

     

  • Lynn Isnar

    Armenian-Canadian soprano Lynn Anoush Isnar is a Toronto based artist known for her "suitably dramatic voice with a nice combination of power and accuracy," (Opera Ramblings, John Gilks).

     

    This past season, she performed the role of La Marchesa from Piccinni’s LA CECCHINA where she successfully "met the challenge of having to sing three arias, including a vengeance aria with some impossible coloratura," (Musical Toronto, Joseph So), made her debut with Opera in Concert performing Emma in Mussorgsky’s KHOVANSHCHINA, and Susanna in Mozart’s MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.

     

    Last season, she was heard as Adele in Strauss’ DIE FLEDERMAUS, and make her Toronto City Opera debut singing Papagena in Mozart’s MAGIC FLUTE.

     

    Ms. Isnar holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Education from the UofT and she is completing her final year of the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School.

     

  • Caitlin McCaughey

    Soprano, Caitlin McCaughey, hails from Cranbrook, British Columbia.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Lethbridge, and a Diploma of Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied with Lorna MacDonald. Caitlin performed a variety of roles with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra during her time at University of Lethbridge including: Countess (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Mother (HANSEL AND GRETEL), and Prince Orlofsky (DIE FLEDERMAUS). During her time with UofT Opera Caitlin entertained Toronto audiences as Fido (PAUL BUNYAN), Lucy (THE TELEPHONE), Josephine (HMS PINAFORE), and Public Opinion in Offenbach’s ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD. Other credits include Giunone in Cavalli’s LA CALISTO (Centre of Operatic Performance in Italy), Susanna in Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Opera by Request), and the title role in Massenet’s MANON with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre this summer.

     

  • Peter Tiefenbach, Music Director

    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 MERRY WIDOW

  • 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 HANSEL 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 The Huntress in Vera Causa Opera’s LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. Other performance credits include Dorinda in Handel’s ORLANDO, Vittoria in Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE GONDOLIERS, and the Turnspit in Dvořák's RUSALKA. In 2016, she won the London Opera Guild’s scholarship award. This season, Daniela joined Opera York in their production of Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI, playing Zerlina.  Daniela is thrilled to return to Toronto Operetta Theatre to perform in Lehar’s THE MERRY WIDOW, as Valencienne. Currently, Daniela studies under the tutelage of soprano Nathalie Paulin, and coaches regularly with Trevor Chartrand.

     

  • Sebastien Belcourt

    Sebastien Belcourt is a Toronto based baritone. A York University graduate in Music, Sebastien 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 Johann Sebastian 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 including cities such as Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam, Florence, Venice, Beijing and Shanghai. Sebastien is relatively new to Opera and has had minor roles in York University’s pan productions of Henry Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS, and John Gay’s THE BEGGARS OPERA. In the summer of 2017, he was cast as Masetto and Commendatore in Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI with AEDO in Lucca, Italy. Recently in Toronto he was cast as Don Fernando in TCO’s production of Beethoven’s FIDELIO. Sebastien also has two cats and loves Rush.

     

  • Lucia Cesaroni

    Italian-Canadian soprano Lucia Cesaroni has been attracting the attention of discerning audiences worldwide on opera, concert and recital platforms. Recent and upcoming engagements include Violetta in LA TRAVIATA and Mimì in LA BOHÈME for Pacific Opera Victoria, Adina in L’ELISIR D’AMORE at Opera Chengdu, the title role in THE MERRY WIDOW for Vancouver Opera, and Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI in Ravenna and Novara under the auspices of the Spoleto Festival. As well, she has appeared as Eleonora in Donizetti’s L’ASSEDIO DI CALAIS with Boston’s Odyssey, as Musetta in LA BOHÈME with l’Opéra de Montréal, as Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for the Spoleto Festival under James Conlon and Maria in WEST SIDE STORY for Vancouver Opera.  Further credits:  Royal Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Saskatoon Opera, and VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, where she created Isis in the world premiere of ISIS AND OSIRIS by Togni/Singer.

