Adam Da Ros
Adam Da Ros is an award-winning Vancouver-based director and musician from Dawson Creek, B.C. He holds a Master of Music in Opera from UBC, specializing in opera direction. Recent credits include an original adaptation of Mozart’s Idomeneo for Manitoba Underground Opera at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Barber of Seville with Fraser Lyric Opera, and Opera Mariposa’s 2016 production of Master Class. Adam has worked as an assistant director/conductor, pianist, and administrator at summer festivals across North America and Europe, and currently works in the Artistic Planning department at Vancouver Opera. As a music director for musical theatre, he has recently led productions of Tommy, Murder Ballad, CATS, and Ragtime, for which he received a CTC Award for Best Musical Director. Later this season he will join Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program, assisting on mainstage productions of L’elisir d’amore and Eugene Onegin, and directing the Vancouver Opera in Schools tour of Dean Burry’s The Scorpions’ Sting.
Mark Pepe, Tenor
Mark Pepe holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance and Music Education, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Recent appearances include concerts in Milano and Busseto, Italy with Operavision Academy; chorus in Verdi’s Otello with Vancouver Opera; the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Capilano University; Morales and Dancairo in Bizet’s Carmen and Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, both with Burnaby Lyric Operal Don Basilio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Vancouver Island Opera; and Turridu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera Opulenza. He has also appeared with DragonDiva Operatic Theatre, the Vancouver Academy of Music, Opera NUOVA, Bard on the Beach, and the UBC Opera Ensemble. Upcoming performances include Riccardo in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera with Opera Mariposa and Heroic Opera, as well as Puccini’s Turandot with Vancouver Opera. He is a music teacher, band director, and choir director at Immaculate Conception Delta Elementary School and Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School.
Sarah Templeton, Soprano
Sarah Templeton is a dynamic Vancouver-based soprano who has been called “…outstanding… with clear tone and careful articulation.” (Hilary Clark, reviewer for Opera Canada). She has appeared as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser (in concert), Wellgunde in Das Rheingold (in concert), Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Angelica in Suor Angelica, The Mother in Hansel and Gretel, First Lady in The Magic Flute, Cio-cio San in Madama Butterfly, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Recent concert engagements include Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder under the baton of Leslie Dala, and Saint-Saëns’ Requiem with the West Coast Symphony. In the summer of 2016, she was awarded a prestigious Canada Council for the Arts Individual Grant for Professional Musicians, which she used to study the repertoire of Wagner in Germany. This February, she will be one of the soprano soloists in the Vancouver Bach Choir’s production of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. Sarah is the founder of the Heroic Opera Company, which will be co-producing Un ballo in maschera with Opera Mariposa.
Heidi Muendel, Soprano
German-Canadian dramatic soprano Heidi Muendel is a regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera Competition and a recipient of the Canada Council Career Development Grant along with numerous other international awards. She lives in Frankfurt, Germany, where she works with internationally-acclaimed dramatic soprano Janice Baird as well as Oper Frankfurt’s head coach Björn Huestege. Heidi sings, as well as running her ‘Performance Plus’ studio, the Life-Sound Studio, in Frankfurt. Heidi has a Master’s in Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia with a background in dance and acting. Her operatic roles include Brünnhilde (Götterdämmerung), Senta (Der fliegende Holländer), the title roles of Turandot, Ariadne auf Naxos, Elektra and Norma, Leonora (Fidelio), and Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) to name a few. Her favourite concert works include Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Andrew Greenwood, Baritone
In February 2011, Das Opernglas praised baritone Andrew Greenwood by writing, “Another discovery was the Amonasro of Andrew Greenwood. The young baritone from Vancouver’s voice has a seductive texture. His focused but nevertheless round sound had sufficient power and at the same time creamy elegance. He was able to manipulate Aida with an extremely refined and beautiful vocal sound.” Andrew’s recent engagements include the role of Frank in Die Fledermaus for Vancouver Opera; Amonasro in Aida for the Stadttheater Hildesheim; Zuniga in Carmen and The Doctor in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa for Pacific Opera Victoria; the title role in Rigoletto for the Stadttheater Hildesheim and the Stadttheater Wolfsburg; the roles of Prince Yamadori and The Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly for Vancouver Opera; the role of the Emperor in Der Kaiser von Atlantis for City Opera Vancouver; and guest appearances with UBC Opera in the title roles of Falstaff and Eugene Onegin.
