Finally, our great news is no longer under wraps. Mercury Opera will be presented at Magnetic North Festival on June 7th, 2015 in a one night only - pay- what- you -can performance of Fiamma that will take place under the arches alongside a World Heritage Site, The Rideau Canal, in Ottawa.
Meet the artists:
Coloratura soprano Kathleen Morrison is a young Canadian talent who is
known for her powerful voice and dramatic abilities. She is quickly
becoming a sought-after performer on the international operatic stage. Both in
Canada and Germany, Kathleen is best known for her portrayals of Mozart’s heroines: Die Königin
der Nacht Die Zauberflöte "Powerful, sexy, and vocally dominating" (Pause Magazine), Konstanze:
Entführung aus dem Serail “Especially beguiling" (Berliner1 - Berliner Morgenpost), and Benne.
Bastienne in Bastien ind Bastienne “Not only did she have a fantastic voice, with which she stood apart from her colleagues, but she plays her part convincingly with expressive facial expressions and
Club-Theater Berlin, sings for the Kammeroper Kleinmachnow, and is finishing up a second season in ‘Breakin’ Mozart’ in the historic Wintergarten Varieté.
gestures.” (Stadtrand Nachrichten) Her repertoire spans from the light to dramatic coloratura roles. Since 2012 Kathleen has been working professionally in Germany. She is one of the house sopranos for the
This past November, she had the privilege of
performing the role of Marzelline in Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ that was part of the official celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
She is also a laureate of the 2010 Jeunes Ambassadeurs
Lyriques under the Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20, and had the distinction of being the only singer selected from the West coast of Canada that year. She is the recipient of the Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant in 2010.
As a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Kathleen also holds an Artist's Diploma in Opera from the Vancouver Academy of Music. In addition to her studies in Canada, Kathleen is an alumna of the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Weimar, Germany) where she sang for 2 seasons. Kathleen currently divides her time between her hometown of Calgary, Alberta and Berlin.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Kathleen is often singled out for her distinct vocal flair and
rapport with the audience, "Morrison dealt with wonderful ease the longest vocal part, while also flirting with
Brandenburgisches Konzertorchester Eberswalde, Preussisches Kammerorchester, and the Berliner
the audience.” (Neues Deutschland). In the past year, she has performed as a featured soloist with the
Mezzo-Soprano, has been singing and
performing ever since she discovered the stage. She fell in love with
classical music at a young age, while singing for many years in a Calgary children’s
choir. She continued on to take private voice lessons and began to
discover her love of art song and opera. She went on to achieve a
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and a
Master of Music in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California.
While pursuing her studies, Sara performed the operatic roles of Nancy in
Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring (USC Thornton Opera), Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night's Dream (U. of
North Texas Opera) and Hora in Cavalli’s Egisto
(U. of North Texas Opera). She has also portrayed roles in numerous scenes from
the operas L’incoronazione di Poppea,
Candide, I Capuletti e i Montecchi, Don Giovanni, La Calisto and Così fan
Equally at home on the concert stage, Sara has been featured as a soloist
with Symphony of the Vines in San Luis Obispo, California, with the Horizon
Music Group in Los Angeles and with the South Dakota Chorale. In 2009,
Ms. Staples was a soloist at both the Taipei International Choral Festival and
the Boston Early Music Festival. Also an active recitalist, Ms. Staples
has performed as a part of the MountainView International Festival of Song and
Chamber Music, The Paso Robles Paderewski Festival, The Sunday’s Live Concert series at Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Casalmaggiore International Festival.
Since returning to
Alberta, she has performed the roles of The Foreign Princess in Dvořák’s Rusalka (Opera NUOVA), and Doris
Whithers in Mr. Moreover’s Magic
(Opera NUOVA) for the 2011 Fall School Tour in Edmonton. In Calgary she
has portrayed La Suora Zelatrice in Suor
Angelica (Calgary Concert Opera), Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Cowtown Opera), Mercédès in Carmen (Calgary Concert Opera) Maria
in The Sound of Music (Cowtown
Opera) as well as a number of other local concerts and performances.
Sara also teaches voice lessons in Calgary to students of all ages.
