Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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Featuring: Chelsea Van Pelt, Soprano | Ellen McAteer, Soprano | Chris Mayell, Tenor | Tyler Fitzgerald, Bass | Joel Allison, Bass | Ian Sadler, Organ
George St. United Church, Peterborough
Haydn's masterpiece describes the creation of the universe in glorious music. In the words of Haydn, "I was never so devout as when I was at work on The Creation; I fell on my knees each day and begged God to give me the strength to finish the work."
Continuing our tradition of supporting emerging artists, we are pleased to welcome five stunning young soloists to our performance.
Soprano Chelsea Van Pelt’s 2013-2014 season began with the role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, under the co-direction of Tafelmusik’s Music Director Jeanne Lamon and the University of Toronto’s Head of Historical Performance Daniel Taylor. She had the pleasure of singing Handel’s Messiah this past December with St. Thomas Choir, Choral Connection, as well as developing the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. In the spring of 2014, Chelsea performed her graduating recital at the University of Toronto, a performance that featured works by Purcell, Berg, Milhaud, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Walton.
Past engagements include Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Schubert’s Mass in G, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Mozart’s Vespers and Handel’s Messiah. In 2009 and 2011, Chelsea was a featured soloist in Karl Jenkins's Mass for Peace with Fanshawe Chorus London, under the baton of Gerald Fagan. Chelsea has attended several summer programs including a vocal techniques workshop with Wendy Nielsen in New Brunswick, the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, the Bach Festival of Canada with Thomas Paul, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and, most recently, Opera Nuova in Edmonton, Alberta. In the summer of 2013, Ms. Van Pelt had the privilege of performing Mme. Lidoine in Opera Nuova’s production of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Chelsea has completed her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto. A student of Wendy Nielsen’s, she has also studied with Darryl Edwards, Leslie Fagan, and Hugh Van Pelt. Chelsea’s past undergraduate experience includes participation in the University of Toronto’s Opera Division. Chelsea has been involved in their production of Hansel and Gretel, Lucia di Lammmermoor, Amelia al ballo, Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Rob Ford the Opera, and Cosi fan tutte.
Soprano Ellen McAteer is the two-time recipient of the Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera, and she was awarded a Schulich Scholarship, the Gaelyne Gabora Memorial Prize, and the E.M. Wirth Scholarship.
Ellen’s operatic roles include Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Miss Jessel in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Fortuna in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Ellen also frequently performs in concert, most recently in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (Bethlehem Bach Choir), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (National Ballet of Canada), Bach's Coffee Cantata (Music and Beyond Festival), Handel’s Messiah (Grace Church on-the-Hill), Orff’s Carmina Burana (McGill University), and Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion (Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul).
Ellen holds a M.Mus Voice Performance from the University of Toronto and a B.Mus Voice Performance from McGill University, graduating with Excellence in Voice.
Praised in Opera Canada magazine for his wholesome tenor voice, Christopher Mayell is quickly making his mark as a rising star in Canada's opera houses and concerts halls. From his acclaimed presentation of Britten's Albert Herring in St. John's, Newfoundland to his interpretation of Handel's Solomon in Victoria, British Columbia, Mr. Mayell maintains a hearty schedule of engagements across the country. He has performed Bach's Cantata No. 55 Ich Armer Mensch with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Kingston Symphony, Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Mozart's Requiem with the Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers. He also joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as well as Orchestra London for performances of Handel's Messiah, and, internationally, he performed the role of Albert in a production of Albert Herring at the Aldeburgh Festival in England last season.
Highlights of the 2013-2014 season include Dr. Caius in Falstaff for Pacific Opera Victoria, and concerts with Winnipeg’s Canzona (Bach’s Mass in B Minor), the Kingston Chamber Choir and Peterborough Singers (Messiah), Metropolitan United Church (Johannes Passion), and the Kingston Symphony (Mozart’s Requiem).
Among his engagements for 2012-2013 were Mozart’s Requiem for the Winnipeg Symphony conducted by Jane Glover, Carmina Burana with the Mendelssohn Choir, Bach’s Magnificat with the Kingston Chamber Choir, Messiah for Orchestra London, Dr. Caius in Falstaff for Calgary Opera, The Brazilian in La Vie Parisienne for Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Bach Cantatas for Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings conducted by Kevin Mallon.
