Gallantry & The Telephone
Emma Ferrante Director & Designer
Emma is an Ottawa native and a Toronto based director, actor and educator. Select directing credits include: “Love+Hate” for Ottawa’s pop-noir band The PepTides, “The Boat Show”, a new Canadian work that literally took sail on Lake Ontario, and several TYA musicals such as the Canadian premiere of “Fancy Nancy, The Musical”.
Favourite performance credits include: The Lady of the Lake in “Spamalot!”, Mrs. Corry/Bird Woman in “Mary Poppins”, and Ms. Sherman in “Fame” for The Madinat Theatre in Dubai. Emma would like to thank the SOPAC team for bringing her on board to direct her first opera, and for allowing play and create in her hometown.
Nadia Boucher MMus, BMus, ARCT Music Director
Collaborative pianist, vocal coach, music director, and teacher Nadia Boucher enjoys a very active and diverse musical career. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa, and an ARCT Performer’s Diploma from the Royal
Conservatory of Music. She has had the privilege of studying with many renowned pedagogues including pianists Jean Desmarais, Anita Pontremoli, and Sheila Paige of the Keyboard Wellness Seminar, vocal coaches Warren Jones and Linda Jones, and chamber coaches, Julian Armour and Roman Borys of the Gryphon Trio.
At home in a broad range of styles, Nadia performs regularly in recital across North America. She has had the opportunity of performing with celebrated mezzo-soprano and host of CBC Radio’s Tempo, Julie Nesrallah, and with renowned Canadian bass-baritone, John Avey, as well as many of Canada’s up and coming young artists. Nadia has been the rehearsal pianist and coach for various choral and opera ensembles. An alumnus of the Banff Centre’s Opera as Theatre Program she has since been the music director for numerous operatic productions including, Cosi fan Tutte, L’Elisir D’Amore, and Le Docteur Miracle (Opera Inside Out) and Suor Angelica and I Pagliacci (South Ottawa Performing Arts Collaborative). Passionate about all genres of music, Nadia has also been music director for various music theatre productions including RENT and Oliver! (Steppin’ Out Productions). Nadia currently works as the vocal coach and accompanist for the voice studios of John Avey, Laurence Ewashko and Dillon Parmer at UOttawa. She is also a faculty member of the University of Ottawa’s Summer Vocal Institute. Nadia volunteers with the Canadian Music Showcase and maintains a busy private studio where she teaches piano and music theory to students of all ages and levels.
Aude Urbancic piano (The Telephone)
Pianist, Aude Urbancic has a diploma in collaborative piano at the University of Montreal and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Ottawa.
Aude has a passion for opera and was one of the rehearsal pianists for the University of Montreal’s Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera Nuova’s Magic Flute and Pellegrini Opera’s Madama Butterfly. She also works as a rehearsal pianist at the National Arts Centre where she was involved in rehearsals for Sokolovic’s Golden slumbers kiss your eyes, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Britten’s War Requiem.
Aude keeps busy teaching, playing for voice students and conducts five choirs. This is Aude's first performance with SOPAC Ottawa.
Susanna Doherty Stage Manager
Susanna is delighted to be joining the SOPAC team once again! Previous performance credits include, Drama at Inish, Dangerous Corner, and A Streetcar Named Desire (OLT), Ragtime (Orpheus), Sir John A. Macdonald - the musical (MLTP), The Mikado (Savoy Society) and various roles with Tara Players, University of Ottawa Opera Productions, Opera Lyra Ottawa and with the NAC chorus. She has worked as an Assistant Director and Stage Manager for OLT, Pellegrini Opera, SOPAC, Accademia Europea dell’ Opera (Italy and the Netherlands) and the Berlin Opera Academy.
Lynlee Wolstencroft Asst. Stage Manager
Winnipeg-born soprano Lynlee Wolstencroft stems from a family of talented musicians and has grown up surrounded by many different genres of music. She is currently finishing a Masters in Music under the instruction of soprano Christiane Riel at the University of Ottawa. Previously, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2014 and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Vocal Performance at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music in 2016 under the tutelage of baritone Mel Braun. She has performed with many classical music institutions, including Manitoba Opera, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet, Winnipeg Virtuosi Concert Series, Manitoba Underground Opera, South Ottawa Performing Arts Collective, University of Manitoba Opera Theatre, uOttawa Opera, Canzona Baroque Choir, Cheour Classique de l’Outaouais, and Camerata Nova. Lynlee was featured as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2014 and in the summer of 2016, she had the opportunity to perform with them again, singing selections from Berlioz’s Nuit D’Ete, conducted by Alexander Mickelthwate.
Lynlee returns to SOPAC as the invaluable Assistant Stage Manager for this 2019 season performance.
Bart Tecter Lighting/Tech/Sound
Bart Tecter, long time opera buff and video-photographer extraordinaire, joins the SOPAC family once again through the camera lens. An advocate for the performing arts, Bart spent much of his professional career in computers as well as theatre. Some significant points in his theatre career include working for Chicago Lyric Opera and several Ottawa based music organizations. SOPAC is grateful to welcome Bart into the SOPAC family for its second season!
Co-owners and artistic directors of SOPAC Ottawa, Morgan Strickland & Tania Granata are pleased to have a uniquely meshed ensemble of artists for their third season comic double-bill! Partaking both musically and administratively, Morgan and Tania have enjoyed the challenge of balancing performance and producing. Venturing into a new venue at allsaints event space in the heart of downtown Ottawa - steps away from eateries, walks and friendly transportation, the ladies at the helm hope to broaden SOPAC's audiences with unique music theatre experiences. Enjoy the show!
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