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Find out more about Toronto's underground multidisciplinary Opera company, Odd Opera

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Find out more about Toronto's underground multidisciplinary Opera company, Odd Opera

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It all started when...

ODD Opera was formed in 2005 as the parent company to the opera Violetta by Michelle Righetti, as a multidisciplinary independent opera company in Toronto, Canada. We believe in making opera accessible and relevant to a modern audience through the exploration of performance styles, interdisciplinary collaboration, and by adopting a fresh perspective. We ask: Why is each opera relevant now? What does the production bring to our audience? What do we have to say about this subject as artists? Out of this exploration, and a collaborative and artist-empowering approach is born each of our projects.    

 
 
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Our Staff


Meet ODD Opera's core creative team, the spokes on the wheel responsible for the day-to-day operations of our company and the people who make creative decisions about what we can bring to you each season. Like or don't like what you see? Blame it on us :) Have an awesome idea about something right up our alley? Let us know! 

Our Staff


Meet ODD Opera's core creative team, the spokes on the wheel responsible for the day-to-day operations of our company and the people who make creative decisions about what we can bring to you each season. Like or don't like what you see? Blame it on us :) Have an awesome idea about something right up our alley? Let us know! 

Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels it so intently he must sing it out.

” - Gian Carlo Menotti (World's first opera composer)

 

This is ODD OPERA

EST. 2005

Toronto, Canada

 
Photography by Megan Amanda Photography 

Photography by Megan Amanda Photography 

 
 
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SET DESIGN AND STAGE MANAGEMENT Sacha Rondeau Sacha is a young, capable, and driven woman, who isn't afraid to do what it takes to achieve her goals. With a strong professional etiquette, friendly demeanour, and positive energy, she is always one to take up challenges and give them everything she has. Not known to be a quitter, Sacha has remarkable leadership skills, yet follows directions diligently.  A natural athlete, sports were her way to survive high school. She has spent her whole life previous to post-secondary studies living in Francophone French communities. Fun to be around, Sacha has never given in to "fitting in". She always followed her own values and did what she believed to be right, even if it was the unpopular choice to make. She is a firm believer in equality, and strives to balance everything in her own life. Acting has always been in Sacha’s blood. Even as a child, she would create her own stories and interpret all the roles herself, regardless of gender. Which inevitably led her to writing. She has multiple manuscripts at home, waiting to be completed, and is in the process of writing a book series.  As a recent graduate of Niagara College in the Acting for Film and Television Program, Sacha has been part of numerous projects. She is also a graduate from the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television, and has taken classes at both Armstrong Acting Studios and the Alza Acting Studio.

SET DESIGN AND STAGE MANAGEMENT

Sacha Rondeau

Sacha is a young, capable, and driven woman, who isn't afraid to do what it takes to achieve her goals. With a strong professional etiquette, friendly demeanour, and positive energy, she is always one to take up challenges and give them everything she has. Not known to be a quitter, Sacha has remarkable leadership skills, yet follows directions diligently.  A natural athlete, sports were her way to survive high school. She has spent her whole life previous to post-secondary studies living in Francophone French communities.

Fun to be around, Sacha has never given in to "fitting in". She always followed her own values and did what she believed to be right, even if it was the unpopular choice to make. She is a firm believer in equality, and strives to balance everything in her own life. Acting has always been in Sacha’s blood. Even as a child, she would create her own stories and interpret all the roles herself, regardless of gender. Which inevitably led her to writing. She has multiple manuscripts at home, waiting to be completed, and is in the process of writing a book series. 

As a recent graduate of Niagara College in the Acting for Film and Television Program, Sacha has been part of numerous projects. She is also a graduate from the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television, and has taken classes at both Armstrong Acting Studios and the Alza Acting Studio.

