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PIANIST JENNIFER SZETO

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MEZZO SOPRANO KRISTIN HOFF

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SOPRANO RACHEL KREHM

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“Jennifer Szeto, who was impressive in the recital… continued to show why she is one of the most promising young collaborative pianists in Canada” (Scena Musicale). Praised for her “rock-solid rhythm and a great variety of color” (Bachtrack) and “amazing versatility” (Opera Ramblings), Jennifer Szeto is a graduate of the prestigious San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship, Merola Opera Program, Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, and the Atelier Lyrique of Opéra de Montréal. This year, she was head coach for George Benjamin's Written on Skin at Opéra de Montréal, assistant conductor for John Estacio’s Ours at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa with Opera on the Avalon, and leads the world premiere of Laurence Jobidon and Pascale St-Onge’s L’hiver attend beaucoup de moi at Théâtre Espace GO. She is a staff coach at Opera McGill, Highlands Opera Studio, and in April 2020, she appears in recital with mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb for Société d’art vocal Montréal.

 

In 2018-2019, she served as an Assistant Conductor for Opera on the Avalon, Head Coach for Banff Centre for the Arts as part of “Opera in the 21st Century”, and a staff coach for University of Ottawa. Previously, she held positions with Calgary Opera, International Vocal Arts Institute (Tel Aviv, Montreal), Cowtown Opera, MYOpera, and Halifax Summer Opera Festival. She holds a M.Mus in Piano Accompaniment from McGill, a B.Mus from University of Toronto, and received additional training from SongFest and Franz Schubert Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria.

Noted for her “appealing clarity and emotional heft” (New York Times) and “extraordinary vocal range” (Westfaelische Nachrichten), Montreal mezzo-soprano Kristin Hoff is a versatile performer with a diverse repertoire and commitment to new music`. A graduate of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Program, Kristin’s debut as Tebaldo in Don Carlo was praised as “absolutely charming in voice and person”. Other credits include Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos for the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival and the title role in Carmen for Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.

 

Equally at home on the concert stage, Kristin made her Carnegie Hall debut in Elliot Carter’s Syringa with the MET Chamber Ensemble - a performance conducted by James Levine which garnered praise for Kristin’s “searing commitment and impressive vocal command” (The Republican). Other engagements include the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Symphony Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Company, Chants Libres, Ensemble Caprice, Caramoor Festival, New York Festival of Song. An avid recitalist, Kristin has been featured with the Gallery Players of Niagara, Ottawa’s Ponticello Concerts, as well as in a concert tour across China with Jeunesse Ambassadeur Lyriques.

 

Highlights in new works include One to One by One by Luna Pearl Woolf (world premiere), White Wines by Dorothy Chang (world premiere), Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus, and Vision by Jose Evangelista with Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and SMCQ. Her critically-acclaimed interpretation of Ana Sokolovic’s Love Songs, a 50 minute opera for unaccompanied solo female voice, has been seen in 8 different Canadian cities in a staging co-developed by Fides Krucker, including at the Lanaudiere Festival and Montreal’s Salle Bourgie. 

Torontonian soprano Rachel Krehm is a multi-faceted artist, with credits as an operatic performer, producer, writer as well as co-founder and General Director of award-winning indie opera company Opera 5.

 

Recent highlights include a programme of Richard Strauss songs with Kingston Symphony, the Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) with the Canzona Chamber Players Orchestra, the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos at Highlands Opera Studio, and a principal role in Opera 5's Dora Award-nominated Open Chambers: Hindemith & Shostakovich. She has previously performed with Tapestry Opera, Kitchener-Waterloo Orchestra, Kingston Chamber Choir, and the Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas. Rachel will next be seen as Miss Jessel in Opera 5’s production of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw

 

Rachel is the creator and co-writer of an operatic performance for young audiences entitled Tenors, Trumpets and La Traviata, which has seen performances with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. As a comedian, she is a featured actor in the popular web-series, Opera Cheats, and is also a principal member of Canada’s only opera improv team Whose Opera is it Anyway?

 

As an advocate for new Canadian vocal works and opera, Rachel has produced the world premieres of two Canadian operas with Opera 5 - The Masque of the Red Death by Cecilia Livingston and Storybook by Darren Russo, which won the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers John Weinzweig Prize Grand Prize in 2015. In 2018, she commissioned Vancouver composer Ryan Trew’s song cycle Come Closer for orchestra and soprano soloist. These songs are set to poetry by her late sister Elizabeth Krehm, and was premiered by Rachel and the Canzona Chamber Players orchestra.

Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, a biennial award which supports the creation and development of operas written by emerging women composers and librettists in Canada. This prize is unique in its scope and supports emerging creators throughout each stage of development - from seed funding for new works, mentorship with industry professionals, travel/accommodation stipends, musical & staging workshops, to over 200 hours of rehearsal and development time with professional musicians. 

 

This inaugural 2018 award facilitated the creation of 5 new Canadian operas - Singing Only Softly (Cecilia Livingston & Monica Pearce), L’hiver attend beaucoup de moi (Laurence Jobidon & Pascale St-Onge), The Chair (Maria Atallah & Alice Abracen), Suites d’une ville morte (Margareta Jeric & Naima Kristel Phillips), and Book of Faces (Kendra Harder & Michelle Telford). These five new Canadian operas would go on to see public workshops, presentations, and productions with Opéra de Montréal, Canadian Opera Company Noon Concert Series, LooseTEA Music Theatre, Opera.ca’s national summit “Changing Worlds”, Next Wave Workshop at Tapestry Opera (jointly led by stage directors Aria Umezawa, Jessica Derventzis, Alaina Viau, Amanda Smith, and Anna Theodosakis), in addition to education workshops by Musique 3 Femmes with universities in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Calgary, and Sackville, NB.

 

The 2nd edition of the Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes is a $50,000 award which includes mentorship with acclaimed opera composer Luna Pearl Woolf and a staged co-production Fall 2021 with Toronto’s award-winning independent opera company Opera 5, Montreal’s Opera McGill, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), and Kingston’s Queen’s University DAN School of Music.

Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, a biennial award which supports the creation and development of operas written by emerging women composers and librettists in Canada. This prize is unique in its scope and supports emerging creators throughout each stage of development - from seed funding for new works, mentorship with industry professionals, travel/accommodation stipends, musical & staging workshops, to over 200 hours of rehearsal and development time with professional musicians. 

 

This inaugural 2018 award facilitated the creation of 5 new Canadian operas - Singing Only Softly (Cecilia Livingston & Monica Pearce), L’hiver attend beaucoup de moi (Laurence Jobidon & Pascale St-Onge), The Chair (Maria Atallah & Alice Abracen), Suites d’une ville morte (Margareta Jeric & Naima Kristel Phillips), and Book of Faces (Kendra Harder & Michelle Telford). These five new Canadian operas would go on to see public workshops, presentations, and productions with Opéra de Montréal, Canadian Opera Company Noon Concert Series, LooseTEA Music Theatre, Opera.ca’s national summit “Changing Worlds”, Next Wave Workshop at Tapestry Opera (jointly led by stage directors Aria Umezawa, Jessica Derventzis, Alaina Viau, Amanda Smith, and Anna Theodosakis), in addition to education workshops by Musique 3 Femmes with universities in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Calgary, and Sackville, NB.

 

The 2nd edition of the Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes is a $50,000 award which includes mentorship with acclaimed opera composer Luna Pearl Woolf and a staged co-production Fall 2021 with Toronto’s award-winning independent opera company Opera 5, Montreal’s Opera McGill, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), and Kingston’s Queen’s University DAN School of Music.

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