Emerging Artist Profile:
Courtney Dugan

Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Mezzo Soprano
Province/Territory: British Columbia
City: Vancouver

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Alice and Mrs. Medlock: The Secret Garden

Hattie & Chorus: Kiss Me, Kate


How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program? 

I have prepared a fancy, organized audition binder (finally!) and have found new music theatre repertoire to workshop during my time with Opera NUOVA. Never having read The Secret Garden as a child, I wandered into the youth section of the library and borrowed a brilliant edition of the story complete with illustrations to get to know the characters and plot!

What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs?

After finishing an intense 3 week run of The Rocky Horror Show, I felt the need to pursue the performing arts more than ever. On a whim, I submitted an AV recorded audition and cleared all my plans and commitments for the duration of the program knowing that this was my year. The stars aligned and here I am! I am attracted to NUOVA for its intensive schedule, allowing me to work with professionals and specialists in the field to build my skill set, make connections and prepare for a professional theatre career.

Artist Bio

Courtney Dugan - Mezzo Soprano; Winnipeg, MB

Education: BA, Music Major, Canadian Mennonite University

Experience/Roles: Marmie in Little Women the Musical (Music Theatre on the Thames), Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld (Halifax Summer Opera Festival) and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (CMU Opera)

Mentors/Inspirations: Lady Gaga

Dream Role(s): Queenie in The Wild Party, Trina in The Falsettos, Elphaba in Wicked