Kathryn Domoney

Follow the news onstage and off with Directors Notes, where the spotlight is on the stars of Domoney Artists.

Here you will find special features on this dynamic roster... read about their passions, hobbies, dream roles and more.

Ellen Wieser, Soprano

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

Season of Change

OUR WONDERFUL SUMMER OF OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES AND TRAVELS IS BECOMING A MEMORY, AS SIGNS OF AUTUMN ARE GLOWING IN THE GARDENS, WITH THANKSGIVING AND HALLOWEEN SOON TO ARRIVE.

 

With changing seasons, come changes to the roster – I am delighted to welcome four outstanding singers to Domoney Artists – sopranos Jennifer Maines and Jennifer Taverner, tenor Jean-Philippe Lazure and baritone Clarence Frazer.

 

Our season of performances is well under way across Canada, with Dion Mazerolle and Maria Soulis busy rehearsing Jenufa with Pacific Opera Victoria, directed by Atom Egoyan. In Alberta, Daniel Cabena sings the role of Lydie-Anne in Les Feluettes, his debut with Edmonton Opera. Caitlin Wood and Marion Newman star in Missing with City Opera Vancouver, and François Racine directs Verdi’s Rigoletto with Opera de Quebebc.

 

This month, Marjorie Maltais makes her debut with Orchestre Metropolitain in Manuel de Falla’s “Three-Cornered Hat”, with performances in Montreal and area, under Alain Trudel. Tenor Asitha Tennekoon, an alumnus of Glenn Gould School,  joins soprano Erin Wall  in “A Song for all Seasons”, a duo recital for Mazzoleni Masters Songmaster series at Royal Conservatory of Music, featuring works by Derek Holman, Brahms, Finzi, Mendelssohn and Quilter.

 

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IN PRINT & ONLINE

RECENT PRESS

Asitha Tennekoon wins 2017 Dora Award – Outstanding Performance, Male, Opera Division for Rocking Horse Winner with Tapestry/Scottish Opera –

 

Asthia Tennekoon, Tenor

 

Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano & Bramwell Tovey, ConductorMarion Newman in Ancestral Voices with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra –

"Undoubtedly, the piece de resistance in this concert was Bramwell Tovey’s own composition, a song cycle entitled Ancestral Voices. Written in consultation with and for Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations mezzo soprano Marion Newman, the music was heartfelt and honest... Marion Newman displayed her impressive interpretation skills"

Anita Perry, Salmon Arm Observer

FULL REVIEW

 

Jean-Phillipe Lazure, TenorJean-Philippe Lazure featured in La Scena Musicale –

"'Just do it' is the secret mantra of Jean-Philippe Fortier Lazure. The Ontario-born tenor uses the watchword before going on stage. As he sees it, the key to his success has been to keep a positive mindset."

FULL ARTICLE

 

Jennifer Taverner featured in Schmopera –

"I can't imagine my life without singing. It has been a part of who I am from the very beginning. Even when I was born, the doctor announced "it's a soprano!" No joke. I guess it was my destiny! I was fortunate to grow up in a very musical household as both my parents were piano teachers, and avid choral singers. They had a passion for classical music, including opera, and I was exposed to all sorts of music from day one. I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a performer in some capacity."

Jenna Simeonov, Schmopera

FULL ARTICLE

 

Jacques Arsenault as Freddy in Bandits in the Valley with Tapestry Opera –

"Jacques Arsenault’s Freddy is a standout performance in itself, an impressive combination of powerful singing, solid accordion chops... and heartfelt acting."

Jenna Simeonov, Schmopera

FULL REVIEW

 

" I also particularly liked Jacques Arsenault as Freddy, Jeremiah’s accordion-playing sidekick. His affection for his friend was both believable and surprisingly moving."

Allison Gerson, Mooney On Theatre

FULL REVIEW

 

Jennifer Taverner as Lily Pollard in Bandits in the Valley with Tapestry Opera –

"The ladies are headed up by Jennifer Taverner as Lily Pollard. I’ve said before that she’s just about the ideal operetta soubrette and here she’s pretty ideal as a meta operetta soubrette... She is about the only character who gets to show off vocally and she does it very well."

John Gilks, Opera Ramblings

FULL REVIEW

 

Asitha Tennekoon, TenorAsitha Tennekoon as Harry in The Boatswain's Mate with Opera 5 –

"Asitha Tennekoon as the hapless boatswain once again turned in a fine dramatic and musical performance.  His clear bright tenor has become something of a fixture in the Toronto indie scene and it’s easy to see why."

