2019 Artists


Oronte
Nineteen-year-old tenor Justin Li, from Seattle, Washington, is currently in his third year of studies for a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the…

Queen if the Night
Praised as a “sophisticated artist” with a “gorgeous voice” and “stratospheric vocals” (Winnipeg Free Press), soprano Katherine Mayba is an exciting artist in the opera…

Olympia
Soprano Meggie McKay is a vibrant and passionate musician, who is at home performing in recitals, operas, and musical theatre. She has a Master of Arts in Musicology with a concentration in Women and…

Second Spirit (Flute) Chorus (Hoffmann)
Rhian Merritt is a young soprano from Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia. Rhian has studied voice at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts under the direction…

Queen of the Night
Anastasia Pogorelova, coloratura soprano, was born in Moscow where she studied at the College of Musical and Theatrical Arts. In 2015 She obtained her Master’s…

Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dapertutto
Native of La Sarre in Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Québec, MarKo Hubert received his formation in voice performance at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in the…

Second Spirit (Flute) Chorus (Hoffmann)
Born and raised in Oakville, Ontario, Julia Kennific is a soprano who lives and studies in Montreal. A graduate of the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus…

Hoffmann
Iranian tenor Koosha Khorramian is thrilled to be performing the title role of Offenbach’s masterpiece Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Halifax Summer Opera Festival (HSOF). His debut with…

Antonia
Soprano Olivia LaPointe has been praised often by adjudicators and directors for her musicality and poise. Olivia has extensive experience singing in a variety of genres,…

Antonia
Kelsey Lee was raised in Las Vegas as the oldest of six kids. At the age of two, her parents were leads in the local…

Nathanael, Spalanzani, Frantz, Pittichinaccio
Eli Aronson, tenor, is in his second year at St. Olaf College pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal performance. Originally from Minnesota, USA, he…

Bradamante
Born in southern California, mezzo-soprano Laurel Coddington is currently pursuing a double degree in Music Performance (Voice) and Communication Sciences & Disorders at Biola University…

Third Lady
Currently studying vocal performance at Western University, Laura Curiale has been growing her voice and exploring all avenues of performing under the guidance of soprano…

Nicklausse
Máiri Demings is a mezzo-soprano hailing from Springhill, Nova Scotia. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Acadia University and has recently…

Oberto
Hailing from Southern Manitoba, Alyssa Hildebrand is thrilled to be participating in HSOF this summer.  She recently completed a Master of Music in Performance and…

Alcina
Soprano Jodie Alcorn-Miller has returned to her home Nova Scotia to continue sharing her love of music both on the stage and in the teaching…

Sarastro (Flute) Crespel (Hoffmann)
Duncan Stenhouse is an operatic bass and composer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Originally born in Northern Ireland Duncan has moved numerous times and lived in…

Third Lady
Mezzo- Soprano Natalie Vong has recently obtained her Bachelor of Music Honours in Voice Performance degree under the tutelage of Patrica Green from the the…

Second Lady
Born in Hong Kong, soprano Serena Yeung started her vocal training at an early age in her hometown, under Alex Tam. She just finished her…

Melisso
Colombian baritone Camilo Rodriguez-Cuadrado obtained a Master degree in voice performance from The University of Western Ontario in 2018.  Camilo will join The Halifax Summer…

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Oronte

Justin Li

Nineteen-year-old tenor Justin Li, from Seattle, Washington, is currently in his third year of studies for a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the Jacobs School of Music. This past year, he has appeared in the choruses for the IU Opera Theatre’s productions of Dialogues des Carmélites and L’Elisir d’Amore, and participated in the school’s Undergraduate Opera Workshop’s opera scenes program, singing the Duke of Dunstable, from Patience, and Jupiter, from Orphée aux enfers. He is a student of Professor Patricia Havranek.

Queen if the Night

Katherine Mayba

Praised as a “sophisticated artist” with a “gorgeous voice” and “stratospheric vocals” (Winnipeg Free Press), soprano Katherine Mayba is an exciting artist in the opera scene. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, she has performed with Manitoba Underground Opera as Ilia (Idomeneo) and Amore (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Manitoba Opera (Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Madama Butterfly) and has made regular appearances with Flipside Opera. She has also performed as a soloist with the WSO and through the Orville J. Derraugh Scholarship Competition, and has competed in the Winnipeg Music Festival winning several awards including the Rose Bowl. This season she joined the WSO on their Holiday Tour and future engagements include: Titania (The Fairy Queen), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) and the Ukrainian Art Song Project. Katherine studies at the University of Manitoba and is a student of Tracy Dahl. A multidisciplinary musician, she holds her ARCT Performance Diploma in Voice, Piano and Violin from The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Olympia

Meggie McKay

Soprano Meggie McKay is a vibrant and passionate musician, who is at home performing in recitals, operas, and musical theatre. She has a Master of Arts in Musicology with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa (2019) and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Acadia University (2016). She completed the Artist Diploma program in Voice Performance at Western University in May of this year. Meggie is an avid equestrian and is a provincially-rated dressage rider in Nova Scotia.

Meggie enjoys acting as well as singing and has performed for many years with Quick as a Wink Theatre Society in her hometown of Windsor, Nova Scotia. Her roles include: Lucy Van Pelt, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; Rose Lennox, The Secret Garden; Arabella Stannus, Glory Days; and Bertha Mason, Jane Eyre: the Musical. She has also performed as a guest soloist for the Bedford-based Enchor East Chorus, the Eastern Shore Summer Arts Festival, and for the North Grenville Concert Choir in Kemptville, Ontario. She previously performed with the Acadia University Singing Theatre Company and the Acadia University Chorus. In August 2015, Meggie performed the role of Evangeline in the Canadian Premiere of Gwyneth Walker’s opera Evangeline, in the historic Covenanter Church in Grand Pre. Meggie performed the role of Cobweb in the 2018 HSOF production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Meggie enjoys stage managing and assisting behind-the-scenes. During her musicology studies, Meggie was a Teaching Assistant for the University of Ottawa’s Opera Productions of Bizet’s Carmen in 2017 and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in 2018. Meggie has won several provincial awards and Equine Canada bronze level championships with her Paint Horse, Jigs. She is passionate about animals and is known around her hometown for her eclectic collection of misfit critters.

