Rumbold Foundation, Coast to Coast Recital #4


Karen Santos & Megan Dufrat

Sunday June 14, 2020
3 pm MDT

Hosted in the home of Monica Huisman with Robert Herriot, and Tracy Dahl, in Winnipeg MB
– all members of NUOVA’s incredible faculty.

This recital series is made possible by the generosity of the


On June 14, we’ll be hearing from our artists in Winnipeg. NUOVA Alumni Karen Santos and Megan Dufrat will present Karen’s graduating Master’s recital entitled “To Love and to Be Loved” which she was not able to perform live due to COVID-19 restrictions. The program includes composers such as Heggie, Dvorak, Mozart, and more, and serves as an artistic exploration of the influential women throughout Santos’ life.
Special thanks to Robert Herriot for directing this recital.




There will be a Virtual Reception via Zoom held immediately following the first viewing at approximately 4:00 pm MDT. RSVP by emailing with your name and email address by 4 pm on Friday, June 12.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Karen Santos has lived in Canada for fifteen years. She has performed leading roles such as Rodrigo (Rodrigo), Angela (Angela and her Sisters), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief). Karen made her Carnegie Hall debut in July of 2017 with the Manhattan Opera Studio. She also performed in the Festival de Ópera en Oaxaca in her native country, singing Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, under the mentorship of the celebrated Mexican mezzo-soprano, Grace Echauri. She attended the prestigious Opera NUOVA program in 2017 and 2018, participating in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Mozart’s Magic Flute.  Karen completed her Master’s of Music in Opera Performance at the University of Manitoba this spring. Also an accomplished visual artist, Karen received a Fine Arts Degree from UBC in Visual Arts, and completed her Voice Performance Degree at the Vancouver Academy of Music.  

Having recently completed her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at the Desautels Faculty of Music with Dr. Laura Loewen and Dr. Judy Kehler-Siebert, Megan Dufrat is a freelance pianist based in Winnipeg. In addition to her work as choral, vocal and instrumental collaborator, Megan is a vocal coach and collaborative pianist at the Desautels Faculty of Music.  Megan has represented Manitoba at the CFMTA National Piano Competition and was the inaugural recipient of the Dorothy Lother Award for her work as a collaborative pianist. A passionate music educator, Megan has studied Suzuki Piano Pedagogy and has presented her research on introducing young pianists to collaborative piano at numerous conferences throughout North America.

Recital Program created by Karen Santos: June 14 Program & Translations