Lauren Woods is a
coloratura soprano from Calgary, Alberta. Lauren has been a performer since she
was a child, beginning with choir, piano, and figure skating. Lauren completed
a vocal performance diploma at Mount Royal University, and went on to the
University of British Columbia to complete a bachelor’s degree in Opera. She is
currently working to complete a Master's in Voice Performance at the Schulich
School of Music at McGill University. Most recently, Lauren performed Jake
Heggie's At the Statue of Venus in the Horizons project at McGill
and she played l'Amour in Rameau's Pygmalion. In 2013, Lauren
played Musetta in Cowtown Opera's La Boheme, Meg in The Phantom of
the Opera and Gilda in CCOC's Rigoletto. In 2012, Lauren
performed with Mercury Opera in Edmonton’s 104 Underground, Fiamma
and Calgary’s Alley-Oop as well as Ida in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus
and Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel with Cowtown Opera. In
2011, she played Susanna in Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro with Opera
NUOVA, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther with the Calgary Concert Opera
Company, and the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with
Cowtown Opera. At UBC she played Countess Blavinskeya in the world premiere of The
Dream Healer, Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff and Despina in Mozart’s Cosi
Fan Tutte in the Czech republic, Ontario and Vancouver. Besides performing
across the country, Lauren is a prominant voice/piano teacher and adjudicator
in Alberta. She is a member of the vocal ensemble 'La VIe' and is a resident
artist for Cowtown Opera. Lauren is extremely passionate about music, and
believes that music touches the heart, enriches lives and feeds the mind.
Vasyl Popadiuk and Papa Duke
Vasyl Popadiuk, a child prodigy, began his musical career at the tender age of six when he fell in love with the violin. That love continued at Ukraine's National Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music. Throughout the years, Popadiuk has toured with many prestigious troupes, including Ukraine's Hopak National Ensemble, Kiev's Gypsy Music Theatre Company, and the Nazarov Music Theatre Company of Moscow. He has performed for the late King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Sofia of Spain. Papa Duke, the band led and named after Popadiuk, plays music that is often described as “Gypsy World Fusion” with classical, jazz, latin and pop undertones.
Fire Weavers Sophie Latreille, Brigitte Ethier, and Robyn Brehaut bring an exciting sensory experience and some highly unique entertainment to audiences of all ages. Based in the Ottawa/Gatineau area they also travel worldwide.
In 2003 Sophie Latreille and Amber Robson, two professional fire dancers, met and joined forces to create the Fire Weavers and to bring a unique form of entertainment to all types of events. In 2009, Brigitte Ethier joined the team to make a trio. Then in 2013 Amber moved away and Robyn Brehaut joined the group. These talented women now offer fantastic solo, duet or trio performances. Audiences of all ages are left captivated by the magic and mystery of their dancing flames.
Every year these women create an even more spectacular fire show. This impressive fire show has been seen in thousands of event including large festivals, corporate events, schools and parties and has placed twice in the finale of the National Buskers Competition and won silver and bronze trophies in 2005 and 2006.
Natasha Lazarovic - costume designer
Born in August 1981 to parents Dennis Radyk and Pennelope Lazarovic, Natasha spent her youth finely immersed in the Canadian Ukrainian Greek Orthodox community. Her father's family originally immigrated from a mid sized village called Barnia Berazul in the Hutsul region of the Carpathian mountains bordering Romania and Ukraine.
Fromt he age of two Natasha was taught how to dance- both ballet and Ukrainian folk dance, violin, viola, musical theatre, opera, literature and culture were instilled in her throughout her upbringing and and integral to her evolution as an artist and designer.
She has been described as thus “AN ECCENTRIC LOCAL DESIGNER WHO SPECIALIZES IN CUSTOM EASTERN EUROPEAN INSPIRED PIECES. AS EACH PIECE IS AN ENTITY OF ITS OWN, THEY ARE NEVER DUPLICATED AS NOT TO LOSES THE INDIVIDUALITY AND ESSENCE OF THE ORIGINAL PIECE. THE MEDIUMS ARE VAST AND DETAILING THE CORE OF NATASHA’S WORK. USING ONLY AUTHENTIC AND RAW MATERIALS, NATASHA PRODUCES ONLY THAT IN IT’S HIGHEST QUALITY. SKILLED IN LEATHER WORK AND DESIGN, JEWELLERY AND THE USUAL MEDIUMS, NATASHA PRODUCES TWO LINES - ONE ELABORATE AND PROFOUND, THE OTHER TAILORED TO HIGH END EUROPEAN RUNWAY FASHION. BOTH EXCEPTIONALLY DETAILED AND MEMORABLE.”
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