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Name: Yosra Abid Voice Type: SopranoFrom: Tunisia Teachers: Hristina Hadjieva and Julie Gebhart Education: Music Institute in Tunis  In 2017, soprano Yosra Abid successfully completed her undergraduate studies in music and musicology with a closing recital, for which she received an honourable mention and personal congratulations from the examiners. Prior to that, Yosra began a three-year apprenticeship in 2014 with baritone Ivan Konsulov, choir director of the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, while taking lessons with Christof Buescher, Benedikt Holtbern and Lucas Grimm that same year; further instruction ensued with conductor Vladimir Sheiko in 2016 and, a year later, with Polish countertenor…

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  Name: Queen Hezumuryango Voice Type: mezzo-soprano From: Burundi Teachers: Rosemarie Landry and Catherine Sévigny Education: Université de Montréal Queen Hezumuryango is a mezzo-soprano whose experience and passion for music cover a range of styles, from opera to recitals and musicals. Among her credits are Huntsman in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Third Wood Sprite in Dvořák’s Rusalka and Venus in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers. She will soon begin her doctoral program at the Université de Montréal, her dissertation addressing the contribution of Black composers to classical music. She wishes to acknowledge the invaluable support of her teachers, friends and…

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Name: Nolan Kehler From: Winnipeg Teacher: Benjamin Butterfield Education: University of Victoria Voice type: Tenor Tenor Nolan Kehler is the provincial coordinator for the Manitoba chapter of Opera InReach, which aims to provide accessible opera education to schools with an eye towards equity, diversity and inclusion. Before cancellations due to COVID-19, Nolan was to appear as a professional fellow with SongFest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and as a studio artist in the Aspen Opera Theatre and VocalARTS program. Nolan was still able to perform virtually during the pandemic as Mr. Miggles in Caryll and Ross’s The Shop…

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Name: Michal Aloni From: Montreal Teacher: Ariane Girard Education: Western University, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Voice type: Mezzo-soprano Michal Aloni is an Israeli mezzo-soprano based in Montreal. She has performed Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Diana in La Calisto, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera and the title role in Sarti’s Giulio Sabino. Other roles include Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Dorothée in Cendrillon, and Moabite Woman in R. Becket’s Ruth. Performing in many choral and solo concerts around the world, Michal has acted as an ambassador with her deep passion for Israeli…

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Name: Jaeyeon KimVoice type: sopranoFrom: South KoreaTeachers: Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Mignon DunnEducation: Ewha Woman’s University, Manhattan School of Music Jaeyeon Kim has already accomplished quite a bit in her young career. She won the Outstanding Performance Award in the 8th Metropolitan International Competition and the second prize in the New Jersey Sinfonietta Competition as well as the grand prize in the East Coast International Competition and the Best Vocal Technique Award in the Forte International Competition. Jaeyeon, 31, performed as a soloist in major works such as Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Brahms’s German Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Messiah. As for…

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Name: Jeremy Scinocca Voice type: tenor From: Toronto Teacher: Stefano Algieri Education: McGill Schulich School of Music Jeremy Scinocca is a young and promising Canadian tenor. His recent engagements include the role of Eduardo in Un girono di regno and Mr. Pinkleton in Cinderella with Opera McGill. He has also been chosen to participate in masterclasses with the conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the tenor Michael Schade. When did you first start making music? The story I am told by my parents is that I would hum in the crib trying to sing. I would say that I’ve had an interest in…

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Name: Melody Yun Xie Voice type: soprano From: China Teachers: Mignon Dunn, Ying Huang, Yan Yang Education: Manhattan School of Music Music runs in the family: there’s a choir conductor, a koto teacher, a composer and a singer. And then there’s Melody Yun Xie, a lyric soprano and voice teaching assistant at Xinghai Conservatory of Music, China. Her musical journey started on the piano at the age of 3. Also as a youngster, she liked to sing. When she was 18, a voice teacher encouraged her to start her training the operatic style. A graduate of the Manhattan School of…

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Name:  Tamar Simon Voice type: soprano From: Vancouver Teachers:  Nancy Hermiston, James Patrick Raftery, Heidi Melton Education: University of British Columbia opera program. Tamar Simon is an emerging Armenian-Canadian soprano from Vancouver. Her recent roles include Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Musetta in La bohème and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Heralded for her “clear vibrant tone” by Opera Canada, the young soprano is a winner of the District Award and an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Tamar is also a frequent performer in British Columbia, singing with Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra…

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Name: Mia Rolland Voice type: soprano From: United Kingdom Teacher: Dominique Labelle Education: Yale University Opera is everything. It is set, decor, lighting, performers, costume, acting, music and audience. It is opulence and minimalism, art and reality all in one. Calling it ‘fat’ seems to suggest it is superfluous to the basics, or excessive. That ‘extraness’ fuels the stigma. But opera is reality dressed up in music. It is sex, heartbreak and hate. It is inequality, nationalism and religion. It is human emotion at its core. Nothing about that is extra. This is how soprano Mia Rolland defines her longtime…

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Name: Daevyd Pepper Voice type: tenor From: Canada Teachers: Norma Burrowes, Dr. Darryl Edwards, Frédérique Vézina Education: York University, University of Toronto Opera School I wouldn’t say it was fully my decision, but I’m glad that it happened. I started singing at 17 in a guitar class. The first song I ever sang in public was John Denver’s ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane.’ This was when I discovered I could sing. I started taking voice lessons shortly after and the teacher suggested I start singing classically. Thus began the journey of Canadian tenor Daevyd Pepper into singing and later into…

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