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Vania Chan - Soprano
Lyric coloratura soprano Vania Chan received her M.M. in Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music in New York, and her B.F.A in music from York University.She had her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall, winning 1st prize in the Barry Alexander International Competition, NY. At the Eckhardt Gramatté Vocal Competition, Vania won for best interpretation of the commissioned song cycle, Jocelyn Morlock’s Involuntary Love Songs. Vania premiered the role of the Moon in Toronto Masque Theatre’s production of the Dora Award Winning “The Lesson of Da Ji”, by Alice Ho and Marjorie Chan. Operatic roles include Olympia (The Tales of Hoffmann), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Marie (La Fille du Régiment), Armida (Rinaldo), and recently Morgana (Alcina).  In the Fall, Vania will perform “Marianne’s Requirements”, and excerpts from a new work, “Paradise Lost” by Canadian composer David Lidov, in a York University concert featuring his compositions. www.vaniachan.com

 

 

Kate Corrigan - Soprano
Kate Corrigan is finishing her BAM in Music and Theater at Acadia University and has been teaching voice and piano for seven years. She has participated in many professional and community theater and opera productions; recent credits include Anne of Green Gables (Anne) and Sour Angelica (Sister Dolcina). Kate currently plays Evangeline in the Wolfville Gravely Ghost Walks, and is thrilled to have had the opportunity of premiering eight pieces over her university career. Kate represented Canada in the International Thespian Festival in 2006 and received a Theatre Company Award from Hall Drama in 2008, followed by two awards of Excellence in Performance from the Toronto Sears Festival in 2009. In her spare time Kate acts in a comedy sketch group called the Dead Sheep Scrolls, enjoys management and production of her radio show on AxeRadio, and working as the Youth Coordinator at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Kentville. 

 

 

Sophie Dupuis - Composer
Sophie Dupuis is currently based in Toronto where she finishes her Masters in Composition at the University of Toronto and will be starting her Doctorate at the same institution in the fall of 2013. Dupuis has recently taken part in the Array Young Composers Workshop 2013 under the guidance of Linda Catlin Smith and Henry Kucharzyk, and in the Orford Creation Program in 2012 with Ana Sokolovic. In 2012, Dupuis won the UofT Wind Ensemble Composition Competition with her piece One Last Thing Before I go, which was premièred in March 2013. Other recent performances include her piece for cello and tape, performed by Joëlle Mauris at the UofT New Music Festival 2013, and À la dérive for violin and piano performed by New York duo aTonalHit in Montreal in December 2012. Dupuis is now working on a commission for the Toy Piano Composers that will be performed in Toronto in February 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fiona Linnane - Composer
Fiona Linnane (BMus, UCC2000; MA, UL2001) is a composer living in the West of Ireland.   She is director of new music ensemble CoMA Limerick and is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.  Awards for her vocal music include the Walter Beckett Trophy for original song at the 2008 Dublin Feis Ceoil for a setting of Robert Burns’ To a mouse and a Boston Metro Opera Merit Award at the BMO Composers' Competition 2013 for Songs from Kate O'Brien (lyricist Mary Coll).  In 2013 she was composer in residence for Bells Across The Burren, when she constructed an outdoor music trail from recycled materials and completed a series of commissions for local choirs and music groups including the short opera Hag of Loughrask.   Fiona has also written music for theatre productions including Painted Filly’s production of The Common Will described as ‘an excellent original score’ by The Irish Times.

 

Nicole London - Soprano
Nicole London is excited to be participating in Opera From Scratch.  A versatile performer, some of Ms. London’s recent roles include The First Spirit in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and Marie in Bock’s Fiorello. Nicole was an Anderson Competiton finalist in 2005 and was selected to participate in the University of Miami’s Salzburg Program in 2006.  Recently, Ms. London won first place in the classical division at the 2012 NATS regional competition in Denver.  In 2012, Ms. London was featured as soprano soloist for the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Ms. London currently serves as the music director and soloist for Valmont Community Presbyterian Church in Boulder, Colorado.  Ms. London holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Colorado.

Sally Norris - Composer
Composer and pianist, Sally Norris, received her Master of Arts in Composition from Wesleyan University (Middletown CT, USA, 2009). There, her thesis project, Clara: A Music Box Opera and the written analysis, (un)Telling Clara: trust me, I’m telling you stories was advised by Anthony Braxton and completion aided by Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, Katherine Young, Jeffrey Stonehouse, Brian Parks and Rod O’Connor. During her Bachelor of Music degree at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo ON, Canada, 2006) Sally studied primarily with Linda C. Smith and Terence Kroetsch. Her work exhibits her interest in technique, narrative, symbols and how translations and re-interpretations of these elements shape understanding. Through score design and notation, Sally explores a musical geography of models and prototypes. Currently living in Toronto, Sally teaches piano in studio lessons, composition in a private school context and works on her duo project, the glass tables


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Alondra Vega-Zaldivar - Soprano (Special Auditor)
Originally from Havana, Cuba, soprano Alondra Vega-Zaldivar began her voice lessons in 2008 with Penelope Dale in Toronto. In 2009 she was accepted to the University of Western Ontario where she studied with soprano Gwenlyn Little for four years, graduating on April 2013 with Honors in Theory and Composition. For the past two years Alondra organized her own non-credit voice recitals where she sang a combination of Lider and Arias in varied languages. In 2010 Alondra won second place in the NATs competition and in 2012 she won first place in the Kiwanis music Festival of London in the Soprano-Operatic category and second place in the Soprano-Lieder category. This year Alondra was accepted in the Masters Program at the University of Western Ontario for Composition, where she hopes to continue developing her composition skills as well maintain her singing lessons.

