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

Wayne Gooding, Opera Canada

CREATORS
Robert Cooper
Kevin Mallon
Raisa Nakhmanovich
Michael Rose

Peter Tiefenbach

PERFORMERS
Colin Ainsworth
Laura Albino
Betty Waynne Allison
Leigh-Ann Allen
Fabian Arciniegas
Christina Campsall
Vania Chan
Jesse Clark
Alain Coulombe
Gregory Finney
Meredith Hall
Tessa Laengert
Adam Luther
Lise Maher
Dion Mazerolle
Allyson McHardy
Jessika Monea
Mark Petracchi
Ernesto Ramirez
Domenico Sanfilippo
Geoffrey Sirett
Jennifer Sullivan
Keenan Viau
Joshua Wales

Creators
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.


KEVIN MALLON
HIPPOLYTE et ARICIE

Artistic Director: Aradia Ensemble, Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra (Ottawa)
www.aradia.ca

Conductor: West Side Chamber Orchestra (New York)
Former Artistic Director: Opera 2005 (Ireland)
Touring Conductor: Odessa Opera (Ukraine)


www.kevinmallon.com


RAISA NAKHMANOVICH
THE STRESSED-OUT IMPRESARIO

Pianist, accompanist,Vocal coach


Music Director with Opera in Concert, SOLT and TOT


Piano instructor and Vocal Coach at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Music Department at York University


VIRGINIA REH

Dramatic Advisor to Opera in Concert for over 40 operas - this season GLORIANA

Associate Professor and Stage Director, Department of Dramatic Arts, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University

Directed with Toronto Operetta Theatre, including GYPSY VIOLINS and THE GONDOLIERS

Development and dramaturgy of new lyric theatre works with Script Lab and Lyric Canada


MICHAEL ROSE
STIFFELIO

Debut as Music Director and Pianist in I PURITANI for
Opera in Concert

Engagements as pianist for Edmonton Opera, Opera Theatre of
St. Louis, Opera Nuova, and The Banff Centre

Winner of the Rio de Janeiro Competition for Vocal Accompanists

Faculty of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music

Music Director and Pianist of VANESSA; FALSTAFF; VENUS AND ADONIS for Summer Opera Lyric Theatre


PETER TIEFENBACH
GLORIANA

Pianist, Composer, Writer

Faculty, Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music

Music Director/Conductor MAHAGONNY SONGSPIEL, MAGIC FLUTE, THREE SISTERS WHO ARE NOT SISTERS/LE LAURÉAT, SILENT SERENADE for GGS Opera; Music Director/Arranger/Pianist SEVEN DEADLY SINS for Calgary Opera; Music Director/Arranger/Conductor WHERE ARE THE SONGS WE SUNG for CBC Radio & TV (COC Orchestra); Assistant Conductor DER FREISCHÜTZ, MAGIC FLUTE, ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO for Opera Atelier

Commissions from Elora Festival, Orpheus Choir, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Canadian Brass, Debut Atlantic, Saskatoon Children's Choir, Colours of Music

Performers

COLIN AINSWORTH

Performed with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in Bizet's DJAMILEH under the baton of Leon Botstein

Performed as Greenhorn with Calgary Opera in Heggie's MOBY DICK

Will be singing the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart's DON GIOVANNI with Vancouver Opera with Steuart Bedford conducting

Will join Soli Deo Gloria in Chicago singing the tenor arias in Bach's ST. MATTHEW PASSION and the Evangelist with the Grand Philharmonic Choir in the ST. JOHN PASSION


LAURA ALBINO

Appeared as Pamina in THE MAGIC FLUTE with Opera Atelier and recently debuted with Calgary Opera as Musetta in LA BOHEME

Has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre in their award winning production of Svadba-Wedding

Has sung with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, I musici di Montreal, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Oregon Bach Festival and Teatro lirico di Cagliari

Completed tenure as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio

Credits include Mimi in LA BOHEME (Against the Grain Theatre), Rosalinda in DIE FLEDERMAUS (Toronto Operetta Theatre) and Micaela in CARMEN (Jeunesses musicales Canada)


