Opera Kelowna Partners with the Vernon Proms for 2 Exquisite Evenings
Opera Kelowna is delighted to return to the stages of the Vernon Proms to share this unique art form with you. Many composers wrote their best music when bringing a character to life by telling a musical story. Join host Rosemary Thomson as she leads you through different eras of operatic brilliance exploring music by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Gounod, Bernstein and others. Thomson notes that “the combination of text and music, voice and instruments is unparalleled. I saw my first Bohème when I was ten and cried all the way home. I have been in love with opera ever since. The human intimacy combined with the theatrical grandeur simply lights up my life and I can’t wait to share these favourites with you.”
With exquisite singing by two of the Okanagan’s finest rising stars in the opera world and Kelowna legend Arnold Draper at the piano, this will be a magical evening of live music, an oasis of connection after a long isolation.
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.
In the 2020-2021 season, Stephanie makes her Niagara Symphony Orchestra debut as the alto soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and returns to Edmonton Opera to perform a role debut as Dorabella in Così fan tutte. The 2019-2020 season saw Stephanie perform a role debut as Mother in Opera Kelowna’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, make her Vancouver Bach Choir debut as the alto soloist in Messiah, return to Edmonton Opera to perform a role debut as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and make her Regina Symphony Orchestra debut as the alto soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
As a passionate advocate for and skillful practitioner of contemporary music, Stephanie has been involved in several world premieres including as the Mystic Blindwoman (cover) in Shalimar the Clown at Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Birgitta (Bandits in the Valley with Tapestry Opera), Julia/Mother in Pomegranate Opera as part of 2019 Pride Toronto and Union Organizer in Sweat with The Bicycle Opera Project, where she is also a collective member. Stephanie holds an Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto Opera School where she studied with Wendy Nielsen, as well as a BMus and MMus from the University of Western Ontario.
Young Canadian soprano Olivia Smith (21 yrs old) hails from Kelowna, British Columbia and will soon be entering the fourth year of her undergraduate degree at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, studying with esteemed faculty, Ruth Falcon.
This 2019/2020 season she had the privilege to perform concert scenes with world renowned conductor and Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and most recently performed the role of Berta in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She was also scheduled to sing the role of Servilia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with the Curtis Opera Theater in May, 2020. She has performed the roles of Cathleen in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea and First Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, with the Curtis Opera Theater.
In February 2019 she entered the George London Competition, where she received the Henry and Dianna Asher Family Charitable Fund encouragement grant as the youngest finalist.