Second Spirit (Flute) Chorus (Hoffmann)

Rhian Merritt

Rhian Merritt is a young soprano from Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia. Rhian has studied voice at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts under the direction of Paula Phillips and now has continued her education at Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia). At Acadia, Rhian has just completed her third year in a Bachelor of Music where she is focusing in Vocal Performance with teachers Dr. Christianne Rushton and Dr. Jennifer Farrell.

Rhian has competed many times as a soloist in competitions such as the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association’s Scholarship Competition where she placed first in the Senior Class (2018). She has also competed in the Kiwanis Music Festival where she competed provincially in 2017 and will again in 2019. As well as solo singing, Rhian has been a member of several different Canadian choirs. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 Rhian represented Nova Scotia in the National Youth Choir of Canada. She also participated in the Nova Scotia Youth Choir and Xara Choral Theatre. In 2017 and 2018, Rhian was a performer in Xara Choral Theatre’s touring show ‘Fatty Legs’ that tells the true story of Olemaun Pokiak / Margaret Pokiak Fenton’s experiences before, during, and after attending residential school as a young Indigenous girl.

This summer Rhian is delighted to be performing in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in both Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman. She is excited to learn from her peers and mentors and grow from this program in new and maybe unexpected ways! After completed her undergraduate degree, Rhian hopes to continue her studies in a Master’s degree and use her voice as a tool for healing, entertainment, reconciliation, unity, and empowerment.

Queen of the Night

Anastasia Pogorelova

Anastasia Pogorelova, coloratura soprano, was born in Moscow where she studied at the College of Musical and Theatrical Arts. In 2015 She obtained her Master’s degree in Opera and Chamber Music as well as Teaching from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow under the supervision of professor Valentina Levko. As a student, she regularly sang in Vishnevskaya Children’s Theatre performing in Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and throughout Russia. In 2012 she won the 2nd place in the Kabalevskiy International Competition in Moscow.

She has appeared in concerts in Florence, Italy (2013), Ischia, Italy (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), and Salzburg, Austria (2014). During this period, she was an active participant in master classes with Ines Salazar, Janet Perry, Mikhail Hallak, Mary Pinto, David Bowser and Michael Paul.

While studying in the Academy Anastasia performed in Mozart’s “La nozze di Figaro” as Susanna and Barbarina. She sang several times at the Opera Night Project in Moscow under the direction of Haik Grigoryan (2013-2015). After graduating, Anastasia continued her vocal training with Maestro Michael Paul in New York. In 2016 she moved to Toronto and performs with the Belle Voci Ensemble as well as a recital artist.

Anastasia performed as a soloist in classical music concerts including one organized be Maestro Kerry Stratton with Polish saxophone virtuoso Ryszard Zoledziewski and pianist Anna Shalaykevych, Toronto, 2016, a Christmas concert with the Greater Toronto Philarmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro P.Busato, Toronto, 2017, a Symphony in the gardens concert at Casa Loma, Toronto, 2018, a Christmas Concert with Toronto Concert Orchestra, Richmond Hill, 2018.

Anastasia’s repertoire consists of songs and arias of different genres and eras. She performs Baroque vocal music (Handel, Bach, Pergolesi), German, Italian, French arias and romances (Shubert, Strauss, Donizetti, Bellini, Arditi, Debussy, Poulenc) and Russian songs and Arias (Rimskiy-Korsakov, Varlamov and others). She enjoys singing Mozart, finding his music genial and very helpful for singers.

Anastasia is a native Russian speaker and is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dapertutto

MarKo Hubert

Native of La Sarre in Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Québec, MarKo Hubert received his formation in voice performance at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in the studio of Colette Boky and later continued his studies with Robert Savoie, Stuart Graham, Lyne Fortin and Jason Davis. Since then he has enjoyed varied artistic life that has seen him on the dramatic, operatic and concert stages as well as the small and large screen with various productions for film and television throughout the province of Québec. Some of his performance credits include a miner from QUELQUE CHOSE D’ORGANIQUE (Bonello), Sparafucille from RIGOLETTO (Verdi), Alvadoro/Général-Marquis d’Urfé/un Ange from LE MANUSCRIPT TROUVÉ À SARAGOSSE (Evangelista), Louchard from LA FILLE MME. ANGOT (Lecocq), the Grand Inquisitor of Spain from THE GONDOLIERS (Gilbert & Sullivan), Antonio from UN MARIAGE DE RAISON (Thomas), la Duchesse from LA DUCHESSE DE LANGEAIS (Tremblay), Moralez and le Dancaïre from CARMEN (Bizet), and finally in 2018 Demetrius from MIDSUMMER NIGHT DREAM (Britten) with HOSF. He has also perform the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro from Puccini’s LA BOHÈME with the Maritime Concert Opera Society. This year he has the opportunity to sing the 4 Villains in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN (Offenbach) back with the Halifax Opera Summer Festival MarKo Hubert has interest in staging and teaching acting master class in the future.

Second Spirit (Flute) Chorus (Hoffmann)

Julia Kennific

Born and raised in Oakville, Ontario, Julia Kennific is a soprano who lives and studies in Montreal. A graduate of the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and the Canadian Opera Company’s Summer Youth Intensive, she is currently completing a BFA in Music (Performance Specialization) at Concordia University. Julia divides her career focus between opera and musical theatre; an accomplished actress, she has been described by reviewers as giving “standout performances” (Montreal Times), “expertly displaying her comedic and vocal chops” (BroadwayWorld). Her recent credits include an ensemble role in Riders to the Sea (Snowglobe Theatre), Adult Woman in Spring Awakening (AUTS), and Blanche Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde (Contact Theatre). She is overjoyed to be working with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival this summer. Julia would like to thank her family for their love and support.