William Liu, Baritone
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, baritone William Liu first started singing at age 9 and had early recognition singing the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah. His interest in classical singing began when he participated in the Okanagan Vocal Arts Festival at the age of 18, singing for Canadian and international coaches, and debuting in the title role of The Mikado. As a concert soloist he has appeared with the VSO, Vancouver Bach Choir, Vancouver Oratorio Society, Pacific Spirit Choir and UBC Choirs. He has performed for audiences across Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Spain and the United States. His operatic roles have included Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Peter (Hansel and Gretel), Doctor Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Mikado and Pooh-Bah (The Mikado), Buff (The Impresario), Betto (Gianni Schicchi) and Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro). He has been involved with UBC Opera, City Opera Vancouver, Burnaby Lyric Opera, and Opera Appasionata. Also a dedicated recitalist and art song enthusiast, William has participated in the Vancouver International Song Institute, where he has sung in masterclasses for Sir Thomas Allen, Graham Johnson, and Francois Le Roux.
Kallie Clayton, Soprano
Soprano Kallie Clayton is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Music in Opera program where she performed the title role of Massenet’s Manon, Pamina (The Magic Flute), and Mimí (La bohème). Kallie also performed the role of Pamina in the Czech Republic with the European Music Academy and in Vancouver at Bard on the Beach. Her other roles include Noémie (Cendrillon) with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Cupidon (Orphée aux Enfers) with the University of Alberta Opera Workshop, and Linfea (La Calisto) with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy where she was also the soprano soloist for Mozart’s L’itaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento. Kallie has also been featured as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for their Tea and Trumpets concert series and Traditional Christmas Concerts. Most recently, Kallie performed in concert with Opera Kelowna for Opera Under the Stars and Opera in the Park. Upcoming engagements include chorus in Turandot with Vancouver Opera and Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera.
Gerphil Flores, Soprano
Gerphil Flores is a German-Filipino soprano who graduated with a Diploma in Creative Performing Musical Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (major in Voice) cum laude at the University of the Philippines. In 2015, she joined Asia’s Got Talent held in Singapore where she finished third place. She was then invited by one of the show’s judges, Mr. David Foster, for a concert tour in Manila and in Thailand. She has since pursued solo and collaborative concerts globally. Some of Gerphil’s opera credits include the role of Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cio-Cio San and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the title role in Antonin Dvorak’s Rusalka, Dorothy in Alfred Cellier’s Dorothy and recently, Rosalinde in North Shore Light Opera Society’s production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. Gerphil’s recent concert New Year, New Beginnings was held last March 18, 2017 at the Anvil Centre Theatre in New Westminster, followed by another concert in Langley entitled Lirico: A Musical Retreat held last April 22, 2017.
Elena Razlog, Mezzo-Soprano
Elena Razlog holds a Masters in Music in Opera from the University of British Columbia, as well as Diploma in Music Performance from the same university. Elena has performed in opera productions and concerts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, UBC Symphony Orchestra and many others. Her principal roles include Amy in the world premiere of Choir Practice by S. Chatman, conducted by J. Girard and broadcast on CBC; Flora Bervoix in La traviata conducted by Mr. D. Agler and Mr. G. Gerrard; Barbara in Eine Nacht in Venedig; Cornelia in Giulio Cesare; and Olga in Eugene Onegin. Elena’s concert performances include the UBC European tour in the Czech Republic and Germany, where she was a soloist with the orchestras of Pilzen Opera House, Karlovy Vary Opera House and Nürnberg Opernhaus. Elena is a re-invited soloist with the M. Rostropovich Philharmonic Orchestra for their Summer Concert Series in N. Novgorod, Russia.
Melissa Ratcliff, Mezzo-Soprano
Reviewed as having “a voice so pure and clear, I can only describe it as crystalline”, Mezzo-Soprano Melissa studied music at the University of Alberta before moving to Vancouver. Recent appearances include her Wagnerian premiere as Rossweisse in Die Walküre with Heroic Opera, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with the North Shore Light Opera Society, Griselda in Alma with East Van Opera, Houdini’s Mother in Ragtime with Fighting Chance Productions, Lt. Commander Joanne Galloway in A Few Good Men and Judge Group in Miracle on 34th Street with Theatre in the Country, and Cio Cio San’s Aunt in Madama Butterfly with Burnaby Lyric Opera. Melissa has performed regularly with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Burnaby Lyric Opera, Opera Opulenza, Chilliwack Opera and others, and upcoming appearances include as Tessa in The Gondoliers at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, UK.
Frantz De Rycke, Bass-Baritone
Frantz De Rycke started to learn music at age five when he studied piano with Director Mantia of Conservatorio di Musica di Roma. His passion for lyric opera logically led him to singing. He has been under the guidance of his voice teacher, Joseph Shore, who pushes Frantz to better his natural bass timbre. Frantz has sung with Burnaby Lyric Opera, North Shore Light Opera, Opera Opulenza, and Opera Pro Cantanti. While living in Paris, he performed with opera companies such as Choeurs Symphoniques De Paris, Allegro Assai, and Operacademy. Recent roles include Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with North Shore Light Opera and Hermann in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Opulenza. Some of his other role highlights include Sparafucile, Monterone and Ceprano in Rigoletto; Zaccaria in Nabucco; Banco in Macbeth; the Marquis in La traviata; and Cristiano in Un ballo in maschera. He is next set to appear in Turandot with Vancouver Opera.
