Created by MUO's Artistic Director Brenna Corner and Winnipeg-based singer/director Sawyer Craig, Lost Voices brings MUO audiences back to La Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface.
Ushered throughout the cathedral, audiences will travel in small groups through a century of history to hear singers explore topics as wide-ranging as marriage, motherhood, fascism, and iconic characters like Hamlet's Ophelia and Mary Magdalene. Groups of only 20 will be taken through the tour at staggered start times, creating the most intimate show of the year!
Performance is 2 hours and 20 minutes long with one intermission
Staggered start times beginning at 1:30pm and 4pm
August 21 (Wine Night*):
Staggered start times beginning at 7:30pm
La Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface
180 ave de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg, MB R2H 0H7
Ticket Prices - August 18
Early Bird Price (until July 15th):
$20 general / $17 seniors and arts workers / $10 students
Regular Price (July 16th and later):
$25 general / $22 seniors and arts workers / $15 students
Ticket Prices - Wine Night* August 21
*Ticket price includes two glasses of wine
Early Bird Price (until July 15th):
$30 general admission
Regular Price (July 16th and later):
$35 general admission
Brenna Corner has worked as a director, actor, singer, choreographer, and fight director across Canada, the United States and Europe. Brenna has been a member of the Yulanda M Faris Young Artist Program with Vancouver Opera and is currently working with The Atlanta Opera as the Resident Director for their Studio program.
Ms. Corner is the artistic director of Fraser Lyric Opera and Manitoba Underground Opera in Winnipeg, Canada.Ms. Corner made her directorial mainstage debut directing a new production of Hansel and Gretel designed by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop for Vancouver Opera. Ms. Corner returned for her second summer as a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival as the assistant director of their new production The Siege of Calais, as well as the director for Scalia/Ginsburg.
Select directing projects include: Sweeney Todd (New Orleans Opera), Hansel and Gretel (Vancouver Opera) The Four Note Opera(Yulanda M. Faris Vancouver Opera Young Artist Program), Cendrillon (Manitoba Underground Opera), Béatrice et Benedict(Fraser Lyric Opera), The Turn of the Screw (Accademia Europea dell’ Opera). Select assistant directing projects include: Turandot(The Atlanta Opera) The Siege of Calais,(Glimmerglass Opera Festival); Carmen (Canadian Opera Company); Stickboy,(Vancouver Opera), Der Fliegende Hollander (Calgary Opera).
Sawyer Craig originally hails from Edmonton, Alberta. A love of singing and drama led her from local choirs and festivals to pursue her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia, which she received with honours in 2015. During her time in Vancouver, she discovered a passion for opera, and was lucky to be able to explore her craft through a number of different roles. A particular favourite was the chicken, Chocholka, in Janaček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (who has perhaps the best death scene ever written). Sawyer recently finished her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Monica Huisman at the University of Manitoba. She has enjoyed participating in a wide variety of projects while in Winnipeg. Recent highlights include portraying La Musique in Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants, being chosen as a winner of the University’s Concerto Competition, and directing a scene from le nozze di Figaro with the U of M’s Opera Ensemble. Sawyer is immensely grateful to be part of Manitoba Underground’s 2019 festival as both a singer and a director this year, and is so looking forward to telling stories both onstage and off.
Canadian soprano Emily Diehl-Reader was last on stage with the Calgary Concert Opera Company in their production of La traviata. Prior to that, she appeared as Ottavia in Manitoba Underground Opera’s production of L’incoronazione di Poppea. Earlier in 2018, Emily played the role of She in Little Opera Company’s Canadian premiere production of A Tall Order, Winnipeg composer John Greer’s newest chamber opera, as well as premiering the role of Elvira in Michael McKay’s neo-Baroque chamber opera, The Confused Castrato, in Little Opera Company’s world premiere performance. Beyond the stage, Emily spends her time hosting and producing In the Wings, a podcast about the Canadian opera industry.
