Soprano Vanessa Oude-Reimerink is thrilled to return to Edmonton Opera! Vanessa is an alumnus of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program and Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program. Recent appearances include Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (Calgary Opera), Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Vancouver Opera and Calgary 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). Vanessa makes her Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra debut this March, singing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. www.vanessaoudereimerink.com
Ralph Rackstraw Adrian Kramer
Tenor Adrian Kramer has been praised for his 'rich and robust tenor voice’ and as a 'fine actor as well as a singer, painting pictures with the colors in his voice'. Recent appearances include a critically acclaimed debut with San Diego Opera, singing Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen and a celebrated return to Opera Omaha singing Bill in Jonathan Dove’s Flight. Adrian will soon debut with Florentine Opera in their gala concert, Viva Opera!, as well as singing Villiers, Duke of Buckingham in Carlisle Floyd's Prince of Players, which will be recorded for commercial release.
Sir Joseph Glenn Nelson
Glenn is thrilled to be doing his first Edmonton Opera production. Recently you may have seen him playing Scrooge in the Citadel Theatre’s Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol. Other credits there include, Peter and the Starcatcher,West Side Story, One Man, Two Guvnors, Death of a Salesman, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Equus, Amadeus, King Lear, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Other theatre credits in Edmonton include Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and Comedy of Errors (Freewill Players); Little Elephants, The Odd Couple, Uncle Vanya, Fly Fishers Companion, Sexy Laundry, Harvest and Mistakes Were Made.
Buttercup Bridget Ryan
Bridget is an award-winning actor, singer, playwright, director and television host who is a graduate of the MacEwan Theatre Arts Program and University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music/BFA Musical Theatre. After working in New York as an actor for several off-Broadway productions and touring across Canada and the USA, Bridget retruned to Edmonton to join Breakast Television, where she was a co-host for 14 years. During this time she performed her award-winning one woman shows, Here’s To The Ladies Who Laugh and Under The Influence at over 75 theatres across Western Canada. Bridget would like to dedicate her HMS Pinafore performance to her dad, who would have been so excited to see her ’tread the boards' with the Opera, to her to her mom, who is her daily source of inspiration, and of course, thank you Tim Yakimec and Rob Herriot for inviting me.
Captain Corcoran Geoffrey Sirett
A native of Kingston, Geoffrey Sirett has emerged as one of Canada’s leading young baritones, highly sought-after across the country for a wide range of repertoire. In addition to Weill’s Seiben Todsunden with the Toronto Symphony, highlights of the 2017-2018 season include Welko in Arabella with the Canadian Opera Company, Captain Corcoran for Edmonton Opera’s HMS Pinafore, and in the spring, the lead role of Akaki in the world premiere of The Overcoat, a co-production from CanStage, Tapestry and Vancouver Opera. Geoffrey’s most recent appearances with the Edmonton Opera include last season’s role debut of Orest in Elektra and Ping in Turandot.
Dick Deadeye Dion Mazerolle
Baritone Dion Mazerolle has received critical acclaim for his “smooth voice, assured and at once both thunderous and nuanced” (Messiah) and “great wit and charm” in the title role of Salieri’s Falstaff with Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble. Recent highlights for Dion include his debut with the Canadian Opera Company as F.X. Lemieuxin their acclaimed production of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel, followed by performances at the National Arts Centre and with Opera de Quebec. Dion recently starred as Ramosin the world premiere of The Trials of Patricia Isasa with Montreal’s acclaimed contemporary opera company Chants Libres, The Mayor in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Jenufa, and The Mandarinwith Edmonton Opera’s Turandot.
Bill Bobstay Ryan Parker
Ryan is thrilled to be making his Edmonton Opera debut with HMS Pinafore. Selected credits include: Nevermore (Off Broadway: Catalyst Theatre/Radio Mouse), One Man, Two Guvnors, Million Dollar Quartet (Citadel Theatre), Coriolanus/Romeo and Juliet (Freewill Players), Barefoot in the Park, East of My Usual Brain (Teatro La Quindicina), Spelling Bee (Mayfield Dinner Theatre). Ryan has a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta and a Theatre Arts Diploma from MacEwan University. Ryan is also an accomplished portrait and headshot photographer, when not on the stage he can be found in his studio www.ryanparkerphotography.com.