2018-2019

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Sinéad White, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, alto

Victoria Marshall, alto

Jonathan MacArthur, tenor

Nick Veltmeyer, tenor

 

Anna KwiatkowskaAnna Kwiatkowska’s operatic roles include Titania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosine in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and Sandrine in La Cecchina by Piccini. Apart from her work as a soloist, Ms. Kwiatkowska’s great interest in choral singing brought her to the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir in Poland, with a concert schedule that included a joint performance tour with the Gabrieli Consort and Players in Paris and London. Her Toronto performances include Opera Atelier’s production of La Clemenza di Tito (chorus) and Tafelmusik Choir’s performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C Major conducted by Kent Nagano. Ms. Kwiatkowska is also a soprano soloist/section leader at St. Paul’s Bloor Street church in Toronto.

 

Sinead WhiteSoprano Sinéad White is currently based in Toronto while completing a post-graduate certificate in Historical Performance at the University of Toronto. During the past few months, she has performed with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, Theatre of Early Music, the Opera Atelier chorus and the Toronto Chamber Choir. Other highlights from last year include a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater under the direction of Chloe Meyers as part of Early Music Vancouver’s Bach Festival and singing as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Kelowna, BC with the Okanagan Festival Singers alongside members of the Okanagan Symphony. While living in Vancouver, she was able to study baroque repertoire with soprano Nancy Argenta, thanks to a generous scholarship from Early Music Vancouver. Sinéad looks forward to performing as a young artist at the Boston Early Music Festival this summer under the direction of Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette. Sinéad holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Voice/Opera Performance from McGill University.

 

Rebecca ClabornPraised for her “mellifluous yet clear” singing (James Young, Music in Victoria), mezzo-soprano Rebecca Claborn has performed with some of Canada’s finest ensembles and appears on the Juno-nominated recording The Heart’s Refuge with the Theatre of Early Music and the Schola Cantorum. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Alberta. Solo highlights include Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Ottawa Bach Choir, Israel in Egypt with the Richard Eaton Singers, and Messiah with the Choir of St. James Cathedral; Bach’s Cantata 54 with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and Psalm 51 with the Victoria Baroque Players; and Bertali’s Lamento della Regina d’Inghilterra with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra.

 

Victoria MarshallMezzo-soprano Victoria Marshall has been hailed for her rich and powerful voice, and for her ͞performance with aplomb and humour. (Pierre Meunier, La Liberté). She made her two professional debuts in Handel’s Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Case Scaglione and with the Regina Symphony Orchestra under Hart Godden. Victoria also created the role of Vashti in the world premiere of the science-fiction opera, The Machine Stops, based on E.M. Forster’s short story. Ms. Marshall is looking forward to singing in BOUND, A Handel Mash-up, Against the Grain Theatre’s first workshop in a three-year concept to realization production. Recent highlights include Idamante in Idomeneo (Manitoba Underground Opera), La Maestra Delle Novizie in Suor Angelica (TrypTych Opera), Olga in Eugene Onegin (Muskoka Opera), Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia (MYOpera), Moppet in Paul Bunyan (U of T Opera), and Madame de la Haltière in Cendrillon (MUO). Concert credits include B Minor Mass, St. Matthew Passion with Winnipeg’s Canzona, and St. John Passion with Toronto’s Cor Unum Ensemble. In addition to her TCC engagements, Victoria is a member of the Tafelmusik Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers. She studies with Wendy Nielsen in Toronto, and has formerly studied with Mel Braun in Winnipeg.

 

Jonathan MacArthurJonathan MacArthur is a graduate of the University of Toronto Opera department, has studied at the Saint-Petersburg State University and the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He toured China with iSING, was a fellow at Music Academy of the West, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, as well as the Accademia Europea dell’Opera. Continuing his studies with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute as well as the Vancouver Early Music: Compleat Singer. Jonathan performed the Evangelist in St. John’s Passion led by Adrian Butterfield, and was a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana at his home province’s Indian River Festival. Jonathan has performed with the Toronto Masque Theatre, Theatre of Early Music, Capella Intima, Soundstreams, Tapestry Opera, Opera Atelier, Jeunesse Musicales du Canada, Opera 5, Whose Opera?!, Confidential Opera Project, Cor Unum Ensemble, Stratford Summer Music and was a member of the DORA Award winning ensemble of Against the Grain’s Messiah. Jonathan is currently the General Manager at Against the Grain Theatre and in an two-year mentorship as the inaugural company-in-residence with the Canadian Opera Company.

 

Nick VeltmeyerNick Veltmeyer is Organ Scholar at St. James Cathedral (Toronto), a scholar of Historic Performance at the University of Toronto and Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Saint David. Nick was awarded a scholarship and bursary from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust for his studies in sacred music and Classical literature at the University of King’s College under the tutelage of 5-time Grammy Award winner Paul Halley. As an educator, Nick has taught privately and founded educational music programs at St. Stephen’s (Chester) and Christ Church (Dartmouth). Nick was also instrumental in the development of Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir, acting as Assistant Director for several years. As a composer, Veltmeyer has written for the University of King’s College Chapel Choir and has produced multimedia collaborations with 2016 Sobey Art Award finalist William Robinson and internationally renowned light-artist Kurt Laurenz Theinert. In 2018, Nick founded Aureas Voces, an early music ensemble based out of Halifax. In March, they gave the contemporary premiere of a setting of John Donne’s Lamentations of Jeremiah, in May a new adaption of J.S. Bach’s Clavier-Übung III (German Organ Mass) for choir, continuo and organ, and in June they performed a concert of Tudor music arranged with harp accompaniment. The final program of their inaugural season featured Nick’s original arrangements from the Helen Creighton Collection.

 

Consort Members from previous seasons:

2017-2018

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Corey Linforth, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, alto

Eliza-Jane Cassey, alto

Victoria Marshall, alto

Jonathan MacArthur, tenor

Arieh Sacke, tenor

Paul Winkelmans, baritone

2016-2017

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Julia Morson, soprano

Catharin Carew, alto

Rebecca Claborn, alto

Jonathan MacArthur, tenor

Andrew Walker, tenor

Matthew Li, bass

2015-2016

Rebecca Genge, soprano

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, alto

Catharin Carew, alto

Jonathan MacArthur, tenor

Daniel Wheeler, tenor

Richard Hrytzak, baritone

2014-2015

Elisabeth Hetherington, soprano

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Jessica Wright, alto

Catharin Carew, alto