Cavalleria Rusticana Artists
Toronto City Opera continues its mission, with these wonderful artists, to provide early career soloists an opportunity to perform major roles .
Corey Arnold- Turiddu
Tenor and Composer, Corey Arnold, is a 2020 laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. As a singer, he has sung in over 30 opera productions in Canada, the United States, and Italy, with concerts in Mexico as well.
Recent performances include: Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, with Pellegrini Opera, Calaf in Turandot, with Opera by Request, Il Duca in Rigoletto, with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera, and Ismaele in Nabucco with Toronto City Opera.
As a composer, Corey's first opera, The Lion Heart, was premiered in Toronto this past March, with a 15 piece orchestra which he conducted. This work, as well as two other upcoming operas, "The Bat & the Bells" and "Possession", are created in collaboration with librettist, voice actor, and film actor/director, Kyle McDonald, and explore the synthesis of operatic tradition with modern entertainment. Corey has also conducted and accompanied a dozen musicals, arranged big band jazz works, played trombone and tuba, and conducted several church choirs.
Beyond making music, Corey is a Feldenkrais practitioner, interested in somatic approaches to artistic development, and a web entrepreneur, currently working on indieoperahub.com, a platform to empower and promote independent opera companies and their productions.
In his personal time, he enjoys conversations over politics and philosophy, spending time outdoors, and sustainable construction and design.
Angela Maria Sanchez - Santuzza
Toronto based soprano Angela Maria Sanchez is a graduate from The Glenn Gould School of Royal Conservatory of music undergraduate program. She made her operatic debut of the role of Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre in 2017, and Mistress of Novices in Suor Angelica in Hawaii Preforming Arts Festival in 2018. Recently, she covered the role of Mimi in La Boheme at The Brott Opera Festival in the summer of 2019.
Recent accomplishments include, placing first overall in post-graduate women category in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition as well as Provincial finalist and scholarship recipient at the Toronto Kiwanis festival.
Ms. Sanchez will make her Toronto City Opera debut starring in the leading role of Santuzza in the production of Cavalleria Rusticana this season!
Andrey Andreychik - Alfio
Baritone Andrey Andreychik is an avid performer that brings passion to operatic repertoire spanning from standard pieces to the creation of contemporary roles. Praised as having a “stoic, manly sound” (Schmopera), Andrey’s most recent engagements include the Voice of Neptune in Idomeneo with Teatro Bellini in Catania, Italy & concert performances with North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Andrey received his diploma in opera performance from the University of British Columbia in 2011, shortly thereafter making his professional debut as Figaro in Il Barbiere Di Siviglia with Theater Hof in Germany. He has since performed across Europe, China, Canada, Russia, and the United States. Andrey is a laureate of several Russian National vocal competitions, a finalist in the XVII Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Lirici “Spazio Musica” in Italy, and a winner of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Montreal, Canada. He has an extensive performance repertoire including the title roles in Eugene Onegin, Gianni Schicchi & Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Marcello (La bohème), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Escamillo (Carmen) to name a few. Previous engagements include a solo recital of “Russian Romances” for the Vancouver Women's Musical Society, the roles of Boyar Shaklovity & Vladimir Galitsky in the Canadian premieres of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina & Borodin's Prince Igor respectively with Voicebox Toronto Opera in Concert, the Bass soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Vancouver Bach Choir, and annual appearances in Toronto's Casa Loma Summer Concert series, where he has sung Haly in L'italiana in Algeri and been featured as a soloist on numerous occasions.
Lillian Brooks - Lucia
Canadian mezzo-soprano Lillian Brooks, praised for her “legato, lyric sound” (Ludwig van Toronto), and “easy handling of coloratura” (Schmopera), has appeared in many operatic roles and as an oratorio soloist throughout Canada.
Her past operatic roles include Bradamante in Alcina, Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Flora in La Traviata, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. Lillian has enjoyed 2 exciting years with Calgary Opera as a member of their Emerging Artist Program during their 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons. She appeared as The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Hansel in Hansel & Gretel, and was scheduled to perform the role of Beatrice in Beatrice et Benedict (cancelled due to Covid-19).
This season, Lillian will be performing as soloist in the Canadian premiere of Romulo Delgado’s The Cross of Christ, and premiering the role can also be seen singing the role of Lucia in Toronto City Opera’s Cavalleria Rusticana.
Rachel Miller - Lola
Canadian mezzo-soprano Rachel Miller is a multi-disciplinary performer who finds expression through voice, acting and dance. In the 2021-2022 season Rachel makes her Toronto City Opera debut as Lola in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and premieres the role of Stheno in OperaQ’s Medusa’s Children. She also appears as a soloist with the Mississauga Chamber Singers and performs in Tapestry Opera’s Songbook XI.
Rachel was a prize winner of the 2020 Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition and performed in a recital with the Toronto Mozart Players in 2020. Past highlights include Ramiro in La finta giardiniera (Accademia Europea Dell’Opera); Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Glenn Gould School); and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Glenn Gould School).
Currently based in Toronto, she holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Toronto.