ceo/Artistic director/resident performer

Michelle Righetti

Michelle Righetti is an Argentinian-Canadian director, actor, dramatic soprano and writer living in Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an hB.A. in Music and Drama, and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, ProVoce Studios, and Rhythm and Motion Dance Studios. She continues to study acting for film at Alza Acting Studios in Toronto. Michelle is currently directing Odd Opera's upcoming production of Don Giovanni at The Commons Theatre in Toronto, singing the role of Mercedes in TCO's production of Carmen, and playing the "Femme Fatale in Chainsaw Al and The Femme Fatale", and acting and directing in the web series "Hitman Hobbies". She has appeared in multiple seasons of TrypTych Vocal Theatre's ensemble and opera productions, and debuted in concert at Il Teatro Nazionale d'Italia in Rome, as well as performing in two iterations of the Prague-Toronto-Manitoulin Theatre Project between U of T, De-Bah-Je-Muh-Jig Theatre in Manitoulin and Divadlo Ypsilon in Prague. Michelle speaks English, Spanish and French and Italian, and is learning German, Czech and Arabic. 

production intern

sabrina pye

 

Sabrina Pye is a senior high school student from Pickering with a passion for the arts. She has been involved in multiple school and community performances, on stage and off. She is an experienced choral and solo vocalist, as well as an instrumentalist and an actor.  Sabrina is now focusing on expanding her knowledge to the world of technical theater. She's excited to be working with Odd Opera and glad that she could help create a fantastic show!

 

 

 

Our Cast


Our Cast


Don Giovanni

Michelle Righetti Director Michelle Righetti is an Argentinian-Canadian director, actor, dramatic soprano and writer living in Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an hB.A. in Music and Drama, and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, ProVoce Studios, and Rhythm and Motion Dance Studios. She continues to study acting for film at Alza Acting Studios in Toronto. Michelle is currently directing Odd Opera's upcoming production of Don Giovanni at The Commons Theatre in Toronto, singing the role of Mercedes in TCO's production of Carmen, and playing the "Femme Fatale in Chainsaw Al and The Femme Fatale", and acting and directing in the web series "Hitman Hobbies". She has appeared in multiple seasons of TrypTych Vocal Theatre's ensemble and opera productions, and debuted in concert at Il Teatro Nazionale d'Italia in Rome, as well as performing in two iterations of the Prague-Toronto-Manitoulin Theatre Project between U of T, De-Bah-Je-Muh-Jig Theatre in Manitoulin and Divadlo Ypsilon in Prague. Michelle speaks English, Spanish and French and Italian, and is learning German, Czech and Arabic. 

Michelle Righetti

Director

Michelle Righetti is an Argentinian-Canadian director, actor, dramatic soprano and writer living in Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an hB.A. in Music and Drama, and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, ProVoce Studios, and Rhythm and Motion Dance Studios. She continues to study acting for film at Alza Acting Studios in Toronto. Michelle is currently directing Odd Opera's upcoming production of Don Giovanni at The Commons Theatre in Toronto, singing the role of Mercedes in TCO's production of Carmen, and playing the "Femme Fatale in Chainsaw Al and The Femme Fatale", and acting and directing in the web series "Hitman Hobbies". She has appeared in multiple seasons of TrypTych Vocal Theatre's ensemble and opera productions, and debuted in concert at Il Teatro Nazionale d'Italia in Rome, as well as performing in two iterations of the Prague-Toronto-Manitoulin Theatre Project between U of T, De-Bah-Je-Muh-Jig Theatre in Manitoulin and Divadlo Ypsilon in Prague. Michelle speaks English, Spanish and French and Italian, and is learning German, Czech and Arabic. 

 
Diego Catalá Don Giovanni Baritone, Diego Catalá is a graduate of the prestigious Glenn Gould School of Music and has his Bachelor in Health from York University. Mr. Catalá is a captivating operatic performer whose roles include: Capellio (Capuleti e i Montechi) Triquet (Los Gavilanes), Bardolfo (Falstaff), Frank Maurant ( Street Scene), El Rey (Gato con botas) Marryman (Ernest, the importance of being)  Belcore (L'elisir d'amore),Ragman (Louise), Escamillo (Carmen ), Caballero de Gracia (La Gran Via), Germont (La Traviata), Felipe (La Revoltosa), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni),Ernest (Le Laureat) Mercurio (La Calisto), and Papageno (The Magic Flute). This past summer Diego had his performance debut at the world renowned Carnegie Hall singing Don Giovanni. Diego recently performed the role of Q, in the premier of James Bond: A convenient lie, the show goes on tour this fall. Mr. Catala Just finished performing Don Giovanni last month with Vera Causa Opera and is happy to be performing the title role again in his fourth Don Giovanni with Odd Opera this spring.

