Opera Kelowna and UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies are delighted to be bringing OPUS back to the community this August 12th. Featuring an ensemble of Canadian opera artists & pianist Jennifer Tung, and hosted by our own Artistic Director Rosemary Thomson, the evening will feature a selection of well-known treasures and hidden delights from across the operatic repertoire.
Out of an abundance of caution, this year’s Opera Under the Stars will be available live online and free to watch.
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Performance: 8:15 to 9:45 p.m.
Watch for FREE below on August 12:
Canadian/Korean baritone Clarence Frazer brings his athletic presence and “silky-smooth baritone” to a wide range of roles. An alumnus of Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious Ensemble Studio and Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program, Clarence starred as Figaro with Pacific Opera Victoria in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello with Saskatoon Opera in La bohéme, and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Windsor Symphony and with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera.
Clarence sang Marcello in Against the Grain Theatre’s acclaimed 2019 production of La bohéme, touring from Yukon to Toronto, and covered the role of the Count in Le Nozze de Figaro with Edmonton Opera. In 2022, Clarence looks forward to his return to Edmonton Opera as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte.
Mr. Frazer has displayed his affinity for contemporary opera, singing the role of William Cormack in Shanawdithit (Burry/Nolan), a co-production of Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon, and portrayed James Isbister in the Canadian Opera Company’s acclaimed production of Louis Riel, with further performances at National Arts Centre and L’Opera de Quebec. In 2019, Clarence joined the stellar cast of a concert performance of Le Nozze di Figaro, understudying Figaro and singing Antonio with the National Arts Centre Orchestra; Alexander Shelley, conductor.
Recent concert performances for Mr. Frazer include Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with Bach Elgar Choir, Messiah (Windsor Symphony, Rideau Chorale, Chorus Niagara), and Mozart’s Requiem with Grand Philharmonic Choir, as well as Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Ottawa’s Caelis Academy Ensemble; Matthew Larkin, conductor.
Originally from Alberta, Canada, Taylor Pardell is a classically trained soprano who has a passion for opera and musical theatre. During her time in Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, she proudly performed the role of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Barbarina (Susanna u/s) in Le Nozze di Figaro as part of the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival.
Other credits include: Gilda (Rigoletto), Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen (Příhody Lišky Bystroušky). Most recently, Taylor was part of the ensemble in the new musical reading of Michael Strogoff: Courier of the Tsar in New York City.
Taylor has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, as well as Opera Kelowna. Ms. Pardell holds a M.Mus in Opera from the University of British Columbia and a B.Mus in Voice from the University of Toronto.
Canadian mezzo soprano, Stephanie Tritchew is a steadily rising young singer, at home in the realms of both contemporary and standard repertoire. A native of St. Catharines, she has been a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program at Vancouver Opera, a Gerdine Young Artist for two seasons with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and an Emerging Artist at Calgary Opera.
The 2019-2020 season saw Stephanie perform a role debut as Mother in Opera Kelowna’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, her Vancouver Bach Choir debut as the alto soloist in Messiah and most recently, a role debut as Cherubino in Edmonton Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro.
Although the majority of the 2020-2021 season was cancelled due to COVID-19, Stephanie was pleased to return to Vancouver Opera to make her debut as the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors for VO’s Digital Season. She is very grateful that all lost contracts from the 2020-2021 are in the process of being rescheduled, and looks forward to her debut with the Regina Symphony Orchestra as the Alto soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 2022, as well as her return to Edmonton Opera debuting the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte. Stephanie is so happy to return to her hometown of St. Catharines for her Niagara Symphony debut in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Tenor Martin Renner Wallace is from Victoria where he studied voice at the Conservatory of Music as well as completing a bachelors of music in performance at UVic. He moved to Vancouver to tour with “Vancouver Opera in Schools” programme before completing a masters of music in opera at UBC. Martin has been a member of the Young Artist programmes with the Victoria, Calgary and Vancouver opera companies as well as a participant in the Banff Summer opera Programme. Praised for his “exquisite high notes and lush warmth in his lower register” (Kelowna Daily Courier) he has recently appeared in roles such as Canio in Pagliacci, Pollione in Norma, and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as concerts like Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony number nine and Mahler’s Symphony number eight. In 2010 Martin was a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera competition proceeding the regionals in Seattle. Martin has sung with companies such as Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Vancouver Bach Choir. He remains an active performer in Canada and most recently on tour in China.
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