Or, L'Amour À Trois
Lucy England - Nicole Dubinsky
Ms. Dubinsky has been praised for her “warm, engaging soprano voice and excellent, nuanced dramatic presentation” (Weill Music Institute).
This season, she is thrilled to be singing ‘Lucy’ in Toronto City Opera’s 2020 recording and broadcast of Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’! Additionally, as a founding member and contributor to Opera Sustenida, she performed several celebrated arias, duets, and trios in the groups’ ticketed Virtual Concert Event early this September.
In late 2019 and early 2020, Ms. Dubinsky was delighted to perform as Olympia/Giulietta/Antonia in Toronto City Opera’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Additionally, she was invited to share the stage with the Paskke String Quartet in concert. Ms. Dubinsky has sung ‘the Queen of the Night’ with Opera York, Premiere Productions Ottawa, the Accademia Europea dell’Opera in Amsterdam, and in Opera Laurier’s 100th Anniversary Production.
“Nicole Dubinsky nailed the Queen of the Night’s treacherous coloratura with aplomb” (Opera Canada).
Additional roles include ‘Gretel’ in the Toronto Opera Initiative’s production of ‘Hänsel und Gretel’, Cleopatra (GIULIO CESARE), Mademoiselle Silvertone (IMPRESSARIO) for the Grand Opening of the Milton Centre for the Arts, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI, Susanna (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Diane in ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS with L’Opera de Périgord, Sandrina in LA FINTA GIARDINIERA, Soprano Soloist in Händel’s MESSIAH with the Bach Elgar Chamber Orchestra and the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, and Sister Constance in DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES.
She has performed with Tapestry New Opera 101, The National Vocal Arts Institute, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, performed as Arcady’s Emerging Artist (culminating with the interpretation of an original work, written for her, by Ronald Beckett), and sang in a series of concerts with Orchestra London; also singing the role of Susanna (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO) in the Orchestra’s school tour.
Ms. Dubinsky holds a MMus in Voice Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario, an Opera Diploma, & an Honours BMus in Voice Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Ben Upthegrove - Johnathon Kirby
“His total command of the stage made it impossible to look away from him” (Opera Canada)
“…with virility in his sound and exhaustive energy in his movements…in this role [Figaro], his singing is the best I’ve heard” (Schmopera)
Johnathon Kirby is a bass-baritone from Newmarket Ontario who is building a national reputation for his vocal skill, stage presence and energetic enthusiasm for every project he is a part of.
He went to Dalhousie University and completed two years in the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist program. He made his professional debut with Opera Nova Scotia and has returned for seven seasons as a featured lead.
Kirby has performed in numerous concerts and recitals; including The Messiah with The Whispering River Orchestra and Haydn’s The Creation as Raphael and Adam with The Festival Chorus in Calgary. With Calgary Opera, Kirby has performed such roles as Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Angelotti in Tosca and Don Alphonso in Cosi fan tutte.
Ending his 2017-2018 season Johnathon returned to Toronto to perform Figaro in The Barber of Seville with Opera Five, receiving critical acclaim and a DORA nomination for best performance of an individual.
Kirby began his 2018-2019 season debuting with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in their Mozart Experience concert and debuting with Manitoba Opera in the role of Masetto.
This past season he covered the role of Rigoletto with Edmonton Opera and returned to Manitoba Opera as Dancaire and Morales in their production of Carmen, which successfully made it to week two of rehearsals before COVID halted the production.
He hopes everyone stays safe during these uncertain times.
La Voix Humaine
Elle - Rachel Krehm
A multi-faceted artist Rachel Krehm is an operatic soprano, producer, writer and comedian. She is the co-founder and General Director of Opera 5 - an independent opera company in Toronto which produces standard and new operatic works. She is the creator, co-writer and one of the performers of the children’s educational show - Tenors, Trumpets and La Traviata, which has seen performances with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. In April 2020, Rachel was announced as the newest member of Musique 3 Femmes, a performing ensemble based in Montreal who created a bi-annual competition to create new Canadian Operas by female identifying composer-librettist teams: Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes.
An avid performer, Rachel has recently performed The Four Last Songs (Canzona Chamber Players Orchestra), the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos (Highlands Opera Studio), Strauss Lieder (Kingston Symphony Orchestra), and was nominated for a Dora award as part of the ensemble cast in Open Chambers: Hindemith & Shostakovich (Opera 5). She has also performed with Tapestry Opera, The Kitchener-Waterloo Orchestra, Kingston Chamber Choir, and the Dr Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas.
Rachel has a deep passion for comedy. She is a regularly featured actor in the popular web-series, Opera Cheats (Opera 5). She is also a creating member of Canada’s only opera improv team - Whose Opera is it Anyway. With Whose Opera is it Anyway, she has toured southern Ontario.
Rachel is passionate about new Canadian vocal works and opera. Aside from her work with Musique 3 Femmes, Rachel has produced the world premieres of two Canadian operas with Opera 5. She also commissioned and premiered Ryan Trew’s song cycle Come Closer with Canzona Chamber Players orchestra in 2018. These songs are set to poetry by her late sister Elizabeth Krehm.