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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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Name: Emmanuel Hasler Voice type: tenor From: France Teacher: Richard Margison Education: Centre de musique baroque, Versailles; Conservatoire national supérieur de musique, Paris; Université de Montréal. I love singing for sure, but more than anything else I love music as a whole, and opera in particular. Being right there in the middle of that big machine, that world of sounds and emotions, is like delving deep into the recesses of the universe. I have to be there for the ride, because I am so engrossed by it. To me, it is no different a need than taking in a gulp…

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Name: Hélène Picard Voice type: mezzo-soprano From: France Teachers: Rosemarie Landry, Catherine Sévigny Education: Maîtrise Notre-Dame-de-Paris, Université de Montréal Music has been in Helène Picard’s life from an early age, as she was born into a musical family. As the French-born mezzo recalls: “I was in a class whose program made an allowance within its usual curriculum for added training at the conservatory, mainly in voice. I was also taught violin.” By her own admission, she did not connect with opera immediately. “I have to admit that my love for singing, like all passions in life, was a stormy one.…

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