Diego Catalá

Don Giovanni

Baritone, Diego Catalá is a graduate of the prestigious Glenn Gould School of Music and has his Bachelor in Health from York University. Mr. Catalá is a captivating operatic performer whose roles include: Capellio (Capuleti e i Montechi) Triquet (Los Gavilanes), Bardolfo (Falstaff), Frank Maurant ( Street Scene), El Rey (Gato con botas) Marryman (Ernest, the importance of being)  Belcore (L'elisir d'amore),Ragman (Louise), Escamillo (Carmen ), Caballero de Gracia (La Gran Via), Germont (La Traviata), Felipe (La Revoltosa), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni),Ernest (Le Laureat) Mercurio (La Calisto), and Papageno (The Magic Flute). This past summer Diego had his performance debut at the world renowned Carnegie Hall singing Don Giovanni. Diego recently performed the role of Q, in the premier of James Bond: A convenient lie, the show goes on tour this fall. Mr. Catala Just finished performing Don Giovanni last month with Vera Causa Opera and is happy to be performing the title role again in his fourth Don Giovanni with Odd Opera this spring.

Adolfo De Santis Music Director Adolfo De Santis completed his education and specialization in Italy, and is the winner of national and international competitions. Previously held positions include co-repetiteur in Italy, music teacher, pianist, and assistant conductor with Ars Musica in Toronto; music director for Centuries Opera; pianist and assistant choral director with Palestrina Chamber Chorus; pianist and assistant music director with the Peel Choral Society; collaborative pianist for the Ermanno Mauro Master Classes; and pianist accompanist of the Coro Giuseppe Verdi. Adolfo was also co-music director for The Canadian Tenors. And in August 2014, he played with the Highlands Opera Studio.   As well as being music director for Toronto City Opera, Adolfo currently holds the position of pianist accompanist at St. Clements School. Prior to that, he was piano accompanist of the Columbus Community Choir. His community contributions include acting as music director for the Blythwood Road Baptist Church.

Adolfo De Santis

Music Director

Adolfo De Santis completed his education and specialization in Italy, and is the winner of national and international competitions. Previously held positions include co-repetiteur in Italy, music teacher, pianist, and assistant conductor with Ars Musica in Toronto; music director for Centuries Opera; pianist and assistant choral director with Palestrina Chamber Chorus; pianist and assistant music director with the Peel Choral Society; collaborative pianist for the Ermanno Mauro Master Classes; and pianist accompanist of the Coro Giuseppe Verdi. Adolfo was also co-music director for The Canadian Tenors. And in August 2014, he played with the Highlands Opera Studio.

 

As well as being music director for Toronto City Opera, Adolfo currently holds the position of pianist accompanist at St. Clements School. Prior to that, he was piano accompanist of the Columbus Community Choir. His community contributions include acting as music director for the Blythwood Road Baptist Church.

 
Mikhail Shemet Leporello Born in Russia, bass Mikhail Shemet graduated from the University of Toronto in 2014 studying Voice Performance. He currently studies with Stuart Graham. He is part of the Opera in Concert Chorus, and has frequently performed with the Toronto Operetta Theatre. With Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (SOLT), he has performed Papageno (Die Zauberlöte), and this upcoming year he will be performing Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro). He has close ties with Opera by Request, most recently being in their production of Il Travatore as Ferrando. He has also worked with Opera York, Against the Grain, and Opera on the Avalon. He has worked with such conductors as Russell Braun and Sandra Horst as conductors, and he has been directed by Michael Cavanagh and Michael Albano. When not on stage, Mikhail enjoys fencing, martial arts, and studying languages.

Mikhail Shemet

Leporello

Born in Russia, bass Mikhail Shemet graduated from the University of Toronto in 2014 studying Voice Performance. He currently studies with Stuart Graham. He is part of the Opera in Concert Chorus, and has frequently performed with the Toronto Operetta Theatre. With Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (SOLT), he has performed Papageno (Die Zauberlöte), and this upcoming year he will be performing Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro). He has close ties with Opera by Request, most recently being in their production of Il Travatore as Ferrando. He has also worked with Opera York, Against the Grain, and Opera on the Avalon. He has worked with such conductors as Russell Braun and Sandra Horst as conductors, and he has been directed by Michael Cavanagh and Michael Albano. When not on stage, Mikhail enjoys fencing, martial arts, and studying languages.

