COC Ensemble Studio Members

Learn more about our 2017/2018 Ensemble Studio members. 

Samuel Chan – Baritone

A native of Calgary, baritone Samuel Chan received his bachelor of music from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music (CCM). He placed second in the COC’s 2016 Ensemble Studio Competition and was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions–Western Canada District in 2015. His credits include Moralès in Carmen (Brott Music Festival); Gomatz in Zaïde, Calandrino in L’oca del Cairo, and Don Asdrubale in Lo sposo deluso (City Opera Vancouver); Donkey in The Bremen Town Musicians and Jacob Grimm in The Brothers Grimm (Highlands Opera Studio); Ruggiero in Alcina and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera D’Arte at CCM); Page in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra); and Pastore II/Apollo in L’Orfeo (Cincinnati Chamber Opera). This season with the COC, he appears as Second Japanese Envoy in The Nightingale and Other Short Fables and as the Usher in Rigoletto.

Last updated: August 2017

Lauren Eberwein – Soprano

Qualicum Beach, British Columbia native Lauren Eberwein placed second in the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio Competition in 2015 and made her COC debut as Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung in 2017. She is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and was an Emerging Artist with Opera Philadelphia. Her credits include Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Olivia in Cold Mountain and Clairon in Capriccio (Opera Philadelphia). She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Handel's Israel in Egypt with the New York Choral Society and last season made her Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Eberwein is a member of Philadelphia-based Gamut Bach Ensemble and is in residence at The Marlboro Music Festival. She is the recipient of a 2016 Sullivan Foundation Career Development Grant. In the COC’s 2017/2018 season she sings the roles of Giannetta in The Elixir of Love and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto.

Last updated: August 2017

Rachael Kerr – Pianist/Intern Coach

Rachael Kerr enjoys varied roles as a pianist. Credits include being a collaborative pianist at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Académie Orford Musique, a fellow at the Toronto Summer Music Festival, a two-time fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and an opera-coaching fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. As an orchestral pianist, she has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Niagara Symphony. Recently, she was a rehearsal pianist at the TSO for Mozart’s Requiem, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, and Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, among other projects. Ms. Kerr also performs frequently with her piano trio, the MIR Trio. She recently graduated with her doctorate from Northwestern University, where she was concurrently a faculty instructor in music theory. In the COC’s 2017/2018 season, she serves as rehearsal pianist for The Elixir of LoveRigoletto and The Nightingale and Other Short Fables.

Last updated: August 2017

Danika Lorèn – Soprano

A native of Saskatoon, Danika Lorèn is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Buffalo/Toronto District Auditions, the 2017 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards, the COC’s David and Anne Award, and the 2015 University of Toronto (UofT) Concerto Competition. She made her COC debut in the role of Woglinde in Götterdämmerung. Recent engagements include Coloratura Soprano in Kopernikus (Banff Centre); soloist in A Night at the Opera (Toronto Summer Music Festival); Tiny in Paul Bunyan (UofT Opera); and Rosina in The Barber of Seville (Saskatoon Opera). Orchestral appearances include Richard Strauss’ Op. 27 with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Fauré’s Requiem with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the London Fanshawe Chorus. She is also founding member of Collectìf, an artist collective dedicated to exploring art song as theatre. Ms. Lorèn completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UofT. This season with the COC, she appears in The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. She will also perform as a soloist in Haydn's Die Schöpfung with Toronto's Pax Christi Chorale in 2018.

Last updated: August 2017

Stéphane Mayer – Pianist/Intern Coach

Pianist Stéphane Mayer is a graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and studied under Kyoko Hashimoto and Michael McMahon. He also served as vocal coach and accompanist at Western University. In the COC’s 2016/2017 season, he was a rehearsal pianist for Norma, The Magic Flute and Louis Riel, as well as music director for Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature. He has served as an opera répétiteur for productions of The Marriage of Figaro and Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera NUOVA) and Don Giovanni (Opera McGill). As a piano accompanist, he studied with noted interpreters of German Lied, including Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Julius Drake, Andreas Schmidt and Roger Vignoles at the Franz-Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria. Mr. Mayer also participated in the presentation of two world premieres: The Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera/Scottish Opera) and Ours (Opera on the Avalon). This season with the COC, Mr. Mayer serves as rehearsal pianist for Arabella, The Abduction from the Seraglio and Anna Bolena.

Last updated: August 2017

Simone McIntosh – Mezzo-soprano

Vancouver-born mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh earned her master of music from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and received her bachelor’s degree in opera from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her credits include Ruggiero in Alcina, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Judith in Bluebeard's Castle, Waitress in Speed Dating Tonight! and Meg in Little Women (Opera McGill); Donna in Crush (Banff Centre); Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict (MY Opera); the Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen, Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann and Harry in Albert Herring (UBC Opera Ensemble); Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro (Burnaby Lyric Opera); and Cis in Albert Herring (Vancouver Opera). At the COC this season, she appears in The Nightingale and Other Short Fables and as the Page in Rigoletto.

Last updated: August 2017

Samantha Pickett – Soprano

Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, soprano Samantha Pickett studied opera at McGill and Wilfrid Laurier universities. Her credits include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Toronto Summer Opera Workshop); Anna in Crush (Banff Centre); the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera McGill and Opera Laurier); La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (Opera McGill); Micaëla in Carmen and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Opera NUOVA); Mrs. Demers in City Workers in Love, Lady Gerstein in One Lump or Two, Sophia in May 23, and First Lady in The Magic Flute (Opera Laurier). She has participated in the St. Andrews by-the-Sea Opera Workshop and the Bel Canto Summer Voice Program in Munich. Last season with the COC, she appeared in the choruses of Louis Riel and Tosca.

Last updated: August 2017

Megan Quick – Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Megan Quick is a native of Brockville, Ontario and completed her diploma in operatic performance at the University of Toronto. Her credits include Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw and Third Lady in The Magic Flute (Chautauqua Vocal Academy); alto soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Columbus Symphony Orchestra, under the baton on Rossen Milanov); Moppet in Paul Bunyan, Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Baba in The Medium, roles in The Fatal Gaze and The Art of the Prima Donna, and soloist in performances of “Das Lied der Waldtaube” from Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, (UofT Opera). Other engagements include performances of Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra. She is part of the COC Chorus for The Nightingale and Other Short Fables this season.

Last updated: August 2017

Bruno Roy – Baritone

Montreal-born baritone Bruno Roy won Third Prize in the COC’s 2015 Ensemble Studio Competition, and received his bachelor’s degree and master of music performance from McGill University. His recent credits include Belcore in The Elixir of Love (Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and Opera McGill); John Brooke in Little Women and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera McGill); Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette (Canadian Vocal Arts Institute); Matt in Crush (Banff Centre); L’Horloge/Le Chat in L’enfant et les sortilèges (Opera on the Avalon); and Papageno in The Magic Flute (Blooming Voce Summer Opera Workshop). He was also a soloist in Carmina Burana with Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes (OPCM). In 2017 he appeared as Second Priest in The Magic Flute, the Jailer in Tosca, and as Louis Schmidt and Dr. François Roy in Louis Riel at the COC. This season, he sings the roles of Lamoral in Arabella, Marullo in Rigoletto and appears in The Nightingale and Other Short Fables.

Last updated: August 2017


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