Emerging Artist Profile:
Abigail Veenstra

Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Soprano
Province/Territory: Ontario
City: Hamilton

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Witch: Into the Woods

Chorus: City Workers in Love

Previous NUOVA Roles:

2017 - Nettie Fowler: "Carousel"

2017 - Bear/Fox Understudy: "The Cunning Little Vixen"

2017 - Chorus: "Eugene Onegin"

How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • For NUOVA's 2018 anniversary season, I am excited to prepare my dream musical theater role of the Witch. Of course, to method act such a role would not be acceptable during my normal life, but I do love preparing the beautiful music and text this character has to offer. I am finishing my first year of my Master's degree, and bringing this role to my teacher, Brian Macintosh, who is coaching me and helping me bring this role to life.

What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?

  • As a previous NUOVA participant, I am returning for this season because I know that this program is one (or THE) best in Canada. The teachers, the coaches, and all of the classes are exemplary, and I know I will learn a lot from this program. This season, I am very excited to be involved in the Sondheim musical "Into the Woods". Since I first started doing musical theater and classical music, "Into the Woods" has been one of my favourite shows, and am very excited to do my favourite role!

Artist Bio     

o   Education: BMus in Vocal Performance & MMus in Voice Performance and Literature, Western University

o   Mentors/Inspirations: Brian Mcintosh, Tom Diamond, & Judith Forst

o   Dream Role(s): The Countess (Marriage of Figaro), Micaela (Carmen), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni)

o   Roles: Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Nettie Fowler (Carousel), Suor Dolcina (Suor Angelica), Mae (Reefer Madness), Ensemble (Eugene Onegin, Carmen, The Cunning Little Vixen, Hansel and Gretel)