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Will Ebere

as Amahl

Will Ebere is a twelve-year-old boy soprano with shimmering high notes who captivates every audience. His stage presence is palpable and his love for opera is contagious. This season saw many debuts for Will. He made his operatic debut taking on the entire children’s chorus part as a solo with Opera by Request’s production of La Boheme, alongside teacher, Erin Armstrong. He performed as part of the Music Moves Kids Choir in the Canadian premiere of Jakobin, a Czech National Opera by Dvorak and sang his first title Role in Amahl and the Night Visitors with No Strings Theatre in Toronto. Will made is orchestral debut with the Windsor Community Orchestra singing Susannah’s part in the famous duet, Sull’aria from Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart. This spring Will also made his TV and radio debuts. He was the invited soloist for a Ted X Talk recorded in Chatham and a member of the MMK Choir who performed and recorded with The Tenors for their PBS broadcast recently in Windsor. His interview with CBC radio about his young successes was insightful and entertaining. Will is excited and honoured his international debut will be on stage alongside the Langsford Men’s Chorus. Other credits include, Gafroche in Les Miserables, a soloist for Windsor’s Art in the Park, Toronto’s Historic Distillery District Art Show and a Winner of the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival. He would like to give a special thank you to his teacher, friend and mentor Erin Armstrong for always believing in him and for helping him achieve his dream.

Adam Fisher

as King Kaspar

Canadian tenor Adam Fisher is rapidly gaining attention for his charismatic stage presence in a wide range of repertoire. Critics hailed his debut in 2013 as Pedrillo in Opera Atelier’s production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio and his performance in the world premiere of Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes’ opera “Pauline” drew critical acclaim.

 

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Adam joined the Emerging Artists Program with Calgary Opera in 2010. Adam was invited to the prestigious Music Academy of the West, leading the cast as Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.

 

In Calgary, Adam starred as Tamino in Cowtown Opera’s fresh version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and joined this innovative company as Alfred in their 2012 production of Die Fledermaus.

 

Equally at home in the music of Broadway, Adam’s versatility ranges from his powerful portrayal of the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar at Westben Festival, to Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific with Pacific Opera Victoria. Adam headlined with Chorus Niagara in “Best of Broadway” and won raves in "Some Enchanted Evening", a program of Rodgers and Hammerstein favourites with Brantford Symphony. Adam joins baritone Jason Howard for “Kings of Broadway” with Westben Festival in 2015.

 

Adam charmed audiences as Raoul in La Vie Parisienne and as Count Gustav in Lehar’s Land of Smiles, both with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

 

Last season, Adam debuted in Messiah with National Arts Centre Orchestra, Viennese New Year with Victoria Symphony, sang Normanno with Edmonton Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and was tenor soloist with Vancouver Bach Choir in Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

 

Future performances for this multi-talented singer include Camille (The Merry Widow) with Edmonton Opera, Vladimir in Borodin’s Prince Igor (Voicebox:Opera in Concert) and Lysander in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) with Pacific Opera Victoria.

Dr. Emery Stephens

as King Balthazar

 

Emery Stephens, baritone, is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He holds degrees from Gordon College, Boston University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Praised for his singing “with ringing suavity and articulate intelligence" (The Boston Phoenix), Dr. Stephens has performed with Windsor Classic Chorale, Michigan Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera New England, Boston Opera Theatre, Lake George Opera Festival, Arbor Opera Theater, Main Street Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, Carolina Ballet with the North Carolina Symphony, Orchestra Canton, Prism Opera, Handel and Haydn Society, and Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, among others. 

 

His operatic roles include Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Mel in Tippett's The Knot Garden, Melchior and Balthazar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, Benoit and Alcindoro in Puccini's La Boheme, Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Father in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Junius in Britten's Rape of Lucretia, Damis in Mechem's Tartuffe, Dosher in James P. Johnson's De Organizer, and Maximilian in Bernstein's Candide.

 

Music critic Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe wrote, "As Mel in Michael Tippett's Knot Garden, Mr. Stephens disappeared entirely into his character."  A versatile and charismatic singer, Stephens has worked with prominent stage directors including Dorothy Danner, Simon Target, Elkhanah Pulitzer, Kay Walker Castaldo, Leon Major, Will Graham and Peter Sellars as well as with noted choreographer Bill T. Jones. Additionally, he sang supporting roles in the Boston Early Music Festival's production of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at Harvard University with conductor Andrew Parrott and lutenist Paul O'Dette. 

