Canadian soprano Ana Toumine is the 2020 winner of the North Dakota-Manitoba District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the 2019 second prize winner of the Vancouver Opera’s 1st inaugural VOX Gala competition. In 2017, she debuted her first mainstage role as Mimí in Opera Kelowna’s La Bohème. Other notable roles include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, the title role of Alcina, and Anna Glawari in The Merry Widow.
During her time in Winnipeg, Toumine was awarded the Orville J. Derraugh Memorial Scholarship and was selected to participate in Creative Manitoba’s Mentorship program. As a mentee, she received opportunities to perform in recital with Little Opera Company, as well as shadow the role of Musetta in Manitoba Opera’s production of La Bohème. Toumine has also participated as an artist in residence of the Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, received recognition from the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts as a "Top 30 Under 30" artist, and was awarded an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Training and Career Development Grant.
Toumine holds a Master of Music in Voice and Opera Performance from McGill University, a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia, and a diploma in Voice Performance from the University of Manitoba.
In the spring, Toumine will debut the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Toronto City Opera. For more information and upcoming concerts, please visit www.anatoumine.com
Toronto based soprano Angela Maria Sanchez has been an active performer in the Toronto classical music community since 2005. At age 15 she performed the role of Third spirit in the Canadian Opera Company’s ensemble production under the baton of Richard Bradshaw of Mozart’s Magic flute and soloist in the opening inaugural concert of the Four Season’s Centre of the Performing Arts. She recently made her opera debut of the role of Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and Mistress of Novices in Suor Angelica in Hawaii Preforming Arts Festival. Recently, she covered the role of Mimi in La Boheme this summer in the Brott Opera Festival.
Recent accomplishments include, placing first overall in post-‐graduate women category in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition as well as Provincial finalist and scholarship recipient at the Toronto Kiwanis festival.
Miss Sanchez is a graduate from The Glenn Gould School of Royal Conservatory of music undergraduate program under the tutelage of Jennifer Tung.
Romulo Delgado is a classically trained tenor, world music multi-instrumentalist, vocal coach consultant and adjudicator. He was a region finalist at the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Opera competition in Vienna, Austria and trained in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory Music. His versatility as a performer has enchanted audiences all over North America and Europe.
His operatic roles currently include Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata, Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen, The Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Idomeneo in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth, Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme and Riccardo in the Canadian premiere of Verdi’s Oberto.
Also in demand as a concert tenor soloist, his concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Dubois’ the seven last words of Christ, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Samson, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.
Ultimately, what distinguishes Romulo’s singing is that “striking, powerful and ingratiating lyric tenor sound with all the money notes!” (Opera Canada)
As a world music performer, he has also toured and recorded with many international and local recording artists and has been engaged by several of the fortune 500 corporations. Whether on the opera stage, or enchanting audiences with his world music passion, “Romulo Delgado’s free, vigorous and lustrous tenor voice makes him one of Canada’s most unique performing artists.” (The Globe and Mail)
Mezzo Soprano Amanda Weatherall holds her MMus of vocal literature and performance from Western University. She is from Cranbrook, British Columbia, where she had her first taste of the stage. The highlight of her Cranbrook performances was playing Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes and performing with Fort Steele Heritage Town as various historical residents. Amanda enjoyed working at Fort Steele during her time at home. She helped run educational programs for young groups and interpret the heritage lifestyle for tourists. This summer job, which she held for 10 years, has helped to cultivate her love of performing.
Amanda’s operatic credits include the title role in Bizet’s Carmen (Western), the chorus in Otello (COC), Romeo in Bellini’s i Capuleti e i Montecchi (Opera NUOVA), Fox in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen (Opera NUOVA), Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Opera NUOVA), Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff (Western), Tisbe in Rossini’s la Cenerentola (AEDO), Third Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute (Western), and Chorus in Puccini’s La Bohème (Western). She has performed in many concerts including her MMus graduating recital, operatic scene galas, and Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared in concert as second female voice with the Jeffery Concert series in London, ON. She has been the Alto Soloist with Toronto’s Canadian Sinfonietta for Handel’s Messiah, and with London’s Karen Schuessler Singers for Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. She is looking forward to performing with the Symphony of the Kootenays in February and in Toronto City Opera’s performance of Cavalleria Rusticana as Mama Lucia.
Canadian-Russian baritone Andrey Andreychik is an avid performer that brings passion to operatic repertoire spanning from standard pieces to the creation of contemporary roles. Praised as having a “stoic, manly sound” in his “unfailingly seductive” portrayal of Don Giovanni [Schmopera; Opera Canada] and “bringing a powerful baritone & exceptional acting abilities” to the title character in Somer’s Louis Riel [Opera Canada], Andrey’s most recent performances include Vladimir Galitsky in the Canadian Premiere of Prince Igor with Voicebox; Toronto Opera in Concert and Escamillo in Loose TEA Music Theatre’s Carmen (for which he was hailed as “having the perfect balance of swagger, darkness, and unintentional smarm” [Schmopera]).
Originally from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Andrey moved to Canada in 2008, receiving a diploma in operatic performance from the University of British Columbia soon after. Following graduation, Andrey made his professional debut as Figaro in Il Barbiere Di Siviglia with Theater Hof in Germany, and has since performed in China, Italy, Spain, Canada, Russia, and the United States. Andrey is a laureate of several Russian National vocal competitions, a finalist in the XVII Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Lirici “Spazio Musica” in Italy, and a winner of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Montreal. Additional performance highlights include Count Almaviva (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy), the Vampire in Der Vampyr (SOLT), Gianni Schicchi (Burnaby Lyric Opera), and Albert Speer in the 2015 premiere of Andrew Ager’s Führerbunker (COSI Connection). Andrey also holds a degree in International Economics, and when not singing can be found doting upon his cat, Hugo Wolf.
From Quispamsis, New Brunswick, soprano Lauren Estey fell in love with opera as a young chorister for Opera New Brunswick. Lauren went on to obtain her B.Mus. at Dalhousie University with Professor Marcia Swanston where she was featured as Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Belinda/Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. During her studies, Lauren was recognized for her performance excellence with the Erik Perth Memorial Award. Lauren continued her studies receiving a M.Mus. of Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Western Ontario, studying with Professor Rachel Mallon. She performed the lead role in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in Floyd's Susannah and returned for the 2016 season, playing the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She currently resides in Toronto, Ontario where she continues to develop her craft with the mentorship of Stephanie Bogle. Presently, Lauren is completing her doctorate in Historical Voice Performance in the studio of Professor Daniel Taylor. This year, Lauren looks forward to performing Cleopatra from Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto with the Doctor of Musical Art’s cohort.
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