Hoffmann

Koosha Khorramian

Iranian tenor Koosha Khorramian is thrilled to be performing the title role of Offenbach’s masterpiece Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Halifax Summer Opera Festival (HSOF). His debut with HSOF was in their 2017 season where he performed as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen. Koosha has been studying voice for three years with his mentor, Jason Davis, at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts where he has been awarded three vocal scholarships and more recently has been working with Tara Scott as both repertoire coach and collaborative pianist. Previously, he also studied voice for one year with Ardalan Jabbari and has a strong passion for playing piano. Koosha has performed as a soloist in concerts and recitals including the World Music Museum concerts based in Halifax. Koosha also has sung tenor parts with the Sorayesh choir group from 2007 – 2009, where they participated in the competitive section of the Fadjr Festival (one of the most well-known festivals in Iran), in both 2008 and 2009. Beside his interests in singing and music, Koosha has worked for several years building a solid career as a structural engineer. Recently, he is a PhD candidate in the structural engineering field of the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University. Koosha’s possesses a strong passion for opera and is happiest when balancing his engineering career with his strong love of performing opera.

 

Antonia

Olivia LaPointe

Soprano Olivia LaPointe has been praised often by adjudicators and directors for her musicality and poise. Olivia has extensive experience singing in a variety of genres, as well as acting and dancing. Olivia has performed many leading roles in musicals such as Heathers: The Musical, Evita, Once Upon a Mattress, and the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She has also performed in multiple shows with Theatre New Brunswick, including the title role in Mary Poppins. She sings regularly at churches in both Fredericton and Toronto and she has performed in many concerts throughout Canada, Maine and New York. Olivia has won numerous awards in her hometown and provincially, and she won first place at the Great Lakes Regional NATS Auditions in Toronto in 2017. Olivia was selected to represent New Brunswick in the National Youth Choir of Canada in both 2017 and 2018. She was also chosen to sing in the University of Toronto’s first Vocalini concert for outstanding undergraduate singers in 2018. Olivia just completed her third year for a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto, where she studies with Frédérique Vézina and is a member of the University of Toronto Opera Undergraduate program. This summer, Olivia is excited to be portraying Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, as well as Lily in The Secret Garden with Opera NUOVA in Edmonton.

Antonia

Kelsey Lee

Kelsey Lee was raised in Las Vegas as the oldest of six kids. At the age of two, her parents were leads in the local theatre and brought her along; she was officially hooked. Before university, Kelsey sought out every opportunity to perform in musicals. She has directed, choreographed, or performed in over forty musicals. While attending Brigham Young University – Idaho, she studied with renowned dramatic soprano Kristine Ciesinski and found her passion for opera. She performed as the soprano in the trio for Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti at BYU-I in 2014 before graduating with a BM in Vocal Performance. Kelsey is currently attending the University of Oklahoma, studying with Dr. Leslie Flanagan while working towards her masters in opera performance. She is so excited to be here in Halifax and make her role debut as Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival.

Nathanael, Spalanzani, Frantz, Pittichinaccio

Eli Aronson

Eli Aronson, tenor, is in his second year at St. Olaf College pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal performance. Originally from Minnesota, USA, he has received recognition from the MacPhail Center of Music and NATS. In 2017, he was named a Triple-Threat Finalist by the Hennepin Theater Trust, one of only twelve teenage men in the state of Minnesota. He has previously sang as a Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre in Turandot (Chorus) and Brigadoon (Stuart Dalrymple), with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snout) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Soldato/Lucano/Liberto), and with Simpson College Opera in La Canterina (Don Pelagio). Upcoming roles include Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Nathanael/Spalanzani/Frantz/Pittichinaccio) with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince) and a masterclass with pianist Martin Katz with the St. Olaf Lyric Theater. At St. Olaf College, he studies with Dale Kruse.

Bradamante

Laurel Coddington

Born in southern California, mezzo-soprano Laurel Coddington is currently pursuing a double degree in Music Performance (Voice) and Communication Sciences & Disorders at Biola University under the tutelage of Jeanne Robison. She has continually placed in the annual Collegiate NATS competition, performed with the Biola Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the conservatory’s Honors Concerto Competition, and participated in various masterclasses. Laurel has also received numerous awards and scholarships for her contribution to the voice department and musical achievement at Biola.

A four-year member of the prestigious Biola University Chorale, Laurel has had the opportunity to perform at the Western Regional ACDA convention and national NCCO conference, as well as tour across Arizona, northern California, and Ireland.

Laurel has appeared in multiple mainstage productions during her time at Biola including Le Nozze de Figaro (Cherubino), Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky), Street Scene (Mrs. Olsen), and Die Zauberflöte (Zweite Knabe), along with a variety of operatic and musical theatre excerpts.

In the fall at Biola, Laurel will perform as the Third Spirit in an excerpt from Clive Hamilton (world premiere), composed by Calgary native, Joel Balzun. Other features will include The Music Man and spring opera scenes program.

Third Lady

Laura Curiale

Currently studying vocal performance at Western University, Laura Curiale has been growing her voice and exploring all avenues of performing under the guidance of soprano Bethany Hörst and vocal coach Charmaine Fopoussi.

Curiale has enjoyed singing  in the Amabile Choirs of London for twelve seasons and now sings with Western University’s Les Choristes. She frequently excels in competitions and showcases.  She placed first in the Kiwanis Music Festival London in 2015 and National Association of Teachers Regional Competition in 2016. In 2018, Laura organized and performed a recital featuring fellow music colleague, Josee Landry, and in 2019 received honours with distinction for her year-end recital.

