Kristian Fourier, photographe
PIANIST JENNIFER SZETO
Kevin Calixte Photography
MEZZO SOPRANO KRISTIN HOFF
Grégroire Mabit, photographe
“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 Atelier Lyrique of Opéra de Montréal. In 2020, she was head coach for George Benjamin's Written on Skin at Opéra de Montréal and led the world premiere of Laurence Jobidon’s L’hiver attend beaucoup de moi. She is a staff coach at Highlands Opera Studio, University of Ottawa, and Opera McGill, where she is Director for the OMG "Beta" Lab. In 2018-2019, she was an Assistant Conductor for Opera on the Avalon and Head Coach for Banff Centre for the Arts “Opera in the 21st Century”. Previously, she held staff 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 training from SongFest and Franz Schubert Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria.
A passionate administrator, Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Opera in Canada, and acts as Program Manager for Toronto’s Tapestry Opera with the Canadian Opera Resource (COR) and the Women in Musical Leadership Fellowship, a multi-year fellowship for female and non-binary conductors.
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.
M3F is an ensemble fostering the next generation of Canadian women opera creators. Led by artists Kristin Hoff, Jennifer Szeto, and Rachel Krehm, it brings the creative voices and artistic leadership of women to the forefront of opera, where the body of repertoire remains largely created by men. The ensemble administrates the Mécénat Musica “Prix 3 Femmes”, an award that supports the creation of new contemporary operas by emerging female identifying Canadian composers and librettists. Since 2018, M3F has commissioned and developed 8 operas by women, including:
L’hiver attend beaucoup de moi by Laurence Jobidon and Pascale St-Onge, which saw a critically acclaimed premiere by Opéra de Montréal in its 2019/2020 season, and was hailed by the Montreal Theatre Hub as “exactly what opera needs”
DORA Award nominated Singing Only Softly by Cecilia Livingston and Monica Pearce with dramaturg & director Alaina Viau, produced/premiered by Toronto's Loose Tea Music Music Theatre in 2019
Lebanese-Canadian composer Maria Atallah and Alice Abracen's The Chair, which sees a filmed adaptation in collaboration with Montreal's National Theatre School, helmed by mezzo-soprano and Indigenous Artist-in-Residence, Rebecca Cuddy (who premiered the work for Highlands Opera Studio in 2018)
Plaything by Anna Pidgorna and Maria Reva, which sees its European premiere in Berlin September 2022, as part of the postponed Frankfurt Fair
In 2022, Musique 3 Femmes will launch Canada’s inaugural digital festival for opera by female creators, in collaboration with the JUNO Award-nominated Ensemble Paramirabo and Earth World Collaborative. This hybrid festival features 3 previous commissions by M3F and live performances of a new work by Keiko Devaux, with direction by Marie Brassard.
*As deemed by the Association for Opera in Canada.
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