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Little Opera Company

Viennese Valentine Cast

STEPHEN HAIKO Bass-Baritone Stephen Haiko, is an active member of Winnipeg's music community. He has been a featured soloist with Canzona, a professional baroque ensemble, in three concerts. He has sung with Manitoba Opera, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Groundswell Concert Series. Stephen also maintains a private voice/piano studio of 40 students and is the voice teacher at Promenade Dance Academy. In the late hours Stephen is resident pianist at Prairie 360, the latest incarnation of Winnipeg's historical revolving restaurant. He has studied voice with Mel Braun at the University of Manitoba over the past four years. MARGOT HARDING After completing her bachelor of Music degree as an opera major at the University of British Columbia, Margot won a Canada-wide scholarship competition to study in Salzburg, Austria. After 6 months of opera study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and numerous concerts and performances in Austria and Germany, Margot returned to Canada, where she proceeded to win many competitions across North America.   She has sung with the Salzburg opera, Manitoba Opera, the Vancouver Opera, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Manitoba Theatre Centre, The National Arts Centre(both the main theatre and concert hall stages), Rainbow Stage and various others. Margot has performed in The New Music Festival, premièring Murray Shafers’ The Falcon’s Trumpet, and has been featured on Arts and Minds on Bravo as well as CBC Stereo. Margot was also in Randolph Peters’ opera, Nosferatu with the Manitoba Opera and on the theatre side, played the coveted role of Sharon Graham in Terrence McNally’s” Canadian premiere of Master Class at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Margot has also sung many times as a featured artist with The Winnipeg Symphony in their Light Classics series, Mad About Mozart and various others. With the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Margot played the Queen of the Night in Mark Godden’s world premiere of The Magic Flute in Winnipeg and Ottawa. She has appeared in Mozart Comes Alive! with The Winnipeg Symphony /Dry Cold Productions and has also played Madame Goldentrill in Mozart’s The Impresario.  To name just a few of her opera roles with various companies, Margot has played Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte), The Queen (The Magic Flute), Marguerite (Faust), Columbino (Arlecchino), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) and many others. She has also previously worked with The Little Opera Company and is pleased to be back.  Margot is a registered music teacher with many voice students, and also has a music program in Winnipeg’s inner city daycares. SCOTT BRAUN Scott is pleased to be back singing with the Little Opera Company, having appeared in numerous productions, including Amahl and the Night Visitors, Trouble in Tahiti, The Magic Flute, Così Fan Tutte, The Telephone, and others.  Scott is a graduate of the University of Manitoba School of Music where he was the winner of the Lawrence Genser Scholarship for top student performance. Since then he has been actively involved in the Winnipeg music scene, appearing with the Winnipeg Singers, CBC’s Hymn Sing, and as a founding member of Canzona, Winnipeg’s premier Baroque vocal ensemble.    Known for his love of the Oratorio repertoire, Scott has appeared as soloist with Canzona, Musikbarok, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Scott is also a regular with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, having appeared in their recent productions of The Mikado (Pooh Bah), and HMS Pinafore (Captain Corcoran). He will appear in their 2014 production of The Gondoliers as Don Alhambra. When not singing, Scott is an active triathlete, and is training for his third Ironman Triathlon in Madison next September. DONNALYNN GRILLS Donnalynn is thrilled to be back performing with The Little Opera Company.  She was last seen as Audience in last season’s performance of Talk Opera.  Previous performances with the LOC include Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the 3rd Lady/3rd Spirit in The Magic Flute, Nana/the Race Car in The Velveteen Rabbit and the Announcer in Gallantry.  Equally at home in opera and musical theatre roles and orchestra performances, Donnalynn has had the privilege of performing with MTC, Rainbow Stage, Dry Cold Productions, Manitoba Opera, The Winnipeg G & S Society, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the MCO and the WSO.    Recent appearances include Katisha in the Winnipeg Gilbert & Sullivan’s production of The Mikado and alto soloist in Steve Reich’s Tehillim with The Winnipeg Symphony in the New Music Festival. AARON HUTTON Born and raised in Minnedosa, Aaron Hutton is a versatile tenor. He graduated from the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music in 2011 and has been a sought-after performer ever since.  Aaron is a familiar face in both the classical and musical theatre communities in this province, having performed as a soloist on many occasions with Canzona, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Rainbow Stage and Dry Cold Productions.    Aaron is an alumnus of the Opera Nuova training program in Edmonton and was the winner of the Rose Bowl competition at the Winnipeg Music Festival in 2011. At his young age Aaron is making a name for himself across the country as a rising star. ANA TOUMINE Soprano Ana Toumine graduated in May 2012 with a BMus in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia. She is currently studying with Tracy Dahl at the University of Manitoba doing a Post. Bacc diploma in vocal performance. She is very excited to be working with such a creative and supportive faculty at the University of Manitoba. This year she is involved with Winnipeg’s ACI Mentorship program and will be given opportunities to perform in recitals with Little Opera Company, as well as shadow the role of Musetta in Manitoba Opera’s production of La Bohème.   This past summer Ana was thrilled to participate in Opera Nuova’s Fiddler on the Roof and Dialogues of the Carmelites. She then went on to understudy Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Vancouver Opera Studio. In 2012, Ana performed the role of Turnspit in Dvorak’s Rusalka in the Czech Republic as well as in Vancouver, and the role of Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Bard on The Beach.   Other chorus opportunities include Cendrillon (Massenet), Louis Riel (Somers), and The Merry Widow (Lehár). Ana developed her passion for singing when she joined the Cantilon Chamber Choir as a young girl and competed at regional and international festivals as a chorister and soloist. Many years of classical ballet training, as well as piano, have been strong assets in performance and the development of her career overall. Production & Cast