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VANCOUVER OPERA ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS OF 2020–2021 YULANDA M. FARIS YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM

VANCOUVER OPERA ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS OF 2020–2021 YULANDA M. FARIS YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM

VANCOUVER OPERA WELCOMES SIX PARTICIPANTS TO THE 2020–2021 YULANDA M. FARIS YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM

AUGUST 6, 2020, VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Opera is thrilled to welcome Ian Cleary, Dana Fradkin, Luka Kawabata, Amy Seulky Lee, Jonelle Sills, and Amanda Weatherall to this seasons’ Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program.

This residency program is a bridge between formal educational programs and the professional opera world and provides singers, pianists and stage directors unique opportunities to train with industry leaders and receive hands-on experience. Made possible through a generous donation by the family of Yulanda M. Faris, artists receive one-on-one coaching, attend masterclasses and are provided performance opportunities where possible.

“The experience participants receive through our residence program is instrumental in preparing them for a successful professional career in opera,” says Leslie Dala, Program Director.

“We are extremely proud to be able to offer this program again this year and are proud that these six artists have accepted our invitation to join our distinguished program. The re-envisioned 2020–2021 season ahead may look a little different but will still provide high calibre training and mentorship as well as unique opportunities for performance experience,” says Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director. “We look forward to showcasing their work at the end of the season. Details to be announced soon,” adds Wright.

The participants of the 2020-2021 Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program are:

Jonelle Sills, Yulanda M Faris Young Artists Program

Soprano
Jonelle Sills

Toronto soprano Jonelle Sills is a Dora Award winner for outstanding
performance of an Ensemble in Vivier’s Kopernikus with Against the Grain
Theatre. Jonelle has an Artist Diploma in Voice Performance/Opera from The Glenn Gould School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Specialized Honours in Music from York University.

Jonelle has studied and worked with Stephanie Bogle and Rachel Andrist and performed in masterclasses with Gerald Finley, Liz Upchurch, Adrianne Pieczonka, Tim Noble, Martin Katz, Catherine Robbin, Dawn Upshaw and Joan Dornemann.  Read More

Amanda Weatherall, Yulanda M Faris Young Artists Program

Mezzo-Soprano
Amanda Weatherall

Cranbrook native and mezzo-soprano Amanda Weatherall has a Bachelor of
Music Honours in Performance Voice and a Master of Music in Literature and Performance Voice from Western University.   

Amanda has studied and worked with Laura Tucker, Simone Luti, Todd Wieczorek, Frédérique Vezina, John Hess, and Janelle Scharringa. She has also participated in masterclasses with Liz Upchurch, Judith Forst, Kathleen Kelly, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, and Richard Margison.  Read More

Ian Cleary, Yulanda M Faris Young Artists Program

Tenor
Ian Cleary

Originally from Chatham, tenor Ian Cleary recently completed an Opera Diploma at the University of British Columbia and has a Bachelor of Music from Wilfred Laurier University.  

He has studied and worked with J. Patrick Raftery, Kimberley Barber, Richard Epp, Leslie Dala, Raffi Armenian, Rosemary Thompson, Nancy Hermiston, Anna Theodosakis, Brian Deedrick and Rob Herriot.  Read More

Luka Kawabata, Yulanda M Faris Young Artists Program

Baritone
Luka Kwabata

Vancouver baritone Luka Kawabata holds a Master of Music in Opera
Performance from the University of British Columbia. 

Last season, Luka understudied the role of Owl in Vancouver Opera In Schools’ production of The Flight of the Hummingbird.  

He has studied with Peter Barcza and worked with prominent names including Carol Isaac, David Agler, Bramwell Tovey, Russell Braun, Eric Owens, and Luca Pisaroni.  Read More

Amy Seulky Lee, Yulanda M Faris Young Artists Program

Pianist
Amy Seulky Lee

Vancouver-based pianist Amy Seulky Lee holds a Master of Music in
Collaborative Piano from the University of Toronto, where she studied with
Professor Steven Philcox, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia where she studied with Dr. Terence
Dawson.

Amy has participated in masterclasses with notable clinicians including Martin Katz, Soile Isokoski, Warren Jones, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Graham Johnson, Katherine Chi, André Laplante, Alain Lefèvre, Leon Fleisher, Christopher Taylor and Lydia Artymiw.  Read More

Dana Fradkin, Yulanda M Faris Young Artists Program

Stage Director
Dana Fradkin

Toronto-based stage director Dana Fradkin is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School, Second City Conservatory and completed an Opera Director Residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  

Dana is also an award-winning actor, writer, and is co-founder of the Dora Award winning theatre company, Keystone Theatre. She has also written and produced four short films which have toured film festivals around the world.  Read More

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