Baritone James Westman’s passion and musicianship bring an extra dimension to his performances on opera can concert stages worldwide. Current and future projects include Rigoletto for San Antonio Opera and l’Opéra de Montréal, Germont in La traviata for Edmonton Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria, Britten’s War Requiem for the Colorado Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Carmina Burana for Chicago’s Grant Park Festival, the title role in Nabucco for Opéra de Québec, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Vancouver Symphony. A Decca, Opera Rara, CBC and BBC recording artist, he has appeared for the New York Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, St. Louis Symphony and opera companies of Houston, San Francisco, Boston, Wexford, and Cologne.
Gilda // Sharleen Joynt
Coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt’s exciting 2019-2020 season begins with Gilda in Rigoletto for Edmonton Opera followed by Flight for Pacific Opera Victoria, a New Year’s Gala for the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos for Calgary Opera. She recently made her Opera Philadelphia debut as Winnie in Sky on Swings, has appeared at Vancouver Opera as Musetta in La bohème, and in Messiah with the Charleston Symphony. In great demand as Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, she has been featured in the role at the Ravinia Festival, Anchorage Opera, Tanglewood Music Festival and the Orlando Philharmonic. The Ottawa native’s credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Leipzig and Heidelberg operas, Victoria Symphony, and the Bach Society of St. Louis.
The Duke // Matthew White
Tenor Matthew White recently made his critically acclaimed debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Princeton Festival.
As a fourth year Resident Artist at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, Mr. White’s 2018-2019 season includes performances of Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, the Prince in Rusalka, andRoberto in Puccini’s Le Villi. Upcoming debuts include leading roles with Dallas Opera, Edmonton Opera, and Tulsa Opera.
Highlights of recent seasons include role debuts as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Massenet’s Werther, Avito in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re, and Faust in Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Helene at the Academy of Vocal Arts; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Maine, (formally PORTopera); as well as debuts with Palm Beach Opera and Vero Beach Opera. Concert credits include performances with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and Ocean City Pops and the Longfellow Chorus Festival.
A favorite of competitions, Mr. White was awarded the Grand Prize of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, 1st place in the Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition, 2nd place in the Metropolitan Opera Mid-Atlantic region, the Grand Prize in the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition and is the recipient of the Alfonso Cavaliere Award. He has participated in the training programs of Bel Canto at Caramoor, PORTopera, and Seagle Music Colony.
A trained violinist, Mr. White is also an avid surfer and runs his own surfboard business, which currently has clients around the globe.
Monterone/Sparafucile // Aaron Dimoff
A Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program alumnus, Aaron's burgeoning career has begun attracting notice across Canada. 2018 saw him performing as a finalist in the COC Centre Stage competition in Toronto, as well as Marcheses D'Obigny in Edmonton Opera's La Traviata, and Sacristan in Calgary Opera's Tosca. A regular performer in western Canada, past operatic credits include Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zuniga in Carmen, British Major in Silent Night, Father in Hansel and Gretel, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, Des Grieux in Le Portrait de Manon, Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflote, and the Mandarin in Turandot, all with Calgary Opera. He was previously heard at Edmonton Opera as Zuniga in Carmen, as well as Old Servant in Elektra. Recent concert appearances include Elijah and Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Calgary Festival Chorus, Hansel and Gretel with the Okanagan Symphony, Carmina Burana, Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the Bow Valley Chorus, and Beethoven's 9th with the Calgary Civic Symphony. The 2020 season begins with Aaron as a guest artist in the Glenn Gould School's production of L'heure Espangole, as Dr. Nelson in Kamouraska with Voicebox: Opera in Concert, and with the Okanagan Symphony for Beethoven's 9th in May.
Maddalena // Krista de Silva
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).
Marullo // Tyler Fitzgerald
Baritone Tyler Fitzgerald holds a diploma in piano performance, and a degree in classical voice from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
He has performed with many of the major opera companies and symphony orchestras across Canada in a variety of repertoire that includes - Opera, musical theatre, rock, even classic Country and Western. In 2016, Tyler made his European debut as Count Ceprano in Rigoletto with the Staatstheater in Mainz and in the summer of 2017, sang the role of Baron Scarpia in Tosca, by Puccini in Rheinsburg, Germany.
Recent performances include: concerts with the Calgary Bach Society, Escamillo in Carmen with Cowtown Opera, Alberto in Figaro’s Wedding, Masetto (Don Giovanni) with Edmonton Opera, and Stevens in Rattenbury with Pacific Opera Victoria. Other notable roles include: Figaro and Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Marquisd’obigny (La Traviata), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Inigo (L’heure espagnole), and Tarquinius (The Rape ofLucretia).
Borsa // Matthew Dalen
Conductor // Judith Yan
Judith Yan is currently Principal Conductor of Opera on the Avalon (OOTA). She has served as the Staff Conductor of San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and National Ballet of Canada and recently completed a fruitful 8-year tenure as Artistic Director of Guelph Symphony Orchestra (GSO).
Equally adept at opera, ballet, and symphony, recent performances include “La Traviata” for Edmonton Opera, “La Boheme” for Vancouver Opera, “An American Dream” for Seattle Opera, “Rite of Spring” for GSO, “Tosca” for OOTA, “Swan Lake” for Korean National Ballet, and “La Bayadere” for West Australian Ballet (WAB). She looks forward to the 2020/21 season which includes “Sleeping Beauty” and “Dracula” with WAB, performances with OOTA and GSO, and a Kentucky Opera debut with “Orfeo”.
Director // Robert Herriot
Costume Designer // Deanna Finnman
Scenery Designer // Camellia Koo
Lighting Designer // Bonnie Beecher
Bonnie is a lighting designer from Toronto. She has designed over 350 productions for theatre, opera and dance across Canada and internationally.
Her recent opera productions include Louis Riel and Hadrian for The Canadian Opera and Echnaton for The Dortmund Opera in Germany. Other recent work includes The Crucible (Stratford), SEX (Shaw), She Wore Red (Dortmund Ballet, Germany), Portal (Acosta Danza, Cuba), A Midsummers night Dream (Ballet Im Reveir, Germany), The Runner (Human Cargo), The Tempest (The Citadel) and The Penelopiad (The Grand).
Upcoming works include Mary Poppins and ROOM (The Grand), Paradise Lost (The Centaur), Maria Stewart (Karlsruhe Ballet, Germany) and The Devils Disciple (Shaw).