Role(s) in this year's festival:
1st Soldier/Lucano/2nd Friend of Seneca: "Coronation of Poppea" (Monteverdi)
Nika Magadoff (The Magician): "The Consul" (Menotti)
Ensemble: "Tuck Everlasting"
To prepare for NUOVA's programs, I have been studying the scores of both productions I will be a part of (The Coronation of Poppea & The Consul), along with doing some background work on the character's I'm playing so I could better understand who they are in the context of their respective stories. I will also be completing additional research on each production to learn more about and better appreciate these stories. In addition, I have been and will continue to bring in my music into my repertoire lessons and coaching's so I could work on each production in order to know my music before arriving to NUOVA.
I've always wanted to do a Summer Young Artist Program, and NUOVA was a big draw for me due to the reputation of the program as a whole. Having the ability to further strengthen the skills I have as a musician with both industry experts and guest teachers, along with gaining personal and professional connections is something I very much look forward to. In addition, NUOVA's programs are a draw for me due to the vast amount of performance opportunities available to participants, along with learning about and honing in various musical skills through classes covering subjects like Movement, Language and Vocal Interpretation, Diction, Acting, and the Creative Process. Now that I am a graduate student, I felt that this was the perfect time for metto attend Opera NUOVA and grow both as a vocalist and performer.
After receiving his Bachelor of Music Performance (Hon. Voice) degree in 2021 at Western University, Cameron Mazzei made a return to Western, now in his first year of the Masters in Literature & Performance program. As a tenor, Cameron is continuing to strengthen his performance skills as a student of mezzo-soprano Dr. Sophie Roland, after previously studying with baritone Theodore Baerg. Now residing in Etobicoke, Ontario, Cameron’s previous stage credits include UWOpera’s productions of Alcina, Gianni Schicchi, The Mikado, La Finta Giardiniera, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Turn of the Screw, and The Pirates of Penzance, along with outside productions of Baskerville, Grease, and The Laramie Project.