French-Canadian bass-baritone Simon Chalifoux calls Alberta his singing home. He performed his first operatic roles in Edmonton for Opera NUOVA in 2014. In 2016-2017 he was part of Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program. Le Nozze di Figaro will be his Edmonton Opera debut. His most recent performances include: Colline, La Bohème (Puccini); Schaunard, La Bohème (Leoncavallo); Quince, A Midsumer Night’s Dream (Britten). In March of 2019, he premiered the role of Caïn in Michel Gonneville’s L’hypothèse Caïn.
When Simon is not singing, he does intellectual mediation, using music and philosophy to promote social inclusion and develop critical thinking tools for people at risk of exclusion.
Susanna // Caitlin Wood
Count Almaviva // Phillip Addis
Countess Almaviva // Lara Ciekiewicz
Winnipeg-born, soprano Lara Ciekiewicz’s 2019-2020 season begins with Puccini’s Il trittico (Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi & Sister Genovieffa in Suor Angelica) for Pacific Opera Victoria. This is followed by the title role in Susannah for Manitoba Opera, Messiah for the Victoria Symphony, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro for Edmonton Opera, Ours at the National Arts Centre and Three Decembers for the Little Opera Company. Further credits include Oklahoma Symphony, Calgary Opera, Winnipeg Symphony, Montreal Opera, Vancouver Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. She holds a Master’s in Music from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg.
Cherubino // Stephanie Tritchew
Canadian mezzo soprano, Stephanie Tritchew is a steadily rising young singer at home in the realms of both contemporary and standard repertoire. A native of St. Catharines, she has been a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program at Vancouver Opera, a Gerdine Young Artist for two seasons with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and an Emerging Artist at Calgary Opera.
In the 2019-2020 season, Stephanie performs a role debut as Mother in Opera Kelowna’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, makes her Vancouver Bach Choir debut as the alto soloist in Messiah, returns to Edmonton Opera to perform a role debut as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and makes her Regina Symphony Orchestra debut as the alto soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Recent operatic credits of note include Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) with Calgary Opera, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera5, Third Maid (Elektra) with Edmonton Opera, The Child (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Mercédès (Carmen), Lucienne (Die tote Stadt), and Madeleine Audebert (Silent Night) with Calgary Opera. A passionate advocate for and skillful practitioner of contemporary music, Stephanie has been involved in several world premieres including as the Mystic Blindwoman (cover) in Shalimar the Clown at Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Birgitta (Bandits in the Valley with Tapestry Opera), Julia/Mother in Pomegranate Opera as part of 2019 Pride Toronto and Union Organizer in Sweat with The Bicycle Opera Project, where she is also a collective member. Stephanie holds an Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto Opera School where she studied with Wendy Nielsen, as well as a BMus and MMus from the University of Western Ontario.
Marcellina // Whitney Sloan
Bartolo // Peter McGillvray
Saskatchewan baritone Peter McGillivray begins his 2019-2020 season with Schaunard in La bohéme for Calgary Opera followed by Doctor Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro for Edmonton Opera, rounding out the season with Tapestry’s Rocking Horse Winner. Recent projects include Don Pizarro in Fidelio and Starek in Jenufa for Pacific Opera Victoria, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with the Vancouver Opera and Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with l’Opéra de Québec. Nominated for a Dora Award for Petrovich in The Overcoat, further credits include Dallas Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, the symphonies of Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina as well as the Luminato, Trois-Rivieres, Elora and Brott festivals.
Basilio/Don Curzio // Kevin Myers
Kevin Myers, tenor, was born and raised in Deep River, Ontario and completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in vocal performance at McGill University under Stefano Algieri and Sanford Sylvan. Since then he has been seen across the country performing in operatic, concert and choral productions including Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the choir of the church of St Andrew and St Paul in Montreal, Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt with Calgary Opera, Telemann’s Tageszeiten with the Victoria Baroque Players, and in Opera 5’s Barber of Seville in Toronto. The 19/20 season will see Kevin perform with the Tafelmusik choir, Edmonton Opera and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
Barbarina // Vanessa Oude-Reimerink
Born in Ontario, Vanessa Oude-Reimerink is a young soprano who is quickly gaining recognition for her performances in opera, music theatre and contemporary collaborations. Vanessa is an alumnus of Calgary Opera’s Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program and Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program. Last season, Vanessa performed Nellie Forbush in South Pacific with Calgary Opera’s Opera in the Village Festival, Josephine in Edmonton Opera’s production of HMS Pinafore and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. This season, Vanessa will sing Susanna (Southern Ontario Lyric Opera) and Barbarina (Edmonton Opera) in Le Nozze di Figaro. Recent appearances include Barbarina/Susanna (cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro (Calgary Opera and Vancouver Opera), Sandman/Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel (Vancouver Opera), Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia (Banff Centre/Against the Grain), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Toronto Summer Music Festival) and Frasquita in Carmen (Edmonton Opera)
Antonio // Peter Monaghan
Conductor // Peter Dala
Director // Rachel Peake
achel is Associate Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre. As a freelance director she has directed for Vancouver Opera (La Cenerentola, Stickboy), Persephone Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Globe Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Caravan Farm, Belfry, Studio 58, the elbow,Théâtre la Seizième, Realwheels, Classic Chic, Alley Theatre, and Pacific Opera Victoria. A graduate of the UofA and Studio 58, Rachel interned at the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, and the Komische Oper Berlin. Rachel is a three-time recipient of the Jessie Richardson Award for Directing. Upcoming she will direct the world premiere of TheGarneau Block for the Citadel Theatre. www.rachelpeake.com
Costume Designer // Sid Neigum
Scenic Designer // Brianna Kolybaba
Brianna is an emerging set, costume, lighting and projection designer based in Edmonton, with a BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. In her design work, she believes in fostering a strong collaborative approach to create clear concepts and bold aesthetics. Select credits include: projection design for Lake of the Strangers (Naheyawin & Fringe Theatre— Sterling Award nomination for Best Multi-Media Design), costume design for national Canadian tours (2018 & 2019) of Bears (Punctuate! Theatre — Dora Award nomination for Best Costume Design), Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play (You Are Here & Blarney Productions), costume design for The Drowsy Chaperone (Citadel Young Musical Company), costume design for After Juliet (Citadel Young Acting Company), set & costume design for Simone et le Whole Shebang (L'Unitheatre). In addition to theatre design, she frequently works doing model-making, props, scenic painting and wardrobe.