LEIGH-ANN ALLEN

Chosen as Laureate of Jeunnes Ambassadeures Lyriques to perform JAL Gala in Montreal November 2013

Performed La Charmeuse in THÄIS with Opera in Concert

Winner of Lois Marshall Memorial Voice Competition

Will perform as soloist in Rossini's LA PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE with Slovak State Philharmonic in November

www.leighannallen.com


BETTY WAYNNE ALLISON

Created the title role in the world premiere of MARY'S WEDDING for Pacific Opera Victoria

Featured in the title role of Carlyle Floyd's SUSANNAH for Florentine Opera

An alumna of the Canadian Opera Company's young artists' program and sang the role of Alice in FALSTAFF for Opéra Metz, France

Repertoire includes Fiordiligi (COSI FAN TUTTE), Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI, Luisa Miller (LUISA MILLER), Susannah (SUSANNAH), Erste Dame (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE), High Priestess (AIDA), and Brahms' REQUIEM. Has appeared with Grand Philharmonic Choir, Brott Summer Festival, Against the Grain Opera and Winnipeg Symphony


FABIAN ARCINIEGAS

Performed with Toronto Operetta Theatre in Franz Lehar's THE MERRY WIDOW under the baton of Derek Bate in the role of Cascada

Performed as Enrico in Donizetti's IL CAMPANELLO DI NOTTE and Marco in Puccini’s GIANNI SCHICCHI with Essential Opera

Performed as Le Comte de Gormas in Massenet’s LE CID with Toronto Opera Collaborative

Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA as Giorgio Germont with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre

Mozart’s COSÌ FAN TUTTE as Don Alfonso at the University of Toronto


CHRISTINA CAMPSALL

Will perform the role of Mme Dangeville in ADRIANA LECOUVREUR for Opera By Request

Performed as a featured soloist with Bel Canto Summer Voice Program in Munich

Performed the role of Praskovia in THE MERRY WIDOW for Toronto Operetta Theatre

Graduate of York University's Music program, with a focus in Classical Vocal Performance


VANIA CHAN

Morgana in ALCINA (Handel), Olympia in THE TALES OF HOFFMANN (Offenbach), with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre

Marie in LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT (Donizetti) with the New York Opera Forum

Premiered the role of The Moon in Toronto Masque Theatre’s Production of the Dora Award winning opera THE LESSON OF DA JI, by composer Alice Ping Yee Ho and Librettist Marjorie Chan

Upcoming: Princess Mi in THE LAND OF SMILES (Léhar) with Toronto Operetta Theatre. Performing in Juliet Palmer’s SWEAT with Soundstreams, and in Tim Brady’s THE RECORD PLAYER with Inter Arts Matrix

www.vaniachan.com


JESSE CLARK

Made his European debut in the role of Henry Cuffe in Britten's GLORIANA under the baton of the late Richard Hickox

Performed as a featured soloist in a "Last Night of the Proms" concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Grant Llewellyn

Understudied the role of Pelleas, in Debussy's PELLEAS et MELISANDE at the Canadian Opera Company conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig

Baritone soloist in Britten's WAR REQUIEM performed at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, under the baton of Simone Young

Baritone soloist in Vaughan-Williams' DONA NOBIS PACEM with the Kingston Chamber Choir later this year


ALAIN COULOMBE

Was last heard at Voicebox: Opera in Concert in the role of Palemon in THAÏS

Performs regularly with all of Canada’s major opera houses and orchestras along with many in the US and Europe

Created the role of Clark Gable in the world premiere of WAITING FOR MISS MONROE for the Netherlands Opera. He returns to the Netherlands Opera this season in the role of the Casino Director in a new opera called THE GAMBLER

Further credits:  Sparafucile in RIGOLETTO – Michigan Opera Theater; King in AIDA – Canadian Opera Company; Comte de Grieux in MANON – Opera de Montreal and Mozart’s REQUIEM for the Pasadena Symphony


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GREGORY FINNEY

Credits for VOICEBOX/Opera In Concert include Astarotte in Rossini's ARMIDA, Erster Guerilla in Hadyn's DIE FREUNDE VON SALAMANKA. 

World Premieres of KAMOURASKA, ERIC IDLE'S NOT THE MESSIAH, TAPTOO! Canadian Premieres of KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY, JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA, LUISA FERNANDA

Rave reviews with Against The Grain Theatre's productions of LA BOHEME (Benoit/ Alcindoro) and FIGARO'S WEDDING (Bartolo/Antonio). 

Has performed with Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, National Youth Choir, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Toronto Summer Opera Workshop, Against The Grain Theatre, Essential Opera, Opera By Request, Celtic Colours International Music Festival, Hart House Theatre, Fallen Rock Productions and two New York Premieres at the illustrious Carnegie Hall. 


MEREDITH HALL

Was last heard at Voicebox: Opera in Concert as Dorinda in Handel’s ORLANDO

Performs and records regularly with Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire.  Released an album of Celtic Christmas music and this year’s project features music for lute and soprano. Recordings include CASTOR ET POLLUX for Opera in Concert on Naxos; MY LOVE IS LIKE A RED, RED ROSE and OIKAN AYNS BETHLEHEM for ATMA

Has appeared with the Göttingen Festspiele, Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque, Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque, Toronto Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and many others

Returns to the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival this spring for Bach’s MAGNIFICAT AND THE ST. JOHN PASSION



TESSA LAENGERT

Performed the role of Mimi in LA BOHEME with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Summer 2013

Performed the role of Elizabeth in LAURA SECORD OPERA with Music Niagara, Summer 2013

Appeared with Georgian Bay Symphony, Christmas 2012

Co-Conductor and Vocal Coach: Canadian Children's Opera Company, 2010 to present

Recipient:  2007 Robert William Bygrave full scholarship, University of Toronto, Voice Performance

Artistic Director:  Summerhill Music Studio, 2010 to present

Website:  www.tessavictoria.com


ADAM LUTHER

Debut as Don Jose in CARMEN with Saskatoon Opera and Alfredo Germont in LA TRAVIATA with Highlands Opera Festival

Sang leading roles with the COC including the Steersman in THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Lysander in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and Tenor 1 in Stravinsky's RENARD

Performed the roles of Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS and Count Danilo in THE MERRY WIDOW with Toronto Operetta Theatre

Performed the roles of Anatol in Barber's VANESSA (Pacific Opera Victoria) Rodolfo in LA BOHEME (Against the Grain Theatre) and First Jew in SALOME (Edmonton Opera)

 


LISE MAHER

Created the title role of Suzie in SQUAT: A SUPER SECERET BACK ALLEY MUSICAL for the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival (Winner of the Tosho Cutting Edge Award and Outstanding Ensemble)

Crobyle in THAIS for Opera in Concert, The Foreign Princess in RUSALKA for Opera By Request, Edith in PIRATES OF PENZANCE for Toronto Operetta Theatre

An alumnae of Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert, and Opera by Request, Lise is also co-artistic director of the Little Black Dress Theatre Company here in Toronto and is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School.

 


DION MAZEROLLE

Baritone Dion Mazerolle has firmly established himself as an interpretive artist of the first rank.
A native of New Brunswick, Dion is an alumni of L’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opera de Montreal.

 Dion has earned praise for a wide range of operatic roles, including Dulcamara ( Elisir d’amore) on tour with Jeunesses Musicales, Don Alfonso ( Cosi fan tutte) with Opera York, Escamillo (Carmen) with Montreal’s Opera Immediat, Schaunard ( La Boheme) with Orlando Opera and Aeneas in  Dido and Aeneas with Montreal Baroque Festival.

In concert, Dion has performed Messiah with Symphony New Brunswick, Carmina Burana with Choeur Classique Vaudreuil- Solanges and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with Toronto Choral Society.

Highlights for 2013/14 season for this versatile singer include Verdi Requiem with Choeur d’ete de Montreal, Pirates of Penzance with Opera Lyra Ottawa and the world premiere of Pierre Michaud’s opera “ Le Reve de Gregoire” with Montreal’s  acclaimed Chants Libres.

