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Opera Tales at the Lake
August 28 - 30, 2015, 8pm + 2pm Sunday
Tickets: $25 adults/seniors | *NEW: $15 children
Evergreen has a new partner for the annual Opera Weekend: Vancouver Opera!
OPERA TALES AT THE LAKE is a brand new production focusing on arias and ensemble pieces from operas based on traditional tales such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel and others. This exciting and varied program features the professional singers of the VO Young Artists Program: Eden Tremayne (soprano), Francesca Corrado (mezzo), Rocco Rupolo (tenor) and Zachary Read (baritone) accompanied by Kimberley-Ann Bartczak.
About the Young Artists Program
In 2012, VO launched the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program. Made possible through a gift from the family of Yulanda M. Faris, the program engages, enriches, mentors and trains rising young Canadian opera artists and offers a bridge between formal academic educational programs and the professional world in a supportive and encouraging environment.
The Young Artists Program provides up to seven artists – singers, pianists and stage directors – with the opportunity to train with industry leaders through master classes, one-on-one coachings and performance opportunities as part of a residency program.
Mezzo-soprano – Francesca Corrado
Mezzo-soprano Francesca Corrado holds both a Masters of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degrees in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia. In addition to singing with the Vancouver Opera Chorus Ms Corrado has performed a number of roles with UBC Opera Ensemble including Carmen, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmelites, Praskowia in The Merry Widow, Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Ježibaba in Rusalka. Ms Corrado’s upcoming engagements with Vancouver Opera include Giovanna and Maddelena Understudy in Rigoletto, Presendia in Dark Sisters and Suzuki Understudy in Madama Butterfly.
Soprano – Eden Tremayne
Soprano Eden Tremayne holds both a Masters of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degrees in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia. In addition to singing with the Vancouver Opera Chorus Ms Tremayne has performed a number of roles with UBC Opera Ensemble including Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Mére Gerald in Dialogues des Carmélites, Lisa in The Land of Smiles and Mary Warren in The Crucible. With Opera NUOVA Ms Tremayne performed Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms Tremayne’s upcoming engagements with Vancouver Opera include Countess Ceprano and Gilda Understudy in Rigoletto, Lucinda in Dark Sisters and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
Baritone – Zachary Read
Baritone and Nova Scotia native Zachary Read completed his Masters in Operatic Performance at the University of Toronto under the guidance of Patrick Raftery, where he sang Creon in Antigone, an opera project by four University of Toronto composers. Before his studies in Toronto, Mr. Read sang Guglielmo in the Accademia Europea dell’Opera production of Così fan tutte in Pistoia, Italy. He appeared as Moralès in VO’s 2014 production of Carmen, and in 2015 performed Ivan in VO’s Die Fledermaus and Jonas Fogg in Sweeney Todd.
Tenor – Rocco Rupolo
Tenor Rocco Rupolo completed the Opera Diploma Program at the University of Toronto. Mr. Rupolo recently performed the role of Satyavan in Holst’s opera Sāvitri and Pylade in a scene study of Iphigénie en Tauride with Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program. He understudied the role of Don Ottavio in VO’s 2014 production of Don Giovanni, performed the role of Le Remendado in VO’s recent production of Carmen and understudied the roles of Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Anthony Hope and Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd with Vancouver Opera in Spring 2015.
Pianist – Kimberley-Ann Bartczak
Pianist Kimberley-Ann Bartczak holds a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Toronto. During her studies, she was the répétiteur for the university’s opera program, accompanist for the university’s Women’s Chorus and for the Mississauga Festival Choir, and music director for Opera 5’s production of Milton Granger’s Talk Opera. Ms. Bartczak was also a pianist and coach at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), at Opera on the Avalon, and at St. Andrews Opera Workshop. A native of Montreal, and very active in the choral community, Ms. Bartczak was the conductor for the Choir Chant-O-Vent, as well as accompanist to many semi-professional choirs in the Montreal area. Ms. Bartczak is currently in her second year of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program with Vancouver Opera.