Our upcoming performance of Handel's MESSIAH
will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m
Katy Clark | Soprano
Soprano and London native KATY CLARK lives in Toronto, where she is working on her DMA in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Nathalie Paulin. Katy was a recipient of the 2017-2018 Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency at the Royal Conservatory, and has sung with with the Amici Chamber Ensemble, the Canadian Opera Company Chorus, Shoestring Opera, The Elora Singers, and the 8-voice a-capella ensemble Opus 8. She won the 2019-2020 Norcop Prize in Song, and has also received prizes in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Sheila and Marla Zack Competition. Katy's favourite roles include Cunegonde in Candide, The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, and Despina in Cosí fan Tutte. The founder and producer of London’s Village Opera, Katy recently sang in their productions of The Great Lakes Suite…and Other Canadian Adventures, and the food-themed program Bon Appétit! Up next, she will be performing the 2020 Norcop Recital at Walter Hall on March 19, and is looking forward to Village Opera’s upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Zoo in May. She is thrilled to be performing so close to home with the Choral Connection!
Mezzo soprano LEAH GISELLE FIELD is equally at home performing opera, art song and symphonic repertoire. Recent performances include Debussy's Chanson de Bilitis and Shostakovich's From Jewish Folk Poetry in the Vancouver Opera Chamber Music Festival, Handel's Messiah, Verdi's Messa da Requiem, Mahler's Symphony No. 8, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Eugene Onegin, Le Nozze di Figaro and Hansel and Gretel with Vancouver Opera, and productions of Cendrillon, Luisa Miller, Suor Angelica and Aida across Canada.
Leah Giselle Field | Alto
Zachary Rioux | Tenor
“Praised by Matthew Timmermans of Ludwig van Toronto as “A Show-Stopping Tenor” 22-year-old ZACHARY RIOUX’s Summer of 2019 included performances as The Marquis in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and covering Gastone in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Glimmerglass Festival. This season, some highlights are performing as a soloist for Handel’s Messiah with L’Orchestre Classique de Montréal at the historic Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, and joining the Academy of Vocal Arts as a Resident Artist.
His other operatic experience includes productions of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as Tamino with BrottOpera, Toronto City Opera, and with the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music; Mozart’s Idomeneo, Lucio Silla, and The Marriage of Figaro as well as Charpentier’s Actéon and Rameau’s Pygmalion with Opera Atelier; Bizet’s Carmen with the Mississauga and York Symphony Orchestras; Handel’s Alcina and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with the Glenn Gould School.
In concert, Zachary has performed works with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra, Toronto Classical Singers, as well as Stratford Summer Music and the Indian River Festivals. In 2018, he performed as a finalist for the Opéra de Montréal’s Gala Talent at the Place des Arts in Montreal. He also participated in the IRCPA’s Singing Stars: The Next Generation concert, where he received the Louis Quilico Scholarship, and had Joseph So of Ludwig van Toronto write “He impressed with his lovely timbre and long breath-line, not to mention a very fff high C.” for his rendition of Gounod’s “Salut! Demeure chaste et pure” from Faust.
Mr. Rioux has been active in the competition scene this past year, earning a Gold Medal in the 1st Vienna International Music Competition, first place at the Elite International Music Competition, being named in the Top 30 Vocalists for the Harbin International Music Competition in China, and third place in the duo category of the Glenn Gould School’s Chamber Competition with pianist Linda Ruan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in May of 2019 from the Glenn Gould School.”
Michael Nyby | Baritone
Baritone MICHAEL NYBY, lauded for his “stentorian masculinity” (Carmina Burana) and “natural and commanding stage presence” (Danilo, The Merry Widow), has established himself on both the concert and opera stages throughout North America.
An especially sought-after interpreter of new music, Baritone Michael Nyby has created the roles of William Dale in Silent Night (Minnesota Opera, 2011), Brent Colgate in Georgia Bottoms (Huntsville Symphony, 2015), and Seth in Isis and Osiris (Opera In Concert, 2016). On the concert stage, his premieres include Scott Wheeler’s 200 Dreams from Captivity (Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, 2014), and Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest (Winnipeg Symphony, 2016).. He is well-known for his strong performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, for which he has been praised for his “incredible control and command of his tender and rich baritone”. Michael has performed this work over a dozen times with ensembles such as the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra. A veteran of the Toronto Operetta Theatre stage, he has been seen as Bumerli in The Chocolate Soldier (2017), and Onkel Josef in The Cousin from Nowhere (2014). Other highlights from Michael’s past seasons include Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Edmonton Opera, Cascada in The Merry Widow with Vancouver Opera, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs at the National Cathedral of Washington D.C.