Anna Boyes has been the winner of the London Music Scholarship Foundation; twice the recipient of the Mariana Paunova and Stefano Algieri Scholarship in Voice and Gaelyne Gabora Memorial Prize from McGill University and the Marianne Turner Memorial Scholarship from Durham Philharmonic Choir. Anna has also been a soloist for several oratorios including Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah both with the Oxford Collegium Singers and Arcady Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass, Lieschen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Christ Lag Todesbanden and Mozart’s Requiem. Her opera and operetta credits include Mascha (The Chocolate Soldier) and Nita (Los Gavilanes) both with Toronto Operetta Theatre; the title role of Alcina with Accademia Europea dell’Opera in Lucca Italy; Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance); Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte); Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) and Janthe (Der Vampyr). Anna holds a Masters of Music in Performance and Literature from Western University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from McGill University. She has been part of Stratford Summer Music’s Vocal Academy, Against the Grain’s Summer Modern Opera Intensive and was an Emerging Artist with Arcady last year. She will be starting her DMA in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Toronto this Fall.
Michaela Chiste is a young soprano hailing from Okotoks, Alberta. Originally trained as a stage actor, she spent most of her life studying the dramatic arts and musical theatre before crossing over to the world of classical singing. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Alberta in 2017, under the tutelage of John Tessier. She has performed as a concert soloist and recitalist both internationally and across Canada, and has served as soloist in works such as Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and A Ceremony of Carols, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. An avid lover of new works, Michaela has premiered several pieces, including The Dream, a cantata for soprano and pianoforte (Muskins, 2016), La jugement (Langan, 2019), and Songs of Fracture (Beckett, 2019), which was set to her own poetry. Michaela received praise for her 2019 portrayal of Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème with Mercury Opera. Opera Canada described her performance as “a fine balance of fragility and hopefulness”. She was also described as “effective… a great actress” (I Don’t Get It), and that she “rises to the occasion” (Daze Magazine) and “more than holds her own among the seasoned cast” (Edmonton Journal). Her other roles include Principal (.Gabriel), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore), Frasquita (Carmen), Emmie (Albert Herring), Mimi (City Workers in Love), The Dormouse (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Jennie Hildebrand (Street Scene), Gustave (Pomme d’Api ), and The Boy (Der Jasager). Michaela is an alumna of Arcady’s Emerging Artist Program and former roster singer for Cowtown Opera. https://www.michaelachiste.com/
Acclaimed by Opera Canada as “a lovely, powerful soprano with a tremendous range,” soprano Natalie Gassi is quickly becoming one of Canada’s bright opera stars. Since completing her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto, and Masters of Music in Literature and Performance at Western University, Natalie has appeared as a soloist with various opera companies in the Greater Toronto Area and in London.
Over the past few years, Natalie has performed numerous operatic roles, including: Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly, Violetta (La Traviata) and Mimì (La Bohème).
Natalie is the cofounder and head instructor at London’s “Gassi Voice Studio.” She hopes to continue sharing her love of opera with her students, as well as on national and international stages. http://www.gassimusic.com/
Abigail Freeman recently completed a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance at Binghamton University, New York. Her engaging presence has lent itself well to such roles as Fanchette (Le mariage aux lanternes), Ilia (Idomeneo), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Lakmé (Lakmé). The young Canadian soprano has also delighted listeners with her expressive singing in the soprano oratorio roles of Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and J.S. Bach’s cantatas, Wachet, betet, betet, wachet and Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. www.abigailfreeman.ca
Angela Gibbon is a full lyric soprano who holds a Master’s of Vocal Literature and Performance at Western, where she studied with Brian McIntosh. In June 2018, Angela performed the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Long Reach Opera, directed by Anne-Marie Donovan. Angela was also a soloist in excerpts from Mozart’s Requiem with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra in June. In July of 2018, Angela participated in the Saarburg Festival in Saarburg, Germany, where she sang the role of Gladys in an English adaptation of Edmund Eysler’s Blue Paradise. Angela performed the role of Micaëla in the Western University Opera Workshop’s production of Bizet’s Carmen in November 2017. Angela sang the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in July 2017 at the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy. This year, Angela will be a member of the Contemporary Music Studio at Western, directed by John Hess and Dárine Ní Mheadhra. Angela was an Arcady Emerging Artist for the 2018/2019 Season.