Emily has also appeared onstage with Manitoba Underground Opera as La sorella cercatrice in their 2017 production of Suor Angelica, as well as performing in their production of Idomeneo. Other recent engagements include singing in the chorus with Calgary Concert Opera Company’s La traviata, First Lady in Manitoba Underground Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute … Retold, chorus in Manitoba Opera’s Falstaff, and First Bridesmaid in Manitoba Opera's The Marriage of Figaro.
Paulina Gonzalez completed her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Sonora in Mexico and studied with Spanish tenor Guillermo Armada in Mexico. She has performed in music festivals such as Fiestas del Pitic 2014 2014 accompanied by the Sonora's Youth Orchestra. In 2015 she was selected by the University of Sonora to participate as a soloist in the Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Festival and The Pitic International Festival in May of 2016 and 2018. She participated in the opera Don Giovanni with the Manitoba Underground Opera in August 2018 and as La Paix in the Barroque Chamber Opera at the University of Manitoba in November 2018. Paulina and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Tracy Dahl at the University of Manitoba.
Since singing in children's choirs at the age of seven, Carmen Harris has enjoyed immersing herself in the world of vocal studies. She is currently completing her Master of Music at the University of Ottawa, studying with Christiane Riel. Carmen recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and a Post-Baccalaureate in Voice through the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, studying with Monica Huisman. Past performances include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Susanna and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the University of Ottawa, Musetta in La Boheme, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Kelowna, Drusilla in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Venus in Orphée aux Enfers with Manitoba Underground Opera, and Angela in Angela and her Sisters with the University of Manitoba School Tour. Besides opera, she has been blessed to tour throughout Europe and North America with ensembles and has sung as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia.
Soprano Janice Marple completed her Masters of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Alberta. Currently based in Metro Vancouver, BC, she studies privately with teacher Marisa Gaetanne. Past opera roles with MUO include Nella in Gianni Schicchi, soloist in Female Fortitude, and soprano chorus soloist in Idomeneo. Her other operatic experience includes Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (cover), Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring, Atalanta in Handel’s Serse, First Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Venus in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers. She has also been featured as a Debut Soloist in VoiceScapes’ annual Sing Along Messiah in Calgary, as well as attending the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, the Opera on the Avalon Summer Music festival, and the Opera NUOVA Vocal Arts Festival. Ms. Marple placed first in the vocal category at the 2012 FCMF National Music Festival, and is the recipient of the Beryl Barns Memorial Graduate Award, Alberta Heritage Fund Scholarship, and Faculty of Graduate Studies Research and Travel Scholarships.
Ashley Rees was the proud winner of Flipside Opera’s 2017 Opera Idol competition. She completed her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance at the University of Alberta in 2012 and went on to complete a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma and Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Manitoba studying with Tracy Dahl. She enjoys an active performance schedule here in Winnipeg and you may recognize her from productions at the University of Manitoba where she played “The Diva” in their production of Mozart: A Life in the Key of Genius; or Manitoba Underground Opera where she has appeared as the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Cupidon in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Sprite 2 in Cendrillon. You can also hear her on the radio every Saturday Morning as the Host of Classic 107’s The Morning Blend.
Kinnon Weddall is a coloratura soprano, born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated with her Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Manitoba in 2017 and recently completed her Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in the studio of Tracy Dahl. In 2018, she was a co-winner of Flipside Opera’s annual competition, Opera Idol. Kinnon was also a Rose Bowl Trophy finalist and was the runner-up for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society Trophy in the 2018 Winnipeg Music Festival. Additionally, she has been a finalist in the Zita Bernstein Lieder Competition and a finalist for the Alma Wynne Memorial Trophy. You may remember her from Manitoba Underground Opera’s 2018 concert, Female Fortitude. Kinnon is beyond thrilled to be singing with Manitoba Underground Opera again for their 2019 season!
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