Michael Robert-Broder - Nabucco
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 - Abigaille
Cristina Pisani is a vibrant soprano hailing from Mississauga and is thrilled to make her Toronto City Opera debut as Abigaille in Verdi’s 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.
Dylan Wright - Zaccaria
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.
IAs the world reopens, 2021 will see him singing Zaccaria in ‘Nabucco’ with Toronto City Opera, 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.
Deanna Pauletto - Fenena
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.
Corey Arnold - Ismaele
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: Calaf in Turandot, with Opera by Request, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, with Pellegrini Opera, and Il Duca in Rigoletto, with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera.
As a composer, he has written 2 musicals, including a commission for a company in New York City, and two operas: The Lion Heart, to be workshopped in Toronto April 2021, and The Bat and The Bells, a family opera to be workshopped Fall 2021.
Outside of classical music, He has conducted and accompanied 10 musicals, arranged big band jazz works, played trombone and tuba, and conducted several church choirs, including College Street United Church where he currently is employed as Music Director.
He is also a Feldenkrais practitioner, interested in somatic approaches to artistic development. In his personal time, he enjoys conversations over politics and philosophy, spending time outdoors, and sustainable construction and design.
Lauren Estey - Anna
“Lauren Estey sang the role of Belinda and hers was the most confident performance of the night, her refined voice best suited to Purcell’s Baroque Style.” (Opera Canada)
“Lauren Estey was compelling as Susannah, her sadness and isolation clearly conveyed.” (Opera Canada)
From Quispamsis, New Brunswick, soprano Lauren Estey fell in love with opera as a young chorister with Opera New Brunswick’s productions of Tosca and La Traviata. Lauren went on to obtain her BMus at Dalhousie University with Professor Marcia Swanston where she was featured as Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Belinda/Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. During her studies on the East Coast, Lauren was recognized for her skillset with the Erik Perth Memorial Award in performance excellence.
Lauren continued her vocal studies receiving a MMus of Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Western Ontario, studying with Professor Rachel Mallon. Under Mallon’s tutelage, she performed the lead role in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in Floyd's Susannah and returned for the 2016 season, playing the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Additional roles include Pamina from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Donna Anna from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Violetta Valéry from Verdi’s La Traviata.
Lauren currently resides in Toronto, Ontario where she continues to develop her craft with the mentorship of Professor Daniel Taylor and Professor Mary Morrison. She is presently completing her doctoral studies in Historical Voice Performance at the University of Toronto. Lauren is looking forward to performing Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto with the Doctor of Musical Art’s cohort. In 2021, Lauren will also be featured as Lola in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana with Toronto City Opera.