International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch

From September 4th–14th, 2014, I participated in the 50th International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch. After auditioning in the preliminary round this summer, I was invited to the competition proper in the Netherlands. The competition consisted of 3 rounds—two with piano accompaniment, and the final round accompanied by philharmonie zuidnederland.

I came away with three prizes—the Grand Prix of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (€10,000), the Press Prize (€1,250), and the Junior Jury Prize (€500). Members of the jury included Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Anne Gjevang, Siegfried Jerusalem, Kenneth Montgomery, Dominic Seldis, Pieter Alferink, Jesús Iglesias Noriega, Evamaria Wieser, and Ioan Holender.

Some photos from the competition:

Top photo by Hans Hijmering, and bottom two are courtesy of the IVC.

La bohème at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy

During the months of June and July, 2014, I participated in the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy summer program. Every year, this one-month intensive training program for young opera singers presents two shows, and this year they were Puccini’s La bohème and L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi. I was cast as Rodolfo in La bohème.

The experience was incredible, and I had a great time putting the show together. Directed by James Marvel and conducted by Les Dala, the shows were filled with laughter, tears, and sublimely beautiful music. It was a treat to perform my very first Rodolfo with such wonderful colleagues, in an outdoor courtyard in the middle of Italy.

Here are some photos from the production:

Photos are by Darryl Edwards, and courtesy of COSI.

Così fan tutte at the Canadian Opera Company

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!