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Hansel and Gretel Cast

Pascale Spinney

Mezzo-Soprano

Montreal, QC
Hansel

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances
Jeanne Mance in Maisonneuve et Mance with Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur
Stéphano and Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette with Jeunesses Musicales Tour
Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opéra de Montréal
Dora in A Little Too Cozy with Against the Grain Theatre and Open Space, Banff Centre

Upcoming Engagements
Soloist, Requiem (Duruflé) with Montreal Symphony House
Jeanne Mance in Maisonneuve et Mance with Monument National

 


Taylor Pardell

Soprano

Grande Prairie, AB
Gretel

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances
Semi-Finalist, Lotte Lenya Competition, New York City
First Place Winner, American Protégé International Music Competition, Carnegie Hall
Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Burnaby Lyric Opera
Gilda in Rigoletto with Vancouver Island Opera

Upcoming Engagements
Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro with Vancouver Opera
Susanna (understudy) in The Marriage of Figaro with Vancouver Opera

www.taylorpardell.com

 


Leah Giselle Field

Mezzo-Soprano

Calgary, AB
Gertrude (Mother )

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances
Amneris in Aida with Opera di Concertisti, Vancouver
Alto Soloist, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul with Sea to Sky Orchestra, Vancouver
Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with Burnaby Lyric Opera
Jennie in Higglety Pigglety Pop! with UBC School of Music (D.M.A. Thesis)
 


Peter Monaghan

Bass-Baritone

Lethbridge, AB
Peter (Father )

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances
Beast in Beauty and the Beast with Theatre Under the Stars, Vancouver
Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with Cowtown Opera
Colline in La bohème with Burnaby Lyric Opera
Don Pedro / Somarone in Béatrice et Bénédict with Fraser Lyric Opera

Upcoming Engagements
Antonio / Figaro Understudy in The Marriage of Figaro with Vancouver Opera

 


Vanessa Oude-Reimerink

Soprano

Mississauga, ON
Sandman / Dew Fairy

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances
Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia with the Banff Centre
Sarah Thorpe in No One’s Safe with the Banff Centre
Frasquita in Carmen with Edmonton Opera
Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Calgary Opera

www.vanessaoudereimerink.com

 


Ryan Downey

Tenor

St. John’s, NL
The Witch

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances
John in John Estacio’s Ours with Opera on the Avalon>
Corcoran in HMS Pinafore with Toronto Operetta Theatre>
Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with Toronto Summer Opera>
Lyric Tenor in Postcards from Morocco with University of Toronto Opera>

www.ryanpauldowney.com

 


Lenard Stanga

Puppeteer

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances
Actor/Puppeteer for Sangja tour to South Korea and Canada with Pangaea Arts & ArtStage SAN
Actor/Puppeteer for Arvaarluk: An Inuit Tale with Pangaea Arts
Mama Trollson for The Trollsons Interactive Masked Roving with Pangaea Arts
Storyteller for Stories on Wheels with Pangaea Arts

Upcoming Engagements
Puppeteer for Sangja with Surrey International Children’s Festival and St. Albert International Children’s Festival of the Arts
Storyteller for Stories on Wheels with Pangaea Arts

 


Viktor Lukawski

Puppeteer

Toronto, ON

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances
Italian Mime Suicide / Three Red Days with Bad New Days
Famous Puppet Death Scenes with Old Trout Puppet Workshop
Ignorance with Old Trout Puppet Workshop
The Double with Bad New Days

Upcoming Engagements
European / North American tour of Cendres with Plexus Polaire
Director for an adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird with ZOU

 


Alexander Prior

Conductor

London, UK

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances
Swan Lake with The Royal Danish Ballet
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Carmen with The Royal Danish Opera
La traviata with Oper Leipzig and the Gewandhaus Orchestra

Upcoming Engagements
Elektra with Edmonton Opera

www.alexprior.co.uk

 


Brenna Corner

Director

High River, AB

Last VO Appearance
Assistant Director, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances
Assistant Director, La bohème with The Glimmerglass Festival
Assistant Director, Carmen with The Canadian Opera Company
Director, The Four Note Opera and Le Docteur Miracle with Vancouver Opera's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program
Director, Béatrice et Bénédict with Fraser Lyric Opera

Upcoming Engagements
Studio Artist Director, Atlanta Opera
Director, Sweeney Todd with New Orleans Opera

www.brennacorner.com

 


Sarah Jane Pelzer

Assistant Director

Victoria, BC

Recent Appearances
Director, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas with the Opera Studio of the Victoria Conservatory of Music
Assistant Director, The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Manitoba
Assistant Director, The Merry Widow with Edmonton Opera
Assistant Director, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor and Das Rheingold with Pacific Opera Victoria

Upcoming Engagements
Assistant Director, Otello with Vancouver Opera

 


Angus Kellet

Chrous Director / Répétiteur

Prince George, BC

Last VO Appearance
West Side Story, 2011

Recent Appearances
The Book of Mormon with Broadway Across Canada
La bohème with Burnaby Lyric Opera
The Wizard of Oz with Gateway Theatre, Richmond
Les Misérables with Arts Club Theatre Company

Upcoming Engagements
Mary Poppins with Arts Club Theatre Company
Carmen with Burnaby Lyric Opera