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Messiah in the Valley 2019 SOLOISTS

Soprano Sinéad White has maintained an active performing and teaching schedule in North America and is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. She has recently performed with Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, Theatre of Early Music and Opera Atelier. Sinéad was a soloist in Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with Early Music Vancouver and performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater as part of the Emerging Artists Concert at EMV’s Bach Festival. Sinéad has received further training as an Art of Song fellow at the Toronto Summer Music Festival and studied at the Advanced Oratorio Program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She studied baroque repertoire with soprano, Nancy Argenta thanks to a generous scholarship from EMV. Sinéad was a fellow at the Sibelius Academy’s Creative Dialogues Program where she worked on contemporary repertoire with Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan. She looks forward to participating in the 2019 Boston Early Music Festival as a young artist this summer where she will be in the ensemble for the North American premiere of Agostino Steffani’s Orlando as well as performing the role of Angelica in a concert version of Handel’s Orlando. She is the recipient of the prestigious Early Music America Summer Scholarship towards her time at BEMF. Sinéad recently completed a Certificate in Historical Performance at the University of Toronto and obtained both her Bachelor and Masters’ degrees in Voice/Opera Performance at McGill University. She will be attending the University of British Columbia in the fall to pursue her doctoral studies.

Shane Hanson has established himself as an in-demand countertenor in the Vancouver area. Receiving great praise for his performances locally and abroad, the Canadian born continues to create a professional reputation while completing his studies at the University of British Columbia under the direction of Nancy Hermiston and Dale Throness.
He has performed with the UBC Opera Ensemble, Vancouver Symphony, Early Music Vancouver, and Chilliwack Symphony. Shane’s most notable achievements of 2018 include earning second place in the northwest region of the Met Competition, and covering Orphee for ATG Theatre’s Orphee.

 

Thomas Lamont is an up and coming tenor from New Westminster. He delights in performing across the lower mainland in a variety of styles including opera, jazz, and musical theatre. Some of his recent engagements include Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with Burnaby Lyric Opera, soloist for Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with Early Music Vancouver, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with UBC Opera, soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, soloist for J.S Bach’s St. John’s Passion with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, and chorus in Vancouver Opera’s La Cenerentola. Currently Thomas is completing a Bachelor’s of Opera Performance at the University of British Columbia studying under lyric baritone Dale Throness.

David Rosborough, Bass-Baritone is an experienced music educator, conductor, composer, singer and accompanist who is active around the Metro Vancouver area. David regularly appears as a chorus member and soloist with the Vancouver Cantata Singers. He has also performed with Pacifica Singers, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Belle Voci, Rorate, and the Gloria Dei Chorale. His solo engagements have included several productions of Messiah, Haydn’s oratorios Creation and The Seasons, Mozart’s Requiem, and operatic roles in Alcina (Handel) and Tosca (Puccini) with the Vancouver Opera. As an educator, David has taught at Pacific Academy (Surrey, BC) for over 15 years, where he directs two high-school choirs and an award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, in addition to teaching Biology in the IB Diploma Programme. David has also been highly involved in musical theatre, both at Pacific Academy and with community theatre groups in Vancouver and Abbotsford, musical directing shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, and Last 5 Years. David lives in Aldergrove, BC with his wife, Marianne, and daughters Kaitlyn and Rebecca.