 


ALLYSON MCHARDY

Her presence on stages in Canada, the United States and France is described as noble, spellbinding, charming and seductive

Makes her debut with Voicebox: Opera in Concert in the role of Phèdre in HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE

Last heard as Sister Helen Préjean in l’Opéra de Montréal’s DEAD MAN WALKING

Upcoming this season : title role in L’ITALIANA in ALGERI with Calgary Opera, Sara in ROBERTO DEVEREUX at the COC, Bach’s MAGNIFICATwith the Orchestre de Québec

 


JESSIKA MONEA

Jessika Monea makes her solo debut with Voicebox: Opera in Concert in the role of Lady in Waiting in GLORIANA.


MARK PETRACCHI

Mark Petracchi has recently appeared as Zuniga from CARMEN at the Colors of Music Festival in Barrie.

He sang the role of Baron Douphol in Opera York' s production of LA TRAVIATA.

He has worked extensively with both Opera in Concert and Toronto Operetta Theatre and played the role of Candido in TOT's production of THE SAUCY SENORITA in November. 


ERNESTO RAMIREZ

Last heard with VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert as Raoul in LES HUGUENOTS

Canadian Opera Company debut as Ruiz in IL TROVATORE.  Returns as cover artist for the title role in ROBERTO DEVEREUX

International appearances as Nemorino in L’ELISIR D’AMORE in Montpelier, France, Opera d’Anger-Nantes and Sarasota Opera

First Place Winner of the Kahn Award Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Léni Fé Bland Foundation, the Profant Foundation, and the ORCH Foundation.  He has also received awards from the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in Los Angeles

He will be in Mexico City twice this season; first as Ramiro in CENERENTOLA and again as Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE

 


DOMENICO SANFILIPPO

Colline in LA BOHEME and Don Basilio in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre

Baritone soloist in Faure's REQUIEM with the Annex Singers of Toronto

Pritschitsch in THE MERRY WIDOW with Toronto Operetta Theatre

Debuts as soloists in VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert’s THE STRESSED-OUT IMPRESARIO

 


DINA SHIKHMAN

Performed on stage with the Canadian Opera Company in LA BOHEME, CARMEN, and as Third Spirit in THE MAGIC FLUTE with the COC Ensemble Studio.

Most recent appearance in Toronto was as Encarnacion in Toronto Operetta Theatre production of THE SAUCY SENORITA.

Made her debut with VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert as Myrtale in THAIS last season.

Upcoming: As Dorotea in OIC's STIFFELIO in March. 

 


GEOFFREY SIRETT

Made his debut for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert was as Zoroastro in Handel’s ORLANDO

Was heard this past summer at the Brott Music Festival singing Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO. 9 with Boris Brott and the Festival Orchestra

Performed recitals for the Aldeburgh Connection and Bayfield Festival of Song, Van Cliburn Foundation, and the Chautauqua Institution. Canadian Opera Company 2013 tour in Pergolesi’s LA SERVA PADRONA.  Other credits include Ottawa Choral Society, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kingston Symphony, and Soundstreams

Further credits: Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI and COSI FAN TUTTE, HANSEL AND GRETEL, CANDIDE, PAGLIACCI, THE MERRY WIDOW, Ullmann’s DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS, GIANNI SCHICCHI and ALBERT HERRING

 


JENNIFER SULLIVAN

Performed the role of Giulietta in I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre

Performed the role of Gabrielle in LA VIE PARISIENNE with Toronto Operetta Theatre

Performed the role of Musetta in LA BOHEME on tour with the Ravenna Orchestra, Italy 

Performed the role of Rosalinde in UWOpera's production of DIE FLEDERMAUS

 


KEENAN VIAU

Graduate of Sheridan College's Music Theatre Performance Program

Played Tibaldo in SOLT 2013's I CAPULETTI E I MONTECCHI

Appeared as Cliff in Hart House's CABARET

Alumni of Theatre20's Emerging Artist Program

 


JOSHUA WALES

Made his debut with Voicebox: Opera in Concert in the role of Tavannes in LES HUGEUNOTS.

Previous operatic credits include Almaviva in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre.

Upcoming this season: Tenor Soloist in MESSIAH with Grand River Chorus, and chamber ensemble and tenor soloist cover in Against the Grain Theatre’s MESSIAH

 


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