Thomas Lamont, Tenor
Thomas Lamont is a singer and performing artist from New Westminster, BC. Though predominantly a lyric tenor trained in the bel canto tradition, he enjoys practicing a variety of styles such as pop, jazz, and musical theatre. Past highlights include soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra; as well as lead and cameo roles with Royal City Musical Theatre, Metro Theatre, Opera Mariposa, and DragonDiva Operatic Theatre. He is currently completing a music degree, studying under lyric baritone and leading pedagogue Dale Throness. When he isn’t on stage, Thomas can be found driving harbour ferries in False Creek.
Holly Beckmeyer, Soprano
Holly Beckmyer is a soprano, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and music educator. She was last seen in North Shore Light Opera’s Die Fledermaus as Adele, followed by a UK tour of early 20th century music with pianist Heather Cattanach. Favourite previous vocal roles include Pierrot in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Belinda in the West Coast Opera Studio’s production of Dido and Aeneas, and Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Vancouver Academy of Music. Specializing in contemporary classical music and modern opera, Holly studied at Vancouver Community College, the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and Vancouver Academy of Music. Holly has also recently released an album of original folk songs called Close Encounters With Anxiety. She is currently studying operatic voice with Robyn Driedger-Klassen in Vancouver, Canada.
Libby Donald, Soprano
Libby is an Australian-born soprano who has been living in Vancouver. After completing her degree in Vocal Performance at the Australian National University she moved to Canada. Trained in opera, musical theatre and film, she has spent her time training and performing in Vancouver and Europe. She has been a participant at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts festival in Italy, performing various operatic scenes and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. She was also a performer in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Some of her other roles and performances include Zaneeta Shin (The Music Man), Peep Bo (The Mikado), Lakmé (Lakmé), Violetta (La traviata), Lauretta (Gianni Scicchi) and Viola (Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night). When not performing she teaches young children as a Colourstrings Kindergarten music educator.
Julia Fox, Soprano
Merryn Myrtle, Soprano
Jessica Wright, Soprano
Serina Li, Soprano
Essie Williams, Soprano
Courtney Dugan, Mezzo-Soprano
Courtney Dugan grew up and began performing in the city of Winnipeg before moving to Vancouver. She studied classical voice and opera at the university level and has recently begun musical theatre vocal training. Soon after graduation, she began to dance again and has recently been granted the position of a backup dancer to a Lady Gaga tribute show; she also works with Vancouver Opera as their Education and Community Projects Coordinator. Some of Courtney’s past performances include Marmee in Little Women the Musical (Music Theatre on the Thames), Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld (Halifax Summer Opera Festival) as well as two years involved in The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg in productions of Pirates of Penzance (Isabel) and The Gondoliers (Vittoria). Courtney has previously appeared with Opera Mariposa and the Mariposa Theatre Wing in Here I Stand, and as part of their Repertory Concert Artist Program. She is delighted to be returning to the Mariposa stage as well as making her debut with the Heroic Opera Company.
Brittony LeFever, Mezzo-Soprano
Brittony LeFever is a versatile artist who has performed as an opera singer, musical theatre artist, jazz singer, choral singer, and a voice and theatre actor across Canada and the United States. A graduate of Algoma University with a BFA in Music and Laurentian University with a BAH in Music, she has only recently moved to Vancouver to pursue her performing career. A few of her most recent roles include Krejjh in the podcast The Strange Case of Starship Iris, Rae in the musical theatre revue People Like Us, and Second Witch in the opera Dido and Aeneas; other credits include Les Misérables, The Libation Bearers, Here I Stand, and the title role in The Jewish Wife. She is also a member of Mariposa’s Repertory Concert Artist Program. In addition to singing and acting, Brittony enjoys playing the piano, the flute and the saxophone, as well as volunteering with local theatre companies behind-the-scenes.
Nadine Cornelius, Mezzo-Soprano
Nadine Cornelius was born and raised in South Africa where she was involved in music from a very young age. She sang with the South African National Youth Choir and toured across the continent performing and recording with African chamber groups in various movie soundtracks, chamber concerts and competitions. She has performed and recorded with many renowned South African artists including Lebo M, The Drakensburg boys choir and Katlego Maboe. It was only when she moved to Canada that she started studying opera under world renowned dramatic soprano Frances Ginzer, and went on to sing with the Calgary Opera Chorus for many years. Title roles include Maurya in Riders to the Sea and the Old Maid in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief with Mount Royal University, as well as small mainstage roles with Calgary Opera throughout her time with the chorus.