Curiale is actively pursuing her performance career with enthusiasm. In the 2017-2018 school year, she portrayed the character Elena in Theatre Western’s production of If/Then and this past year enjoyed being a part of Western University Opera Workshop production of Le Nozze di Figaro. Curiale looks forward to all she will learn as a part of the Halifax Summer Opera Program and as Third Lady in their production of Die Zauberflöte.

Nicklausse

Máiri Demings

Máiri Demings is a mezzo-soprano hailing from Springhill, Nova Scotia. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Acadia University and has recently completed her Masters of Music in Vocal Literature and Performance at the University of Western Ontario. While at Acadia she was an active member of Acadia’s Singing Theatre Production Ensemble, as well as a soloist in the Acadia Performing Arts Series Tom Regan Memorial Concert, Acadia University Chorus, Parrsboro’s Classics by the Bay, and was the Nova Scotia voice representative for the 2016 National Music Festival in Edmonton. Recent roles include Mercédès in Carmen (Halifax Summer Opera Festival), Edith in The Pirates of Penzance (UWOpera), Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Accademia Europea Dell’Opera), creating the role of Professor Van Helsing in Dylan Langan’s Dracula (Vera Causa Opera), and Maddalena in Rigoletto (La Music Lirica). She currently resides in London, Ontario where she studies with tenor Torin Chiles and keeps up an active teaching and performing schedule. She is thrilled to be back in her home province and participating in HSOF again!

Oberto

Alyssa Hildebrand

Hailing from Southern Manitoba, Alyssa Hildebrand is thrilled to be participating in HSOF this summer.  She recently completed a Master of Music in Performance and Literature at the University of Western Ontario, studying with Jackalyn Short.  She completed her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance in Winnipeg, at Canadian Mennonite University, studying with David Klassen.  Alyssa has been the finalist in several music competitions, including the Verna Mae Janzen Competition and Winnipeg’s Tudor Bowl.  Alyssa has had the opportunity to learn through several summer programs including Opera NUOVA and Accademia Europea dell’Opera.   She has performed several roles including: Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne, and understudying the role of Anne Page in the Merry Wives of Windsor.

Alyssa has a passion for music performance and vocal pedagogy.  She is excited to be returning to Manitoba to open up a private voice studio, and become involved in the vibrant music community present in Winnipeg.  After two years teaching voice at the Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, she is exciting to be starting her own music camp for young vocalists in Manitoba, called Find Your Voice Music Camp.  She hopes to spend the next several years developing artistry through the art of performance and teaching.

Alcina

Jodie Alcorn-Miller

Soprano Jodie Alcorn-Miller has returned to her home Nova Scotia to continue sharing her love of music both on the stage and in the teaching studio.

Jodie studied under Dr. Christianne Rushton at Acadia University and with Elizabeth McDonald at The University of Toronto. She is the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Nova Scotia Talent Trust and First Place in both Music Theatre and Classical Voice at the Nova Scotia Provincial Music Festival.

While completing her undergraduate studies, Jodie performed at the annual Tom Regan Concert as well as several roles with the Singing Theatre Ensemble. While at The University of Toronto, she was selected as soloist for The MacMillan Singers’ recording Dawn of Night through the Canadian Music Centre. She is an alumna of both Opera NUOVA and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. Highlights include Satirino in Cavalli’s La Calisto, Miss Titmouse in Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos, Eileen in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, Sarah Brown in Loesser’s Guys & Dolls.

Jodie sang two seasons with the Elmer Iseler Singers with performances at Koerner Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, as well as two Canadian tours.  She was section lead and soloist for Metropolitan United Church under Dr. Patricia Wright, and was in-demand in the Toronto choral scene, working with the Toronto Voice Lab, Toronto Festival Singers, Trinity Chapel Choir, and as a soloist with Mendelssohn Choir’s Singsation.

Since moving to Halifax, Jodie has began collaborating with the Upstream Ensemble, which is a creative music ensemble focusing on improvisation. Other performances include those with the Halifax Camerata Singers, SNS Chorus, and Eastern Horizon. In June, Jodie is performing in Pirates of Penzance as Mabel with Maritime Concert Opera.

Sarastro (Flute) Crespel (Hoffmann)

Duncan Stenhouse

Duncan Stenhouse is an operatic bass and composer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Originally born in Northern Ireland Duncan has moved numerous times and lived in many different places around the UK and Canada. His love for singing classically began in his high-school years where he sang in five choirs and took private voice lessons at Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary.

Currently, Duncan is completing his bachelor degree as a voice performance major with a minor in composition at Memorial School of Music in St. John’s Newfoundland.

In the past five years Duncan has performed as The Caterpillar in Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Memorial University’s Opera Roadshow program, both Figaro and Bartolo in scenes from Le nozze di Figaro, Gianni Schicchi in scenes from Gianni Schicchi, Colline in scenes from La bohème, and Grandpa from The Tender Land in Memorial University’s Opera Workshop program. He has also sung as Raphael in excerpts from Haydn’s Creation with a group from the Calgary Youth Orchestra.

Duncan is thoroughly excited to be able to portray both Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Crespel in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann this summer at HSOF. He hopes you enjoy the performance as much as he has loved every minute learning and singing these fascinating roles.

Third Lady

Natalie Vong

Mezzo- Soprano Natalie Vong has recently obtained her Bachelor of Music Honours in Voice Performance degree under the tutelage of Patrica Green from the the University of Western Ontario. Some of her past experiences have included Sour Mathilde in Dialoghi delle Carmelitane with La Musica Lirica (USA) and participating as chorus members of both Die Zauberflöte and Le Nozze di Figaro with UWOpera. Natalie is excited to revisit Die Zauberflöte and play the Third Lady with Halifax Summer Opera Festival this summer. She would like to thank her friends, family and teachers for supporting her throughout her musical journey. 

