Canadian singer, Krista de Silva, began her musical career as a Masters Graduate of the Schulich School of Music (McGill). She has preformed with l’Opéra de Montréal in the title role of Carmen, Calgary Opera (Ballad of Baby Doe, What Brought Us Here), Edmonton Opera (La Traviata), Regina Symphony Orchestra (Candide). Krista premiered the role of Sadia, in the opera version of Luc Plamondon’s Starmania with l'Opéra de Québec (most recently in 2016) and l’Opéra de Montréal. Other roles include, Concepcion (l’Heure Espagnole), Idamante (Idomeneo), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Carmen (La Tragédie de Carmen) and Mignon (Mignon).
Old Lady // Beste Kalendar
A frequent performer on concert and opera stages internationally, award winning mezzo-soprano Beste Kalender was featured as The New Artist of The Month by the Musical America Worldwide after her recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2017. Beste has recently performed at Helikon Opera (Russia), Bolshoi Theatre (Belarus), Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy), Sori Festival (Jeonju, Korea) and Les Chorégies D’Orange (France), as well as in various productions in Canada. She made her professional debut in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Calgary Opera and American role debut with Cenerentola at Music Academy of The West. Among her accolades, Beste has been named Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Canada and has been representing Canada abroad (2013-2019). She also won the 2016 Sylva-Gelber Foundation Award and the Inaugural Stuart Hamilton Memorial Award in 2018. www.bestekalender.com
Maximillian // Ron Long
Sheep // Kristi Hansen
Acting credits include The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare (Catalyst Theatre); The Silver Arrow, A Christmas Carol, and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Citadel Theatre); The Bad Seed, The Jazz Mother, Pith!, The Scent of Compulsion, and The Ambassador’s Wives (Teatro la Quindicina); The Hollow (Vertigo Theatre); Small Mouth Sounds, 10 out of 12, and Passion Play (Wild Side Productions); Irma Voth (Theatre Network); Christina/Philippe (Northern Light Theatre); The Sound of Music (National Arts Centre); Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Freewill Players); The Snow Queen and Apocalypse Prairie (Azimuth Theatre); The Supine Cobbler, Monstrosities, Age of Arousal, Hroses: An Affront to Reason, Folie à Deux, and Hunger Striking (The Maggie Tree). Kristi is the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of The Maggie Tree and the Co-Artistic Producer of Azimuth Theatre.
Conductor // Peter Dala
Director // Joel Ivany
Stage Director Joel Ivany is the Founder and Artistic Director of the innovative Against the Grain Theatre, and is the Artistic Director of Opera at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. His recent directing credits include new productions of Hänsel und Gretel (Canadian Opera Company), the multiple Dora Award winning productions of Kopernikus, and Orphée⁺, and staging Plácido Domingo’s 50th Anniversary Gala at LA Opera. Other credits include productions of Dead Man Walking (Vancouver Opera, Minnesota Opera), Verdi’s Macbeth (Minnesota Opera), Carmen (Vancouver Opera, COC), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera), Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever (Adelaide Festival, Australia) and revival director for Le nozze di Figaro(Norwegian National Opera).