Our upcoming performance of Mozart's MASS IN C MINOR
will take place in the Fall 2020. Date TBA
ELIZABETH POLESE Praised by The Globe and Mail as “powerful and engaging”, Canadian soprano Elizabeth Polese is enjoying her second year with l'Atelier Lyrique young artist ensemble at Opéra de Montréal. Highlights for this season include: Marzelline cover in Fidelio (Orchestre Métropolitain), Agnès cover in Written on Skin, and Pamina cover and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Opéra de Montréal); Title role in Rita (Sinfonia de Lanaudière; Messiah (Brott Music Festival, Toronto Choral Society); Bach Magnificat & Vivaldi Gloria (Pax Christi Chorale); Mozart Mass in C (Choral Connection); role debut as The Governess in The Turn of the Screw (Opera 5). She is the recipient of many prestigious prizes and awards, most notably the 2019 Sullivan Foundation award, Voix Nouvelles, Concours Manuvie d’Ochestre Symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Mozart Competition, and Ottawa Symphony Orchestra Sénécal-Mozart Prize. She is a proud alumna of the Tanglewood Music Centre, Rebanks Family Fellowship, Highlands Opera Studio, Banff Centre, and University of Toronto.
GEORGIA BURASHKO is a mezzo-soprano based in Toronto, Canada. She received her MMus from the University of Toronto Opera School and her BMus of vocal performance at McGill University's Schulich School of Music. Burashko spent the 2018/19 year as a Rebanks Family Fellow at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She previously studied with celebrated Canadian soprano Mary Morrison and has participated in summer festivals such as The International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI), The Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (ICAV), St. Andrews by the Sea Opera Workshop, Tafelmusik Baroque Institute, Opera in the 21st Century at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity and the Neil Semer Voice Institute (NSVI). Recent operatic roles Georgia has performed include Juno (Orphée aux Enfers), Tirinto (Imeneo), Zosha (Farewell Auschwitz), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in which she was praised for her 'heartfelt delivery, her luminous voice matching her radiant beauty’ (Opera Canada).
ROBERT MACLAREN Canadian tenor, Robert MacLaren spent 17 years living in Germany as an opera soloist, recitalist, and oratorio singer. Theatre and concert halls performances include: Saarbrücken, Cologne, Hannover, Bremen, Bern, Vienna, and Berlin, as well as Beijing and Tokyo. Favourite repertoire includes Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at Kassel Staatstheater and Hannover-Würzburg; Werther in J. Massenet's Werther, performed in Stadttheater Görlitz, Dortmund, Saarbrücken, and Würzburg; Don José in Bizet's Carmen at Mainfranken Theatre; Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman; and Rodolfo in “La Boheme” which he performed in Bejing, Bremen, Hannover, Bern, Saarbrücken, Linz, and Kassel. Orpheus (Berlin) defines him as "a sweet, loveable performer with the fine acting ability to be totally convincing in serious as well as cheerful moments. He is also an unusually good lyric tenor possessed of a rich mellowness, a voice capable of producing many contrasts, and expressive phrasing, an ability to create all the nuances of the voice from mezza-voce to radiant high notes." The South German Press declared him to have a "well focused voice and very youthful timbre."MacLaren's favourite Oratorio work is J.S. Bach's Johannes Passion, which he performed in Stadtisches Orchestrer in Trier, Saarbrücken, Montréal, and Québec City. He cites Verdi's Requiem (performed with the Orchester des Stadttheaters Trier) as his most dramatically challenging work, and Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio (performed with the Filharmonia Dolnoslaska and Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie at the Schlesischemusikfest) as the most fun. He also enjoyed performing recitals for the Wagner Association of Saarbrücken, including Schumann's Dichterliebe. Beyond teaching music, MacLaren has also taught through Frontier College in Northern Ontario and Gillam, Manitoba. He taught high school for four years in the Gaspé Region, and spent five years with the Tudor Singers of Montréal.
JOHANN VANITTERSUM holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and English as well as a Bachelor of Christian Education degree from Redeemer University College in Ancaster. He studied voice with Tannis Sprott and conducting with conductor and organist Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen. As a baritone, he sings with Arcady Singers, Redeemer University’s Alumni Choir, and St. Thomas’s Choral Connection. Johann is the artistic director of the recently-established Oxford Collegium Singers. He has a love for oratorio and has conducted major choral works, including Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Haydn’s Creation. At Oxford Reformed Christian School, Johann teaches English and music. Here his duties include conducting the school’s choral ensembles
AARON DIMOFF Aaron's burgeoning career has begun attracting notice across Canada. 2018 saw him performing as a finalist in the COC Centre Stage competition in Toronto, as well as Marcheses D'Obigny in Edmonton Opera's La Traviata, and Sacristan in Calgary Oprea's Tosca. Past operatic credits include Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, British Major in Silent Night, Father in Hansel and Gretel, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, and Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflote. The 2020 season begins with Aaron as a guest artist in the Glenn Gould School's production of L'heure Espangole, followed by Beethoven's 9th for the Okanagan Symphony, before returning to Alberta for a production of La Boheme with Edmonton Opera.