     

  • Matt Chittick

    Originally from Ottawa, Canadian tenor Matt Chittick completed his Master of Music at the University of British Columbia and is an alumnus of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program. Praised as having an “incredibly powerful” and “clear and vibrant” tenor, Matt is very active on both the concert and operatic stage. Throughout his career, Matt has performed with companies such as Portland Opera, Calgary Opera, Cowtown Opera, Fraser Lyric Opera, Opera Kelowna, and many others. Some recent role highlights include: Werther (Opera in Concert), Tony (WEST SIDE STORY), Albert Lennox (THE SECRET GARDEN), Prince Charming (CINDERELLA), Sylvio/Pasquin (DOCTEUR MIRACLE), Ivan (DIE FLEDERMAUS), Almaviva (IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA), Ramiro (ELLA/LA CENERENTOLA), Nemorino (THE ELIXIR OF LOVE), Bénédict (BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT), Jeník (THE BARTERED BRIDE), Ernesto (DON PASQUALE), and Rodolfo (LA BOHÈME). He has also been active as a concert soloist, including singing with the Windsor Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic, and at Bard on the Beach with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

     

  • Joshua Clemenger

    Tenor Joshua Clemenger has just completed a Masters degree in Opera at The University of Toronto. He began his training in The Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Programme in Hamilton Ontario, where he studied with Tom Oliver, then attended the University of Western Ontario where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Performance with Torin Chiles, and sang his first opera. He has since pursued his vocal studies and is now studying with Soprano, Lorna Macdonald. Recent opera credits include Fatty in RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY with Opera in Concert, Count Belfiore in LA FINTA GIARDINIERA with UofT Opéra, and Ferrando in COSI FAN TUTTE at La Musica Lirica.

     

  • 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

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

     

  • Taylor Gibbs

    Taylor Gibbs is a baritone from Stouffville, Ontario. A graduate of York University, he was a soloist with the York U Chamber Choir and Concert Choir. Taylor studies with Stephanie Bogle and sings with both VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert and the Orpheus Choir of Toronto. Recent roles include Lord Sidney in IL VIAGGIO a Reims with Toronto Vocal Studio; Commissioner / Yamadori in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, and Speaker / 2nd Man in ARMOR IN DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Opera by Request; as well as Don Alfonso in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, John Sorel in THE CONSUL, Elder MacLean in SUSANNAH, Carl Olsen in STREET SCENE, and Antonio / Bartolo in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO all with Long Reach Opera Workshop.

     

  • Yervant Khatchadourian

    Recently having been the Priest in PERCHANCE TO DREAM, and one of the Ivans in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Yervant is excited to play the role of Bogdanovitch in THE MERRY WIDOW. His previous shows include PIRATES OF PENZANCE, THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER, CANDIDE, and LA BELLE HELENE. In the summer, Yervant played the role of Don Alfonso in COSI FAN TUTTE as part of Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and is currently a member of VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert Chorus.

     

  • Austin Larusson

    Praised for his "fine baritone voice" (The Brooklyn Eagle), "Austin Larusson sang beautifully" (https://barczablog.com/), Austin was heard as William Fayre in PERCHANCE TO DREAM, Ajax A in THE BEAUTIFUL HELEN, Archbishop/Father Bernard in CANDIDE, Police Sergeant in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Massakroff in THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER, Camilo in LOS GAVILANES, Lucas in THE STUDENT PRINCE and Botswain in H.M.S. PINAFORE with Toronto Operetta Theatre; Benoit/Alcindoro in LA BOHEME and Count Ceprano in RIGOLETTO with SOUTHERN ONTARIO LYRIC OPERA; Johann in WERTHER, Lorenzo in I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI and George Jones in STREET SCENE with Opera in Concert; Marchese/Dottore Grenvil in LA TRVIATA and Antonio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Toronto City Opera, Malatesta in DON PASQUALE with Vera Causa Opera; 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.

     

  • 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). For SOLT: NIGHT BLOOMING CEREUS (Mrs Brown), 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 as a recovering alcoholic and cocaine addict 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.

     