John Gilks, Opera Ramblings

FULL REVIEW

 

 

Jacques Arsenault featured on Schmopera –

"The versatile tenor has on his resume everything from The Light in the Piazza to Louis Riel, and his upcoming performances in Bandits in the Valley give him a chance to flex his equally impressive chops as an accordionist."

Jenna Simeonov, Schmopera

FULL INTERVIEW

 

Adam Fisher as Lt Joe Cable in South Pacific with Calgary Opera in the Village –

"Adam Fisher, whose rich, well-projecting tenor made Younger than Springtime a memorable moment in the show. And his dramatic projection of the handsome young American marine had the charm and elan the role requires."

Kenneth Delong, Calgary Herald

FULL REVIEW

ON STAGE NOW

OCTOBER 2017

Jenufa PosterOct 12 – 22

Dion Mazerolle is the Mayor and Maria Soulis his wife in Jenufa, Pacific Opera Victoria

www.pov.bc.ca

 

Oct 15

Tenor Asitha Tennekoon, an alumnus of Glenn Gould School,  joins soprano Erin Wall in their recital “A Song for all Seasons”, part of the  Mazzoleni Masters Songmasters Series at Royal Conservatory of Music

www.rcmusic.com

 

Oct 18 – 22

Marjorie Maltais debuts with Montreal’s Orchestre Metropolitain in “Imagining Spain”, performing de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat

www.orchestremetropolitain.com

 

Daniel Cabena, CountertenorOct 21, 24 & 27

Daniel Cabena debuts with Edmonton Opera as Lydie- Anne de Rozier in their production of Les Feluettes

www.edmontonopera.com

 

Oct 21, 24, 26 & 28

Francois Racine directs Opera de Quebec's opening production of Verdi’s Rigoletto; Derek Bate, conductor

www.operadequebec.com

 

 

NOVEMBER 2017

Missing PosterNov 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11

Caitlin Wood and Marion Newman star in the world premiere of Missing, (a co-production with Pacific Opera Victoria) by composer Brian Current and and First Nations playwright Marie Clements. This music drama is created to give voice to the story of Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women; Charles Barber, Music Director www.cityoperavancouver.com

 

Nov 4

Marion Newman performs the World Premiere of "Klee Wyck Woman" by Vancouver composer Jennifer Butler with text by Janet Marie Rogers with Emily Carr String Quartet, ICSM World New Music Days

www.iscm.org

 

Nov 18

Giles Tomkins is a guest soloist in Handel’s Dettingem Te Deum with London’s Karen Schuessler Singers

www.kssingers.com

 

Nov 17, 19, 21, 22, 23 & 25
Caitlin Wood and Marion Newman star in Missing, presented by Pacific Opera Victoria at Baumann Centre; Timothy Long, Conductor

www.pov.bc.ca

 

Into the Woods PosterNov 23 – 25

Adam Fisher is Rapunzel’s Prince with Opera on the Avalon’s production of Sondheim’s darkly enchanting Into the Woods; Jeffrey Huard, Conductor www.operaontheavalon.com

 

Nov 29
Marion Newman and Giles Tomkins join conductor Kevin Mallon for Messiah with London Symphonia and London Pro Musica Choir

www.londonsymphonia.ca

 

MORE UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

THIS JUST IN

Giles Tomkins has received a Professional Development Grant from Canada Council for the Arts and will travel to the UK for role and repertoire study this fall!

 

Ernesto Ramirez covers Nemorino in L'Elisir d'amore with the COC this fall

OFF STAGE

SCENES FROM
OUR SUMMER

Caitlin Wood, Soprano

Congratulations to Marjorie Maltais and her fiancée Jorell

 

Caitlin Wood, Soprano

Caitlin Wood on the road for Sweat with Bicycle Opera

 

Asitha Tennekoon, Tenor

Asitha Tennekoon visiting family in Sri Lanka

 

Valérie Bélanger, Soprano

Valérie Bélanger with Russell Braun, masterclass at NAC

 

Adam Fisher, Tenor

Adam Fisher as Lt Joe Cable in South Pacific with Calgary Opera in the Village

 

Caitlin Wood, Soprano

Maria Soulis enjoying Butchart Gardens on break from The Mayor's Wife in POV's Jenufa

 

Jacques Arsenault, Tenor

Jacques Arsenault as Freddy in Bandits in the Valley with Tapestry Opera

 

Ernesto Ramirez, Tenor and Michèle Bodganowicz, Mezzo-Soprano

Ernesto Ramirez and Michèle Bodganowicz sang recitals in Mexico

 