Asher Farber Pianist/Répétiteur ASHER FARBER is a freelance pianist, collaborator and teacher. Originally from Ottawa, he is now primarily located in Toronto. Asher continues to pursue his interests in opera, song, choral work, vocal piano and musical education. He has worked in masterclass settings and received instruction from many great singers and coaches including Stephanie Blythe, Adrianne Pieczonka, Wendy Nielsen, and Daniel Taylor.    Asher completed his Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano Performance at the University of Toronto in April 2014 with Steven Philcox. He also has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Ottawa, where he graduated in 2011 Magna Cum Laude. There, he studied with pianists Stéphane Lemelin, Andrew Tunis, and Frédéric Lacroix. In 2010, Asher was the recipient of the Nora Hickson Kelly Scholarship in Music, which is awarded to undergraduate piano students who exemplify great potential as future performers.   In the summer of 2015, Asher worked with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival as a rehearsal pianist, vocal coach, and as a performer in the production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. In the spring of 2015, Asher was the musical director and pianist for ‘Toronto Opera Initiative’, performing Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. In the summer of 2013, Asher joined in the production of Die Zauberflöte with 'Opera on the Avalon' in St. John's, Newfoundland as an assistant coach and pianist/répétiteur.

Asher Farber

Pianist/Répétiteur

ASHER FARBER is a freelance pianist, collaborator and teacher. Originally from Ottawa, he is now primarily located in Toronto. Asher continues to pursue his interests in opera, song, choral work, vocal piano and musical education. He has worked in masterclass settings and received instruction from many great singers and coaches including Stephanie Blythe, Adrianne Pieczonka, Wendy Nielsen, and Daniel Taylor. 

 

Asher completed his Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano Performance at the University of Toronto in April 2014 with Steven Philcox. He also has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Ottawa, where he graduated in 2011 Magna Cum Laude. There, he studied with pianists Stéphane Lemelin, Andrew Tunis, and Frédéric Lacroix. In 2010, Asher was the recipient of the Nora Hickson Kelly Scholarship in Music, which is awarded to undergraduate piano students who exemplify great potential as future performers.

 

In the summer of 2015, Asher worked with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival as a rehearsal pianist, vocal coach, and as a performer in the production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. In the spring of 2015, Asher was the musical director and pianist for ‘Toronto Opera Initiative’, performing Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. In the summer of 2013, Asher joined in the production of Die Zauberflöte with 'Opera on the Avalon' in St. John's, Newfoundland as an assistant coach and pianist/répétiteur.

 
Emily Klassen Donna Elvira Praised for her expressive singing and powerful stage presence, Canadian soprano Emily Klassen is earning accolades at home and abroad. In July 2016 Emily performed a concert tour across Northern Italy with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts. There, she appeared as a guest artist in nine internationally renowned music festivals with acclaimed Italian organist Luciano Zecca. Her intelligent interpretation of 17th & 18th Century music has led to solo engagements with many Baroque ensembles including the Venetia Antiqua (Venice, IT), Gallery Players of Niagara (Niagara, CA), the Toronto Continuo Collective (Toronto, CA), the Cardinal Consort of Viols (Toronto, CA), and Capella Intima, (Hamilton, CA).   Equally at home on the opera stage, Emily has performed such roles as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème with Pellegrini Opera (Ottawa, CA), Pallade in Gluck’s Paride ed Elena with Essential Opera (Toronto, CA), Dafne in Cavalli’s Gli Amori d'Apollo e di Dafne with The Venice Opera Project (Venice, IT), Adina in Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore with Pellegrini Opera (Ottawa, CA), Dafne in Da Gagliano’s La Dafne with Capella Intima (Toronto, CA), Amor/Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Accademia Europea Dell’Opera (Amsterdam, NL), Casilda in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers with Toronto Operetta Theatre (Toronto, CA) and Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (Toronto, CA).   Emily gained international attention for her performance on the critically acclaimed NBC series "Hannibal" where she performed an excerpt from Handel's "Piangerò la sorte mia." As an actor, Emily also appeared on the CTV series "Flashpoint," the CBC series, "Murdoch Mysteries" and the Lifetime Network series "Angela's Eyes."”

