Praised for her “sumptuous timbre”, Canadian soprano Andrea Núñez is establishing herself as a versatile artist.
She is a recent graduate of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, where she performed the roles of Woglinde in Das Rheingold, Governess in The Turn of the Screw (in collaboration with l’Orchestre symphonique de l’Agora) and
Alice B. Toklas in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Twenty-Seven. Andrea was scheduled to perform the roles of Première dame in La flûte enchantée (Opéra de Montréal), High Priestess in Aida (Festival de Lanaudière) and Micaëla in Carmen (Sofia Opera). She will be returning to Opéra de Montréal to perform the role of Susanna in their production of Les noces de Figaro in 2021.
An alumna of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist Program and the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program, Andrea has worked on a number of contemporary operas and world premieres. At Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, she created the role of Pvt. Sonia Gonzalez in the world premier of Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang's An American Soldier.
In 2019, Andrea had the distinct honour of representing Canada in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Norway. She has been a District Finalist (Buffalo/Toronto District) at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the recipient of the Roberta Peters Award from the George London Foundation, and a finalist at the Canadian Opera Company’s Centre Stage Competition.
Renowned for his vivid soundscapes and inventive texts, pianist and writer Pierre-André Doucet is a leading voice among Canada’s newest generation of artists.
In addition to having been heard on NPR, Radio-Canada, Espace musique, and CBC Radio's Next! series, Mr. Doucet has also been featured on CBC Radio 2's list of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30. Recent musical projects have seen him perform extensively across Canada, as well as in Austria, France, Germany, South Africa, Spain and the United States. He has also performed aboard the ms Koningsdam as a member of its inaugural Lincoln Center Stage piano quintet, a collaboration between the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Holland America Line.
Mr. Doucet has been a guest soloist with several orchestras in Canada and South Africa, under the leadership of Airat Ichmouratov, Carel Henn, Stéphane Laforest and Véronique Lussier. An engaging chamber musician and vocal pianist, he frequently works with countless established singers, choirs, instrumentalists and ensembles, including members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the roster of the Metropolitan Opera.
Winner of the prestigious Knigge Piano Competition, Mr. Doucet has also been a laureate of the Women's Musical Club of Toronto Career Development Award Competition and the Prix d’Europe. Furthermore, he has been recognized for his evocative and compelling readings of contemporary scores at the Ibiza International Piano Competition, as well as the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition alongside his duo partner, soprano Alexandra Smither. His ardent work in disseminating new music has also led him to premiere works by William Bolcom, Mark Carlson, Richard Gibson, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Libby Larsen, Nicole Lizée, Pierre Michaud, Jared A. Miller, Jocelyn Morlock, and Alan L. Smith.
A virtuoso whose enthusiasm is genuinely contagious, Canadian pianist Julien LeBlanc is renowned for his great musical sensibility and his talent as a communicator. Based in Montreal, Julien is a well sought-after soloist, chamber player and accompanist. In 2015, he launched his first solo album “Mélancolies” which is dedicated a program of works by Dutilleux, Franck and Poulenc. The album was really well received: “LeBlanc proved a more than able interpreter, playing with warmth, clarity and flowing lyricism, all with a natural rhythmic sense. » (Ruthland Herald) . « He handles every twist and turn with brio, his phrasing is analytical, and his brilliant technique puts him in a class of his own….His interpretation is always true, played with care, and packed with warmth. » (La Scena Musicale) He has also recorded two albums as a member of Trio Arkaède.
Since 2012, Julien has been acting as co-artistic director of the summer concert series Barachois Summer Music in New-Brunswick. He has taken part in many concert tours across Canada with violinist Marc Djokic as well as soprano Miriam Khalil and Mezzo Lauren Segal for Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and Debut Atlantic. He is a part-time teacher at the University of Ottawa and works as a vocal coach and accompanist both at McGill University and Université de Montréal. He has given master classes in several universities across Canada and his frequently asked to sit on juries for music competitions. Julien LeBlanc is presently acting as Chair of the Board of Directors for Debut Atlantic.
Baritone Nathan Keoughan is a rising star to watch. His budding international career is bringing him recognition as a superb singing actor. Praised for his “booming, rich voice”, he has also been lauded for his “charismatic, frightening and empathetic” performances (Broadway World).
Born in the country to a musical family on Prince Edward Island, Nathan studied voice at the University of Prince Edward Island before joining the New England Conservatory in Boston. Nathan got his operatic start as an emerging artist in Calgary Opera’s young artist program, followed by two seasons at l’Opéra de Montréal’s professional training program, l’Atelier lyrique.
