ABUNDANT THANKS TO MAGNETIC NORTH FESTIVAL FOR BRINGING US TO OTTAWA.

Here are some highlights:  the incredible talent of violinist Vasyl Popadiuk, our guest artist - with more highlights to come, and a testimonial from an attendee.

"I attended your performance of Fiamma in Ottawa last night and it was fabulous!  If you think you are not a fan of opera, after a Mercury Opera performance you'll want to be one!  Congratulations to the cast and crew on a job very well done!" Crystal Parsons


I attended your performance of Fiamma in Ottawa last night and it was fabulous! If you think you're not a fan of opera, after a Mercury Opera performance you'll want to be one! 
Congratulations to the cast and crew on a job very well done!


DETAILED AND MEMORABLE.”




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.