Emily Klassen

Donna Elvira

Praised for her expressive singing and powerful stage presence, Canadian soprano Emily Klassen is earning accolades at home and abroad. In July 2016 Emily performed a concert tour across Northern Italy with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts. There, she appeared as a guest artist in nine internationally renowned music festivals with acclaimed Italian organist Luciano Zecca. Her intelligent interpretation of 17th & 18th Century music has led to solo engagements with many Baroque ensembles including the Venetia Antiqua (Venice, IT), Gallery Players of Niagara (Niagara, CA), the Toronto Continuo Collective (Toronto, CA), the Cardinal Consort of Viols (Toronto, CA), and Capella Intima, (Hamilton, CA).

 

Equally at home on the opera stage, Emily has performed such roles as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème with Pellegrini Opera (Ottawa, CA), Pallade in Gluck’s Paride ed Elena with Essential Opera (Toronto, CA), Dafne in Cavalli’s Gli Amori d'Apollo e di Dafne with The Venice Opera Project (Venice, IT), Adina in Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore with Pellegrini Opera (Ottawa, CA), Dafne in Da Gagliano’s La Dafne with Capella Intima (Toronto, CA), Amor/Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Accademia Europea Dell’Opera (Amsterdam, NL), Casilda in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers with Toronto Operetta Theatre (Toronto, CA) and Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (Toronto, CA).

 

Emily gained international attention for her performance on the critically acclaimed NBC series "Hannibal" where she performed an excerpt from Handel's "Piangerò la sorte mia." As an actor, Emily also appeared on the CTV series "Flashpoint," the CBC series, "Murdoch Mysteries" and the Lifetime Network series "Angela's Eyes."”

 
Stephanie DeCiantis Donna Anna Stephanie DeCiantis is an up and coming soprano making her mark on the opera scene – gaining attention for her warm, large sound and expressive interpretation of classical and romantic repertoire.  Under the tutelage of Wagnerian soprano Luana DeVol, Stephanie’s future engagements include Elsa from Wagner’s Lohengrin (Oshawa Opera), Elettra from Mozart's Idomeneo (Opera By Request), and a recital featuring Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn  (3 in the 6ix Productions).   In 2015, Stephanie was accepted as the youngest semi-finalist for the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos.   Performance highlights include Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Die Hexe in Hänsel and Gretel, and Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz in Munich, Germany.  She has also performed Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohéme in Lucca, Italy; First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with AEDO Amsterdam; and Donna Elvira from Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Milan with the Accademia Europea Dell'Opera.              Earlier, Stephanie was a soloist with Orchestra London, singing from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. She has performed excerpts as Cio-cio san in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Rusalka in Dvorak’s Rusalka, and Amelia from Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera. She has also worked closely with UWOpera; playing both the Baker’s Wife in their production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Gualtiero in their production of Vivaldi’s La Griselda.   Stephanie DeCiantis completed her Master’s degree at the University of Western Ontario; studying for a degree in Performance and Literature with mezzo-soprano Sophie Roland. 

Stephanie DeCiantis

Donna Anna

Stephanie DeCiantis is an up and coming soprano making her mark on the opera scene – gaining attention for her warm, large sound and expressive interpretation of classical and romantic repertoire.  Under the tutelage of Wagnerian soprano Luana DeVol, Stephanie’s future engagements include Elsa from Wagner’s Lohengrin (Oshawa Opera), Elettra from Mozart's Idomeneo (Opera By Request), and a recital featuring Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn  (3 in the 6ix Productions).

 

In 2015, Stephanie was accepted as the youngest semi-finalist for the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos.   Performance highlights include Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Die Hexe in Hänsel and Gretel, and Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz in Munich, Germany.  She has also performed Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohéme in Lucca, Italy; First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with AEDO Amsterdam; and Donna Elvira from Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Milan with the Accademia Europea Dell'Opera. 

          

 Earlier, Stephanie was a soloist with Orchestra London, singing from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. She has performed excerpts as Cio-cio san in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Rusalka in Dvorak’s Rusalka, and Amelia from Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera. She has also worked closely with UWOpera; playing both the Baker’s Wife in their production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Gualtiero in their production of Vivaldi’s La Griselda.

