2019-2020

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Sinéad White, soprano

Victoria Marshall, alto

Thomas Burton, tenor

Colin Frotten, tenor

Graham Robinson, bass-baritone

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.

Hailed for her “warmly burnished vocals and dramatic intensity” (Holly Harris, Opera Canada), mezzo-soprano Victoria Marshall’s star is rising as an interpreter of art-song, opera, and oratorio. She made her professional debuts singing Handel’s Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Case Scaglione, with the Regina Symphony Orchestra under Hart Godden, and with the National Academy Orchestra under Boris Brott. Ms. Marshall 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. Victoria’s operatic roles include Isabella in L’Italiana In Algeri (Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance), Idamante in Idomeneo (Manitoba Underground Opera), Olga in Eugene Onegin (Muskoka Opera), Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia (MYOpera), and Mme de la Haltière in Cendrillon (MUO). Recent highlights include singing Virginia in Muse 9’s multi-disciplinary production of Argento’s Pulitzer Prize-winning song cycle, The Diary of Virginia Woolf, and Samantha Melrose in BOUND, A Handel Mash-up (Against the Grain Theatre). She has frequently performed with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, and the Toronto Chamber Choir. Ms. Marshall is an alumnus of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the St. Andrews Opera Workshop for Advanced Singers.

Raised in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Thomas Burton is a multifaceted musician new to the Toronto area. A graduate of McGill’s University’s Orchestral Training Program, Thomas has performed as a trombonist with such groups as the McGill Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre Symphonique de l’Agora. He has enjoyed singing as a tenor with some of Canada’s finest ensembles, including the acclaimed groups Voces Boreales and the National Youth Choir of Canada. An avid performer of early music, he has performed as a soloist with the University of Michigan Baroque Orchestra and with the Red Roof Choir of St. John the Evangelist in Montreal. As a conductor, Thomas has appeared as a conducting fellow with the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, the Chorus America Conducting Academy, and the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s Sing Summer Choir Camps. He currently serves as Director of Music at Munn’s United Church in Oakville and as Apprentice Conductor with the Oakville Choirs for Children and Youth. A recipient of the Iwan Edwards Prize in Choral Conducting and the Kenneth Elloway prize in Classical Performance, Thomas holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Michigan where he studied with Drs Jerry Blackstone and Eugene Rogers.

Colin FrottenColin Frotten is a pianist, tenor, and music director currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Originally from Nova Scotia, Colin went on to graduate from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick before moving to the city. He performs regularly throughout the city as a tenor and pianist. Recent performances include tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony (Fredericton Symphony Orchestra) and Handel’s Messiah (Symphony Chorus and Orchestra), and work with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Opera Atelier, and Choir 21. Previous operatic roles include Don Basilio/Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera York), Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Opera by Request), Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Maritime Concert Opera), Grimoaldo in Handel’s Rodelinda, and Little Bat in Britten’s Susannah (both with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival). Recent musical theatre credits include Anthony in Sweeney Todd (First Act Productions), and George in The Wedding Singer (Curtain Call Players). Upcoming performances include a return to the Symphony Chorus and Orchestra in Saint John, NB as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and Camille in Lehar’s The Merry Widow (Maritime Concert Opera). Colin most recently acted as music director of First Act Production’s Dogfight, and looks forward to continuing in this role for FAP’s productions of Theory of Relativity and Parade in 2020. As a passionate educator and arts advocate, Colin has a very active private piano/voice studio and is on faculty at First Act Youth Company, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and works as General Manager of Toronto’s That Choir.

Consort Members from previous seasons:

2018-2019

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Sinéad White, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, alto

Victoria Marshall, alto

Jonathan MacArthur, tenor

Nick Veltmeyer, tenor

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