Olivia Maldonado is a soprano who has completed a Master’s of Vocal Literature and Performance with Western University. She is currently studying with baritone, Dr. Todd Wieczorek. Olivia had her first professional debut as a soloist in September 2019 with Toronto Operetta Theatre’s Viva la Zarzuela. Other performance credits include Lauretta from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Serpetta in La finta giardiniera, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Western University, and Oronte in Handel’s Alcina with the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy. She has also performed in numerous concerts with Arcady and was featured in their music video, Snowflakes Fall Softly, and undertook Arcady’s Emerging Artist Training Program in 2015. In addition to her performance endeavours, Olivia holds various scholarships such as the Don Wright Scholarship Fund in Vocal Music and the University of Toronto Vari Scholarship. Olivia has a passion for performing and teaching, and she hopes to instil the same thrill with her students and audience.
Sarah McQueen holds a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario. She has performed Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Halifax Summer Opera Workshop), Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (UWOpera) and internationally as Agata in Cagnoni’s little-known gem Don Bucefalo (La Musica Lirica). Her oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah with the Saint John Chorale, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore with the Festival Singers of Halifax, and Bach’s St John Passion with the Dalhousie Chorale. As a vocal teacher in the Brantford area, Sarah loves to inspire and motivate her students with her love and knowledge of music. Sarah is a former Arcady Emerging Artist and now a leading mentor.
Gabrielle McLaughlin currently maintains a large vocal studio in Toronto. Under demand as a voice teacher and stylistic coach, Gabrielle lives in Toronto with her two children. In the past, Gabrielle has worked with Tafelmusik, Arbor Oak Trio and The Elmer Iseler Singers. She can be found gracing the stage with Arcady, Les Violons du Roy and La Chappelle de Québec as well as her primary ensemble I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble, of which she is a founding member and programming coordinator.Gabrielle is heard frequently on CBC and BBC radio.
Elise Nacarrato is an emerging conductor and singer originally from Vancouver, BC. She began her musical journey with the Hamilton Children’s Choir under the leadership of Zimfira Poloz. She completed her Honours Bachelor in Music at McMaster University, all the while participating in the McMaster University Choirs, Ontario Youth Choir, and National Youth Choir. As a soloist, Elise has performed with the Halton-Mississauga Youth Orchestra, Orpheus Male Choir, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. With a passion for choral music, Elise completed her Masters in Music (Choral Conducting) at the University of Toronto. She has had the privilege of working with the U of T Women’s Chamber Choir, Apprentice Conductor for Arcady, and in the summer of 2016 was one of two conducting apprentices chosen for the 2016 Ontario Youth Choir under the highly regarded Robert Cooper, CM. In September 2017, Elise formed Burlington’s first women’s choir, Myriad. Elise also works as the Events Manager for Symphony on the Bay and Administrative Director for Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir. As an emerging conductor, this season Elise is humbled to continue to learn from Robert Cooper as the Apprentice Conductor for Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Chorus Niagara. In May 2018, Elise looks forward to working with Michael Zaugg in Edmonton as an Emerging Conductor with Pro Coro. To find out what Elise is currently up to, visit: www.elisenaccarato.com
Born in Ontario, Vanessa Oude-Reimerink is a young soprano who is quickly gaining recognition for her performances in opera, music theatre and contemporary collaborations. Vanessa is an alumnus of Calgary Opera’s Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program and Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program. Vanessa has been featured in leading roles across the country such as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific with Calgary Opera’s Opera in the Village Festival, Josephine in Edmonton Opera’s production of HMS Pinafore, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera. Recently, Vanessa made her Tapestry Opera debut in Tap:Ex Augmented Opera, and also performed Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Edmonton Opera, and Messiah with Arcady Ensemble. Other notable appearances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Barbarina/Susanna (cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro (Calgary Opera and Vancouver Opera), Sandman/Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel (Vancouver Opera), Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia (Banff Centre/Against the Grain), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Toronto Summer Music Festival), and Frasquita in Carmen (Edmonton Opera). Vanessa has taken part in workshops for new concepts and works with Against the Grain, Opera on the Avalon, and Tapestry Opera. Vanessa holds a Master’s Degree from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she studied with Patrick Hansen, Michael McMahon and Sanford Sylvan. She has received additional training from The Banff Centre, Centre d’Arts Orford, COSI, Opera NUOVA, Opera on the Avalon, the St. Andrews Opera Workshop and Western University. Vanessa is a recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Western Canada District and the University of Western Ontario Gold Medal. This fall, Vanessa will begin pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto, under the guidance of Monica Whicher.