Jim DeLaHunt, Tenor
Jim DeLaHunt is a long-time singer in symphonic and opera choruses. He has recently been seen as Andrés, Cochenille, Frantz, and Pitichinaccio in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Opulenza. Before that he sang lead, minor, and chorus roles in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Norma, Nabucco, Macbeth, and Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Pro Cantanti. He has also sung with the Vancouver Bach Choir ever since joining them for at Mahler’s 8th Symphony in 2009. Earlier he sang with UBC Opera in British Columbia, and with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Opera San José, West Bay Opera, and South Valley Opera in California.
Ming-Xuan Chung started off his musical career as a pianist and has been playing the piano since he was six. He started singing with the Simon Fraser University Choir but having been introduced to opera recently, he has quickly picked up a voice teacher and is becoming more involved with opera. As a lyric baritone, Ming-Xuan has sung in the chorus for Opera Opulenza’s productions of Cavalleria rusticana and Les contes d’Hoffmann as well as North Shore Light Opera Society’s production of Die Fledermaus. He is excited to be part of Heroic Opera’s coming production of Un ballo in maschera. As a pianist, he regularly plays for the Beacon Unitarian Church and accompanies the choir there.
Throughout the Lower Mainland, baritone James Gonzalez has performed as both a soloist and a chorister, sharing his passion of vocal music with his audience. As a soloist, his repertoire ranges from Bach and Mozart to Vaughan Williams and Lerner consistently improving with every performance. James is currently the bass soloist and section leader for the West Vancouver Presbyterian Church choir. As a chorister, James Gonzalez has performed with the Kwantlen University Chorus, the Kwantlen Chamber Singers, Coastal Sound Youth Choir and many others. His choral repertoire consists of masterworks such as Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G and Vivaldi’s Gloria as well as modern choral works by Eric Whitacre, Pärt Uusberg, Ola Gjeilo, and Morten Lauridsen. James Gonzalez is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley, BC and has studied voice with Gail Suderman.
Peter Michael Munn, Bass
Peter Michael Munn’s first exposure to opera was seeing Hansel and Gretel at the English National Opera. His parents took him to see Geraint Evans as Leporello in Don Giovanni at Glyndbourne, and he was intrigued. He has studied with Richard Willams and coached from Frank Klassen for many years, and has performed with Opera Appassionata, DragonDiva Operatic Theatre and Opera Pro Cantanti. He has sung chorus for Rigoletto, Norma Lucia di Lammermoor. Cavalleria rusticana, L’amico Fritz and The Pirates of Penzance, as well as performing comprimario roles including Monterone and Ceprano in Rigoletto, Doctor in Macbeth, Gran Saccerdote in Nabucco and Doctor in Pelléas et Mélisande. Roles include Capellio in Bellini’s I Capuletti I Montecchi, Count Ribbing in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Father understudy in Hansel and Gretel, and Raimondo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
Stephanie Ko’s operatic costume design credits include Hansel and Gretel, Suor Angelica, Don Pasquale, Menotti’s The Telephone, La serva padrona, Dido and Aeneas, The Impresario, The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute. Film credits include Mine Host and The Last Dance of Nadine Green, while theatre and musical theatre credits include Terrence McNally’s Master Class, People Like Us, I Always Get My Man! and Tour De Force. Her costumes have been described as “a feast for the eyes” (Social Butterfly Club), and have won a 2015 CTC Award for their appearance in Fighting Chance Productions’ Into the Woods (designed by Lynn Wong). Stephanie is also the communications director for Opera Mariposa and the Mariposa Theatre Wing; the program designer for United Players of Vancouver; a national award-winning writer; and a freelance graphic designer and photo editor whose work has appeared in The Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight and Opera Canada magazine among many others.
Sara Smith is a Vancouver-based set and lighting designer with a BFA from the University of British Columbia’s Theatre Production and Design program. Some of her recent credits include The Marriage of Figaro (Vancouver Opera, Assistant Lighting Design), Ithaka (Excavation Theatre, Lighting Design), James and the Giant Peach (Carousel Theatre, Assistant Lighting Design), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (UBC Theatre, Lighting Design), Hunter Gatherers (Staircase Theatre, Lighting Design), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Carousel Theatre/Touchstone Theatre, Lighting Design). She has previously worked with Opera Mariposa and the Mariposa Theatre Wing on such productions as Menotti’s The Telephone and their benefit show Here I Stand, and is delighted to be working with them once again on Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera