Consort Members 2022–23
Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano
Anna Kwiatkowska is a soprano and violist, originally from Poland.
After graduating from the Music Academy in Lodz, Poland, where she received a MMus in viola and in vocal and acting performance, she continued her education at the University of California in Los Angeles, CA (UCLA, Faculty of Opera Performance).
Ms. Kwiatkowska’s operatic roles include Tytania in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (UCLA), Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Seviglia, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Sandrina in La Cecchina by Piccinni (Musiakademie Rheinsberg).
Apart from her work as a soloist, Ms. Kwiatkowska has always had a strong interest in choral singing. From early childhood she regularly participated in choral courses in Poland and abroad (Landesakademie Ochsenhausen) and performed in professional settings (Philharmonic in Lodz, Poland, Grand Theatre in Lodz, Poland).
In 2008, as a member of Wroclaw Philharmonic choir, she had the privilege of joining the famous Gabrieli Consort and Players ensemble, directed by Paul McCreesh. The concert tour with Gabrieli included performances at Salle Pleyel in Paris, Barbican Centre and Albert Hall in London (BBC Proms festival).
In Canada, Ms. Kwiatkowska has appeared with Opera Atelier, the Gryphon Trio, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, the Toronto Chamber Choir, and St. James Cathedral Choir.
Ms. Kwiatkowska is also a passionate teacher. Since coming to Canada in 2009, she has been giving instruction in voice, violin and viola, successfully preparing children and youth for various auditions, exams, and performances.
Zoitsa (Zoë) Gotziaman, alto
As an ensemble singer,Zoitsa has enjoyed singing in the Amadeus Choir, Canzona, Concreamus, Dead of Winter, Manitoba Opera Chorus, The National Youth Choir of Canada, Polycoro, Sehnsucht, University Singers (UofM), and Xara Choral Theatre. Her current season includes singing in Canzona, Pro Coro Canada, and being a Toronto Chamber Consort member with the Toronto Chamber Choir.
When not singing in choirs (or knitting, or training dogs, or managing productions), she can be found running around on the operatic stage. Favourite roles include Bradamante in Alcina (Halifax Summer Opera Festival), Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (UofM School Tour), Phoebe in The Yeomen of the Guard (G&S Society of Winnipeg), Venèto in the premiere of The Confused Castrato (Little Opera Company).
Her studies include a Bachelor of Music (2019) from the University of Manitoba under the tutelage of Tracy Dahl, and a certificate in ASL and Deaf Studies (2021) from George Brown College. She is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company’s Butterfly Chorus. A passion for education has led Zoitsa to work with the CCOC, Canadian Opera Company, Silent Voice, and University Settlement.
Valeria Kondrashov, alto
Bio and photo to come
Colin Frotten, tenor
Originally from Nova Scotia, Colin Frotten is an Ontario-based pianist, tenor, vocal coach and music director who graduated from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.
Performance highlights include work with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir (Beethoven 9), Fredericton Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven 9), Opera Atelier (Dido and Aeneas), and That Choir. Recent operatic roles include Renaud in Gluck’s Armide and Grimoaldo in Händel's Rodelinda (Halifax Summer Opera Festival), Camille in The Merry Widow and the title role in Händel's Acis and Galatea (Maritime Concert Opera), Don Basilio/Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera York), and Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni (Opera by Request).
Recent musical theatre credits include Anthony in Sweeney Todd (First Act Productions), and George in The Wedding Singer (Curtain Call Players). Colin recently acted as music director of First Act Productions’ Dogfight (2019), their youth production of Theory of Relativity (2020) and their filmed adaptation of Pasek and Paul’s EDGES (2022). Upcoming – Tenor lead/soloist with the Toronto Chamber Choir (March 2023), Music Director for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Marquee Theatrical Productions (November 2023).
Colin is also a passionate educator and arts advocate with an active private piano/voice studio. He is currently the Director of Communications for both Choral Canada and the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts.
Nicholas Nicolaidis, tenor
Nicholas Nicolaidis is a versatile and accomplished singer, conductor, and vocal pedagogue. He emigrated to Toronto from Johannesburg, South Africa, in the spring of 2019.
Nicholas began his vocal studies at the world-famous Drakensberg Boys Choir School and completed a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, with post-graduate singing studies with professors from the Royal College of Music in London, England.
He has a wide solo repertoire but specializes in oratorio, lieder, and the jazz standards. His international engagements have taken him to England, Wales, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Seychelles, Norway, Greece, and Germany.
Paul Oros, bass
Hailing from Toronto, bass-baritone Paul Oros nurtured his vocal talents at St. Michael’s Choir School and the Royal Conservatory of Music, with early performing forays with the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and Ontario Youth Choir. He’s delighted to be returning to the Toronto Chamber Choir this season.
Regarded for his burnished tone and nuanced interpretations, Paul’s appeared with the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet of Canada, Ottawa Bach Choir, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, Opera Atelier, The Theatre of Early Music, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Opera in Concert, Opera Hamilton, Toronto Operetta Theatre, The Assembly of Voices, Orpheus Choir of Toronto, Bach Consort, Nota Bene Baroque Singers, and Soundstreams Choir 21. Guest soloist appearances include the medieval ensemble Sine Nomine, Pax Christi Chorale, Toronto Chamber Choir, Toronto Consort, and the Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers. In addition to several critically acclaimed recordings with Tafelmusik and the Toronto Consort, he’s also lent his voice to the soundtracks for the television series The Tudors and The Borgias.
Paul regards music as a key component in the synthesis that fuels his passions for the visual arts, literature, history, architecture and dance, where each discipline reflects, influences and informs the experiences of the others. When these elements come together it can make for an intensely satisfying and enriching experience. Performance highlights include appearances at the International Bach Festival in Leipzig with the Ottawa Bach Choir; High Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice; opening night of Opera Atelier's Don Giovanni at the New National Theatre in Tokyo; a celebrated new production of Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer with the Canadian Opera Company; and the soundscape installation A Time to Hear for Here in the Spirit House of the newly opened Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
David Yung, bass
Photo and bio to come.
Consort Members from previous seasons