Meet our BrottOpera Cast
BrottOpera 2022 Cast
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Cesar Bello is a Mexican-Canadian baritone who started his vocal training in Mexico and in 2009 continued his studies in Italy. He has performed in the most prestigious theatres and concert halls in Mexico, Italy and Canada. His operatic roles include Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Tonio and Silvio in Pagliacci, FigaroinIl Barbiere di Siviglia, MoralesinCarmen, Masetto inDon Giovanni, Count Ceprano inRigoletto, and La Passione secondo Marcoby Perosi. Mr. Bello has also performed as the baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasyand Symphony No. 9, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Requiems of Fauré and Mozart. Appearances in Canada include La Serva Padronaby Pergolesi, La Bohèmeby Puccini as Schaunard, and Roméo et Julietteby Gounod as Mercutio. Cesar also studied as an electronic engineer and as a hobby he loves to play hockey.
David Araujo is a Brazilian tenor with a MM from Georgia State University. He has performed the roles of Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Don Curzio and Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro), Mr. Upfold (Albert Herring), and Bastien (Bastien und Bastienne). He has also been featured as Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Tonio (La fille du Régiment), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Tamino and Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Lucio Silla (Lucio Silla), Nerone and Liberto (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Candide (Candide) and Sam (Susannah). In concert he has performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in C minor, Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, Kodály’s Missa Brevis, Mozart’s Solemn Mass in C minor KV 139 and Mass in C minor K. 427/417a. David has performed in the USA, Canada, Germany and Brazil and participated in Master Classes with Lawrence Brownlee, Matthew Polenzani, Sherrill Milnes, Neil Shicoff, William Burden and Adrianne Pieczonka.
Ellita Gagner is a London based mezzo-soprano and arts administrator. She was noted in Opera Canada Magazine for her performance in Brott Opera’sCosi fan tutte, “the more impulsive Dorabella sang with style”. Ellita holds a Bachelor of Music from Western University where she studied with acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Patricia Green. Ellita is a prize winner in the London Community Orchestra’s Young Soloists Competition, NATS, and OMFA. She has been seen in the roles of Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte, Brott Festival), Peep Bo (The Mikado, UWOpera), Julia Child (Bon Appétit!, COSC), and Dido and Aeneas(Little London Opera). In spring 2022, Ellita will be stage directing The Medium(Menotti) and performing the title role in Pandora’s Locker(Dean Burry) with Can of Soup Collective.
Praised for his “clarion tone” (Ludwig van Toronto) and “impressive vocal colour” (Opera Canada), Canadian-American baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg is recognized for the roles of Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Marcello (La bohème), and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte). He has become a frequent performer in Western Canada, recently appearing in productions with Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Kelowna,andtheVancouver Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in several artistic development programs including l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal(2020-2022),Portland Opera Resident Artist Program (2018–2020), Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program (2017–2018), and Highlands Opera Studio (2019-2021).Geoffrey is the2021Rising Stars AwardWinner oftheConcours Orchestre Symphonique de Montréalas well asa2020, 2019, and 2015Western Canada DistrictWinneroftheMetropolitan Opera National CouncilAuditions.
Few vocalists authentically cross genres at the highest levels and maintain professional careers in both areas, but Lizzy Hoyt is one of them. Praised by Opera Canada for her dramatic depth and keen comedic gifts, she makes her debut this season with Manitoba Opera in the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola,and with Manitoba Chamber Orchestra singing baroque arias by Vivaldi and Handel. Recent performances include The Solo Sessions (Manitoba Opera), Julia Child in Hoiby’s Bon Appétit (Little Opera Company), Béatrice in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict,and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Manitoba Underground Opera). An internationally recognized Celtic songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, guitar, harp), she has given countless concert tours throughout the country, and has been recognized with numerous awards/nominations including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, International Acoustic Music Awards, and Independent Music Awards.
Originally from Montreal, bass Maxime Martin-Vo completed his studies in vocal art at McGill University. He has recently appeared in the roles of Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola) with Opera in the Park and Don Giovanni with the Prague Summer Nights Opera Festival.In recent years he has also performed several other roles, including Publio (La Clemenza di Tito), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Marchese / Dottore (La Traviata).Recipient of the Kenneth Woodman Scholarship from McGill University, he also distinguished himself in the final of the Canadian Music Competition in 2018, where he took first place in his category.
Heralded for her “clear vibrant tone” (Opera Canada), Tamar Simon is an Armenian-Canadian soprano based in Montréal, Québec. She has been featured in many leading roles including Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Musetta (La bohème), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) which she performed in Highlands Opera Studio’s 2021 production. Tamar has sung as a soloist with Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, OkanaganSymphony Orchestra, White Rock Concerts, and Burnaby Lyric Opera. Tamar has also been seen on international stages, including appearances as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in Kona, Hawaii and as Calisto (La Calisto) in Sulmona, Italy. Tamar is a District Winner and an Encouragement Award Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and she is a graduate of University of British Columbia’s Master of Music program. Tamar continued her vocal and art song studies in Austria after receiving the Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship, which sponsored study at the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum.