Role(s) in this year's festival:
Poppea: "The Coronation of Poppea"
I'm preparing for NUOVA's program with lots of research, both on the historical context of The Coronation of Poppea, as well as by watching and listening to recordings of other amazing productions. I've also been spending a lot of time working from my score and learning all I can about Poppea and her character.
I'm so excited to be taking part in NUOVA's programs this year. I've always heard amazing things about the NUOVA experience, and finally felt that my skills and artistry were at a point where I could benefit greatly from the program and all it has to offer. I am absolutely thrilled to be working with NUOVA's faculty and staff, and to be singing my first major role in an opera!
Camille Labonté is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto in the studio of Monica Whicher, and is a graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts Musical Theatre program. She is an active young performer as both a soloist and choral singer, and has received many accolades for her singing, including honourable mentions in both ARCT and Grade 10 RCM voice at the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Finals. Camille is presently part of the undergraduate opera program at UofT, and has been part of numerous choral ensembles, including the 2018 Ontario Youth Choir, and currently, the Concreamus Chamber Choir, which collaborates with emerging Canadian Composers.