Daniel Wheeler - Tenor
Daniel Wheeler is very excited to be participating in Opera from Scratch this summer. He is currently studying under tenor Jason Davis here in Halifax. He graduated from the university of Western Ontario in 2010 with a bachelor of music in voice performance, studying under tenor Torin Chiles. Most recently he traveled to England to perform the Sailor in 'Dino and Aneas' and Scorpio in Seymour Barab's 'Mushroom Pizza'.  Past credits include Fritz in Offenbach's 'La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein', Snout in Britten's 'A midsummer night's dream' and Little Bat in Carlisle Floyd's 'Susannah'.  This fall Daniel will be starting his first year in the artist diploma program at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto studying under Monica Whicher and coach Peter Tiefenbach.   Daniel has also been playing the double bass for 13 years. He has studied classically under SNS bassists Lena Turofsky and Max Kasper and UWO professor Jeffrey Stokes.


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Christopher Reiche - Composer

Christopher Reiche is a performer, composer, and instructor living in Victoria, British Columbia. He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2006 having studied composition with Linda C. Smith and Peter Hatch, and piano with Anya Alexeyev. He then moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he completed his Masters of Music in composition with Christopher Butterfield and Anna Höstmann.  In 2011, he participated in the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and Canadian Legue of Composers (CLC) composer mentoring program situated in Vancouver, BC and in 2012, CO:LAB, sponsored by the CMC and The Dance Centre. christopherreiche.tumblr.com

Liam Elliot - Composer
Liam Elliot is entering his fourth year at Acadia University, where he has studied with Halifax and Toronto-based composer Dinuk Wijeratne, and JUNO and ECMA award-winning composer Dr. Derek Charke. His music has increasingly drawn inspiration from landscapes and the natural world, while incorporating elements of post–minimalism and various world musics. Recently he was invited to participate in the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, where his string quartet Tundar was performed.  Liam has been a member of the Acadia Gamelan Ensemble for three years, and his piece Lagu Biola for gamelan degung and viola was premiered during the Shattering the Silence New Music Festival in February.  Other recent premieres include his pieces Evolutions for chamber orchestra, and Hail Holy Queen for soprano and piano.  Liam studies piano and cello, and plays in ORO! Orkestra, a Balkan dance band.  He loves travelling, and enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing.

Lisa Faieta - Soprano
Lisa Faieta graduated from the Voice Performance Program at McGill University in 2011 and has since been training, performing, and directing in Toronto. She recently directed two staged operas with Opera by Request and in September she will be performing the role of Micaëla in the Britten’s reduction La Tragédie de Carmen in Loose TEA Music Theatre’s debut production. Her previous roles include Elizabeth “Baby” Doe in Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera by Request, die Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflӧte with Toronto Summer Opera Workshop, Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and Lucy in The Beggar’s Opera with Opera Nova Scotia.

Stuart Hiseler - Baritone
Stuart Hiseler is a native Haligonian. He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.  He has also studied voice with David Dunbar, Cornelius Reid and Janice Jackson.  A professional actor formerly based in New York and Toronto, Stuart has performed in Non-musical and Musical works  in Toronto,  New York and  other theatres in the US and Canada.   Locally, selected credits include Neptune Theatre (Peter Pan) Chester Playhouse (The Musical of Musicals, the Musical, Once Upon a Mattress and the premiere of Broadway Without Borders), (Post It’s) Atlantic Fringe Festival, Papageno in the HSOW production of The Magic Flute.  As founding member of Wild Abandon Productions, he has co-produced and performed in a series of highly acclaimed, original cabaret productions.

Jenny Olivia Johnson - Composer
Jenny Olivia Johnson is currently an assistant professor of music composition and theory at Wellesley College.  Her music, which has been described as “gorgeous, ominous, and hypnotic” by the Boston Globe, “stunning in its simplicity and power” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, and “iridescent, shimmering, and evocative” by Steve Smith of Time Out New York, is often concerned with abstract representations of overwhelming emotional experiences.  Drawing from her academic research on music, memory, and trauma, as well as from the aesthetics of 80s television and media, Jenny’s music seeks to create sonic and multi-media narratives that are simultaneously familiar and disorienting, vernacular and experimental, and emotive while also often beyond the intelligibility of spoken language.  Recent and current projects include an interactive sound installation for the Wellesley Davis Museum, based on Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar; an album of experimental pop songs; and a collaborative sound-scholarship project on queer theory and the challenges of dialogue.