 

Stephanie DeCiantis completed her Master’s degree at the University of Western Ontario; studying for a degree in Performance and Literature with mezzo-soprano Sophie Roland. 

Robert de Vrij Il Commendatore Robert de Vrij is one of Canada’s most versatile and talented operatic Bass-Baritones. He has performed extensively in Canada, the USA and Europe, in a repertoire that encompasses leading roles in grand opera, operetta, musical theatre and oratorio. He has received critical acclaim for both his singing and acting, most notably in the role of Figaro, in Mozart's, The Marriage of Figaro, and the title role in Don Giovanni. He has also achieved great success portraying The Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffman, and the Toreador Escamillo, in Carmen. “Bass-Baritone Robert de Vrij, as the jealous Julian, was impressive, graced with   a melliflous yet passionate voice and a well-developed bottom register.” Opera Canada Magazine “Canadian Robert de Vrij, in the title role, was a swaggering Figaro.   He commanded the stage with his fine acting, and powerful voice.” The Ithaca Journal Additionally, Mr. de Vrij has performed the Canadian and American national anthems at both Maple Leaf Gardens and Toronto’s Rogers Centre (SkyDome), and has been featured on CBC TV, City TV, CFRB 1010 and CHIN Radio and Television.

Robert de Vrij

Il Commendatore

Robert de Vrij is one of Canada’s most versatile and talented operatic Bass-Baritones. He has performed extensively in Canada, the USA and Europe, in a repertoire that encompasses leading roles in grand opera, operetta, musical theatre and oratorio.

He has received critical acclaim for both his singing and acting, most notably in the role of Figaro, in Mozart's, The Marriage of Figaro, and the title role in Don Giovanni. He has also achieved great success portraying The Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffman, and the Toreador Escamillo, in Carmen.

“Bass-Baritone Robert de Vrij, as the jealous Julian, was impressive, graced with

  a melliflous yet passionate voice and a well-developed bottom register.”

Opera Canada Magazine

“Canadian Robert de Vrij, in the title role, was a swaggering Figaro.

  He commanded the stage with his fine acting, and powerful voice.”

The Ithaca Journal

Additionally, Mr. de Vrij has performed the Canadian and American national anthems at both Maple Leaf Gardens and Toronto’s Rogers Centre (SkyDome), and has been featured on CBC TV, City TV, CFRB 1010 and CHIN Radio and Television.

Patrick Jang Don Ottavio Tenor Patrick Jang holds a Master of Music from the University of Toronto.  He has performed in Canada, the U.S., Germany, and Italy with companies such as the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and the Aldeburgh Connection. He has also performed with the Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Canadian Vocal Arts Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, and the Bel Canto Institute.  He teaches Voice and Piano. He also works as a lawyer and runs his own legal practice in Toronto. He can be reached at PJLaw@PatrickJang.com.

Patrick Jang

Don Ottavio

Tenor Patrick Jang holds a Master of Music from the University of Toronto.  He has performed in Canada, the U.S., Germany, and Italy with companies such as the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and the Aldeburgh Connection. He has also performed with the Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Canadian Vocal Arts Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, and the Bel Canto Institute.  He teaches Voice and Piano. He also works as a lawyer and runs his own legal practice in Toronto. He can be reached at PJLaw@PatrickJang.com.

 

CHORUS

Samantha Skelding: CHORUS

Samantha is an 18-year-old soprano from Oakville. She currently studies with Stephanie DeCiantis at the Lakeshore Conservator nd is excited to attend Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music in September 2017. She recently performed as "messenger" and chorus member in Il Trovatore and will be performing in the Peel Music Festival's "Stars of the Festival" concert this May.

Fiona Isaacson: CHORUS

After an 18 year hiatus, Fiona is happy to be singing again! Earlier this year Fiona was a member of the chorus of Toronto City Opera's Carmen and The Merry Widow (where she also played Jou-Jou, the Grisette). She is thrilled to be part of this exciting staging of Don Giovanni. 

Laura Overton: CHORUS

Laura Overton, a native of Philadelphia, has been singing for as long as she can remember. She toured the Balkans with Singing City Choir, and was a member of the Toronto City Opera Chorus in the 2016-17 season. When not singing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 18-month old daughter and exploring the craft beers and restaurants of her new city.

