The Canadian Opera Company’s 2013-2014 season included an all-new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, featuring an all-star cast that was headlined by the great Tracy Dahl and Sir Thomas Allen. One of the performances was a special show featuring members of the COC Ensemble Studio, of which I am a member.
On February 7, 2014, I made my Canadian Opera Company debut as Ferrando in Così fan tutte. The show was divided into two halves, and the four lovers were double cast, each cast taking an act. I performed Act I.
Performing on the stage of the Four Seasons Centre was an absolute thrill. I had never performed there before; in fact, the only other time I have stepped foot on that stage was during a piano dress rehearsal for Britten’s Peter Grimes, where I filled in for an ailing colleague.
For our performance of Così fan tutte, the house was packed, and the audience was incredible–and incredibly supportive. For most of us it was our first time performing on the big stage, but the audience’s support made it feel a lot less daunting.
Here are a few photos from the dress rehearsal:
My next engagement on the COC’s Four Seasons Centre stage will be the role of Rodriguez in Massenet’s Don Quichotte. Tickets are available now. Get them today!
Since the middle of June, I have been in Santa Barbara, California, attending the Music Academy of the West. It is a summer music program that brings over 100 musicians (singers and instrumentalists) together for 2 months, performing in concerts, masterclasses, and culminating with an opera.
Last night was our second and final performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. It was a spectacular production. Directed by David Paul and conducted by Warren Jones, we were in very good hands. It was, without a doubt, one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable productions of an opera I’ve ever been in.
For more information about the opera, check out the Music Academy of the West’s website. A review of the opera in the Santa Barbara Independent reads:
“There’s nothing else quite like The Magic Flute, and this bright and fun-filled production brought Mozart’s masterpiece fully to life.”
Here are some photos from the production, both from on the stage and behind the scenes!
On November 29, 2012, I participated in the second annual Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Competition in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre. Out of the 10 finalists who were selected to perform in the final round, I was awarded 2nd place, which came with a cash prize of $3000.
Just this morning, the Canadian Opera Company announced that I will be joining the Ensemble Studio for the 2013-2014 season. More information can be found on their website. I am thrilled beyond words to be joining such an incredible company, and look forward to the exciting things that lie ahead when the season begins in August.