The program is designed to bring talented and internationally recognized artists as guest teachers to the Okanagan, providing daily master classes, Alexander Technique, vocal coaching, diction and scene study. Our students are exposed to a very high caliber of instruction and a number of performance opportunities with the program culminating in a staged opera performance with costumes, sets and orchestra at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
Lyric Soprano Alexandra Babbel, the founder and artistic director of Opera Kelowna, has enjoyed an Operatic career in throughout North America and Europe. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Alberta and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Bernard McDonald has garnered wide-ranging experience the traditional way as a coach, assistant conductor and chorus director with major companies in Europe, America and the Far East.
Gordon Gietz created the role of Stingo in Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice at Covent Garden under Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Trevor Nunn. He appeared as Tamino, Don Ottavio, Cassio and Alfred at the Opéra National de Paris and created the character of Yonas in the world première of Kaija Saariaho’s Adriana Mater.
Victoria native Kinza Tyrrell is one of Canada’s most sought after vocal coaches and repetiteurs. Her musical education has been extensive, and includes receiving her Doctorate in piano and vocal coaching from McGill University under the tutelage of Michael McMahon.
With a repertoire spanning three centuries, Nancy Argenta has been hailed not only as the supreme Handel soprano of our age but also for her performances of works by such diverse composers as Mahler, Mozart, Schubert and Schoenberg. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Ozawa, Gardiner, Davis, Blomstedt, Pinnock, Hogwood and Norrington. She has sung with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Toronto, Montreal, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras
Originally from England, Emma Jarrett studied The Alexander Technique there in the early 90’s and has been specializing in work with musicians and actors for the past 20 years.
Her passion lies in helping the person behind the performance in their ever unfolding need to grow, problem solve and respond creatively as the foundation of authentic, meaningful performance and in the pursuit of rich collaboration. Work at UBC Music School, on the VISI program and annually with the BC Performing Arts Festival has helped her make BC her personal and professional home.
Hailed as ‘a singer with uncommon theatrical sensibility and musical intelligence’, soprano Ingrid Attrot has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Dutoit, Marriner, Willcocks, Pinnok and Hickox. Her work with conductor Richard Hickox has included performances of the Britten War Requiem, Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford), and Beethoven’s Fidelio (Leonora). Opera companies with which she has worked include the English National Opera (as Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw), Opera Northern Ireland (as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni), and Pacific Opera (as Abigaille in Nabucco and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte).
Ingrid has recorded extensively for the Chandos label, including Respighi’s Deità Silvane and Stanford’s Stabat Mater, both with the BBC Philharmonic, Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, Holst’s The Wandering Scholar with the Northern Sinfonia (Hickox), Vivaldi’s Gloria with The English Consort (Pinnock) and Handel’s Floridante with Tafelmusik (Curtis).
Her particular affinity for contemporary repertoire was first recognized by her winning of the Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition. This led to many collaborations with composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Geoffrey Burgon, Hugh Wood, Nicola LeFanu, Julian Philips and John Greer. She has sung in major festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the BBC Proms. In recital she has appeared at the Concertgebauw (Amsterdam), Le Monnaie (Brussels), Royal Opera House (London), and at the Wigmore Hall (London).
From 2003-2007, she was the Artistic Director of the “Summer Music on the Shannon” Youth Opera Theatre at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She was Music Director for Out of the Box Productions, 2004-2006, and is Co-artistic Director of Nelson Courses for Singers.
Ingrid is a former student of Selena James at the VCM. Her background includes a Post Graduate Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto, and training at the National Opera Studio, London, England.
Ingrid is head of the voice department, Opera Studio, and Director of the Voice Collegium program.
Janine Trudeau BHK (Bachelor of Human Kinetics UBC 1992)
Certified Pilates Teacher and Instructor Trainer
Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher
Certified Titleist Golf Performance Instructor
After a decade as a personal trainer, sport instructor and group fitness leader Janine was drawn to the amazing results and functional benefits of the Pilates method. With over 15 years experience as a fully certified STOTT Pilates Teacher and Instructor Trainer Janine now specializes in Pilates based programs for postural alignment, core stabilization, shoulder, neck and back care, pre and post natal health, hip, knee and foot function and sport application.
Janine’s Pilates journey has taken her around the world offering teacher training courses and workshops throughout Europe. She has trained international ballet dancers, worked as a Pilates conditioning specialist with National Sports Teams in Canada (sailing) and Norway (golf), and assisted with corporate Pilates wellness programs. Janine is also certified as a golf fitness expert with Titleist Performance Institute, is a 200 hr trained Hatha Yoga Teacher and holds a Bachelors degree in Human Kinetics from UBC. Her goal is to help students of all age and background to improve and understand correct movement patterns, joint function and deep muscle stabilization techniques to re-balance the asymmetries in their body. When pain and compression is replaced with stable, balanced strength and mobility, endless potential exists for improving sport performance and enjoying a fit and active lifestyle.