Terri-Lyn Paterson grew up in the Kitchener area. During her formative years, she studied accordion, piano and voice. To date, she has performed seven of the G&S operettas. Continuing with her love of music, she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. Terri-Lyn has sung with various groups – including Opera Hamilton, John Laing Singers, K-W Oktoberfest Productions – and is now singing with Arcady. From solo recitals to ensemble choirs, Terri-Lyn continues to sing and is now training a future generation of singers – her own two daughters Bronwyn and Tamara.
Cristina Pisani is a vibrant soprano hailing from Mississauga. Cristina’s exciting 2019-2020 season has featured company debuts with Toronto Operetta Theatre in their Viva La Zarzuela concert, OperOttawa in their opera gala, The Edison Singers as a chorister and soloist, and Mississauga Symphony Orchestra as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata. This summer, she looks forward to covering the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Brott Opera and performing as a featured soloist in their annual PopOpera concert. Cristina is a frequently featured by Arcady, with whom she was an Emerging Artist in 2017-2018. She also performs regularly with Opera by Request and OperOttawa, with whom she made her role debut as Leïla in a touring production of Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles. Other recent operatic highlights include Helmwige in Wagner’s Die Walküre (Opera by Request), Siren in Handel’s Rinaldo (OperOttawa), and Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre). Cristina has also appeared as Mimì in Leoncavallo’s seldom-performed La bohème (Opera by Request), Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (Abridged Opera), Orpah in Beckett’s Ruth (Arcady), the title roles in Verdi’s La traviata (Jeunesses Musicales Canada) and Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Accademia Europea dell’Opera – AEDO), Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff (UWOpera), and Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (AEDO). As 1st prize winner of the 2018 Clifford Poole Vocal Competition, Cristina was featured in two concerts with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Cristina began her musical training at the age of three with her mother and completed her MMus in Vocal Performance and Literature at Western University in 2016 under the tutelage of Sophie Roland and Simone Luti. In the few hours she is away from music, Cristina loves to spend time with her family, friends and pets.
Heather Plewes , soprano, holds a BA Honours Music from the University of Western Ontario. She has appeared with Opera Hamilton, Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra, the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir (COMC), the Hamilton Children’s Choir, the Vox Nouveau Singers and Project Sing. Heather has been a regular soloist with the COMC since 2008 and enjoys a busy schedule as a soloist for events and concerts all over the GTA. In 2009, Heather can be heard performing with Opera Hamilton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the COMC at many of their concerts, in performances of Handel’s Messiah with Arcady, and Haydn’s Missa Brevis in F with Central Presbyterian Church choir in Brantford. Heather’s sensitive and insightful interpretations and her clear, sweet tone have earned her praise as an artist on the rise. She is thrilled to have been selected as an Arcady Young Artist of 2009.
