Browsing: Vocal

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: Karina Bray Voice type: Mezzo-soprano From: Toronto Teachers: Jean MacPhail  Education: Wilfrid Laurier University  Canadian mezzo-soprano Karina Bray recently performed the roles of Inez from The Gondoliers with Toronto Operetta Theatre, La Ciesca from Gianni Schicchi, and Flora Bervoix from La Traviata with the Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Karina has participated in voice workshops at l’Académie de la Roche d’Hys, France with Jeannette Aster, in Saarburg, Germany with Semyon Rozin, and in the Toronto Contemporary Showcase with Adrianne Pieczonka.  What made you decide to pursue studies in opera? I would have to say that opera chose me in a way. It would play in the…

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Name: Joseph Terterian  Voice type: tenor From: Damascus, Syria. Teachers: Arax Tchekidjian, Rasha Rizk, Lubana Quntar Education:  High Institute of Music and Performing Arts in Damascus The Syrian-born Armenian Joseph Terterian enjoys a fruitful career in the United Arab Emirates as a crossover singer. He is a multifaceted artist. So far, his career has encompassed a broad spectrum of genres, from Latin to rock, pop, musicals and opera. As an UEA minority immigrant, his artistic mission has been to sing not only across genres but also across borders. Career highlights include singing in Andrea Bocelli’s concert during the Winter at Tantora…

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Name: Geoffrey Schellenberg Voice type: baritone From: British Columbia Teacher: Peter Barcza Education: University of British Columbia opera program  Lyric baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg is a member of the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier lyrique. He is scheduled to appear as Bartley in the Opéra de Montréal production of Riders to the Sea and in the title role in Don Giovanni with Highlands Opera Studio in August 2021. Geoffrey’s ringing voice has earned him success in competitions. He was a Western Canada District winner in the 2019 and 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; the platinum prize winner in the first annual Vancouver International…

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Name: Matthew McLellan Voice type: Bass From: Kelowna, B.C. Teachers: Peter Barcza, Rhoslyn Jones, Nancy Hermiston Education: University of British Columbia Matthew McLellan, originally from Kelowna, B.C., began voice lessons without the intention of studying opera. It was his first voice teacher, Katherine Van Kampen, who inspired him to pursue it as a career. Matthew graduated with a BMus and MMus from the University of British Columbia, studying under Peter Barcza, Rhoslyn Jones and Nancy Hermiston. Some of his favourite roles are Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Colline (La bohème).  His hobbies include tennis, skiing,…

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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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