This is an exciting (and perhaps bittersweet) week for the Ensemble Studio, as four new members are announced for the 2011/2012 season and three current members graduate to the next stage of their careers.
Two Ottawa natives join the Ensemble Studio as singers: soprano Mireille Asselin and bass-baritone Philippe Sly. Opera-goers in Toronto may have already seen some of Mireille: she played the nymph Galatea in Opera Atelier's Acis and Galatea, and Servilia in La clemenza di Tito (also with Opera Atelier). Those who keep an eye on the opera world's most promising emerging artists may recognize Philippe Sly's name from the list of 2011 winners of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions.
Also joining the Ensemble Studio are two pianists, both Ontario natives, who will train and work as intern coaches: Jenna Douglas, who recently worked with the Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio, and Timothy Cheung, who has trained at the University of Western Ontario and the Music Academy of the West in California.
Ensemble Studio fans will have one last chance to hear the three departing members before they leave: Wallis Giunta (entering the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann program), Michael Uloth (entering the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program), and pianist Anne Larlee will all perform at a free concert tomorrow (May 26) at noon in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, as part of the Free Concert Series presented by National Bank. The two singers will perform a farewell concert of their favourite arias (full program here).
Top photos: (l — r) Mireille Asselin, Philippe Sly
Bottom photos: (l — r) Jenna Douglas, Timothy Cheung
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001