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Province/Territory: British Columbia
Role(s) in this year's festival:
Pamina: The Arctic Flute
Previous NUOVA Roles:
2016 - Casilda: The Gondoliers
2016 - Chorus & Understudy (Mimì): La Bohème
2016 - Chorus: Parade
2013 - 10 Day Program Participant
How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?
- I studied the role of Pamina a few years ago, but I’m in a much different vocal place now than I was when I first learned it. I’m approaching this role in a different way than I would with something brand new: I’m doing a lot of slow, technical vocal work to unlearn old habits and get fresh ideas about character, phrasing and musical interpretation. I find German more challenging than French or Italian, so I’ve also been doing lots of work slowly speaking the text so that I can really live in the character.
What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?
- This will be my third year back at NUOVA, because I clearly can’t get enough. The faculty is incredible - having access to some of the best teachers from all across Canada at our disposal for six weeks is priceless. I love the program’s holistic approach to artist development; the program not only gives you the skills to become a better singer and performer, but a better artist and colleague. The shows lined up for NUOVA’s 20th anniversary season are some of my favourites (I can’t wait to watch Into the Woods!), so I had to come back one more time.
Equally comfortable in the concert, art song and opera repertoires, soprano Jayne Hammond is making a name for herself in her new home of Winnipeg. Jayne has appeared as a concert soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Pacific Baroque Festival, the Victoria Baroque Players, and both the University of Manitoba Singers and Symphony Orchestra. Operatic credits include Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Pacific Opera Victoria), Elsie Maynard in Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg), Clorinda in the La Cenerentola and scenes of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (University of Manitoba), and Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Victoria Conservatory of Music). An enthusiastic advocate for new music, Jayne continues to be involved in the world premieres of operas, chamber works and song cycles by many young Canadian composers. A two-time recipient of the BC Arts Council Scholarship, Jayne’s passion for art song has resulted in recitals in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario; selected outreach projects include a concert series with Pacific Opera Victoria and Health Arts BC, a school tour presented by the University of Manitoba, fundraisers for Manitoba Opera and concerts with Manitoba Underground Opera at Miseracordia Health Centre in Winnipeg. Upcoming engagements include the title role in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Manitoba Underground Opera in August, and a concert of music by women composers, produced by an all-female creative team, with Flipside Opera. Jayne holds a BMus Honours and an Opera Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University, a MMus from the University of Manitoba, and currently studies with Tracy Dahl.