Second Lady

Serena Yeung

Born in Hong Kong, soprano Serena Yeung started her vocal training at an early age in her hometown, under Alex Tam. She just finished her third year of Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Calgary, where she studies with Laura Hynes. Serena was a recipient of RCM Provincial Gold Medal for Grade 9 Voice and the Polyna Savridi Memorial Music Undergraduate Scholarship. She has also been awarded the NATS Songfest competition scholarships for three years consecutively. She recently appeared as debut soloist at Early Music Voices’ Sing Along Messiah.

With a strong passion in operatic repertoires, Serena performed her first opera scenes as Sophie (Werther), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Spirit (Die Zauberflöte). In 2016 and 2018, she also performed with Opera Hong Kong as a chorus member in their production of Madama Butterfly and Die Zauberflöte.

She recently got recommended to represent Calgary at the Provincial Music Festival in Edmonton.

 

Melisso

Camilo Rodriguez-Cuadrado

Colombian baritone Camilo Rodriguez-Cuadrado obtained a Master degree in voice performance from The University of Western Ontario in 2018.  Camilo will join The Halifax Summer Opera Festival 2019, performing the role of Melisso in Händel’s “Alcina”.  He also will be part of Vera Causa Opera’s season 2019 – 2020, singing in the operas “The Child and The Spells” by Maurice Ravel, “The Dino Opera / Rapunzel” (Double Bill) by Canadian composer Dylan Langan, and the Canadian Opera Fest.  Camilo has performed with Vera Causa Opera, The University of Western Ontario Opera Workshop, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, Fundación Jaime Manzur, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Caldas Symphony Orchestra, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Symphony Orchestra and Universidad Nacional de Colombia Opera Workshop, among others.

Oronte

Justin Li

Nineteen-year-old tenor Justin Li, from Seattle, Washington, is currently in his third year of studies for a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the Jacobs School of Music. This past year, he has appeared in the choruses for the IU Opera Theatre’s productions of Dialogues des Carmélites and L’Elisir d’Amore, and participated in the school’s Undergraduate Opera Workshop’s opera scenes program, singing the Duke of Dunstable, from Patience, and Jupiter, from Orphée aux enfers. He is a student of Professor Patricia Havranek.

Queen if the Night

Katherine Mayba

Praised as a “sophisticated artist” with a “gorgeous voice” and “stratospheric vocals” (Winnipeg Free Press), soprano Katherine Mayba is an exciting artist in the opera scene. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, she has performed with Manitoba Underground Opera as Ilia (Idomeneo) and Amore (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Manitoba Opera (Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Madama Butterfly) and has made regular appearances with Flipside Opera. She has also performed as a soloist with the WSO and through the Orville J. Derraugh Scholarship Competition, and has competed in the Winnipeg Music Festival winning several awards including the Rose Bowl. This season she joined the WSO on their Holiday Tour and future engagements include: Titania (The Fairy Queen), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) and the Ukrainian Art Song Project. Katherine studies at the University of Manitoba and is a student of Tracy Dahl. A multidisciplinary musician, she holds her ARCT Performance Diploma in Voice, Piano and Violin from The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Olympia

Meggie McKay

Soprano Meggie McKay is a vibrant and passionate musician, who is at home performing in recitals, operas, and musical theatre. She has a Master of Arts in Musicology with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa (2019) and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Acadia University (2016). She completed the Artist Diploma program in Voice Performance at Western University in May of this year. Meggie is an avid equestrian and is a provincially-rated dressage rider in Nova Scotia.

Meggie enjoys acting as well as singing and has performed for many years with Quick as a Wink Theatre Society in her hometown of Windsor, Nova Scotia. Her roles include: Lucy Van Pelt, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; Rose Lennox, The Secret Garden; Arabella Stannus, Glory Days; and Bertha Mason, Jane Eyre: the Musical. She has also performed as a guest soloist for the Bedford-based Enchor East Chorus, the Eastern Shore Summer Arts Festival, and for the North Grenville Concert Choir in Kemptville, Ontario. She previously performed with the Acadia University Singing Theatre Company and the Acadia University Chorus. In August 2015, Meggie performed the role of Evangeline in the Canadian Premiere of Gwyneth Walker’s opera Evangeline, in the historic Covenanter Church in Grand Pre. Meggie performed the role of Cobweb in the 2018 HSOF production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Meggie enjoys stage managing and assisting behind-the-scenes. During her musicology studies, Meggie was a Teaching Assistant for the University of Ottawa’s Opera Productions of Bizet’s Carmen in 2017 and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in 2018. Meggie has won several provincial awards and Equine Canada bronze level championships with her Paint Horse, Jigs. She is passionate about animals and is known around her hometown for her eclectic collection of misfit critters.

Second Spirit (Flute) Chorus (Hoffmann)

Rhian Merritt

Rhian Merritt is a young soprano from Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia. Rhian has studied voice at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts under the direction of Paula Phillips and now has continued her education at Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia). At Acadia, Rhian has just completed her third year in a Bachelor of Music where she is focusing in Vocal Performance with teachers Dr. Christianne Rushton and Dr. Jennifer Farrell.

Rhian has competed many times as a soloist in competitions such as the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association’s Scholarship Competition where she placed first in the Senior Class (2018). She has also competed in the Kiwanis Music Festival where she competed provincially in 2017 and will again in 2019. As well as solo singing, Rhian has been a member of several different Canadian choirs. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 Rhian represented Nova Scotia in the National Youth Choir of Canada. She also participated in the Nova Scotia Youth Choir and Xara Choral Theatre. In 2017 and 2018, Rhian was a performer in Xara Choral Theatre’s touring show ‘Fatty Legs’ that tells the true story of Olemaun Pokiak / Margaret Pokiak Fenton’s experiences before, during, and after attending residential school as a young Indigenous girl.