Marion Samuel-Stevens a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Voice Performance is building a reputation as a performer of new music as well as oratorio. Marion is an avid supporter of new music and has performed Grigori Frid’s Diary of Anne Frank as Anne, Mark Adamo’s Little Women as Beth, as well as David Del-Tredici’s Alice with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. As a semi-finalist in the 2008 Eckhardt-Gramatte competition Marion travelled to Brandon, Manitoba to compete and perform a programme of new Canadian works. Operatic roles include Elle in La Voix Humaine by Poulenc, Helene in Shostakovich’s Hin und Zuruck and Estelle in The Stronger by Hugo Weisgall, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute by Mozart and Titania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marion has performed the title role in Ruth by Ronald Beckett and has enjoyed many collaborations with Elora composer Peter Skoggard. Oratorio highlights include Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vespers, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Lord Nelson Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Faure’s Requiem, Handels’ Messiah and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Creation. www.marionsamuelstevens.com
Paula Thomas (soprano) holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from McMaster University, and a Master of Music in Literature and Performance (Voice) from Western University. She has studied under the tutelage of Richard Cunningham, Lesley Andrew, and Torin Chiles. She has performed the roles of La novizia and Suor Osmina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Accademia Europea dell’Opera (Lucca, Italy), and First Woman in Arcady’s production of Ronald Beckett’s musical drama Ruth (Cambridge). She performs as a soloist and ensemble member with various choirs including Chor Amica (London), Choral Connection (St. Thomas), and Arcady (Brantford). She was selected as an Arcady Emerging Artist in 2012, and continues to work as an event coordinator on staff. At Metropolitan United Church (London), Paula sings in the senior choir and is the music leader at the Water’s Edge service. Following her passion for music education, she has joined the staff at Preschool of the Arts (London) leading preschool music programs and Family Tree Music classes. Paula enjoys providing music for weddings, and performing at long-term-care facilities. She owns a growing music studio in her hometown of St. Thomas
Allison Walmsley was honoured and thrilled to be part of the Arcady team as an Emerging Artist in 2016. She was introduced to Arcady as a member of the Emerging Artist cast of Ruth International in June 2017. Hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan she completed her Bachelor’s degree in voice performance at the University of Saskatchewan, studying under Dr. Garry Gable and Kathleen Lohrenz Gable. Since completing her degree, Allison has received many awards and partaken in various performance opportunities across Canada. In 2016 and 2014 respectively, she won the Gordon Wallis Opera competition and the CFMTA Young Artist competition and tour in her home province. Recent projects include Queen of the Night in Opera Kelowna’s production of Die Zauberflöte, Nanetta in Western University’s production of Falstaff, Emily in Opera NUOVA’s production of Our Town, Lucy in the U of S Music Theatre ensemble’s The Beggars Opera. Allison completed her Masters of Music degree in performance and literature at Western University under the tutelage of soprano Jackie Short. Nurturing her love of contemporary Canadian music, she participated in Western University’s contemporary ensemble under the direction of John Hess and Dáirine Ní Mheadhra. In 2017, Allison reprised the role of Queen of the Night in Western Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte and performed in Messiah with Regina Symphony Orchestra.
Kelly Wrigglesworth is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in the Music Education program. She has studied voice with Alvin Reimer and was also a member of the Faculty Singers and the Early Music Studio at UWO. She has been performing with the ensemble since its founding, and in that time she has performed the lead role in staged performances of Dido and Aeneas, Acis and Galatea, and Ruth. Kelly has also performed featured roles in John, I Am… and The Magic Flute with this ensemble. She is a former recipient of the Governor General’s Medal, the University Women’s Club Scholarship and a co-winner of the P.G. Marshall Memorial Scholarship.
Tammy Whetham holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in voice from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied under the direction of Daniel Lichti and Kathleen Brett. Tammy’s love and passion for storytelling has taken her down many avenues as a singer, actor, dancer, voice-artist, and educator. Tammy attended the Banff Professional Musical Theatre Training Intensive (2012, 2013) and the NYU Steinhardt: Summer Study in Musical Theatre (2009) where she worked with many NYC choreographers, directors, and voice teachers. Tammy has had the pleasure of performing in Josh Groban’s chorus at the Sony Centre as part of his Stages tour. In 2010, Tammy worked as the lead female singer in the production cast onboard the Pacific Venus, Japan Cruise Line. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, The Habourtown Sound, at the Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, and The Women of Musical Theatre Festival. Tammy has studied voice pedagogy with Jeanie LoVetri through Somatic Voicework℠ The LoVetri Method (2012) and with Dr. Brian Gill at the NYU Summer Vocal Pedagogy Intensive (2015). Tammy wears many hats as a performer, teacher, director, and publicist. She teaches voice from her private studios in Toronto and Cambridge. www.tammywhetham.com