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

Wayne Gooding, Opera Canada

CREATORS
Robert Cooper
José Hernández
Peter Tiefenbach

PERFORMERS
Colin Ainsworth
Leigh-Ann Allen
Fabián Arciniegas
Isabel Bayrakdarian
Michèle Bogdanowicz
Leslie Ann Bradley
Diego Catalá
Gregory Finney
Michelle Garlough
Sarah Hicks
Dion Mazerolle
Marco Petracchi
Ernesto Ramirez
Domenico Sanfilippo
Dina Shikhman
Jennifer Taverner
Keenan Viau
Janaka Welihinda
Monica Whicher

Creators
Robert Cooper

ROBERT COOPER, C.M.
VOICEBOX CHORUS DIRECTOR

STREET SCENE

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.


JOSÉ HERNÁNDEZ
LA VIDA BREVE

Pianist, Singer, Professor, Conductor, and Composer

Singer: the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Operetta Theatre's 25th Gala concert

Pianist/Coach/Music Director: the Canadian Opera Company, the Banff School of Fine Arts, Opera in Concert, University of Toronto Opera School, the Guelph Spring Festival.

Conductor: Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, La Traviata and Carmen.

Composer: String quartets, Orchestral works, Zarzuellas


PETER TIEFENBACH
LOUISE

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


LEIGH-ANN ALLEN

Past credits include Miss Sweetsong in THE IMPRESSARIO, La Charmeuse in THAÏS, Annina (Violetta cover) in LA TRAVIATA, Gretel in HANSEL UND GRETEL, Gilda in TALK OPERA with Opera Five and Suor Genovieffa in SUOR ANGELICA with Centre for Opera Studies Italy.  Other credits include Rose in STREET SCENE, Poppea in L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, and have sung with Pacific Opera Victoria in MADAMA BUTTERFLY. 

This spring Ms. Allen is engaged with Teatro Communale di Bologna, Italy to sing Karolka in JENUFA, and will sing Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO in Toronto.


FABIÁN ARCINIEGAS

Mr. Arciniegas has performed with Toronto Operetta Theatre in LA GRAN VIA, the role of Don Candelas in Ruperto Chapi’s THE SAUCY SENORITA and Cascada in Franz Lehár’s THE MERRY WIDOW. Last season he sang Enrico in Donizetti’s IL CAMPANELLO DI NOTTE with Essential Opera, Federico in Verdi’s STIFFELIO and The Recorder in Britten’s GLORIANA with Voicebox: Opera in Concert. 

He is a graduate of the MMus in Opera Performance program at the University of Toronto.

He is singing as Lippo Fiorentino in the Kurt Weill's STREET SCENE.


ISABEL BAYRAKDARIAN

On the opera stage performed roles range from Gluck's Euridice in ORFEO ED EURIDICE to Debussy's Mélisande in PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE to Poulenc's Blanche in DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES and Janáček's Vixen in THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN.

Ms. Bayrakdarian appeared regularly at Canadian Opera Company, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera, Covent Garden and in Houston, Barcelona, Salzburg, and Los Angeles.

In concert, Ms. Bayrakdarian performed with the premier orchestras of New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal under an imposing array of today's leading conductors.

Recent collaborations include engagements with Cincinnati Symphony, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Edmonton Chamber Music Society.


MICHÈLE BOGDANOWICZ

Performed as Mercédès in CARMEN, New Ofglen in Ruders' THE HANDMAID'S TALE, Hansel in HANSEL AND GRETEL, Nancy in ALBERT HERRING and Papagena in THE MAGIC FLUTE with the Canadian Opera Company

Recently performed as Béatrice in Berlioz' BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City

Other credits include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Winnipeg Symphony and the Brott Music Festival, the title role in LUISA FERNANDA for Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Opera Hamilton.

She also sang Despina in COSÍ FAN TUTTE (Pacific Opera Victoria) , Cuniza in Verdi's OBERTO for VOICEBOX: Opera In Concert.


LESLIE ANN BRADLEY

Sung Mozart CORONATION MASS with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Donna Elvira in DON GIOVANNI with Vancouver Opera, to Countess in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Pacific Opera Victoria. Other recent highlights include her debuts with Vancouver Symphony (Poulenc's GLORIA), Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Britten's WAR REQUIEM), and the Orquest Sinfónica Nacinal de México (Bach's MASS IN B MINOR), and performing the role of Micaëla in Pacific Opera Victoria's CARMEN.

This season, she will be performing with the Montreal and Kington Symphonies, as well as Orchestra London.

Leslie Ann will be singing the title role in Charpentier's rare operatic gem LOUISE with Opera in Concert.


