“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.