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Bidding Adieu to Wallis Giunta, Michael Uloth, and Anne Larlee

Here's a video of Wallis Giunta, Michael Uloth, and pianist Anne Larlee at last Thursday's free concert (presented by National Bank), Les Adieux. In this clip, they sing El Arreglito (Habañera) by Sebastián Iradier. Both singers are graduating from the Ensemble Studio this year: Wallis Giunta is entering the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Program, and Michael Uloth is entering the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program.

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All Singing, All Dancing Q&A with Jacqueline Woodley

Last Tuesday, the Ensemble Studio's Jacqueline Woodley, along with the Tokai Quartet, clarinetist Kornel Wolak, and four dancers (choreographed by Matjash Mrozewski) dazzled their audience with a free concert titled Beethoven and Golijov: Visions of Eternity. Not only did the program combine music and dance, but Jacqueline, a soprano, was fully integrated into the concert as a dancer. The Globe and Mail commented that she "often [made] her widely spaced musical entries from the peak of one of Mrozewski’s kinetic phrases, sometimes literally from atop an artful heap of bodies." I asked Jacqueline a few questions about how she prepared for this unusual and impressive concert experience.

CC: How did you get involved in opera? Did you listen to opera growing up, or did it come later?

JW: I grew up in a very small town on Lake Huron very far from an opera house, so professional opera was way off my radar until I was a teenager. I did sing in a children’s choir and played piano and different instruments though (there is actually a really active music community in Port Elgin!) and at age nine sang in the chorus of Pirates of Penzance with my kids' choir. I loved getting dressed up, taking the abuse of pin-curls and makeup and thought it was the coolest thing to be able to act and sing at the same time. Then at age 11, I sang Amahl with an adult choir in their production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and loved both the music and drama of the opera. But what really hooked me was going to Opera Hamilton as a teenager with my Nana. I was the only one who would go with her, because no one else in my family enjoyed opera, so she treated me to a few seasons in Hamilton. It was my introduction to professional opera, and some really good singers. My poor parents kind of got forced into listening to opera as they came to all my shows along the way. I think this season’s Death in Venice here at the COC was their first professional opera, so you could definitely say they’ve been dragged into it slowly but surely.

CC: Last Tuesday’s concert had a dance component. Do you have a background in dance?


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Welcoming the New Ensemble Studio Members

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



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