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6/13/2012

Busy summer for four new Ensemble Studio members


(L to R) Claire de Sévigné, Cameron McPhail, Sasha Djihanian and Owen McCausland performing at the 2011 inaugural Ensemble Studio Competition. Photos: Chris Hutcheson © 2011


The inaugural Ensemble Studio Competition in November 2011 was the first time that final auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio were open to a public audience. Out of 10 talented finalists competing that evening in front of a sold-out crowd at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, four were selected to join the 2012/2013 Ensemble Studio. Before they officially join us in mid-August, the four singers have busy summers ahead of them. Here is a quick preview of their summer projects:

   

(L) Sasha Djihanian and (R) Owen McCausland 


Sasha Djihanian competed in the Montreal International Music Competition in early June, and now moves on to the Castleton Festival in Washington, DC, to sing Micaëla in Lorin Maazel's production of Carmen. She then spends time in Chautauqua, NY, for coachings and to work in her repertoire.

Owen McCausland sings Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland at the end of June. After a relaxing July, Owen travels to Prince Edward Island to perform a recital at the Indian River Music Festival on August 4.


   

(L) Cameron McPhail and (R) Claire de Sevigne   

Cameron McPhail completed his Masters degree from Yale and finished his first production of The Rape of Lucretia as Tarquinius with Yale Opera in late spring. Summer takes him to Santa Barbara, CA, where he sings Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress as a fellow at Marilyn Horne's Music Academy of the West

Claire de Sévigné sings the role of Oksana G. with Tapestry New Opera in their ongoing workshop of The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G in June, along with current Ensemble Studio member Christopher Enns. At the end of June, Claire travels to Aspen, CO, to sing and train at the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

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6/1/2012

Ensemble Studio is out for the Summer


Members of the 2011/2012 COC Ensemble Studio (l – r):  Jacqueline Woodley, Christopher Enns, Jenna Douglas, Philippe Sly, Neil Craighead, Mireille Asselin, Ambur Braid, Timothy Cheung, Rihab Chaieb, Adrian Kramer, Simone Osborne. (Absent: Ileana Montelbetti). Photo: Chris Hutcheson © 2011

It's been a busy season for the young artists of the 2011/2012 Ensemble Studio, a year filled with notable highlights and memorable performances. They took to the COC mainstage in productions of Iphigenia in Tauris, Rigoletto, Tosca, The Tales of Hoffmann, Gianni Schicchi and the Ensemble Studio performance of Semele; performed in front of 15,000 children at elementary schools across Ontario through the Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour; and appeared in filled-to-capacity concerts with the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. This was all on top of regular coachings, training, understudying roles and other performances that regularly fill the day-to-day schedules of the Ensemble Studio artists!

Though the season is over, summer can be just as busy for these rising opera stars. Here is a short preview of where summer takes the seven Ensemble Studio members who are returning for the 2012/2013 season, as well as the five singers who have just graduated from the program. We'll be following them and their summer projects in the months to come. 

Returning next season:

   

(L) Mireille Asselin and (R) Ambur Braid shared the role of Semele in the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio performance of Semele, 2012. Photos: Michael Cooper.


Mireille A
sselin participates in the Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program, performing the roles of Phénice and Lucinde in Lully’s Armide

Ambur Braid coaches two upcoming roles at Santa Fe and works with conductor and pianist Richard Bonynge in Chautauqua, as well as participates in the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival


   

(L) Rihab Chaieb and (R) Neil Craighead in performances at the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Photo of Rihab Chaieb: Karen E. Reeves. Photo of Neil Craighead: Chris Hutcheson 


Neil Craighead spends July in St. Andrews By-The-Sea, New Brunswick, studying with Wendy Neilsen. 

Rihab Chaieb will also spend a week in New Brunswick, studying with Wendy Neilsen, before going to Chicago and Munich for auditions, coaching, and language study. In August, Rihab joins Ambur at the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival. 


   

(L) Christopher Enns as Jupiter in the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio performance of Semele, 2012. Photo: Michael Cooper. (R) Jenna Douglas and Timothy Cheung in performance at the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Photo: Karen E. Reeves.


Christopher Enns
 starts his summer off with a concert with Chorus Niagara this weekend, June 2-3, in St. Catharines. He then workshops The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G with Tapestry New Opera in Toronto before leaving for Dresden in July for German language study. 

Timothy Cheung will be exploring Europe and traveling to Hong Kong.

Jenna Douglas will also be working on her German this summer, studying the language in Berlin.


2011/2012 Ensemble Studio graduates:

   

(L)Adrian Kramer and (R) Ileana Montalbetti in performances at the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Photos: Chris Hutcheson


Adrian Kramer 
sings Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Saskatoon Opera in June. He spends the rest of the summer camping and canoeing in Northern Ontario.  

Ileana Montalbetti has started her summer off with the Montreal International Music Competition from May 28 - June 8. She then spends the rest of summer in Europe for auditions and language study.


   

(R) Simone Osborne and (L) Philippe Sly in performances at the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Photo of Simone Osborne: Chris Hutcheson. Photo of Philippe Sly: Karen E. Reeves.


Simone Osborne
 starts her summer in New York City coaching upcoming repertoire for the 2012/2013 season, followed by two weeks on the faculty of the Summer Music Institute at the University of British Columbia the very place that she was introduced to opera. She then spends August at Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan, singing all of the soprano roles in Arthur Honnegar's Jeanne d'arc a bûcher

On June 18, Philippe Sly gives recital with Radio France in Paris accompanied by Ensemble Studio graduate pianist Anne Larlee. He will also sing the role of Sithos in the Salzburg Festival's production of Das Labyrinth in August. 


Jacqueline Woodley in performance at the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Photo: Karen E. Reeves.


Jacqueline Woodley
 also competes in the Montreal International Music Competition, followed by another vocal competition in Montreal, the Prix d'Europe, June 10 - 16. Jacqueline is spending June in Ottawa at the National Art Centre's Summer Institute of Music studying with soprano Benita Valente, before coming back home to prepare for her August wedding!

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5/25/2012

The Ensemble Studio Performance of Semele

The artists of the Ensemble Studio performed on Wednesday in a special performance of Semele, stepping into the complete production while working closely with the creative team and mainstage cast. Mireille Asselin and Ambur Braid shared the role of Semele; Christopher Enns sang the role of Jupiter; Rihab Chaieb performed the dual role of Juno/Ino with her sidekick Iris played by Jacqueline Woodley, and Philippe Sly sang the roles of Cadmus and Somnus. 

Take a look at these photos showing them in action, and read the reviews from Opera Ramblings, Theatre Isn't Dead, and No Rules, No Lights! All photos are by Michael Cooper.

 

Mireille Asselin as Semele and Philippe Sly as Cadmus.

 

(front to back) Rihab Chaieb as Ino, Ryan Belongie as Athamas and Mireille Asselin as Semele.

 

(l – r) Rihab Chaieb as Ino and Mireille Asselin as Semele. 

 

Ambur Braid as Semele and Christopher Enns as Jupiter.

 

Ambur Braid as Semele and Christopher Enns as Jupiter.
 

 

Christopher Enns as Jupiter.

 

(l – r) Rihab Chaieb as Juno and Jacqueline Woodley as Iris.

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