TCO : Singing in Exile, Staying Together
Canadian tenor Charles Sy has received international recognition for his “softly lyric sound, a natural sense of phrasing coupled with a rare willingness to project beyond the apron” (National Post). He is described as “vocally and dramatically mature with a delicious dark tenor sound that [stretches] easily into shining high notes” (Schmopera).
Recent successes include winning a 2019 George London Award, winning First Prize in the 2018 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition in New York, and appearing as a finalist in the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup.
Mr. Sy is currently completing his final year as a member of the Opernstudio at Staatsoper Stuttgart. He debuted in Stuttgart as Missail / Ein Leibbojar in Boris Godunov and continues the season as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Die Wengwood-Teekanne / Das alte Männchen / Der Laubfrosch in Ravel's Die verzauberte Welt. He also makes his Münchner Philharmoniker debut in a live-streamed performance of Stravinsky's Pulcinella, under the baton of Barbara Hannigan.
Charles is a 2019 graduate of The Juilliard School’s ADOS program and completed his BMus and MMus degrees at the University of Toronto. He is an alumnus of several prestigious opera training programs including Music Academy of the West, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program, and The Académie du Festival d’Aix. He is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and received First prize and Audience Choice in the COC’s 2014 Centre Stage Competition.
Based in Toronto, Canadian baritone Michael Robert-Broder has been praised as a singer equally at home with art song, oratorio, and opera.
As a concert singer, Michael has been heard across Canada in oratorio and concert works from Monteverdi, to presentations of new works by emerging composers. He has performed all of the major works by JS Bach, including a staged presentation of the Matthew Passion, and is currently involved in an ongoing Cantata cycle at Church of the Redeemer in Toronto.
On the lyric stage, he has recently portrayed the roles of Scarpia in Tosca, Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Duke Bluebeard, Peter in Hansel and Gretel, and Don Pizarro in Fidelio.
Engagements scheduled for the 2020/21 concert season included Bizet’s Carmen, Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Strauss’ Elektra, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Bach Cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, and Barber’s The Lovers. Current public health measures have necessitated the cancelation or postponement of that aforementioned season.
Upcoming projects include recording songs of Brahms and Barber, a recital of works by Queer composers, Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, and Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard.
Cristina Pisani is a vibrant soprano hailing from Mississauga and is looking forward to making his Toronto City Opera debut in Nabucco.
Despite COVID-19’s best efforts to sabotage live performance art, Cristina has been safely making physically-distanced music with a number of virtual choirs (including the Canadian Opera Company), The Edison Singers as a chorister and soloist, and Brott Opera, both as a feature PopOpera soloist and as a cover of Donna Elvira in their virtual production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Cristina looks forward to making her Vera Causa Opera debut this season as Venus in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. Last season, Cristina made company debuts with Toronto Operetta Theatre, OperOttawa, and Mississauga Symphony Orchestra as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. She performs regularly with Opera by Request, OperOttawa, and Arcady, with whom she was an Emerging Artist in 2017-2018.
Other recent operatic highlights include Helmwige in Wagner’s Die Walküre (Opera by Request), Leïla in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (OperOttawa), and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre).
As 1st prize winner of the 2018 Clifford Poole Vocal Competition, Cristina was featured in two concerts with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.
Cristina began her musical training at the age of three with her mother and completed her MMus in Vocal Performance and Literature at Western University in 2016 under the tutelage of Sophie Roland and Simone Luti. In the few hours she is away from music, Cristina loves to spend time with her family, friends and pets.
Originally from Calgary, AB, bass-baritone Dylan Wright has been praised for “seducing the audience with his rich, sonorous voice” (Beat Magazine) and is a graduate of the Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal.
Before the world closed, he recently sang Fasolt and Hagen in Berlin Wagner Gruppe and Opera by Request’s full concert production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the four Villains in Toronto City Opera’s ‘Les Contes D’Hoffmann’, the Bonze and the Imperial Commissioner in Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Madama Butterfly’, and created the roles of Sherman Booth and Thomas Montgomery in the new opera ‘Joshua’ by Colin Mendez Morris with ArsMusica.
As the world reopens, 2021 will see him as the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Toronto Choral Society, and a reprise of Fasolt and Hagen with the Berlin Wagner Gruppe and Opera by Request. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed and do what we can to keep ourselves and our comrades safe and healthy.
Dylan’s other operatic highlights include
Mephistopheles in ‘Faust’, the titular role in ‘Don Pasquale’, Dulcamara in ‘L’elisir d’amore’, the title role and Bartolo in ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ and Leporello and Il Commendatore in ‘Don Giovanni’, Seneca in ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’, Colline in ‘La Boheme’, Rocco in ‘Fidelio’, Frère Laurent in ‘Roméo et Juliette’, and Cadmus and Somnus in ‘Semele’. Dylan has also performed as the soloist in such oratorios as the Mozart Requiem, Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Haydn’s ‘Die Schöpfung’, and Beethoven’s ‘Mass in C Major’ as well as in musical theatre as Emile de Becque in South Pacific.
He holds a MMus in Opera from the University of Toronto and currently studies with Jason Howard.
Hailed by The Chautauqua Daily as “a fine mezzo-soprano” and “a natural actress”, Italian- Canadian mezzo-soprano Deanna Pauletto recently made her company debut with Oper Frankfurt, Germany, in the world premiere opera A Wintery Spring by Saed Haddad.
Ms. Pauletto was mentored by renowned opera singer Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, where she covered the title role in Bizet’s Carmen and performed the role of Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
Her operatic credits include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Ruggiero (Alcina), Salud (La Vida Breve); and Konchakovna (Prince Igor). Additional roles include Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) with Escales Lyriques in France, and Bradamante (Alcina), in Edmonton. As an Apprentice Artist with Chautauqua Opera, Ms. Pauletto performed the role of Katisha under Ned Canty and conductor Steven Osgood. Ms. Pauletto made her Carnegie Hall debut as part of Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues celebration and performed in a masterclass led by Stephanie Blythe.
Ms. Pauletto is an alumna of York University’s Fine Arts Department in Toronto and received an Artist Diploma from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, Italy. In addition to her love and passion for singer, Ms. Pauletto is an accomplished pianist and a highly regarded private music instructor in Toronto.