Vancouver Opera recently announced their upcoming season featuring many UBC graduates. Puccini’s beloved La Bohème starts the season off in October, and will be directed by our own Nancy Hermiston. The role of Schaunard will be played by Aaron Durand who will be graduating his Master’s this spring. In the December production of The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan, soprano Rachel Fenlon (M.Mus. ‘11) will sing with role of Mabel. In March’s production of a First Nations-inspired The Magic Flute, Teiya Kasahara (B.Mus. ‘07) will sing Queen of the Night, a role she also performed with UBC Opera.
Vancouver Opera’s 2012–2013 season also marks the inaugural year for The Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program which aims to engage, enrich, mentor, and train rising young Canadian opera artists. Among the chosen artists are UBC alumni: Aaron Durand, Rachel Fenlon, Martin Sadd, and Sylvia Szadovszki who will be given several performance opportunities throughout the year. Congrats to you all!