Jacques-Olivier Chartier, Tenor

Jacques-Olivier Chartier backstage at American Bach Soloists Academy, San Francisco

 

Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano

Marion Newman sailing in summertime

 

Adam Fisher, Tenor and Kathy Domoney

Adam Fisher with Kathy Domoney, enjoying lattes in Calgary

IN PERFORMANCE

DOMONEY ARTISTS ON STAGE

Caitlin Wood, Soprano

Caitlin Wood in Sweat with Bicycle Opera

NEW TO OUR ROSTER

Jennifer Maines, SopranoJENNIFER MAINES | Soprano

The multifaceted, Montreal-born Canadian soprano Jennifer Maines, a “ true, verismo soprano”, has sung in world-renowned opera houses and orchestras in Canada, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Austria. From 2003 to 2016 she was a member of the Tirolean State Theater Innsbruck, where she sang more than 65 roles. Her impressive repertoire of opera roles include Ellen Orford, The Duchess (Powder Her Face), Salome, Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Tosca, Minnie (La Fanciulla del West), Cassandre (Les Troyens), Manon Lescaut, Jenufa, Ortrud (Lohengrin), Wally, Marietta (Die Tote Stadt), Fidelio, Venus (Tannhäuser) and Turandot.

 

Listen to Jennifer Maines sing an excerpt from Manon Lescault

 

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Jennifer Taverner, SopranoJENNIFER TAVERNER | Soprano

Soprano Jennifer Taverner has been described as "resplendent and captivating" (Ottawa Life) and is in high demand as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies across Canada. In the 2017-2018 season, she debuts with Pacific Opera Victoria as Armida in Handel's Rinaldo, and with Tapestry Opera as Lily in the premiere of Bandits in the Valley. Her 2016/2017 season began with an engagement at the Canadian Opera Company covering the role of Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante. Other recent engagements include Vivier’s Kopernikus with Against the Grain at the Banff Centre, Nadina in The Chocolate Soldier (Toronto Operetta Theatre), Mozart’s Requiem (Bach Elgar Choir), Honegger’s King David (Menno Singers) and Messiah (Thirteen Strings Orchestra).

 

Listen to Jennifer Taverner sing 'O Salutaris' from Petite Messe Solennelle

 

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Jean-Philippe Lazure, TenorJEAN-PHILIPPE LAZURE | Tenor

Jean-Philippe Lazure is a proud graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s elite Ensemble Studio. He performed the roles of Le Remendado in their mainstage productions of Carmen, Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Giuseppe in La Traviata. Jean-Philippe joined the fun as Conte Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia, and Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro in the Ensemble  Studio performances. Jean-Philippe returned to the Canadian Opera Company, the National Arts Centre and l’Opéra de Québec in their acclaimed 2017 co-production of Louis Riel (Somers) and made his debut with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir in Monteverdi's Vespro della beata vergine, conducted by Peter Butterfield. Upcoming concert performances include Messiah and  St. Matthew Passion.

 

Listen to Jean-Philippe Lazure sing 'Thy Rebuke Behold and See' from Messiah

 

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Clarence Frazer, BaritoneCLARENCE FRAZER | Baritone

Hailed as a "singer to watch" (Musical Toronto), Canadian baritone Clarence Frazer is earning praise for his “brilliant and stalwart singing” (Calgary Herald). An alumnus of Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious Ensemble Studio,  Mr. Frazer made his debut  in 2016 with Pacific Opera Victoria as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and with Canadian Stage/Soundstreams Canada as Jean in the North American Premiere of Philippe Boesmans’ opera Julie. Clarence starred in Saskatoon Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and  has also sung Marcello in La Bohème, Publio in La clemenza di Tito; Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Ford in Falstaff, Daggoo in Moby-Dick, Escamillo in Carmen, Dandini in La Cenerentola and Sid in Albert Herring. In 2017, Clarence sang the role of James Isbister in the Canadian Opera Company’s acclaimed production of Louis Riel, with further performances at National Arts Centre and L’Opera de Quebec. Highlights for the current season include two guest appearances with Windsor Symphony, Messiah, and will star as Figaro in a concert version of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2018.

 

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Adam Fisher, Tenor

Adam Fisher as Lt Joe Cable in South Pacific with Calgary Opera in the Village

Marjorie Maltais, Mezzo-Soprano

Marjorie Maltais in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano

Marion Newman with Vancouver Symphony in Whistler, BC on Canada Day