It was during his time in Montreal where Nathan was given the opportunity to cover the role of Pink in l’Opéra de Montréal’s new creation, Another Brick in the Wall, based on the iconic Pink Floyd album, The Wall. The next year, Nathan took over the starring role as he made his American debut with Cincinnati Opera as the jaded rockstar. Mr. Keoughan was praised for his “commanding presence in this marathon leading role, singing for nearly the opera’s duration” (Bachtrack). In 2019 he reprised the role in Toronto at the Meridian Hall and he was scheduled to perform Pink again in April 2020 with Vancouver Opera.
Opera performance highlights include: Leo Stein in Twenty-Seven with l’Atelier lyrique and l’Opéra de Montréal, Paris in Roméo et Juliette and Sciarrone in Tosca with l’Opéra de Montréal, Silvio in Pagliacci with Semaine Italienne Festival, and Escamillo in Carmen with l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil.
Flutist Phoebe Robertson has recently performed in such venues as Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw and Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, earning commendations for her solo, chamber, and orchestral playing. In 2015, she was awarded the Grand Prize of the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition, and has since received awards throughout Canada and the United States, including the Harry G. Archer Award for Performance, the Silberman Chamber Music Award, and the title of Major Artist of the Pittsburgh Concert Society. She recently served as Substitute Lecturer in Flute Performance at Mount Allison University.
Praised for her “superb” orchestral leadership by Le Devoir (Montreal), she has led the flute sections of the Orchestra of the Americas, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the European Union Youth Orchestra in tours throughout North America and Europe. Her appearances as a concerto soloist have included performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.
Raised in Sackville, New Brunswick, Phoebe holds a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University (studying with Lorna McGhee) and a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa (studying with Camille Churchfield). Since September 2019, she has been a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music, studying under Linda Chesis and Robert Langevin. Her studies are generously supported by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, with previous support from the O’Brien Foundation, the Charlotte Glencross Foundation, and the Arts Board of New Brunswick.
It was in 2002 that Lucίa began her violin studies at the School of Music and Dance of Monterrey, under the tutelage of Mercedes Cisneros. In 2003-2004, she won the audition to be part of the “Hamburger Jugendorchester” (HJO), under the leadership of Marius Bazu. Member of YAS group (seminar of young artists), she participated in Rocky Ridge Music Center program in Estes Park, Colorado.
In the summer of 2011, she joined the “Orchestre de la Francophonie”. Meanwhile, she collaborates and plays occasionally with the OSUANL Symphony Orchestra of Nuevo León in México, as well as with their chamber orchestra.
During her career, Lucía also attended master classes with Cuauhtémoc Rivera, Carlos Chiarappa, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Mario Hossen, Susan Kempter, Fredi Gerling and Victor Yampolsky. In June 2012, she completed a Bachelor’s degree at University of Western Ontario where she had the opportunity to study with Annette - Barbara Vogel and Jaime Weisenblum. That same year, she was chosen to represent Mexico during the tour of Chile with the YOA Orchestra (Youth Orchestra of the Americas) under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto and Benjamin Zanders. In 2014, she was one of three violinists accepted in an international chamber music festival in Chile (FMPA2014) in collaboration with Ingrid Zur and Jörg Heyer, renowned professors from the Musikhochschule in Franckfurt. At the end of that year she graduated from her Master’s degree at the University of Montreal under the direction of violinist Vladimir Landsman.
She now is a Teaching Artist at Sistema New Brunswick where she has had the opportunity to teach and coach Sistema, MYO and NBYO students. At the same time she has been an active member of Tutta Musica since 2017 and has performed in multiple occasions with Symphony New Brunswick.
Monette Gould is a soprano with many years of professional experience as a performer and teacher. From New Brunswick, she moved to Toronto, Ontario to pursue her studies in music. She holds two performance diplomas, an A.R.C.T. and a Performance Licentiate, from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and an Opera Performance Diploma from the University of Toronto.
After completing her studies, she returned to New Brunswick to teach voice at Mount Allison University and Université de Moncton. She also teaches privately to high school students who want to prepare and enter music programs at University. She is also the founder and director of the well-known Voce dell’Anima Choir. She has also taught courses like diction for singers, sight singing, dictation and aural skills and has given workshops on Stage Presence, How to Practice, Options in Music, and How to Set Up a Private Studio. She is highly regarded and is in very high demand as an adjudicator and clinician across the country. Many of her students have excelled, continuing on to some of the best international graduate programs, and winning prestigious awards, competitions and scholarships.
She has appeared in several opera productions, including roles of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin to name a few. In 1998, she appeared as Mimi in Opera New Brunswick’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème. You can still hear her perform in recitals and concerts around the Maritimes.
The human voice being her passion, she continually educates herself on the latest vocal techniques, new developments in vocal health and diction for singers. When she is not making music, she is living her second passion which is grooming cats and dogs in her little shop Monette’s Gentle Grooming.