Brent Raddall and Mary Castello
Elliot Lazar and Indra Egan
Wednesday July 1, 2020
7 PM MDT
Special thanks to Central United Church for donating their space to us in Lunenberg, NS
Colleen Furlan for lending us her home in Winnipeg, MB
We are so proud to present four fabulous Opera NUOVA alumni for our 9th recital of the series. The recital will be split between Brent Raddall with Mary Castello in Nova Scotia, and Elliot Lazar with Indra Egan in Manitoba. All four of these musicians are very active in their respective arts communities and we’re thrilled that they could all make the time to join us for this recital. They will present for you a terrific evening of music theatre from shows such as The Secret Garden, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sunday in the Park with George, The Last 5 Years, and more.
LINKS TO WATCH
- There will be a Virtual Reception via Zoom held immediately following the first viewing at 8 pm MDT.
- If you forgot to RSVP or would like to join at the last minute, here is the info:
- Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83888504125pwd=UHBIQnZSbE5ZbnRnTVlwbWdpVTRhUT09
- Meeting ID: 838 8850 4125
- Password: 376870
- These Virtual Receptions serve as a way for you to connect with our artists and hosts as you would be able to at a live event. Everyone is welcome!
Hailing from small town Liverpool, Nova Scotia, tenor Brent Raddall is new to the professional stage, and is just getting started. He is an alumnus of the Acadia University School of Music from which he holds a Bachelor of Music, specializing in vocal performance. He was a part of Opera NUOVA’s 2018 and 2019 season, in the roles of Jack in Into the Woods (’18), Dickon in The Secret Garden (’19) and Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate (’19). He can be seen and heard performing musical theatre and classical repertoire in theatrical settings across Nova Scotia and Canada as well as in numerous live and online recitals, and solo cabarets. He has been described by The Edmonton Journal as presenting a “gold tinged tenor”, and prides himself on bringing passion and authenticity to each and every performance. In the fall he will begin his Masters of Music in Voice Performance at The University of Victoria, studying with Ben Butterfield, and is eager to soak up every opportunity that comes his way.
Collaborative pianist, Mary Castello, is the Staff Accompanist for the School of Music at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and she maintains an active freelance performing schedule. Her 2019/20 season has included work with Halifax Summer Opera, the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, and Opera Saratoga, and recital performances with soprano Bethany Hörst, mezzo-sopranos Paula Rockwell and Marie Engle, flutist Jack Chen, and cellist Rachel Desoer. Mary is currently the accompanist for the Aeolian Singers in Halifax, and a member of the Manning Chapel Choir in Wolfville, NS. She is an alumna of several operatic training programs including Opera NUOVA in Edmonton, AB; COSI in Sulmona, Italy; Opera McGill; and Opera on the Avalon. In July of 2016, Mary participated in the Franz-Schubert-Institut Master Course “Poetry and Performance of the German Lied” in Baden Bei Wien, Austria, where she performed in masterclasses given by Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Wolfram Rieger, Roger Vignoles, Elly Ameling, Olaf Bar, Robert Holl, Andreas Schmidt, and Birgid Steinberger. Mary spent the 2016-2017 season as a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program at Vancouver Opera, and the summer of 2018 as an Apprentice Artist at Opera Saratoga. Mary holds the MMus in Collaborative Piano Performance from McGill University (Michael McMahon) and a BMus in Piano Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University (Leslie De’Ath.) She is a member of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers Association, and maintains a private teaching schedule in Wolfville, NS in addition to her work at Acadia University.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Elliot Lazar has performed across Canada and the US in theatre, film, opera and concert. After completing his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Manitoba, he completed an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Elliot attended Opera NUOVA in 2016, playing Leo Frank in Parade. Most recently, Elliot appeared in a New York workshop of Shanghai Sonatas, a new musical about Shanghai’s Jewish ghetto (where his grandmother was born) during WWII. Prior to that, he received a Broadway World Award Nomination for creating the role of Tobias Tweeney in the World Premiere of Another Roll of the Dice at North Coast Repertory Theatre in San Diego. Currently floating between Winnipeg, New York and Boston, Elliot maintains a small vocal studio while also working as an arranger, composer, music copyist, dialect coach and accompanist. www.elliotlazar.com
Praised for her expressivity and “impressive command of the keyboard” (Prince George Citizen), Winnipeg-based pianist Indra Egan completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Manitoba, where she studied with David Moroz and Laura Loewen. Indra is currently working towards a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Jazz Piano Performance at the U of M with Will Bonness. Indra’s versatility and dynamic approach to music-making make her a sought-after collaborator; she has worked across Western Canada as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach and repetiteur in musical theatre, opera, art song, ballet, chamber music, and choral accompanying. A proud Opera NUOVA alumna, Indra was a repetiteur for the 2016 production of La Bohéme. Indra looks forward to beginning her Masters of Collaborative Piano at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Steven Philcox.
Recital Program: July 1 Progam and Translations