  • Michael Nyby

    Baritone Michael Nyby lauded for his “stentorian masculinity” (CARMINA BURANA) and “natural and commanding stage presence” (Danilo, THE MERRY WIDOW), is establishing himself on both the concert and opera stages throughout North America. An especially sought-after interpreter of new music, Michael has created the roles of William Dale in SILENT NIGHT (2011), Brent Colgate in GEORGIA BOTTOMS (2015), and Seth in ISIS AND OSIRIS (2016). On the concert stage, he premiered in Scott Wheeler’s 200 DREAMS FROM CAPTIVITY (Manitoba Chamber Orchestra), and Larysa Kuzmenko’s GOLDEN HARVEST (Winnipeg Symphony). Well-known for his strong performances of Orff’s CARMINA BURANA, for which he has been praised for his “incredible control and command of his tender and rich baritone”. Michael has performed this work over a dozen times with various ensembles. A veteran of the Toronto Operetta Theatre stage, he performed the roles Bumerli in THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER (2017) and Onkel Josef in THE COUSIN FROM NOWHERE (2014). Other highlights from past seasons include Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony, Dandini in LA CENERENTOLA with Edmonton Opera, Cascada in THE MERRY WIDOW with Vancouver Opera, and Vaughan Williams’ FIVE MYSTICAL SONGS at the National Cathedral of Washington D.C.

     

  • Meghan Symon

    Meghan Symon is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto where studied under Canadian Soprano, Mary Morrison. Recent engagements include Fenena in Verdi's NABUCCO and Smeaton in Donizetti's ANNA BOLENA (Opera by Request). She appeared as Hansel in HANSEL AND GRETEL (Tryptych Opera) where she was praised for her “warm, velvety mezzo-soprano, effective acting and stage presence." (Stage Door). Past highlights include Zia Principessa in Puccini’s SUOR ANGELICA (MUO) and alto soloist in Mealor’s THE FARTHEST SHORE (Orpheus Choir Toronto). Previous roles include Le Prince in Massenet’s CENDRILLON, Annio in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO (MUO), the title role in Handel’s RINALDO and Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (UMO). She debuted the role of Genevieve in Jodin’s new opera MAI 68’ (Winnipeg New Music Festival). Miss Symon has sung with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under Conductor Alexander Mickelthwate as the alto soloist in Jenkins’ THE ARMED MAN: A Mass for Peace and in Sveinsson’s CREDO.

     

  • Allison Walmsley

    Allison Walmsley is a Toronto-based soprano acclaimed for her “extensive upper register and resonate bottom” and is known to be a “natural and alluring actress” -Ludwig van Toronto. She’s thrilled to be joining TOT for THE MERRY WIDOW! Hailing from Saskatoon, SK, she holds a B. Mus and M. Mus in voice performance from the U of S and Western University respectively. She currently studies with soprano Jackalyn Short. Some recent competitions include Gordon Wallis Opera competition (first place), the CFMTA Young Artist competition (first place), the Toronto Mozart Competition (finalist). Recent opera roles include Adina (L’ELISIR D’AMORE), Monica (THE MEDIUM), Queen of the Night (THE MAGIC FLUTE) with Opera Kelowna, Morgana (ALCINA), Nanetta (FALSTAFF), Cat (THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS) with Saskatoon Opera, Anna (LE VILLI), and Emily (OUR TOWN).

     

  • Larry Beckwith, Conductor

    Larry Beckwith has been a creative and varied contributor to Toronto’s musical life as a conductor, violinist, singer, writer, educator and programmer for over 30 years. He studied violin and musicology at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Toronto and has since performed and worked with most of this city's leading musical organizations. In 2003, Mr. Beckwith founded Toronto Masque Theatre, which – under his tireless and imaginative artistic leadership from 2003 to 2018 – presented over 70 innovative programs of interdisciplinary performing art, including a cycle of the five major music theatre works by Henry Purcell and stage works by Moliere, Stravinsky, John Blow, John Beckwith, Monteverdi, Handel, Charpentier and others. Through TMT, Mr. Beckwith  commissioned and premiered new works by Canadian composers Abigail Richardson, James Rolfe, Omar Daniel, Juliet Palmer, Dean Burry and Alice Ho with texts/libretti by James Reaney, André Allexis, Steven Heighton, Pablo Neruda, Anna Chatterton and Marjorie Chan. Ho's The Lesson of Da Ji won the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Opera and was released in November, 2015 on the Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs label, conducted by Mr. Beckwith. In September of 2018, Beckwith's eclectic new company Confluence Concerts had its first event and has since been going from strength to strength.  Since 2012’s Toronto Operetta Theatre production of TAPTOO!. Mr. Beckwith has collaborated many times with Guillermo Silva-Marin, including LOS GAVILANES, ERNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING, LA VIE PARISIENNE, RODELINDA and Salieri’s FALSTAFF. In the summer of 2018, he conducted the successful Festival of the Sound world premiere and subsequent Ontario tour of SOUNDING THUNDER: THE SONG OF FRANCIS PEGAHMAGABOW by Timothy Corlis and Armand Garnet Ruffo. Mr. Beckwith is a committed educator and runs the celebrated voice and strings program at the arts-intensive Unionville High School, as well as conducting the Mooredale Senior Youth Orchestra.