Norman E. Brown

as King Melchior

Norman E. Brown, baritone Norman has an extensive singing career performing as soloist in opera, oratorio and in concert across Canada, in the United States and in Europe. Norman holds degrees in voice performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto; the University of Toronto; and Trinity College of Music, London (UK) as well as B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in math and physics, and an MBA in arts administration.

Norman is a regular performer in Italy performing in concerts of sacred music and in operas. Norman recently spent the summer of 2015 in Lucca (Italy) singing the roles of Don Magnifico in Rossini’s opera “Cenerentola” and The Speaker-Sarastro in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.

Norman has and continues to perform extensively in the Greater Toronto Area singing as soloist with Opera in Concert, Toronto Opera Repertoire, Opera By Request, Tryptych Opera & Concert, York Opera, No Strings Theatre, Cosmopolitan Opera, Summer Festival – Opera, Hamilton, Toronto Chamber Players, Toronto Concert Singers, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, Mississauga Choral Society, to name a few.

Since his arrival in Ottawa in 1990 Norman has performed as soloist with North Grenville Concert Choir, Cantata Singers, Centennial Choir, Ottawa Choral Society, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kanata Symphony, Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, Divertimento Orchestra, Opera Lyra, Pellegrini Opera, Operatunities, Opera Breva, CAMMAC (“Messiah”), University of Ottawa Choir and Orchestra, Coro Vivo, Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys, Sacred Music Society & Sinfonia Sacra, Ontario Opera Co-operative, OperOttawa, Ottawa Baroque Opera Ensemble and L’Orchestre de Gatineau/Hull.

Norman is pleased to be singing in “Amahl & the Night Visitors” once again with Will Trigo Ebere. Norman has fond memories of this area, having sung as guest soloist many times (including a tour to Bulgaria) with the Leamington Choral Society under Helen Law.

Erin Armstrong

as the Mother

Lyric soprano, Erin Armstrong, native to Windsor/Essex County, is known for her ability
to captivate an audience with her warm, rich voice, dynamic stage presence and for her
constant community driven performances and creative initiatives.


This season began with Erin as Fiordiligi with Abridged Opera’s production of Cosi fan
tutte, as Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele and as mother to stage son, Will Trigo Ebere in
a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. She is delighted to be directing the Windsor Symphony Orchestra`s production of La Boheme next year and to be leading such a talented group of young children as the Music Moves Kids Studio to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform Brundibar by Hans Krasa.


Last season saw Erin as Mrs. Andrews in her debut role with Winsor Light Music
Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins, Mimi in La Boheme with Toronto’s Opera By
Request, a soloist in Diva Drama with the Windsor Community Orchestra, the mother in
Amahl and the Night Visitors with No Strings Theatre, the soprano soloist in Richard
Einhorn’s Voices of Light with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and with the Langsford
Men’s Chorus spring concerts.


She is the founder and director of Music Moves Kids (www.musicmoveskids.com)
studio, summer camp and children’s choir. Their performance credits include: The
Tenors PBS Broadcast recording, the Canadian premier of Jakobin, by Dvorak, Boito’s
Mephistofele, La Boheme with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and upcoming this
spring and summer, the MMK Studio will perform the children’s opera Brundibar at the
Edinburgh Fringe. Erin’s passion for creation has seen many accomplishments in the
past few years. She spearheaded and sang the title role in an opera collaboration with
the University of Windsor and Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts in a production of
Suor Angelica, began Windsor’s first opera professional opera company, Abridged
Opera with colleague Jackie Robitaille, conducts the award-winning, Windsor
Community Choir, stage directed La Boheme with the WSO and recently joined the 4th
Wall Music team as President of the Board.


Erin is an alumni of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program and a graduate of the
Universities of Windsor and British Columbia. Her opera credits include, Violetta in La
Traviata, High Priestess in Aida, La Contessa in La nozze di Figaro, Ortlinde in Die
Walkure, Giulietta in I Capuletti ed I Montecchi, Beth in Little Women, Juliette in Romeo
et Juliette, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Donna Anna in Don
Giovanni.