Role(s) in this year's festival:
Little Red Riding Hood: Into the Woods
How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?
- My professor and I have been working closely together, delving into this famous score. We have been focusing on enhancing the character elements of Little Red Riding hood while adding my own unique sound to this iconic character. She is such a unique role to bring to life and her spunky and stubborn personality acts as the comic relief in many scenes. However she is still a child, and you do get to see her scared and vulnerable as she goes on this journey into the woods. I am looking forward to bringing all sides of her to life this summer!
What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?
- I was thrilled when I discovered a program like Opera NUOVA existed. Growing up I was always an active performer, participating in my first musical in the second grade which then paved the way for my love of the genre. When I came to Brandon University to study Vocal Performance, Opera quickly developed a special place in my heart. When Opera NUOVA was recommended to me by my professor, I was very intrigued by the program. I am so excited to perform Musical Theatre in an environment that honours both genres and learn from so many talented musicians. It will be my first year in any of the Opera NUOVA programs and I am honoured to have been accepted.
o Education: BMus in Vocal Performance, Brandon University
o Awards: Ruth Vasconcelos Musical Theater Trophy (Brandon Festival of the Arts)
o Roles: Pernille in Captain Lovelock (Brandon University), Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Seven Ages productions)
o Mentors: Naomi Forman, Paula Potosky & Kathryn Haroschaw.
Brenley Palmer is a young soprano who has a passion for both musical theatre and opera. She is graduating this year from Brandon University where she attained a bachelors in vocal performance under the study of Naomi Forman. Throughout her degree, she has been focusing on a classical style of singing while also working on her musical theatre technique in lessons and on the stage in the community. In addition, she has completed a theatre minor under the instruction of James Forsythe. Brenley is originally from Winnipeg and grew up studying under Winnipeg performer, Paula Potosky. She has been an active performer in the Brandon Area, most notably as Robin in 7 ages production of Godspell and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. During her time at Brandon University, she participated in the theatre departments production of InterSEXtions as Ellen, and the title role of Captain Lovelock with the school of music. She takes pride in her work as a Vocal Director working with kids age 5-17, coaching for Vincent Massey High School's production of "We Will Rock you" in 2017 and "Madagascar jr." in 2016. Brenley is excited to bring the iconic character of Little Red Riding Hood to life this summer in Sondheim's Into the Woods.