2014-2015

Elisabeth Hetherington, soprano

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Jessica Wright, alto

Catharin Carew, alto

 

2015-2016

Rebecca Genge, soprano

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, alto

Catharin Carew, alto

Jonathan Macarthur, tenor

Daniel Wheeler, tenor

Richard Hrytzak, baritone

 

2016-2017

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Julia Morson, soprano

Catharin Carew, alto

Rebecca Claborn, alto

Jonathan Macarthur, tenor

Andrew Walker, tenor

Matthew Li, bass

 

RebeccaGengeRebecca Genge, soprano, recently completed her Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, where she was the recipient of the Douglas Bodle – St. Andrew’s Graduating Award in Oratorio. As a member of the University of Toronto’s Schola Cantorum, she has performed with Emma Kirkby, the Tallis Scholars, and the Gabrieli Consort. Rebecca has also participated in several recording projects, including the Juno nominated disk The Heart’s Refuge for Analekta with the Theatre of Early Music and Schola Cantorum and a recording of choral Christmas music for Sony to be released this winter. In the fall 2015, Rebecca began her Master of Music in Historical Performance at the University of Toronto where primary vocal professor is Daniel Taylor.

 

AnnaKwiatkowskaAnna 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.

 

JuliaMorson

Canadian soprano, Julia Morson, has been praised for her versatility of sound and style working in all genres of music from opera, oratorio, and early music to experimental, new music and jazz. Recent solo and operatic engagements have included works by Handel, Bach, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Mozart, Pärt, Britten, Purcell, Haydn, Fauré, and Mahler. She regularly premiers new compositions, has collaborated with many composers, and performed with an eclectic mix of ensembles ranging from early music specialists to classical/psychedelic fusion bands. Julia has appeared across Europe and North America, including performances in London, Liverpool, Dublin, Paris, Milan, Siena, New York City, and Toronto. Julia appears as a soloist on “Revelation” (music by Patrick Hawes – Naxos release February 2017); and “Symphony No 2, ‘The Resurrection’ – Gustav Mahler” (Chestnut CD012 release March 2017). She also appears on a variety of recordings with many Juno and GRAMMY nominated ensembles, including Andrew Davis’s most recent “Messiah” (Chandos, 2016); “The Vale of Tears” (Analetka, 2015); and “Apocalypsis” (Analekta, 2016).

 

RebeccaClabornPraised 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 Händel’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.

 

 

CatharinCarewDescribed as “a real personality with a dark edge to her mezzo as well as clear top notes” (WhatsOnStage, UK) as well as “exhilarating” by Opera Canada, Canadian mezzo Catharin Carew holds Masters of Music in Vocal Performance both from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London England, and McGill University, Montreal. Extremely active professionally in oratorio and opera, as well as contemporary chamber music, Catharin was the first prize recipient of the 2010 NYCO Mozart competition, a semi-finalist in the 2011 Eckhardt-Gramatté competition, and a finalist in the 2013 Clifford Poole Vocal Competition with Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.  Previous season highlights have included premiering the role of Maeve in Ana Sokolovic’s The Midnight Court at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre; Miss Donnithorne in Maxwell-Davies’ one-woman opera, Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot with the Pazzia Collective; the Mezzo in Georges Aperghis’ Sextour: L’origine des espèces in Montreal’s MusiMars; numerous reprisals of Madame French Fry in Tapestry New Opera works children’s opera Get Stuffed! as well as a staged version of José Evangelista’s Exercices de style at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. An avid singer of oratorio and strong recitalist, Catharin has performed with Cantabile Chamber Singers, the Church of the Redeemer Bach Vespers series, the Durham Philharmonic, the Canadian Sinfonietta, Vocal Horizons, Pax Christi Chorale, as well as the BBC 2005 composer’s festival highlighting James MacMillan.

 

Tenor Daniel Wheeler is a maritimer who hails from Halifax N.S. He recently graduated from the Artist Diploma Program from the Glenn Gould School and also holds a double performance BMus in voice and double bass from Western University.  He has studied historical performance at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and at GGS with early music specialist, soprano Ann Monoyios. Performances from 2015 include Against The Grain Theatre’s staged production of Handel’s Messiah (chorus), tenor soloist for the Mozart Requiem with Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra and the role of Roi Ménélas in the Glenn Gould School’s production of Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène. In February 2016, Daniel will be playing Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Tryptych and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony. Daniel plays regularly with The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra as principle double bass and will also be heading to New Brunswick for the Bathurst Chamber music Festival in May.  He can also be seen playing bass and singing in his chamber group the Hybridity Ensemble.

 

JonathanMacArthurJonathan Russell MacArthur is a recent recipient of a Master’s in Opera at the University of Toronto, read Russian at the Saint-Petersburg State University, and has performed operas in Santa Barbara, Vancouver, Eastern Canada, and throughout Italy and China. He studied Early Music at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and at the Baroque Vocal Programme – Compleat Singer. Jonathan has enriched his studies through performances as Damon in Handel’s Acis & Galatea (Toronto Masque Theatre), Tirsi in Marco da Gagliano’s La Dafne (Capella Intima), and with the Toronto Chamber Choir. An enthusiast for New Music, Jonathan is a Project Assistant with Tapestry Opera, FAWN Chamber Creative, and Musica Reflecta.

 

RichardHrytzakRichard Hrytzak most recently has appeared in Opera Atelier Toronto’s productions of Handel’s Alcina, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, and The Magic Flute. Other recent appearances have been with Nota Bene Baroque Players, Arcady Ensemble, Elora Festival Singers, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra, and Spiritus Ensemble. Coming up Richard will be performing with Spiritus as bass soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Richard studied voice at the University of Ottawa, in Kitchener with Victor Martens, and at the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute.

Matthew Li appears regularly as a concert soloist with highlights including the role of Jesus in  Johannes-Passion (Schütz), and the bass solos in Missa in Angustiis (Haydn), Choral Fantasy (Beethoven), Coronation Mass (Mozart), The Ecstasies Above  (O’Regan), and Réquiem (Fauré). On the opera stage, he has performed in the chorus for Paul Bunyan (Britten) with  the University of Toronto Opera Division, and in a concert production of Don Giovanni (Mozart) as both Masetto and Il Commendatore. Currently, Matthew is in his undergraduate studies in voice performance at the University of Toronto where he is a recipient of the Robert William Bygrave Bursary. He studies under renowned Canadian countertenor Daniel Taylor.

 

OriginalAndrew Walker, a rising tenor from Toronto, is grateful to be working with the Toronto Chamber Choir through their Consort program. Andrew pursued his training at St. Michael’s Choir School, during which time he performed across the globe in Italy, the Czech Republic, and across North America. Upon graduation, he was selected to be a Choral Scholar at Truro Cathedral in the UK, where he participated in a CD, tour, and a live broadcast on BBC Radio. Now based in Toronto, he regularly performs with the Choir of the Cathedral Church of St. James, The Elora Singers, the Theatre of Early Music and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. He has appeared as a soloist in Andrew Ager’s Führerbunker and in Orchestra Toronto’s Viva Italia! light classics concert. Andrew is a student at Glendon College, York University, studying political science and Canadian Studies.