We’ve partnered with Willow Place, a local charity that provides violence prevention services, to bring you a new digital show this summer. Entitled A Place of Healing, this visual album consists of music videos and interviews with experts on domestic violence and its effects. 100% of sales go directly to Willow Place to support the important work they do, so you’ll be making a difference in your community while you enjoy some fantastic singing.
Willow Place provides inclusive, no-cost family violence prevention services, 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Their services include protective housing in a private and confidential location, 24-hour staff support, safety planning assistance, daily access to trauma-informed counselling services, an on-site school (SunRise Tutoring) for grades K-8, and more!
Join us for an hour to learn what we can all do about the problem of domestic and family violence in our community.
We would like to acknowledge our volunteer interviewees for their participation in this project: Dr. Jen Anderson, Cst. Maria Buduhan, Pam Hadder, and Victoria McIntosh. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Available for viewing until midnight August 31
Run time: 52 minutes
Brenna Corner has worked as an opera director across Canada, the United States and Europe
Select directing projects include: Sweeney Todd (New Orleans Opera); Der fliegende Höllander (Cincinnati Opera & Houston Grand Opera ); L’Elisir d’amore (Vancouver Opera); Carmen (The Atlanta Opera); Scalia/Ginsburg & Noye’s Fludd (Glimmerglass Festival); Hansel and Gretel (Vancouver Opera). Brenna has a degree in music from The University of Manitoba, and theatre diplomas from Grant MacEwan College and The British American Drama Academy.
A native of Montreal, Kimberley-Ann Bartczak is a conductor, pianist and vocal coach. She is currently the Principal Coach and Accompanist at Pacific Opera Victoria, and also the Associate Artistic Director at Manitoba Underground Opera. She was the Resident Conductor and Repetiteur at Calgary Opera, was on staff at Opera on the Avalon, an alumna of Vancouver Opera's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program and has performed coast to coast across Canada as well as in the United States, Mexico and Europe. Recent appearances include: Music Director for the world premiere of Veronika Krausas' Ghost Opera at Calgary Opera, Stephanie Martin's Llandovery Castle with Bicycle Opera Project, and principal coach for Elizabeth Raum's Garden of Alice at Pacific Opera Victoria.
Karen Santos is a versatile soprano known for her rich tone and passion for the stage. Born and raised in Mexico City, Karen has lived in Canada for fourteen years. She has performed leading roles such as Angela (Angela and her Sisters), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). Karen made her Carnegie Hall debut in July of 2017 with the Manhattan Opera Studio. She also performed in the Festival de Ópera en Oaxaca in her native country, singing Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen, under the mentorship of celebrated Mexican mezzo-soprano, Grace Echauri.
Also an accomplished visual artist, Karen received a Fine Arts Degree from UBC in Visual Arts, and completed her Voice Performance Degree at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She recently completed her Masters of Music at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, studying with Monica Huisman, Tracy Dahl, and Laura Loewen. In addition to this, Karen has studied under the distinguished tutelage of David L. Jones and esteemed soprano, Robyn Driedger-Klassen.
Sydney Clarke is a recent graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Desautel Faculty of Music under the tutelage of Tracy Dahl (CM). She is also a graduate of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music (GGS) in Toronto.
Sydney performed the role of HELENA in Opera NUOVA’s 2019 production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also performed the role of MERCURY in Manitoba Underground Opera’s (MUO) production of James Rolfe’s Aeneas and Dido. Other roles include DONNA ANNA in MUO’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, ELETTRA in MUO’s production of Idomeneo by Mozart, the role of FIRST LADY in Opera Nuova’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and SOPRANO 1 in Opera Nuova’s production of Terrence McNally’s play Master Class. Sydney has performed as the soprano soloist for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s staged production of Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Earl Stafford (CM).
Sydney is a winner of the 2020 Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg’s Doris McLellan Competition. She has also won first place in the 2020 Manitoba Registered Music Teacher’s Association Scholarship Competition.
Sydney currently holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba’s Desautel Faculty of Music and a Bachelor Degree of Music from Thompson Rivers University in association with GGS. She is currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, continuing to perform and teach voice.
Julia Davis is an Inuit singer/actress from Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a recent graduate from Desautels Faculty of Music, Julia studied with opera singer, Tracy Dahl, for the duration of her Vocal Performance undergraduate degree. Julia is currently studying with The Village Conservatory for Musical Theatre and preparing for their year-end, online showcase, Inhibition/ Exhibition. She is actively involved in theatre competitions, performances and film projects in Winnipeg. Recent credits include Burden of Truth (Eagle Vision), The Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg), and the annual Bake-Off 2020 (Sarasvàti Productions).
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nicki is beyond grateful to have had the chance to call the vibrant music community of this city “home” for her whole life. She graduated from the University Of Manitoba Faculty Of Music in 2011 with a degree in Vocal Performance, and has performed throughout the city with groups such as The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg, Dry Cold Productions, and District Theatre Collective. She is presently a member of the Winnipeg Singers and alto soloist at St Andrews River Heights United Church. When she is not up to her ears in music, Nicki works for Ricki’s as a Merchandise Planner and is looking forward to trying her hand at vegetable gardening this summer.
Kinnon Weddall is an emerging coloratura soprano, praised by Opera Canada for her “stirring performance” and “searing delivery”. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma of Music Performance, while in the studio of Tracy Dahl. Previously, she had graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2017 (also from the University of Manitoba) under the tutelage of Donna Fletcher. In 2018, Kinnon was a co-winner of Opera Idol (Flipside Opera) and was the runner-up for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society Trophy (Winnipeg Music Festival). Additionally, she has been a finalist for the Rose Bowl and Alma Wynne Memorial Trophy (Winnipeg Music Festival), as well as the Zita Bernstein Lieder Competition (University of Manitoba). Most recently, she competed in the 2020/2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, qualifying for the district auditions. Kinnon is no stranger to Manitoba Underground Opera, having appeared as a soloist in Female Fortitude (2018) and Lost Voices (2019). Kinnon is thrilled to be making music with Manitoba Underground Opera again in support of such an important organization like Willow Place.