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4/5/2013

Opera Under 30 Profiles - Lyndsay Promane

Opera Under 30 tickets for Lucia di Lammermoor, Salome and Dialogues des Carmélites go on sale Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. Read on to learn more about one of our Opera Under 30 ambassadors and improve your opera knowledge. Never miss a sale by signing up for our special Opera Under 30 email list.

Who?

Lyndsay Promane, 20
Student at University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

1. What was your first introduction to opera?
When I began classical vocal training, I found a recording of Beverly Sills as Rosina singing “Una voce poco fa” from The Barber of Seville and was blown away. My next discovery was Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis’ album “Baroque duets”. Those artists acted as a springboard for me to discover opera and art song.

2. How did you find out about the Opera Under 30 program?
My brother took me to my first COC opera (Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables) and he purchased our tickets through the Opera Under 30 program. I’ve continued to buy tickets this way ever since.

3. How many COC performances have you seen?
I’ve seen all the performances from the 2012-2013 season so far.

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9/10/2012

Opera Under 30 Profiles – Kip Sawyer

Who?

Kip Sawyer, 18 years old.
University of Toronto student.

1. How were you introduced to opera?

It was a natural progression from my enjoyment of musical theatre. I really liked shows with romantic or dramatic music like The Light in the Piazza, or The Phantom of the Opera, especially the Canadian cast recording featuring the COC's own Rebecca Caine. I realized I should give opera a try since so many of the shows I liked had some operatic influence.

2. What was your first opera?

It was the premiere of Life is a Dream at the Santa Fe Opera. The production was well done, but I disliked the opera because it was too atonal for my tastes. After that, it was over a year and a half until I saw another opera, which was Iphigenia in Tauris at the COC (I listened to and watched a number of recordings in the time between, it's just hard to see live opera when you're in Maine!)

3. How did you find out about the Opera Under 30 program?

Part of my decision to come to Toronto from Maine was all the art and culture that Toronto had to offer over some of the smaller cities where I had been accepted to universities. Thus, some of my university research led me to the COC's website, where I saw the info about the Opera Under 30 program.

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9/5/2012

Opera Under 30 Profiles – Jessica Wright

Who?

Jessica Wright, 19 years old.
Second year voice performance major at the University of Toronto.

1. How were you introduced to opera?

I had a wonderful music teacher in elementary school who took students in Grades 7 and 8 on evening field trips to the COC. I went on every trip and ultimately saw four operas before I was even in high school! 

2. What was your first opera? 

Bizet's Carmen  naturally there was no turning back.

3. How did you find out about the Opera Under 30 program? 

I attended an arts high school as a voice major and it was a regular thing for students there to be attending operas of their own accord. The teachers always reminded us to utilize the Opera Under 30 program, so I started going to COC productions with my school friends, especially as I got older and decided I wanted to study voice performance at the university level.

4. How many COC performances have you seen?

It's hard to keep track, but probably somewhere in the range of 10 to 20. I've been on a solid trend of two to three a year since high school, and those number have only been increasing.

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