Mr. Mayell has collaborated in the creation of several new Canadian works, including Opera NUOVA's commissioned opera for younger audiences, The Lives of Lesser Things, which toured Alberta. He also continues to work with Toronto's Tapestry New Opera Works in its development projects, including Richard Payne's Get Stuffed! and Aaron Gervais's Oksana G. The tall tenor is a proud alumnus of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Ensemble, through which he performed in Verdi's Rigoletto, Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe (Canadian premier), and Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (featured on CBC Radio's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera). While in Calgary, he was also featured by the Spiritus Chamber Choir in a CBC broadcast of Respighi's Laudate per la Nativita del Signore. Other credits include an extensive tour of the Maritimes as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore for Jeunesses Musicales. Mayell’s career advancement has been assisted by support from the Ontario Arts Council's Chalmers Professional Development Grant program and by a generous grant from the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation.
Originally from Nanaimo, British Columbia, bass-baritone Tyler Fitzgerald has just completed his second year of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program. In 2011, he received a bachelor’s degree in music from Wilfrid Laurier University, having studied under mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber. Recent concert and operatic performances include Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata, Don Inigo Gomez in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnol, and Count Gill in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna (all with Calgary Opera). He has also performed in the Celtic Mass for the Sea by Canadian composer Scott MacMillian with the Festival Chorus of Calgary and in Carmina Burana and Handel's Messiah with The Peterborough Singers. Other roles include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera NUOVA), Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Opera Laurier), Pistola in Falstaff (Opera Nuova), Jimmy in Mahagonny Songspiel (Saltwater Productions), Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, King Melchoir in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Le Marquis in Dialogues des Carmélites. Last season, his performances included The Bonze/Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, and The Father in Hansel and Gretel – all with Calgary Opera.
Canadian bass-baritone, Joel Allison is currently finishing an undergraduate degree in vocal performance at the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of the distinguished baritone Ingemar Korjus. He has begun to attract attention through his appearance with the Talisker Players and his solo recital at the National Art Centre last season.
Joel’s 2013-14 performances included Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte; Vaughan Williams's Songs of Travel at the NAC’s Fourth Stage; the role of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the University of Ottawa Opera Ensemble; a solo recital for the University of Ottawa as a part of his degree; Mozart’s Requiem with the Strings of St. John’s Ottawa; a concert with the Talisker Players of Toronto; and performances as a chorister with the Theater of Early Music under the direction of Daniel Taylor.
Highlights from previous seasons include recitals of English lute songs in the St. Luke's Recital Series in Ottawa; the roles of Don Alfonso in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Marcello in Puccini’s La Boheme with the Capital City Opera Company; the complete Bach Cantata BWV 82, Ich Habe Genug with chamber orchestra; the Duruflé Requiem with the Canadian Centennial Choir; Gugliemo in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte with the University of Ottawa Opera Ensemble; the World premiere of the role of Beppe in the opera Casanova by Canadian composer Andrew Ager; and Zuniga/Dancairo in Julie Nezrallah's acclaimed production of Carmen on Tap. In 2011, he performed the role of Sarastro in Salzburg in the FAVA opera programme's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. His many appearances with the University of Ottawa Opera Ensemble include several Mozart roles – Lepporello in Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and Bartolo in Le Nozze de Figaro. He has also sung the role of Dancairo in Bizet's Carmen.
Joel remains a committed chorister and is the bass soloist at St. Andrew’s Church, Ottawa. He performs regularly with other choirs in Ottawa, including the Seventeen Voyces.
Ian Sadler began his training as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England. He then won the Organ Scholarship at Bristol University followed by the Organ Scholarship back at St. Paul’s Cathedral during postgraduate study at London University. Ian holds degrees in musicology and education, with organ diplomas from Trinity College of Music and The Royal College of Organists. Before moving to Canada, his final engagement in the UK was to play the organ in the movie Chariots of Fire.
In 1980 Ian was appointed Director of Music at Toronto’s Grace Church-on-the-Hill and Choral Director at Upper Canada College.
In 1986, Ian took 1st prize at the Syracuse Organ Competition in New York. Recital tours have taken him to Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France, Austria, the USA, and Australia. In 1995, Ian represented Canada as organist for the United Nations 50th Anniversary Celebrations in San Francisco. In 1999, Ian was the first Canadian juror at the International Liszt Organ Competition in Budapest, Hungary and was awarded the honorary adjunct position of Professor of Music at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Also in 1999, Ian was presented with a Juno award for a choral CD.
This past season, Ian was asked to provide improvised accompaniments for 2 silent movies and appear as guest organ soloist for the Saint Saëns organ symphony. This summer, he will be Organist-in-Residence for a week at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford University (29 July - 3 August 2014).
Ian has been nominated for The Order of Ontario (2003) and The Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2007). For his dedication to promoting Canadian music at home and abroad, The Royal Canadian College of Organists awarded Ian with an Honorary Fellowship in 2007.