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An exploration of women as characters and creators in existing and new opera, featuring Puccinis Suor Angelica (50 minutes, fully-staged w/English Surtitles) followed by two newly created works from winners of a new prize, created by Musique 3 Femmes, honouring emerging Canadian women composers and librettists. A panel discussion will follow the performance.

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SUOR ANGELICA (Puccini/Forzano, 1918)
The story of a young noblewoman forced to enter the convent after a youthful indiscretion that led to the birth of an illegitimate child. Tragedy, death and redemption on the landscape of Puccinis lush score.
Suor Angelica – Lauren Margison, soprano
Suor Genovieffa – Sara Schabas, soprano
La Principessa – Megan Quick, mezzo-soprano
Music Director – Louise-Andrée Baril
Stage Director – Valerie Kuinka

THE CHAIR (Atallah/Abracen, 2019)

After her best friend dies in a tragic accident, Melanie returns to school locked in a world of her own thoughts and numb to the well wishes of her peers. The opera explores grief in adolescence, and how we choose to move on from those weve lost.
Melanie – Rebecca Cuddy, mezzo-soprano
Vanessa – Sara Schabas, Soprano
Music Director/Piano – Jennifer Szeto
Stage. Director – Jessica Derventzis

BOOK OF FACES (Harder/Telford, 2019)
An irreverent, tongue-in-cheek operatic take on the many faces of social media.
Rachel – Carol Anne Roussel, soprano
Stephanie – Megan Quick, mezzo-soprano
Music Director/Piano – Jennifer Szeto
Stage Director – Jessica Derventzis

For full casting information, please visit www.highlandsoperastudio.com. All casting subject to change.

BOX OFFICE: 1-855-455-5533 (Toll-Free) & 705-457-5646 (Local)

Date(s) - 15/08/2019
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion

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SUOR ANGELICA (Puccini/Forzano, 1918) Suor Angelica - Lauren Margison, soprano Suor Genovieffa - Sara Schabas, soprano La Principessa - Megan Quick, mezzo-sopranoMusic Director - Louise-Andrée BarilStage Director - Valerie KuinkaTHE CHAIR (Atallah/Abracen, 2019)Melanie - Rebecca Cuddy, mezzo-sopranoVanessa - Sara Schabas, SopranoMusic Director/Piano - Jennifer SzetoStage. Director - Jessica Derventzis BOOK OF FACES (Harder/Telford, 2019)Stephanie - Megan Quick, mezzo-soprano Music Director/Piano - Jennifer SzetoStage Director - Jessica Derventzis

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Established in 2007 by internationally acclaimed Canadian tenor, Richard Margison, and former Metropolitan Opera stage director, Valerie Kuinka, the Highlands Opera Studio is an advanced intensive professional training program for emerging opera professionals. Chosen through competitive audition from applicants across Canada and internationally, Highlands Opera Studio takes place for 5-6 weeks in August, in the Central Ontario town of Haliburton.

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