Anna Miransky: CHORUS

Anna is an award-winning songwriter (lyrics and music) with covers by Rita Coolidge and local artists Arlene Duncan and Liz Tansey.  Anna has performed and toured with Lachan chamber choir and has been a chorus member of Toronto City Opera for the past four seasons.  

Nadine Anyan: CHORUS

Nadine is a highly motivated Toronto born Soprano with an extensive passion for performing. She is graduate from The Glenn Gould School with an Artist Diploma in Voice. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Western Ontario. Operatic roles Nadine has performed include: Micaëla in Carmen, Musetta in La Bohème, and Chocholka in The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also participated in chorus roles in The Merry Widow, Cosi fan tutte, and Ragtime. 

Holly Chaplin Zerlina Holly Chaplin is a Toronto based coloratura soprano. Holly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts spec. Hons. Music from York University in classical voice performance under the continuing tutelage of Stephanie Bogle. In August 2014, Holly was a soloist in Germany’s rare music festival Saarburger Serenaden under the direction of Maestro Semyon Rozin, and stage director Oliver Kloeter of Oper Koln. Since graduating, Holly has been engaged as a soprano soloist for Handels Messiah with Pax Christi Chorale and Counterpoint Community Orchestra, for Vivladi’s Gloria and Mozarts Vesparae Solennes de Confessore with Cantabile Chamber Singers. Holly was also engaged as a soloist in Golden Voices, conducted Dr. Andrzej Rozbicki’s Celebrity Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, Holly tackled the role of Madame Goldentrill in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor(the Impresario) with a project called co.opera.tive TO, which was directed by Renee Salewski. August 2016, Holly debut the role of Olympia in Summer Opera Lyric Theatre’s production of the Tales of Hoffmann, directed by Guillermo Silva-Marin. Holly joined the cast of Julie Nesrallah’s gem Carmen on Tap as Frasquita along side tenor Richard Troxell and Baritone Jason Howard. Holly’s next engagements will be Zerlina in ODD Opera’s Don Giovanni, and the role of Miss Bliss in Kyle McDonald’s new opera "James Bond; A Convenient Lie opera in pasticcio". Holly will also be engaged by the Greater Toronto Philharmonic in the new year where she will perform romantic classics. Holly shares her passion of music with students of all abilities and ages when she’s not performing. Currently, Holly is the choirmaster at Guiding Light Academy in Streetsville, at Mindwerx for Kids.

Holly Chaplin

Zerlina

Holly Chaplin is a Toronto based coloratura soprano. Holly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts spec. Hons. Music from York University in classical voice performance under the continuing tutelage of Stephanie Bogle. In August 2014, Holly was a soloist in Germany’s rare music festival Saarburger Serenaden under the direction of Maestro Semyon Rozin, and stage director Oliver Kloeter of Oper Koln. Since graduating, Holly has been engaged as a soprano soloist for Handels Messiah with Pax Christi Chorale and Counterpoint Community Orchestra, for Vivladi’s Gloria and Mozarts Vesparae Solennes de Confessore with Cantabile Chamber Singers. Holly was also engaged as a soloist in Golden Voices, conducted Dr. Andrzej Rozbicki’s Celebrity Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, Holly tackled the role of Madame Goldentrill in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor(the Impresario) with a project called co.opera.tive TO, which was directed by Renee Salewski. August 2016, Holly debut the role of Olympia in Summer Opera Lyric Theatre’s production of the Tales of Hoffmann, directed by Guillermo Silva-Marin. Holly joined the cast of Julie Nesrallah’s gem Carmen on Tap as Frasquita along side tenor Richard Troxell and Baritone Jason Howard. Holly’s next engagements will be Zerlina in ODD Opera’s Don Giovanni, and the role of Miss Bliss in Kyle McDonald’s new opera "James Bond; A Convenient Lie opera in pasticcio". Holly will also be engaged by the Greater Toronto Philharmonic in the new year where she will perform romantic classics. Holly shares her passion of music with students of all abilities and ages when she’s not performing. Currently, Holly is the choirmaster at Guiding Light Academy in Streetsville, at Mindwerx for Kids.

