Emerging Artist Profile:
Taryn Plater

Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Soprano
Province/Territory: Alberta
City: Calgary

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Papagena: The Arctic Flute

How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • I love schedules and planning, so I've been copying NUOVA's calendar of events into my planner. That, along with familiarizing myself with the music, has made me really start looking forward to May.

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

  • This year, I decided I needed to take some time to focus on opera performance, away from the distractions of double (or triple) majors. I was impressed that all of NUOVA's performance events - from mainstage shows to lunchtime concerts - take into account both the development of the performers and the interest of a modern audience. I believe it is in everyone’s best interests for us to all understand opera as an industry as well as a powerful art form.


o   Education: BMus in Opera Performance (with double major in Linguistics) + Masters of Management from the University of British Columbia (ongoing)

o   Dream Roles: Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Ellen in Peter Grimes

o   Upcoming Engagements: Opera Serenade recital with tenor Scott Rumble, at McDougall United Church in Calgary

Artist Bio     

Taryn Plater studies Opera Performance at the University of British Columbia with Marisa Gaetanne. She has sung with the UBC Opera Ensemble in countless performances, including in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte as 3rd Spirit. Taryn has a strong choral background, beginning her musical life with Calgary Girls Choir and later singing with Elektra women’s choir. A passion for bringing opera to new audiences has led her to organize, publicize, and perform in a variety of recitals, including Saturday with Sondheim in August of 2017, and an opera recital this July with up-and-coming tenor, Scott Rumble. Taryn hopes to continue exploring these diverse performance opportunities in the future.