Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Role(s) in this year's festival:
Third Lady: The Arctic Flute
Mrs. Demers: City Workers in Love
How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?
- I am thrilled to be enjoying both the contemporary music from City Workers in Love, as well as some of the most notable themes in classical opera, in The Arctic Flute. In my journey with these two operas, I've been particularly intrigued with how the languages, English and German, inform the characters to portray two very similar, and yet totally distinct, women. While the Third Lady and Mrs. Demers come from two completely different cultural backgrounds, they are alike in that they are both women of action, assertiveness, and appreciation for male beauty!
What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?
- I am honoured to be part of Opera NUOVA’s 20th Anniversary season! As one of Canada’s foremost young artist programs, Opera NUOVA provides young singers with performance and networking opportunities that are unique to Canada and the Canadian music community. This year, a highlight for me is “City Workers in Love,” an opera written in 2011 by Canadian Neil Weisensel. This hilarious opera lives up to its name: the story follows a day in the life of several memorable labourers, who navigate through their romantic escapades while sharing the joys of coffee break time!
Education: BMus & Opera Diploma, Wilfrid Laurier University; MMus, Manhattan School of Music
Roles: Nancy in Albert Herring; Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro; La Tasse Chinoise in L’enfant et les sortilèges
Dream Roles: Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti; Cenerentola in La Cenerentola; Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel
Known for her captivating performances, passionate musicality, and arresting stage presence, mezzo-soprano Emma Mansell has performed several operatic roles, both classical and modern, including the lovable Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and the heroine Noodin-Kwe in the Canadian opera Giiwedin, by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan. Other notable performances include Nancy in Britten's Albert Herring, La Tasse Chinoise in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, and in excerpts as Jo/Little Women, Dorabella/Così fan tutte, Sesto/La Clemenza di Tito, Hänsel/Hänsel und Gretel, and Hermia/A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Emma has performed as a soloist with many notable choral groups such as the Peterborough Singers, Choral Connection of St. Thomas, and the Canadian National Youth Choir. Emma earned a Bachelor of Music and a Diploma in Opera from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music. She has studied with widely acclaimed sopranos Leslie Fagan, Ashley Putnam, and most recently, Cindy Townsend.