Staff and Director Profile:
Kim Mattice Wanat

Faculty Positions:

Artistic & Managing Director and Founder of Opera NUOVA

Credits in this year's Festival:

2022 - Artistic & Managing Director
            - Director of The Coronation of Poppea

Previous NUOVA Festival Credits:

2019 - Artistic & Managing Director
            - Director of The Secret Garden
2018 - Artistic & Managing Director
2017 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - Eugene Onegin
                Director - HMS Pinafore 
2016 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - Parade
2015 - Artistic & Managing Director
2014 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director -Cendrillon 
                Director - Naomi's Road
2013 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director -Fiddler on the Roof
2012 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - Ariadne auf Naxos
2011 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director -Rusalka
2010 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - Falstaff
2009 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - La Cenerentola 
2008 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director -Die Zauberflöte
                Director - Isis & the Seven Scorpions 
2007 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride)
2006 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - La Périchole 
                Director - The Brothers Grimm
2005 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
                Director - The Brothers Grimm
2004 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director -  Hänsel und Gretel
                Co-Director -Evening of One Acts
2003 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - Little Women
                Director - Amahl and the Night Visitors
2002 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - Once Upon a Christmas
                Director - Amahl and the Night Visitors
2001 - Artistic & Managing Director
                Director - The Little Red Wagon
                Director - Amelia Goes to the Ball 
                Director - Amahl and the Night Visitors
2000- Artistic & Managing Director
              Director -  Hänsel und Gretel
1998 - Founder of Opera NUOVA


Kim Mattice Wanat is a performer, teacher and director. She founded Opera NUOVA in 1998 and has acted as the Artistic and Managing Director since its inception. She has produced and directed several of Opera NUOVA’s productions including Bock & Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Offenbach’s La Périchole, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Canadian Première of Mark Adamo’s Little Women and all of NUOVA’s school touring productions, most notably, a Canada Council commissioned opera written by NUOVA alumnus Isaiah Bell entitled The Lives of Lesser Things; and Dean Burry’s Isis and the Seven Scorpions & and The Brothers Grimm.

She is presently an instructor at the University of Alberta in the drama department and regularly works as a clinician for voice and choral teachers and as a musical director for musical theatre productions. Her commitment to sharing her expertise with young singers, actors, teachers and choral directors has earned her extensive recognition including Global Edmonton Television’s Woman of Vision Award, The City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence in the Arts Award and The YWCA’s Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture Award. Most recently, she was 1 of 100 Albertans chosen by the Alberta Centennial Celebrations committee who recognized her significant achievement and contribution as a voice teacher and artistic director. In 2006, she wrote and published a vocal pedagogy book entitled, Unleashing the Expressive Resonant Voice!