Learn more about our 2016/2017 Ensemble Studio members.
Born in Québec City, soprano Karine Boucher won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Third Annual Ensemble Studio Competition in 2013 and First Prize at the 2015 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards. She recently appeared at the COC as Micaëla in Carmen, Berta in The Barber of Seville, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Susanna in the Ensemble Studio performance of The Marriage of Figaro,. As a member of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, her credits included Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief. Additional credits include Annina in La Traviata, Inez in Il Trovatore and Damon in Acis and Galatea (Arte Music); and Mimì in La Bohème (Jeunesses Musicales). In the COC’s 2016/2017 season, she sings the roles of First Lady in The Magic Flute and Sara Riel in Louis Riel.
Last updated: August 10, 2016
Italian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo won First Prize and Audience Choice Award at the Canadian Opera Company’s 2015 Ensemble Studio Competition and is a winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Finals. She made her European debut in 2016 at the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi as Cherubino in The Marriage of FIgaro under the baton of James Conlon. She received her bachelor of music in performance from the University of Toronto in 2016 where she was the recipient of the Jim and Charlotte Norcop Prize in Song and the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award. Additionally, she is a 2016 grant recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. This season with the COC, she sings the role of Second Lady in The Magic Flute.
Qualicum Beach, BC native Lauren Eberwein placed second in the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio Competition in 2016. She studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and was a member of Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artist Program. Her credits include Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Curtis Opera Theater); Sorrel and Dodo in Double Exposure, Olivia in Cold Mountain and Clairon in Cappriccio (Opera Philadelphia). She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Handel's Israel in Egypt with the New York Choral Society. This season with the COC she sings the role of Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung.
Last updated: August 10, 2016
Award-winning pianist Hyejin Kwon hails from Seoul, South Korea, where she studied at the Korea National University of Arts preparatory school. She continued her studies in the United States at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. She was also a repetiteur for Lyric Opera Baltimore and music director for Repertory Theater of Washington. Upon moving to Canada, Ms. Kwon worked as a pianist, coach, repetiteur and music instructor at institutions such as the Royal Conservatory of Music. She recently completed a diploma with the University of Toronto’s Opera Division. This season with the COC, she serves as rehearsal pianist for La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro and Maometto II.
Last updated: September 1, 2015
A native of Saskatoon, Danika Lorèn is a recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Buffalo/Toronto District Auditions and 2015 recipient of the University of Toronto Concerto Competition. Her recent engagements include 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 winter, she sings the role of Woglinde in the COC’s Götterdämmerung.
Last update: August 10, 2016
Pianist Stéphane Mayer is a graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and has studied under the tutelage of acclaimed Canadian pianists Kyoko Hashimoto and Michael McMahon. He has served as an opera répétiteur for productions of The Marriage of Figaro and Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera NUOVA) and Don Giovanni (McGill). As a piano accompanist, he studied alongside noted interpreters of German Lied: Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Julius Drake, Andreas Schmidt and Roger Vignoles, at the Franz-Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria. Mr. Mayer has also served as vocal coach and accompanist at Western University. An active member of the new music scene in Canada, he recently helped in producing 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 Norma, The Magic Flute and Louis Riel.
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, understudy for the title role in Suor Angelica and Elle in La voix humaine (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 recently participated in the St. Andrews by-the-Sea Opera Workshop and the Bel Canto Summer Voice Program in Munich. This season with the COC, she appears in the choruses of Louis Riel and Tosca.
Mezzo-soprano Megan Quick is a native of Brockville, Ont. and recently completed her diploma in operatic performance at the University of Toronto. Her credits include Third Lady in The Magic Flute (Chautauqua Vocal Academy), Moppet in Paul Bunyan, Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Baba in The Medium, and roles in The Fatal Gaze and The Art of the Prima Donna (UofT Opera); Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Eva in Comedy on the Bridge and Zita in Gianni Schicchi (Dalhousie University). While at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, pursuing a masters in performance, Ms. Quick was part of the opera choruses in Our Town and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other engagements include performances of Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra. She will sing in the chorus of Norma at the COC this fall.
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). At the COC in 2017, he sings the roles of Second Priest in The Magic Flute, Poundmaker and Roy in Louis Riel, and the jailer in Tosca.
A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Aaron Sheppard won Second Prize in the COC’s 2014 Ensemble Studio Competition. With the COC, he has sung the roles of Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro (Ensemble Studio performance) and Selimo in Maometto II. Additional credits include Charlie Whitten in Ours (Opera on the Avalon); Fernando in A Little Too Cozy and Brooklyn Boy in Lillian Alling (Banff Centre); Hadji in Lakmé, Pong in Turandot, First Philistine in Samson et Dalila, Kronprinz in Silent Night and Joe’s Brother in Dead Man Walking (Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal); Tamino in The Magic Flute and Bonario in Volpone (Opera McGill); Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio and Monostatos in The Magic Flute (Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project); Ferrando in Così fan tutte (Jeunesses Musicales du Canada); the title role in Albert Herring and Prince in Rusalka (Opera NUOVA). He is also a winner of the Western Canada Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This season with the COC, Mr. Sheppard sings the roles of Oduardo in Ariodante, First Armed Man in The Magic Flute, and Middleton and Smith in Louis Riel.
Toronto native Charles Sy won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition in 2014. He earned a master of music from the University of Toronto, where his credits included Mr. Owen in Postcard from Morocco, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring, and Alamão in Pedro Malazarte. With the COC, he sang the roles of Gastone in La Traviata and Condulmiero in Maometto II. Additional credits include Adolfo in La Rondine (Opera Theatre of St. Louis); Tamino in The Magic Flute (Chautauqua Institute and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival); Remendado in Carmen (Opera by Request); Lechmere in Owen Wingrave (Banff Centre); Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Opera NUOVA); Paolo in The Wings of a Dove (The COSI Connection); and Basilio and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro (Toronto Summer Opera Workshop). In the COC’s 2016/2017 season, his roles include Flavio in Norma, First Priest in The Magic Flute, and Ambrose Lepine in Louis Riel.
Last updated: August 10, 2016