     

OUT OF CHARACTER

  • Margie Bernal

    Colombian Soprano Margie Bernal is a candidate for the D.M.A program at Western University. She holds a Master in Music from the same institution and a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Margie has been a soloist for different orchestras in her native Colombia, Canada, and the United States. Some of Margie’s operatic credits include Mimi and Musetta (Puccini’s LA BOHÉME), Salud (Falla’s LA VIDA BREVE), Micaëla (Bizet’s CARMEN), Donna Anna (Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI), Magda Sorel (Menotti’s THE CONSUL) and the title role in Puccini’s SUOR ANGELICA. Margie’s passion for Spanish music and commitment to her Hispanic heritage has led her to delve into the world of Spanish opera, being this the inspiration for her undergoing doctoral research in the creation of an Anthology of Operatic Arias for Soprano by Spanish composers. She currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband Emer, and two young daughters Anna María and Gabriella.

     

  • Diego Catala

    Baritone Diego Catalá, has been praised by Opera Canada for “his warm attractive sound” and “his powerful vocals” (Opera Canada 2017) and most recently as “a standout” (Opera Canada 2018) in his latest portrayal of Count Almaviva in Opera York’s production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. Diego has performed in renowned halls such as Koerner Hall, Carnegie Hall and Teatro Magnani where Giuseppe Verdi frequently conducted in Fidenza, Italy. His roles include: Count Almaviva (MARRIAGE OF FIGARO), Marquis (THE WIDOW), Marcello (LA BOHEME), The Naturalist (JAMES BOND: A Convenient Lie), Capellio (I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI), Q (JAMES BOND: A Convenient Lie), 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).

     

  • Stuart Graham

    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 recently, coaches with Maestra Teresa Berganza (Spain). Mr. Graham has been heard in North America and throughout Europe. His recent solo outings include performances of Leocavallo’s I PAGLIACCI (Tonio/Taddeo) with La Compagnia di Canto Vittorio Tosto (Milan, Italy), as Agamemnon in Offenbach’s LA BELLE HÉLÈNE with Toronto Operetta Theatre, as Plagio in the Canadian premiere of Mercadante’s I DUE FIGARO as well as Fr. Andrew in the World premiere of Victor Davies’ THE ECSTACY OF RITA JOE with VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert and at the  Ryga Festival (Summerland B.C.). Other credits include as a soloist in YO VIVO by Angeles Lopez-Artiga at the Palau des Arts (Valencia, Spain) and in Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO. 9 with the Opera Nacional Bellas Artes (Mexico City) and the Orquesta Sinfonia Silvestre Revueltas, and Escamillo in CARMEN (La Compagnia di Canto Vittorio Tosto, Milan Italy). www.stuartgraham.ca

     

  • Lynn Isnar

    Armenian-Canadian soprano Lynn Anoush Isnar is a Toronto based artist known for her "suitably dramatic voice with a nice combination of power and accuracy," (Opera Ramblings, John Gilks).

     

    This past season, she performed the role of La Marchesa from Piccinni’s LA CECCHINA where she successfully "met the challenge of having to sing three arias, including a vengeance aria with some impossible coloratura," (Musical Toronto, Joseph So), made her debut with Opera in Concert performing Emma in Mussorgsky’s KHOVANSHCHINA, and Susanna in Mozart’s MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.

     

    In the 2017-2018 season, she will sing Adele in Strauss’ DIE FLEDERMAUS, and make her Toronto City Opera debut singing Papagena in Mozart’s MAGIC FLUTE. She will also sing at the Distillery Christmas Market in Toronto.

     

    Ms. Isnar holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Education from the UofT and she is completing her final year of the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School.

     

  • Jonelle Sills

    Canadian Soprano, Jonelle Sills has been praised for her “...rich, warm voice and commanding stage presence” (Bracebridge Examiner, Sharon Tikiryan). Ms. Sills is a graduate from the prestigious Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory Music in Toronto, Ontario. Past Highlights include participating in the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (CVAI) in Montreal and the Summer Intensive with Against the Grain Theatre.  In March of 2018, she debuted the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss with The Glenn Gould School, directed by Joel Ivany and conducted by Nathan Brock. Ending the summer of 2018 she sang excerpts from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as Countess Almaviva with the The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga.  Jonelle has also performed in master classes and coachings with notable artist such as Gerald Finley, Liz Upchurch, Adrianne Pieczonka, Tim Noble, Martin Katz, Catherine Robbin, Dawn Upshaw and Joan Dornemann.