Andrew Lieflander Masetto Andrew Lieflander is currently in his final year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where he is completing his Bachelor of Music in Performance and studying with baritone Russell Braun. In the coming months, he is looking forward to playing the role of Marco in the Berlin Opera Academy's production of Gianni Schicchi, and to performing in concert as a featured soloist with the Sacred Music Society. Andrew is the recipient of U of T's Robert William Bygrave Scholarship and Arthur Redsell Scholarship, and the Berlin Opera Academy's Claire Castle Memorial Scholarship. 

Andrew Lieflander

Masetto

Andrew Lieflander is currently in his final year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where he is completing his Bachelor of Music in Performance and studying with baritone Russell Braun. In the coming months, he is looking forward to playing the role of Marco in the Berlin Opera Academy's production of Gianni Schicchi, and to performing in concert as a featured soloist with the Sacred Music Society. Andrew is the recipient of U of T's Robert William Bygrave Scholarship and Arthur Redsell Scholarship, and the Berlin Opera Academy's Claire Castle Memorial Scholarship. 

easter carol service - church of the redeemer

Lydia Harper Mezzo-Soprano Lydia is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Music in Performance program and the University of Windsor’s Dramatic Arts program.  She has performed as Flora in LA TRAVIATA with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, as an ensemble member in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Opera in Concert’s LES HUGUENOTS and OBERTO, Opera York’s COSI FAN TUTTE, Windsor Light Musical Theatre’s THE PRODUCERS and was selected as a soloist for Windsor’s first COME SING MESSIAH.  Lydia has performed with a wide variety of choirs in Toronto, including: Incontra Vocal Ensemble, Hedgerow Singers,  Exultate Chamber Choir, St. Andrew’s United Church Choir and the University of Toronto’s Schola Cantorum and MacMillan Singers.  In August 2016 she joined the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church choir at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England.  Lydia is excited to be performing on behalf of Odd Opera at the Church of The Redeemer’s Easter Carol Service.

Lydia Harper

Mezzo-Soprano

Lydia is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Music in Performance program and the University of Windsor’s Dramatic Arts program.  She has performed as Flora in LA TRAVIATA with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, as an ensemble member in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Opera in Concert’s LES HUGUENOTS and OBERTO, Opera York’s COSI FAN TUTTE, Windsor Light Musical Theatre’s THE PRODUCERS and was selected as a soloist for Windsor’s first COME SING MESSIAH.  Lydia has performed with a wide variety of choirs in Toronto, including: Incontra Vocal Ensemble, Hedgerow Singers,  Exultate Chamber Choir, St. Andrew’s United Church Choir and the University of Toronto’s Schola Cantorum and MacMillan Singers.  In August 2016 she joined the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church choir at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England.  Lydia is excited to be performing on behalf of Odd Opera at the Church of The Redeemer’s Easter Carol Service.

Anthony Rodrigues Baritone Toronto based Baritone, Anthony Rodrigues can be seen this season returning to Abridged Opera Company as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and with Vera Causa Opera as Masetto in Don Giovanni. Originally from Montréal, Québec, Anthony’s recent operatic credits include The Sergeant of Police in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Mr. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium, Peter in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Sulpice in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème, Will Parker in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, The Gamekeeper in Dvorak’s Rusalka and Le premier ministre in Massenet’s Cendrillon. He has been engaged by festivals and companies including Shoestring Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Golden Classical Music Society, Opera Nuova, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Vox Musicae, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, Opera in Concert, Vera Causa Opera and Abridged Opera Company. Anthony’s passion to perform has brought him to the stage in the style of musical theatre, classical ballet, oratorio and art song.

Anthony Rodrigues

Baritone

Toronto based Baritone, Anthony Rodrigues can be seen this season returning to Abridged Opera Company as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and with Vera Causa Opera as Masetto in Don Giovanni. Originally from Montréal, Québec, Anthony’s recent operatic credits include The Sergeant of Police in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Mr. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium, Peter in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Sulpice in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème, Will Parker in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, The Gamekeeper in Dvorak’s Rusalka and Le premier ministre in Massenet’s Cendrillon. He has been engaged by festivals and companies including Shoestring Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Golden Classical Music Society, Opera Nuova, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Vox Musicae, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, Opera in Concert, Vera Causa Opera and Abridged Opera Company. Anthony’s passion to perform has brought him to the stage in the style of musical theatre, classical ballet, oratorio and art song.