DIEGO CATALÁ

Recently performed the role of Caballero de Gracia in the Canadian premier of LA GRAN VIA with the Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Escamillo in Bizet’s CARMEN.
He is a graduate of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.  His roles include Germont (LA TRAVIATA), Felipe (LA REVOLTOSA), Don Giovanni (DON GIOVANNI), Ernest (LE LAUREAT), Mercurio (LA CALISTO), and Papageno (THE MAGIC FLUTE).  

Diego has performed with conductors Uri Mayer and Darko Butorac and studies with Ermanno Mauro.

Diego is singing as Frank Maurrant in the Kurt Weill's STREET SCENE.


GREGORY FINNEY

Recently heard in MIKADO, LOVE IN THE AGE OF AUTOCORRECT, LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN, DON GIOVANNI and LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.

A regular with Toronto Operetta Theatre, VOICEBOX: Opera In Concert, Against the Grain Theatre, Opera By Request and LooseTEA Music Theatre.

Other credits include: Roderich – COUSIN FROM NOWHEERE; Prince Orlofsky – DIE FLEDERMAUS; Saboyano – LUISA FERNANDA; Popolescu – COUNTESS MARITZA; Ebenezer Hatchway – TAPTOO; Sarvaor - LA VIDA BREVE; Dancaïro – CARMEN.

Gregory is singing as Abraham Kaplan in the Kurt Weill's STREET SCENE.


Michelle Garlough

Recently performed as Ottone in L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, Mae Jones in STREET SCENE, Brenda in SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, Cercatrice in SUOR ANGELICA, and Lulu in THE MERRY WIDOW.

Michelle was the Best of Festival Rose Bowl winner in the Rotary Music Festival and earned a first place standing in the provincial festival for two consecutive years.

She completed both her Honours BMus and MMus in Voice Performance and Literature with Theodore Baerg at the University of Western Ontario.


SARAH HICKS

Recently performed Flosshilde in Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD (Opera by Request); Mrs. McLean in Floyd's SUSANNAH; Ma Moss in production of Copland's THE TENDER LAND (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre); and with Metro Opera Youth as the Mother in Stravinsky's rarely performed opera MAVRA.

Sarah is a graduate of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in performance voice.


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 include Verdi's 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  Chants Libres.


MARCO 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 sung the role of Jorg in VOICEBOX: Opera In Concert's production of STIFFELIO in the last season.


ERNESTO RAMIREZ

Last heard with VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert as title role in STIFFELIO.

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

Pritschitsch in THE MERRY WIDOW with Toronto Operetta Theatre

Performed with VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert's THE STRESSED-OUT IMPRESARIO and as 3rd Parque in HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE by Jean Philippe Rameau

He is singing a role of Manuel in LA VIDA BREVE


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.

Performed as Encarnacion in THE SAUCY SENORITA, and she is performing as La Menegilda in LA GRAN VIA, with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

Recently, she sung as Myrtale in THAIS and as Dorotea in STIFFELIO with VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert


JENNIFER TAVERNER

Recent performances included the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, as well as performances with Soundstream's contemporary opera AIRLINE ICARUS, the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bach Elgar Choir, the Toronto Classical Singers, and the Larkin Singers.

She is singing as Rose in Kurt Weill's STREET SCENE with Voicebox: Opera in Concert

Graduated from Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, and completed the Artist Diploma program at the Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School.


KEENAN VIAU

The Master of Ceremonies in GLORIANA by Benjamin Britten, and The 1st Parque in HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE by Jean Philippe Rameau with VOICEBOX: Opera In Concert

Chi-Fu in THE LAND OF SMILES, and Karl in COUSIN FROM NOWHERE with Toronto Operetta Theatre

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

Appeared as Cliff in Hart House's CABARET

Graduate of Sheridan College's Music Theatre Performance Program and alumni of Theatre20's Emerging Artist Program


JANAKA WELIHINDA

Sri Lankan Canadian baritone, Janaka Welihinda has performed roles such as Uberto in LA SERVA PADRONA, Bartolo in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Pooh-Bah in THE MIKADO, Frank in DIE FLEDERMAUS, and Ben in THE TELEPHONE, to high acclaim. In 2007, Janaka developed the role of Meursault in the Canadian premier of Ian Cherry’s new opera based on the novel by Camus: L'ÉTRANGER.

He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Brandon University and a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario.

Janaka is singing as Harry Easter in the Kurt Weill's STREET SCENE.


MONICA WHICHER

Current season highlights include Brahms’ Requiem (Symphony Nova Scotia), Messiah (Vancouver Chamber Choir), Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (Toronto Consort) and Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch (University of Toronto’s Faculty Artists Series).

Recent engagements include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Hamilton Philharmonic), Elijah (Edmonton’s Richard Eaton Singers), Messiah (Kingston Symphony) and Bach’s Mass in B minor (Amadeus Choir of Toronto).

She is singing as Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weill's STREET SCENE with Voicebox: Opera in Concert

Ms. Whicher is on the faculty of the RCM’s Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto.


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