Caitlin Wood in Edmonton Opera's Production of Le nozze di Figaro
"I find nuggets of wisdom that continue to resonate with my ongoing evolution as an artist."
I am incredibly grateful for Opera NUOVA and all the guidance, support, and lessons from my time in the program that have stayed with me as I built my performance career over the past decade. I look back at my time with this program with incredible fondness as it was transformational both personally and professionally. Even to this day while looking over my notebooks from that time, I find nuggets of wisdom that continue to resonate with my ongoing evolution as an artist. I am so grateful that NUOVA was a part of my professional and personal journey as it brought me inspiration, knowledge, friends across the country, and a foundation for my lifelong passion for the performing arts.
Left: The Overcoat (Canadian Stage/ Tapestry Opera) Right: Candide (Edmonton Opera)
"Opera NUOVA gave me my first opportunity to perform a full length opera with an orchestra, what a thrilling milestone."
I studied vocal performance at the University of Manitoba under the tutelage of Valdine Anderson. Opera NUOVA was a presence throughout my summers during my undergraduate degree. First, I was Kim’s personal assistant during the 2008 festival, and this taught me many life lessons. Working behind the scenes gave me insight into just how much work and how many people need to come together to make an opera production happen.
The following two summers I was a participant in the festival performing Despina in Cosi fan tutte (2009) and Nannetta in Falstaff (2010). Opera NUOVA gave me my first opportunity to perform a full length opera with an orchestra, what a thrilling milestone. Those formative summers were filled to the brim with learning and those skills propelled me to continue my performing education.
Edmonton Opera's Cosi fan tutte
"Being able to share the knowledge I’ve gained over the years with the next generation of students is something I will never forget."
For my master’s degree I attended the University of Toronto studying with the legendary Mary Morrison. Soon after I was accepted into the Yulanda M Farris Young Artist Program at Vancouver Opera. Opera NUOVA once again came calling when Kim invited alumni to return as mentors and shadows to the incredible faculty. Again this was an invaluable learning experience. Being able to share the knowledge I’ve gained over the years with the next generation of students is something I will never forget. Since then I have been fortunate to sing professionally throughout Canada with highlights including Le nozze di Figaro (Vancouver Opera), the world premiere and subsequent tour of Marie Clements/Brian Current’s opera Missing (Pacific Opera Victoria/City Opera Vancouver), and most recently a return to Despina in Cosi fan tutte (Edmonton Opera) directed by Kim Mattice Wanat herself!
Missing (Pacific Opera Victoria/ City Opera Vancouver)
"It is no surprise then, that many of the working professionals in the Canadian operatic ecosystem are alumni of the program."
Opera Nuova has been a source of support, inspiration, and transformation for my entire career, a sentiment that is echoed by my lifelong friends and colleagues who are also alumni. This type of intensive, applied training outside of traditional academic environments is so important in unleashing the creative potential of early career artists. It is, no pun intended, where one can “find your voice”. It is no surprise then, that many of the working professionals in the Canadian operatic ecosystem are alumni of the program. What a joy it is to work with fellow singers, collaborative pianists, stage managers, directors, and conductors who all have a shared touchpoint in Opera NUOVA. I will forever be grateful to Kim for all the opportunities, lessons learned, and constant support. I hope that with the support of people like you, this incredible program can continue to make an impact on the future generations of operatic performers in Canada.
Caitlin Wood in Opera NUOVA's production of Falstaff (2010)
Alberta born soprano Caitlin Wood was “absolutely vibrant” and showed “great comic flair” in her debut as Susanna in Vancouver Opera Festival’s The Marriage of Figaro. Caitlin portrayed Ava in City Opera Vancouver’s 2017 world premiere of Marie Clements/Brian Current’s powerful opera Missing, showing “exquisite vulnerability”.
Caitlin begins this season in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Il Trittico and reprises the role of Ava in the company’s touring production of Missing.
Upcoming performances for Caitlin include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, both with Edmonton Opera, as well as “Topsy Turvy”, a concert of Gilbert and Sullivan favourites with Chorus Niagara and Niagara Symphony.
Mark Morris called Caitlin’s recent Comtesse Adele “the standout performance of the evening” in Edmonton Opera’s Le Comte Ory, and as Adele in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s Die Fledermaus, Paula Citron praised her “charming stage presence”. Recent concert performances for Caitlin include Vancouver Bach Choir/Vancouver Opera Festival’s premiere of Brian Current’s The River of Light, Carmina Burana with Ottawa Choral Society, and Mozart’s Requiem with Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
Caitlin received her Masters of Music in Opera Performance from University of Toronto, and gained attention as Johanna in Sweeney Todd while a member of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program."