     

  • Narmina Afandiyeva, Music Director

    Narmina Afandiyeva was born in Baku (Azerbaijan). During her studies at the Bülbül specialized musical school and Azerbaijan State Conservatory under the guidance of professor Adelya Vekilova, Narmina frequently gave solo concerts, performed with the symphonic orchestra and became a prize-winner in many piano contests in Azerbaijan. In 2011, she was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying (University of Toronto, Faculty of Music). Narmina worked as Music Director and Pianist for such productions as I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, THE MAGIC FLUTE, MADAME BUTTERFLY (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre), and as a pianist for SAUCY SEÑORITA, THE MIKADO, EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING (Toronto Operetta Theatre) and Weill’s STREET SCENE, CHORUS FIRE (Opera in Concert). In demand as a collaborative pianist and coach, Narmina graduated in the Collaborative Piano Program at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Professor Steven Philcox.

     

DIE FLEDERMAUS

  • 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 CANDIDE, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, 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

     

  • Lara Ciekiewicz

    Soprano Lara Ciekiewicz makes her mark as a compelling, intelligent, and accomplished singing-actress. As an indication of her increasing stature in the arts world, Ms. Ciekiewicz recently received the Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC ‘On the Rise Award.’ An alumna of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, she has distinguished herself at San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, Opera NUOVA and the Banff Centre. Last season’s highlights included Contessa in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Vancouver Opera, Amelia in SIMON BOCCANEGRA for Pacific Opera Victoria, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Boise Philharmonic and Nellie in SOUTH PACIFIC for Opera on the Avalon.

     

  • Joshua Clemenger

    Tenor Joshua Clemenger is in his final year of a Masters degree in the UofT Opera program. He began his training in The Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Programme in Hamilton Ontario, where he studied with Tom Oliver, then attended the University of Western Ontario where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Performance with Torin Chiles, and sang his first opera. He has since pursued his vocal studies and is now studying with Lorna Macdonald at the University of Toronto. Recent opera credits include Ferrando in COSI FAN TUTTE at La Musica Lirica in Italy, President Wintergreen in Bernsein's OF THEE I SING and Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI at The University of Toronto, and Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at The Arts and Letters Club. This season he sings as Sam in STREET SCENE, and Belfiore in LA FINTA GIARDINIERA (UofT Opera).

     

  • 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.

     

  • Adam Fisher

    Canadian tenor Adam Fisher is rapidly gaining attention for his charismatic stage presence in a wide range of repertoire.

     

    A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Adam joined Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program in 2010 and has since appeared in leading roles with Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria and Opera Atelier. He has charmed audiences in Broadway concerts with Victoria Symphony, Chorus Niagara and Brantford Symphony and is a frequent performer with Toronto Operetta Theatre, returning in 2018 as Paris in Offenbach’s LA BELLE HELENE.

     

    Adam has sung in several contemporary operas, including Edward, a troubled young soldier in Opera on the Avalon’s premiere of “OURS” commemorating the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in the First World War, and Father Alexander in Tapestry Opera’s powerful 2017 production about sex trafficking, OKSANA G.

     

  • Cian Horrobin

    Cian Horrobin has been hailed by Opera Canada for his “lively and virile” voice and by stagedoor.com for his “full, heroic tone.” He studied at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music and gone on to perform leading roles with Opera New Brunswick, Opera Atelier, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert, among others. In 2012 he was a recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Medal. He appears in the soundtracks of TV shows “The Borgias” and “Vikings” and most recently performed in Bernstein’s CANDIDE, with Toronto Operetta Theatre, as Narraboth in Strauss’s SALOME as the Duke of Mantua in an OBR concert staging of Verdi’s RIGOLETTO as well as Donizetti’s FAVORITA with the same company, and as Orestes in TOT’s LA BELLE HELENE. This September, he has madevhis European debut in Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE in the Netherlands.

