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

 

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.

 

Canadian soprano Corey Linforth is a young singer with a vibrant voice at the beginning of a promising career. She has performed as a soloist with groups such as Spiritus Ensemble, Arcady, Guelph Chamber Choir, Eviole, The Renaissance Singers, and Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra. She is also an active choral singer and works with The Toronto Chamber Choir, Nota Bene, Spiritus Ensemble, Arcady, and Guelph Chamber Choir, among others. Corey has attended a number of summer programs including Early Music Vancouver – The Compleat Singer (Canada), the Tallis Scholars’ Summer Schools (England), and Triora Musica – Early Opera Course (Italy) where she played Venere in La Dafne, by Marco di Gagliano in 2017 and Nunzia in La Liberazione di Ruggiero, by Francessca Caccini in 2016. Corey has played the role of Second Woman in Arcady’s recent (2017) production of Ruth, by Ronald Beckett. Corey also enjoys her work as the Music Director at St. Andrew’s Hespeler Presbyterian Church in Cambridge and as the Director of Eviole, an early music ensemble that sings primarily music from the 17th century written for and by women. More information is available at coreylinforth.com and eviole.ca.

 

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.

 

Eliza-Jane Cassey is a vocalist and musicologist from Kettleby, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Religious Studies from McGill University and an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing an MA in Musicology at UofT, where her research interests include philosophical aesthetics and convent music in early modern Italy. This past summer she joined Musica Secreta in Triora, Italy, to embark on a revival of newly rediscovered manuscripts from the convents of Ferrara, and sang the role of Suor Infermiera in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival. Back home in Toronto she is the artistic director of Sub Rosa Ensemble, a new student collective dedicated to 17th-century repertoire by female composers. She also sings with Cor Unun Ensemble, St. Clement’s Anglican Church, St. James Cathedral, and is a member of the Schola Cantorum at St. Basil’s Catholic Parish. She is passionate about performing as part of her research process and is thrilled to be involved in the TCC’s Christmas in San Marco program.

Mezzo-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.

 

JonathanMacArthurJonathan 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.

 

Arieh Sacke, tenor, is currently in his second year of his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, where he studies voice performance under tenor Dr. Darryl Edwards. An early music enthusiast, Arieh studied at Early Music Vancouver’s Baroque Vocal Programme, presently sings with the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum, and is thrilled to join the Toronto Chamber Choir Consort this season. Arieh has sung at various concerts and recitals at the University of Toronto,and has also performed alongside cantor and oudist Aaron Bensoussan at the 60th Anniversary Concert of Beth Emeth Bais Yehudah Synagogue and at Jewish Music Week 2014. Arieh is a passionate choral singer, also singing with the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers, the Beth Tzedec Congregation, and having sung this year with 2017 Ontario Youth Choir. Arieh is a recipient of the Mary Morrison Award in Vocal Performance, the John O. McKellar Scholarship, and the Katherine Cherney Raxlen Zeldin Vocal Award.

 

Paul Winkelmans, baritone, recently completed a Master’s Degree in Voice and Opera with soprano Dominique Labelle at McGill University. Originally from Victoria, BC, he is quickly making a home in Toronto as a member of several choirs, including the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Amadeus Choir, and the Toronto Chamber Choir. Comfortable in both opera and concert settings, recent roles include Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Manitoba Underground Opera), Frank in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Opera McGill), and Melisso in Handel’s Alcina (Opera McGill). His concert work includes bass soloist parts in Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, and Fauré’s Requiem.

 

Consort Members from previous seasons:

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