This summer Rhian is delighted to be performing in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in both Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman. She is excited to learn from her peers and mentors and grow from this program in new and maybe unexpected ways! After completed her undergraduate degree, Rhian hopes to continue her studies in a Master’s degree and use her voice as a tool for healing, entertainment, reconciliation, unity, and empowerment.

Queen of the Night

Anastasia Pogorelova

Anastasia Pogorelova, coloratura soprano, was born in Moscow where she studied at the College of Musical and Theatrical Arts. In 2015 She obtained her Master’s degree in Opera and Chamber Music as well as Teaching from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow under the supervision of professor Valentina Levko. As a student, she regularly sang in Vishnevskaya Children’s Theatre performing in Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and throughout Russia. In 2012 she won the 2nd place in the Kabalevskiy International Competition in Moscow.

She has appeared in concerts in Florence, Italy (2013), Ischia, Italy (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), and Salzburg, Austria (2014). During this period, she was an active participant in master classes with Ines Salazar, Janet Perry, Mikhail Hallak, Mary Pinto, David Bowser and Michael Paul.

While studying in the Academy Anastasia performed in Mozart’s “La nozze di Figaro” as Susanna and Barbarina. She sang several times at the Opera Night Project in Moscow under the direction of Haik Grigoryan (2013-2015). After graduating, Anastasia continued her vocal training with Maestro Michael Paul in New York. In 2016 she moved to Toronto and performs with the Belle Voci Ensemble as well as a recital artist.

Anastasia performed as a soloist in classical music concerts including one organized be Maestro Kerry Stratton with Polish saxophone virtuoso Ryszard Zoledziewski and pianist Anna Shalaykevych, Toronto, 2016, a Christmas concert with the Greater Toronto Philarmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro P.Busato, Toronto, 2017, a Symphony in the gardens concert at Casa Loma, Toronto, 2018, a Christmas Concert with Toronto Concert Orchestra, Richmond Hill, 2018.

Anastasia’s repertoire consists of songs and arias of different genres and eras. She performs Baroque vocal music (Handel, Bach, Pergolesi), German, Italian, French arias and romances (Shubert, Strauss, Donizetti, Bellini, Arditi, Debussy, Poulenc) and Russian songs and Arias (Rimskiy-Korsakov, Varlamov and others). She enjoys singing Mozart, finding his music genial and very helpful for singers.

Anastasia is a native Russian speaker and is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dapertutto

MarKo Hubert

Native of La Sarre in Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Québec, MarKo Hubert received his formation in voice performance at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in the studio of Colette Boky and later continued his studies with Robert Savoie, Stuart Graham, Lyne Fortin and Jason Davis. Since then he has enjoyed varied artistic life that has seen him on the dramatic, operatic and concert stages as well as the small and large screen with various productions for film and television throughout the province of Québec. Some of his performance credits include a miner from QUELQUE CHOSE D’ORGANIQUE (Bonello), Sparafucille from RIGOLETTO (Verdi), Alvadoro/Général-Marquis d’Urfé/un Ange from LE MANUSCRIPT TROUVÉ À SARAGOSSE (Evangelista), Louchard from LA FILLE MME. ANGOT (Lecocq), the Grand Inquisitor of Spain from THE GONDOLIERS (Gilbert & Sullivan), Antonio from UN MARIAGE DE RAISON (Thomas), la Duchesse from LA DUCHESSE DE LANGEAIS (Tremblay), Moralez and le Dancaïre from CARMEN (Bizet), and finally in 2018 Demetrius from MIDSUMMER NIGHT DREAM (Britten) with HOSF. He has also perform the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro from Puccini’s LA BOHÈME with the Maritime Concert Opera Society. This year he has the opportunity to sing the 4 Villains in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN (Offenbach) back with the Halifax Opera Summer Festival MarKo Hubert has interest in staging and teaching acting master class in the future.

Second Spirit (Flute) Chorus (Hoffmann)

Julia Kennific

Born and raised in Oakville, Ontario, Julia Kennific is a soprano who lives and studies in Montreal. A graduate of the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and the Canadian Opera Company’s Summer Youth Intensive, she is currently completing a BFA in Music (Performance Specialization) at Concordia University. Julia divides her career focus between opera and musical theatre; an accomplished actress, she has been described by reviewers as giving “standout performances” (Montreal Times), “expertly displaying her comedic and vocal chops” (BroadwayWorld). Her recent credits include an ensemble role in Riders to the Sea (Snowglobe Theatre), Adult Woman in Spring Awakening (AUTS), and Blanche Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde (Contact Theatre). She is overjoyed to be working with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival this summer. Julia would like to thank her family for their love and support.

Hoffmann

Koosha Khorramian

Iranian tenor Koosha Khorramian is thrilled to be performing the title role of Offenbach’s masterpiece Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Halifax Summer Opera Festival (HSOF). His debut with HSOF was in their 2017 season where he performed as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen. Koosha has been studying voice for three years with his mentor, Jason Davis, at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts where he has been awarded three vocal scholarships and more recently has been working with Tara Scott as both repertoire coach and collaborative pianist. Previously, he also studied voice for one year with Ardalan Jabbari and has a strong passion for playing piano. Koosha has performed as a soloist in concerts and recitals including the World Music Museum concerts based in Halifax. Koosha also has sung tenor parts with the Sorayesh choir group from 2007 – 2009, where they participated in the competitive section of the Fadjr Festival (one of the most well-known festivals in Iran), in both 2008 and 2009. Beside his interests in singing and music, Koosha has worked for several years building a solid career as a structural engineer. Recently, he is a PhD candidate in the structural engineering field of the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University. Koosha’s possesses a strong passion for opera and is happiest when balancing his engineering career with his strong love of performing opera.

