Messiah 2018 Soloists


An extremely versatile performer, Colleen Donnelly has successfully applied her bright coloratura soprano voice to a variety of genres, from early music to musical theatre to opera. Her vocal studies began at a young age with her father Mark Donnelly, popularly known as “Mr. O Canada.” They continue to perform as the musical duo at concerts, fundraisers, weddings and funerals. She has recently completed her B.Mus. in Opera Performance at the University of British Columbia under the guidance of Canadian soprano Nancy Hermiston. During her time with the UBC Opera Ensemble, Ms. Donnelly appeared as Papagena and First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte (2016), Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos (2017), Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice (2017), and Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2018, excerpts). She also performed as a soloist in G.P. Telemann’s Die Tageszeiten (2015) and the title role in a concert version of G.F. Handel’s Agrippina (2017, excerpts) with the UBC Early Music Ensemble, under the direction of Alexander Weimann. As she embarks on her post-university career, her goal is to specialize in baroque repertoire, particularly Handel and Bach.

As of July 2018, Ms. Donnelly will be moving with her husband to Edmonton, AB. However, she sincerely hopes to return often to perform in the Greater Vancouver Area. She is very excited to perform her first complete Messiah with Paula DeWit and the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus this December.


Countertenor, SHANE HANSON

Shane Hanson has established himself as a sought-after countertenor in the Metro Vancouver area; he is praised greatly by the public and mentors for his performances. He has performed concerts and recitals with UBC Opera Ensemble, Vancouver Symphony, Chilliwack Symphony, Oratorio Singers, Pacific Spirit Choir, St Phillips United, St Andrew’s Wesley, and The Josquin Singers; he concluded 2016 as alto soloist in a full version of Messiah directed by Greg Caisley. He began the 2017 season with UBC Opera ensemble’s Opera Tea series where he performed many varying roles from baroque Operas. Recent performances of 2017 included alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with the Chilliwack Symphony, and he took part in Early Music Vancouver’s summer festival. Shane has always been drawn to classical music, and has vast repertoire ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Arvo Pärt. When not singing, he enjoys time with his niece, rock climbing, and a good nap.



Tenor Taylor Fawcett is completing his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Victoria under the tutelage of Benjamin Butterfield. Taylor has recently been seen on stage as the Pruneseller in La Boheme with Pacific Opera Victoria, Beppe in I Pagliacci with Pop Goes the Opera Edmonton, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Echo Players. Recent concert highlights include Benjamin Britten’s Quatre Chansons Francaises with the UVic Orchestra as a winner of the UVic concerto competition, and as the tenor soloist in Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir and in Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum with the UVic orchestra.



David Rosborough 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, most recently as the baritone soloist in Bach’s cantata Wachet Auf. 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 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.