     

  • Yervant Khatchadourian

    Being his fifth operetta with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Yervant is again exhilarated to be a part of the chorus and one of the Ivans in DIE FLEDERMAUS; previous shows include PIRATES OF PENZANCE, THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER, CANDIDE, and LA BELLE HELENE. Recently, Yervant played the role of Don Alfonso in COSI FAN TUTTE as part of Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and is currently a member of VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert Chorus.

     

  • Olivia Morton

    Soprano Olivia Morton received her Bachelor degree from the University of Western Ontario where she performed in various gala performances and recitals. Olivia has recently returned to the Toronto area to continue her studies and performance career. The role of Sally in DIE FLEDERMAUS will be her professional debut with Toronto Operetta Theatre. Past performances have included Suor Genovieffa in SUOR ANGELICA (AEDO 2016), Barbara in THE NIGHT BLOOMING CEREUS (SOLT 2017), First Lady in the world premiere of A NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM (SOLT 2017), and Mabel (Understudy) in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (UWOpera 2018). Olivia has been a finalist in various NATS competitions and was the 2016 recipient of the London Music Award of Performance Excellence.

     

  • Michael Robert-Broder

    Native to Vancouver, Michael Robert-Broder has established himself as one of Canada's most versatile young baritones.  Equally at home with art song, oratorio, and opera, he has gained a reputation for engaging performances and subtle interpretations.

     

    Oratorio performances include REQUIEMS by Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé, major works by JS Bach, oratorios of GF Handel, and works that span from Buxtehude and Schütz to composers of the 21st century.  On the lyric stage, Robert-Broder has recently portrayed the roles of Scarpia in Puccini's TOSCA, Il Conte in Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Bartolo in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, the title role of Bartok’s BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE, Peter in HANSEL AND GRETEL, and Don Pizarro in Beethoven's FIDELIO.

     

    Upcoming engagements include Leperello in DON GIOVANNI, Pandolfe in Massenet's CENDRILLON, and he will music direct the premiere of TEMPLE OF THE DIVINE QUEER at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

     

  • Janaka Welihinda

    Praised for his "clear talent for comic acting" and "clear voice", Sri Lankan Canadian baritone Janaka Welihinda is quickly establishing himself amongst audiences as a captivating emerging artist with "considerable panache".

     

    Previously, Mr. Welihinda made his professional debut with Toronto Operetta Theatre as the Pirate King in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and in this past season, also returned to Shoestring Opera as both Papageno in LA FLÛTE ENCHANTÉE and as Tory Adair in SCHOOLYARD CARMEN. In 2015, Janaka debuted at the Indian River Festival and Stratford Summer Music Festival as Papageno in Brent Krysa's whimsical adaptation of THE MAGIC FLUTE.

     

    This season, Mr. Welihinda makes his professional debuts with Ottawa Chamberfest in CARMEN, Saskatoon Opera in LA BOHÈME, Saskatoon Symphony in Neil Weisensel's MERRY CHRISTMAS, Stephen Leacock; Elora Festival in MAGIC FLUTE, and Muskoka Opera Festival in COSÌ FAN TUTTE.

     

  • Caitlin Wood

    Alberta-born soprano Caitlin Wood earned impressive reviews as an “absolutely vibrant Susanna”, with “great comic flair” (Vancouver Classical Music) in her acclaimed debut as Susanna in Vancouver Opera Festival’s 2017 production of MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. As the feisty Despina in Against the Grain’s A LITTLE TOO COZY in Toronto, Caitlin displayed “a remarkable voice endowed with impressive agility and range… a scene-stealer” (OperaGoTo.com). As Giulietta in I CAPULETTI E MONTECCHI with Opera in Concert, Caitlin displayed “her beautiful legato in a soaring voice… with ornamentation that appears effortless” (Paula Citron).

     

    Caitlin recently toured Ontario with Bicycle Opera Project, portraying a garment industry worker in their powerful a capella opera SWEAT (Palmer/Chatterton). She began her 2017 season in concert with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s UNDER THE STARS, followed by the world premiere as Ava in Marie Clements/Brian Current’s new opera MISSING, which tells the story of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, co-produced by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria. Caitlin is a guest soloist with Ottawa Choral Society in Finzi’s IN TERRA PAX, sharing the stage with baritone Russell Braun. Recent concert highlights include Carmina Burana with Okanagan Symphony and KISSES ON BROADWAY with tenor Adam Fisher at Westben Arts Festival.

     

  • 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.

     

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