 

Antonia

Olivia LaPointe

Soprano Olivia LaPointe has been praised often by adjudicators and directors for her musicality and poise. Olivia has extensive experience singing in a variety of genres, as well as acting and dancing. Olivia has performed many leading roles in musicals such as Heathers: The Musical, Evita, Once Upon a Mattress, and the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She has also performed in multiple shows with Theatre New Brunswick, including the title role in Mary Poppins. She sings regularly at churches in both Fredericton and Toronto and she has performed in many concerts throughout Canada, Maine and New York. Olivia has won numerous awards in her hometown and provincially, and she won first place at the Great Lakes Regional NATS Auditions in Toronto in 2017. Olivia was selected to represent New Brunswick in the National Youth Choir of Canada in both 2017 and 2018. She was also chosen to sing in the University of Toronto’s first Vocalini concert for outstanding undergraduate singers in 2018. Olivia just completed her third year for a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto, where she studies with Frédérique Vézina and is a member of the University of Toronto Opera Undergraduate program. This summer, Olivia is excited to be portraying Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, as well as Lily in The Secret Garden with Opera NUOVA in Edmonton.

Antonia

Kelsey Lee

Kelsey Lee was raised in Las Vegas as the oldest of six kids. At the age of two, her parents were leads in the local theatre and brought her along; she was officially hooked. Before university, Kelsey sought out every opportunity to perform in musicals. She has directed, choreographed, or performed in over forty musicals. While attending Brigham Young University – Idaho, she studied with renowned dramatic soprano Kristine Ciesinski and found her passion for opera. She performed as the soprano in the trio for Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti at BYU-I in 2014 before graduating with a BM in Vocal Performance. Kelsey is currently attending the University of Oklahoma, studying with Dr. Leslie Flanagan while working towards her masters in opera performance. She is so excited to be here in Halifax and make her role debut as Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival.

Nathanael, Spalanzani, Frantz, Pittichinaccio

Eli Aronson

Eli Aronson, tenor, is in his second year at St. Olaf College pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal performance. Originally from Minnesota, USA, he has received recognition from the MacPhail Center of Music and NATS. In 2017, he was named a Triple-Threat Finalist by the Hennepin Theater Trust, one of only twelve teenage men in the state of Minnesota. He has previously sang as a Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre in Turandot (Chorus) and Brigadoon (Stuart Dalrymple), with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snout) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Soldato/Lucano/Liberto), and with Simpson College Opera in La Canterina (Don Pelagio). Upcoming roles include Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Nathanael/Spalanzani/Frantz/Pittichinaccio) with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince) and a masterclass with pianist Martin Katz with the St. Olaf Lyric Theater. At St. Olaf College, he studies with Dale Kruse.

Bradamante

Laurel Coddington

Born in southern California, mezzo-soprano Laurel Coddington is currently pursuing a double degree in Music Performance (Voice) and Communication Sciences & Disorders at Biola University under the tutelage of Jeanne Robison. She has continually placed in the annual Collegiate NATS competition, performed with the Biola Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the conservatory’s Honors Concerto Competition, and participated in various masterclasses. Laurel has also received numerous awards and scholarships for her contribution to the voice department and musical achievement at Biola.

A four-year member of the prestigious Biola University Chorale, Laurel has had the opportunity to perform at the Western Regional ACDA convention and national NCCO conference, as well as tour across Arizona, northern California, and Ireland.

Laurel has appeared in multiple mainstage productions during her time at Biola including Le Nozze de Figaro (Cherubino), Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky), Street Scene (Mrs. Olsen), and Die Zauberflöte (Zweite Knabe), along with a variety of operatic and musical theatre excerpts.

In the fall at Biola, Laurel will perform as the Third Spirit in an excerpt from Clive Hamilton (world premiere), composed by Calgary native, Joel Balzun. Other features will include The Music Man and spring opera scenes program.

Third Lady

Laura Curiale

Currently studying vocal performance at Western University, Laura Curiale has been growing her voice and exploring all avenues of performing under the guidance of soprano Bethany Hörst and vocal coach Charmaine Fopoussi.

Curiale has enjoyed singing  in the Amabile Choirs of London for twelve seasons and now sings with Western University’s Les Choristes. She frequently excels in competitions and showcases.  She placed first in the Kiwanis Music Festival London in 2015 and National Association of Teachers Regional Competition in 2016. In 2018, Laura organized and performed a recital featuring fellow music colleague, Josee Landry, and in 2019 received honours with distinction for her year-end recital.

Curiale is actively pursuing her performance career with enthusiasm. In the 2017-2018 school year, she portrayed the character Elena in Theatre Western’s production of If/Then and this past year enjoyed being a part of Western University Opera Workshop production of Le Nozze di Figaro. Curiale looks forward to all she will learn as a part of the Halifax Summer Opera Program and as Third Lady in their production of Die Zauberflöte.

Nicklausse

Máiri Demings

Máiri Demings is a mezzo-soprano hailing from Springhill, Nova Scotia. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Acadia University and has recently completed her Masters of Music in Vocal Literature and Performance at the University of Western Ontario. While at Acadia she was an active member of Acadia’s Singing Theatre Production Ensemble, as well as a soloist in the Acadia Performing Arts Series Tom Regan Memorial Concert, Acadia University Chorus, Parrsboro’s Classics by the Bay, and was the Nova Scotia voice representative for the 2016 National Music Festival in Edmonton. Recent roles include Mercédès in Carmen (Halifax Summer Opera Festival), Edith in The Pirates of Penzance (UWOpera), Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Accademia Europea Dell’Opera), creating the role of Professor Van Helsing in Dylan Langan’s Dracula (Vera Causa Opera), and Maddalena in Rigoletto (La Music Lirica). She currently resides in London, Ontario where she studies with tenor Torin Chiles and keeps up an active teaching and performing schedule. She is thrilled to be back in her home province and participating in HSOF again!

