Discover the next generation of Canadian opera talent in an exhilarating vocal competition
Sarah Bissonnette – Mezzo
Montréal mezzo-soprano Sarah Bissonnette made her Calgary Opera debut as Giovanna in Rigoletto. In 2018-2019, she will have sung across the country, from the Rossini Opera Festival in Lunenburg, NS all the way to Banff for the role of Exorcist in the world premiere of Ghost Opera. She performed at the Gala lyrique de Laval 2018 (1st prize) and at Opéra de Montréal’s Gala 2017. Other credits include: Bach’s Magnificat, Ariodante, Isabella, Romeo, Arminda, Giunone. Sarah holds a Masters from McGill, a Bachelors from the University of Toronto, and is a current Emerging Artist at Calgary Opera. She is beyond excited to participate in the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie this summer.
Elizabeth Harris – Soprano
Originally from Penticton BC, Elizabeth Harris holds both a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia. Recent credits include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), and Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) with UBC Opera; First Niece (Peter Grimes) with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; andContessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the European Academy of Music. In 2016, she premiered the role of Masika in Imant Raminsh's new opera, Lake of Tears, with Opera Kelowna. Ms. Harris has also been a soloist with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, as well as the North Czech Philharmonic and the Pilsen Opera Orchestra.
Joé Lampron-Dandonneau – Tenor
Born in the Eastern Townships in Quebec, Joé Lampron-Dandonneau, tenor, in now living in Montreal. After a bachelor degree in voice performance with the baritone John Fanning at the University of Montreal, he completed a Masters degree also in voice performance with Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria. Next September, he will be starting a Graduate Diploma in Performance at McGill University in Dominique Labelle’s studio. Upcoming performances include Sam Kaplan in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene with Opera McGill, and a tour in New York, Los Angeles, Québec city and Montréal with the chamber choir La Chapelle de Québec.
Ryan Nauta – Tenor
Ryan Nauta – Tenor
Tenor Ryan Nauta is currently completing a Master’s in Opera and Voice at McGill University under the tutelage of John Mac Master. His upcoming concerts include performances of Benjamin Britten’s Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo and Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, and Fauré’s La bonne chanson. Recent performances include the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring, and Erster Geharnischter in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. His studies at McGill have allowed him to sing in masterclasses led by Nana Mouskouri and Julien Prégardien. La Compagnie Baroque de Mont-Royal has also engaged Ryan to perform in their productions of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Missa Votiva and Charpentier’s David et Jonathas. Ryan also serves as Vice President of the Music Graduate Students’ Society at McGill University.
Shantelle Przybylo – Soprano
Shantelle Przybylo is a recent graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program. At WNO, she sang Pamina and Papagena in The Magic Flute, Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Recent engagements include Mimì in La Bohème with Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and Highlands Opera Studio, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Nederlandse Reisopera. Przybylo has also been seen in such roles as Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera, Adalgisa in Norma, Miss Titmouse in Too Many Sopranos, and Nataliya in Oksana G. She is a winner of the Prix Jeune Espoir Lyrique Canadien in the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques competition. This summer, Shantelle will be performing Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos with Highlands Opera Studio.
Amanda Perera – Mezzo
Mezzo-soprano Amanda Perera holds a Master of Music from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music from Western University. This season with IU Opera Theater, she sang the role of Laurene Powell Jobs in Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Last season in Atlanta, she made her Capitol City Opera debut as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor and has since sung Mercédès in Carmen and Flora in La Traviata with the company. A member of The Atlanta Opera chorus, Perera was a soloist in The Atlanta Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen last spring. Previous performance credits include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (IU Opera Theater), Maddalena in Rigoletto (IU Opera Workshop), and Tisbe in La Cenerentola (UWOpera).
Zainen Suzuki – Baritone
Originally from Burnaby, British Columbia, Zainen Suzuki has spent the last 7 years in Montreal, QC dedicating his time to his artistic advancement at McGill University and has recently completed his masters in Vocal Performance and Opera Studies. During his studies, Zainen has had the good fortune to sing many diverse roles in multiple operas. His roles included Enrico of Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor, Mr. Gedge of Britten’s Albert Herring and Maximillian of Bernstein’s Candide with Opera McGill. This last year, Zainen was able to add the role of Papageno of Mozart’s die Zauberflöte to his list of learned roles.
Ana Toumine – Soprano
Most recently, soprano Ana Toumine debuted the role of Mimí in Opera Kelowna’s La Bohème. Other notable roles include Rosalinde, Alcina, and Anna Glawari. Toumine participated as an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, was recognized as a 30 under 30 artist by the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts, was a recipient of a Metropolitan Opera National Council Encouragement Award, and was awarded an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Career Development Grant. Toumine also received the Orville J. Derraugh Memorial Scholarship and participated in Winnipeg’s ACI Mentorship program. Toumine holds a Master of Music from McGill University.