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Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8 pm


Haydn's "Lord Nelson" Mass and Mozart's Regina Coeli, plus contemporary works by Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Arvo Pärt, and Eric Whitacre. With soloists and orchestra

Amanda Weatherall

Amanda WeatherallMezzo Soprano Amanda Weatherall has just started her MMus of vocal literature and performance at Western University, studying under Todd Wieczorek. She is from Cranbrook, British Columbia, where she had her first taste of the stage.

The highlight of her Cranbrook performances was playing Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes. Her operatic credits include Romeo in Bellini’s i Capuleti e i Montecchi (Opera NUOVA), Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff (Western), Tisbe in Rossini’s la Cenerentola (AEDO), and Chorus in Puccini’s La Bohème (Western). She has also performed in concerts including her recent BMus graduating recital, operatic scenes galas, and many more. In the upcoming year she will be performing Third Lady from Mozart’s Magic Flute with Western University Opera Workshop.

Chad Louwerse

Chad LouwerseCanadian Bass-Baritone Chad Louwerse made his European debut as Bernadino in Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini with l’Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, France. In Canada he has been been engaged by Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, and l’Opéra de Montréal, among others. In the 2013-2014 season he will be heard as The Bonze in Edmonton Opera’s Madama Butterfly and as The Friar in Vancouver Opera’s Don Carlo.

An active oratorio singer and recitalist, Mr. Louwerse’s concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, the Bach Mass in B-minor, the Brahms and Mozart Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He is a winner of both the CBC Westcoast Performance Pacific Spotlight competition and the Début competition and has given recitals broadcast on CBC Radio Two.

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Katy Clark

Katy ClarkSoprano Katy Clark has recently earned her Masters degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan. A native of London, ON, she has performed numerous roles in opera, including The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Cunegonde (Candide), Blanche (Les Dialogues des Carmelites) and Despina (Cosí fan Tutte). Katy appeared  in the title role of How Nanita Learned to Make Flan, an opera for children, with Michigan Opera Theatre last season. She also performs with Shoestring Opera, bringing The Magic Flute, Carmen, and Hansel and Gretel to life for Toronto area children. Katy is a member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus.

            She has a deep love for oratorio repertoire, and favourite credits in this genre include Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity. She has sung under the baton of esteemed conductors such as Martin Katz, Alain Trudel and Gordon Gerrard. Ms. Clark won the Sheila and Marla Zack Competition in 2013, and received an Encouragement Award from the Michigan District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the same year. This season, Katy is excited to be appearing with the Karen Schuessler Singers in their performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, after having sung the same piece with the Elora Festival Singers in July.

            She is also known for her work in theatre, having performed such roles as Luisa (The Fantasticks), Chava (Fiddler on the Roof), Casilda (The Gondoliers), Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank)  and Millie (Picnic). Katy is the founder and director of Bonzai Theatre, a children’s theatre company based in London, Ontario. She also teaches private Voice and Piano lessons in London.

Colin Bell

Colin Bell

Colin Bell is a tenor from Chatham-Kent in his third year of Honours Voice Performance at Western. He is an experienced musical theatre and stage performer. He has been in many shows, such as The Phantom of the Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Wizard of Oz. Colin has also had the honour of performing in La Bohème in first year as Parpignol. Colin sings with the Western University Singers, the church choir at New St. James Presbyterian, and is a part of Torin Chiles’ studio. He has received many awards for his singing, including the Elsie E. Holmes scholarship for music, the Golden K Kiwanis Bowl, and in first year was named the most promising Junior University/College male singer from the Ontario chapter of NATS. This past summer, he was invited to Chicago for the NATS National Competition, and was a semi-finalist.

This year, Colin is excited to play his first ever lead role in an opera, starring as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, from January 27-29, and February 3-5. Colin will be performing his first solo recital in the spring on March 18th at 8pm in the music building at Western.