Oberto

Alyssa Hildebrand

Hailing from Southern Manitoba, Alyssa Hildebrand is thrilled to be participating in HSOF this summer.  She recently completed a Master of Music in Performance and Literature at the University of Western Ontario, studying with Jackalyn Short.  She completed her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance in Winnipeg, at Canadian Mennonite University, studying with David Klassen.  Alyssa has been the finalist in several music competitions, including the Verna Mae Janzen Competition and Winnipeg’s Tudor Bowl.  Alyssa has had the opportunity to learn through several summer programs including Opera NUOVA and Accademia Europea dell’Opera.   She has performed several roles including: Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne, and understudying the role of Anne Page in the Merry Wives of Windsor.

Alyssa has a passion for music performance and vocal pedagogy.  She is excited to be returning to Manitoba to open up a private voice studio, and become involved in the vibrant music community present in Winnipeg.  After two years teaching voice at the Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, she is exciting to be starting her own music camp for young vocalists in Manitoba, called Find Your Voice Music Camp.  She hopes to spend the next several years developing artistry through the art of performance and teaching.

Alcina

Jodie Alcorn-Miller

Soprano Jodie Alcorn-Miller has returned to her home Nova Scotia to continue sharing her love of music both on the stage and in the teaching studio.

Jodie studied under Dr. Christianne Rushton at Acadia University and with Elizabeth McDonald at The University of Toronto. She is the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Nova Scotia Talent Trust and First Place in both Music Theatre and Classical Voice at the Nova Scotia Provincial Music Festival.

While completing her undergraduate studies, Jodie performed at the annual Tom Regan Concert as well as several roles with the Singing Theatre Ensemble. While at The University of Toronto, she was selected as soloist for The MacMillan Singers’ recording Dawn of Night through the Canadian Music Centre. She is an alumna of both Opera NUOVA and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. Highlights include Satirino in Cavalli’s La Calisto, Miss Titmouse in Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos, Eileen in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, Sarah Brown in Loesser’s Guys & Dolls.

Jodie sang two seasons with the Elmer Iseler Singers with performances at Koerner Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, as well as two Canadian tours.  She was section lead and soloist for Metropolitan United Church under Dr. Patricia Wright, and was in-demand in the Toronto choral scene, working with the Toronto Voice Lab, Toronto Festival Singers, Trinity Chapel Choir, and as a soloist with Mendelssohn Choir’s Singsation.

Since moving to Halifax, Jodie has began collaborating with the Upstream Ensemble, which is a creative music ensemble focusing on improvisation. Other performances include those with the Halifax Camerata Singers, SNS Chorus, and Eastern Horizon. In June, Jodie is performing in Pirates of Penzance as Mabel with Maritime Concert Opera.

Sarastro (Flute) Crespel (Hoffmann)

Duncan Stenhouse

Duncan Stenhouse is an operatic bass and composer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Originally born in Northern Ireland Duncan has moved numerous times and lived in many different places around the UK and Canada. His love for singing classically began in his high-school years where he sang in five choirs and took private voice lessons at Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary.

Currently, Duncan is completing his bachelor degree as a voice performance major with a minor in composition at Memorial School of Music in St. John’s Newfoundland.

In the past five years Duncan has performed as The Caterpillar in Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Memorial University’s Opera Roadshow program, both Figaro and Bartolo in scenes from Le nozze di Figaro, Gianni Schicchi in scenes from Gianni Schicchi, Colline in scenes from La bohème, and Grandpa from The Tender Land in Memorial University’s Opera Workshop program. He has also sung as Raphael in excerpts from Haydn’s Creation with a group from the Calgary Youth Orchestra.

Duncan is thoroughly excited to be able to portray both Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Crespel in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann this summer at HSOF. He hopes you enjoy the performance as much as he has loved every minute learning and singing these fascinating roles.

Third Lady

Natalie Vong

Mezzo- Soprano Natalie Vong has recently obtained her Bachelor of Music Honours in Voice Performance degree under the tutelage of Patrica Green from the the University of Western Ontario. Some of her past experiences have included Sour Mathilde in Dialoghi delle Carmelitane with La Musica Lirica (USA) and participating as chorus members of both Die Zauberflöte and Le Nozze di Figaro with UWOpera. Natalie is excited to revisit Die Zauberflöte and play the Third Lady with Halifax Summer Opera Festival this summer. She would like to thank her friends, family and teachers for supporting her throughout her musical journey. 

Second Lady

Serena Yeung

Born in Hong Kong, soprano Serena Yeung started her vocal training at an early age in her hometown, under Alex Tam. She just finished her third year of Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Calgary, where she studies with Laura Hynes. Serena was a recipient of RCM Provincial Gold Medal for Grade 9 Voice and the Polyna Savridi Memorial Music Undergraduate Scholarship. She has also been awarded the NATS Songfest competition scholarships for three years consecutively. She recently appeared as debut soloist at Early Music Voices’ Sing Along Messiah.

With a strong passion in operatic repertoires, Serena performed her first opera scenes as Sophie (Werther), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Spirit (Die Zauberflöte). In 2016 and 2018, she also performed with Opera Hong Kong as a chorus member in their production of Madama Butterfly and Die Zauberflöte.

She recently got recommended to represent Calgary at the Provincial Music Festival in Edmonton.

 

Melisso

Camilo Rodriguez-Cuadrado

Colombian baritone Camilo Rodriguez-Cuadrado obtained a Master degree in voice performance from The University of Western Ontario in 2018.  Camilo will join The Halifax Summer Opera Festival 2019, performing the role of Melisso in Händel’s “Alcina”.  He also will be part of Vera Causa Opera’s season 2019 – 2020, singing in the operas “The Child and The Spells” by Maurice Ravel, “The Dino Opera / Rapunzel” (Double Bill) by Canadian composer Dylan Langan, and the Canadian Opera Fest.  Camilo has performed with Vera Causa Opera, The University of Western Ontario Opera Workshop, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, Fundación Jaime Manzur, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Caldas Symphony Orchestra, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Symphony Orchestra and Universidad Nacional de Colombia Opera Workshop, among others.