Goldie B Locks is a little girl who LOVES bugs. When she follows a butterfly into the woods, she ends up lost and unable to find her way home. After stumbling onto a seemingly deserted house, she meets and befriends Peek, a little bear. Peek tells her that someone broke into his family's house that morning and ate his soup! Goldie is horrified, because she knows that she is the sneaky soup thief. Should she tell the truth and risk getting in trouble with her new friend and his parents? Or should she stay silent and hope she doesn't get caught?
After some ups and downs, Goldie learns that honesty is the best policy. The bear family helps her reunite with her mother, and she resolves to always tell the truth and to confide in a trusted adult whenever she has a problem. This operatic spin on the classic story of Goldilocks is approximately 35 minutes long and is aimed at children aged 5-11. Find your nearest performance venue below.
Sawyer Craig is a colorful, versatile artist hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. Equally comfortable on the stage and at the director’s table, Sawyer has been praised as a “standout” performer (Edmonton Journal), “particularly radiant in coloratura passages” (Opera Canada). She is committed to telling stories in vibrant, collaborative, and inclusive ways.
Sawyer did her undergraduate studies at UBC in opera performance. She followed this with a Masters degree in Voice Performance at the University of Manitoba. Under the tutelage of Monica Huisman, she developed a wide repertoire of art song and a fascination with the medium of the recital. She is currently based in Montréal, studying stage direction at McGill’s Schulich School of Music.
Recent highlights include performing Szymanowski’s Songs of a Fairytale Princess with the U of M Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Concerto Competition, and directing the Canadian premiere of Verdi’s Un Giorno do Regno with Opera McGill. In the summer of 2021 she, along with longtime best friend Gwendolyn Yearwood, co-founded Good Mess Opera Theatre, an indie company dedicated to empowering and creating opportunities for young artists.
When she is not making loud noises with her face, Sawyer enjoys running half marathons, black coffee, and relaxing at home with her cats, Toby Flenderson and Stevie Nicks..
Leanne Hiebert is a piano teacher and collaborative pianist in Winnipeg, plays for two of the Pembina Trails Voices choirs (Potenza and Ragazzi), and is the regular pianist for various vocal and flute studios. She teaches pianists of all ages, and loves providing them with a wide variety of performance and learning opportunities.
Leanne is a former president of the MRMTA (Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association) and continues to volunteer with this organization and participate in the professional development they offer. This is her first endeavour with Manitoba Underground Opera and she is very excited to go “on tour”, (reminding her of a past Manitoba tour with a male vocal trio “The 50s Project”).
The love of music collaboration began with piano duets, trios and quartets encouraged by teacher Lydia Wiebe and continued as Leanne worked with choirs, soloists, and ballet classes in Brandon where she completed a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under the instruction of Dr. Ken Nichols.
Leanne and husband Reg have lived in Japan, and done a variety of bicycle adventures. They currently live in south Winnipeg where they have raised 3 boys. Enjoy the show!
Monica Hultin has been performing and organizing musical performances for over 40 years in Toronto, Kingston and Winnipeg. She is a recently received her BMus studying voice at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. While there she acted as Assistant Stage Manager for scenes from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with University of Manitoba Opera Theatre. Monica looks forward to Stage Managing with Manitoba Underground Opera.
After 14 years of solo performances on international stages, Paulina Gonzalez’ Mexican heritage fuels her passion and the power of music makes her dig deep, harnessing the positive energy she exudes, and cast it forth to gather us under its spell. Like any real artist, Paulina knows that the more she gives of herself - the richer is the listener.
Paulina completed her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Sonora in Mexico and her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Tracy Dahl at the University of Manitoba. She has performed in music festivals such as Fiestas del Pitic and Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado. She participated in the opera Don Giovanni by Mozart with Manitoba Underground Opera in August 2018 and as a soloist in Lost Voices in August 2019. Paulina performed as part of the University of Manitoba Chamber Opera in the Baroque opera Les Arts Florissants as La Paix in November 2018, and as Esilena in Handel’s opera Rodrigo in November 2019. In 2022 Paulina was the winner of the Herbert & Audrey Belyea Trophy of the Winnipeg Music Festival, and was selected as one of the winners of the Women's Music Club Scholarship Competition receiving the Holtby Scholarship.
Jacqueline Arthur, mezzo-soprano, began her training in Medicine Hat and demonstrated passion and commitment in her music at an early age. Jacqueline later received a Bachelor of Music degree, graduating with great distinction, from University of Lethbridge and a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba. Jacqueline’s vocal versatility has allowed her to perform many operatic roles including Nellie March (the Fox), Fernando (Rodrigo), Bianca/Rosabella (Angela and her Sisters), La Peinture (Les art’s florissants), Maurya (Riders to the Sea), Mrs. Peachum (The Beggers Opera), Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), and Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas). In addition to performing, Jacqueline also works as a voice teacher and enjoys sharing her love of music with the next generation.
Chris Donlevy is a Winnipeg-based Tenor, and is excited to return to performing in the role of Peek. Born into a musical family, Chris began performing through studying acting at USask. Soon, he found himself in love with Opera after attending the Opera Nuova voice intensive, and he has been a tenor ever since (well, he likes to think that’s when the attitude started). A graduate of the Post Baccalaureate and Bachelor of Music programs at University of Manitoba, Chris adores the music community in Winnipeg, and feels privileged to be a part of it. He can’t wait to get back to making music again after our collective performing hibernation, and is looking forward to making some noise! Opera: Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (Saskatoon Opera); Gianni Schicchi, Magic Flute... Retold. (Manitoba Underground Opera); The Brothers Grimm, The Scorpions Sting, The Bremen Town Musicians (Saskatoon Opera in Schools); The Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Nuova); Musical Theatre: Carousel (Opera Nuova) It's A Wonderful Life, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Persephone)
Baritone Nathan Dyck hails from the windswept prairies of Manitoba’s Northern Interlake region. He’s been steeped in music from an early age, beginning with guitar and having many opportunities to perform in school and church. His formal education began after completing his first B.A. in Theology. While attending seminary, he acquired a taste Classical music by performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mahler’s Auferstehungsinfoniewith the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Mennonite Festival Chorus. This prompted a transfer to Canadian Mennonite University where he completed a B.Mus in Vocal Performance under Dr. Matthew Pauls.
Nathan’s performance experience includes both opera and musical theatre productions with David Klassen. Under David, he played a police officer in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Balthazar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Al the Foreman in City Workers in Love by Neil Weisensel and Michael Cavanagh. He is continuing his studies at Western University in London Ontario under the tutelage of Dr. Todd Wieczorek. More recent performances include the unflappable Sergeant Belcore in Western’s staging of Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore in March 2022. He also enjoys sacred music, having sung solos in Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri and Fauré’s Requiem.
MUO's Opera for Children Tour began in 2017, when we visited two Winnipeg locations. Since then, we've expanded our tour outside of Winnipeg, and this summer we'll be bringing opera to children in Northern communities for the first time. We'll be visiting libraries in The Pas, Flin Flon, Thompson, Swan River, and more! Families all over Manitoba will get to experience live opera right in their own communities. And since there is no admission fee for any of our performances, there are no financial barriers for any child who wishes to attend. We are able to present our Opera for Children Tour at no cost to hosting organizations or attendees thanks to the support of public grants and donations from generous opera lovers like you. Click here to donate today, and help us continue making opera accessible for Manitoba families.
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