Role(s) in this year's festival:
Seneca/Littore: "The Coronation of Poppea" (Monteverdi)
Ensemble: "Tuck Everlasting" (Miller)
How are you preparing for Nuova’s program?
In preparation for Opera NUOVA’s 6-week emerging artist’s program I have been working diligently to prepare for my role in the “Coronation of Poppea” by Monteverdi. Portraying both the characters Seneca and Litore, I have been studying these roles by watching past productions and listening to recordings. I have translated, and created a phonetic transcription of the text of the opera in order to receive a better understanding of the plot, character development and how to pronounce the Italian as accurately as possible when performing the opera. I am looking forward to the amazing opportunities that Opera NUOVA has to offer.
What attracts you to Nuova’s programs? Why this Year?
NUOVA is an amazing program known throughout Canada for it’s reputation in helping foster a new generation of opera singers. As I am very new to the world of Opera, Nuova is an excellent opportunity for me to gain more experience and look to the future as a young artist. The outstanding professional faculty and guest artists will provide new and innovative ways to improve technique, acting, and developing one’s career. Opera Nuova has the knowledge to help me at the beginning of my journey and grant me the tools necessary to hone my craft and succeed in the opera world.
At just 11 years old, Nicholas Gryniewski made his debut in Community Theatre and fell in love with the stage. Nicholas is a first-year undergrad vocal major currently under the direction of Canadian baritone James Westman. Nicholas is honoured to be participating in Opera Nuova’s production of the Coronation of Poppea by Monteverdi and Tuck Everlasting by Miller.His previous productions include community theatre and his first Opera, Alclina by Handel where he portrayed the role of Melisso at Western University.
This past year, Nicholas has earned awards for singing, including the RCM National Gold medal for Grade 9 voice; and first place at OMFA for grade 9 classical voice both under the tutelage of Barbara Prins. He has also earned The IRCPA Louis Quilico scholarship, and 1st place at NATS Ontario under the tutelage of James Westman.
In Nicholas' own words, “When I found music and theatre, I found a home, and I will be a member for life.”