THE WALK FROM THE GARDEN Production and Cast
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ARTISTS
PRAIRIE VOICES Philip Lapatha, Artistic Director Kimberly Lapatha, Collaborative Pianist Founded in 2000 by Dr. Elroy Friesen, Prairie Voices is an award-winning choir of 18-25 year- old singers. Currently led by Philip Lapatha, past directors have included Dr. Elroy Friesen, Kristel Peters, Nathan Poole, Vic Pankratz, and GiUng Lee. Prairie Voices performs in their own concert series, is a regular guest of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and has recorded 6 CDs (including one as guest choir with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra). While placing an emphasis on performing the music of Canadian and Manitoban composers, Prairie Voices also loves to perform innovative contemporary choral music from all over the world. The choir uses energy, expressiveness and movement to connect avant-garde composition with a popular audience. Prairie Voices is known for their passionate style of performance, which combines exceptional vocals with engaging presentation to provide the ultimate choral experience. Prairie Voices has performed around the world, bringing their unique touch to a diverse repertoire. Working with choral legends such as R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Hatfield and vocal superstars Rajaton, Prairie Voices has managed to grow as an organization while still remaining true to their Canadian roots.
Prairie Voices
Sara Schabas (Eve)
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Treaty One-based tenor Nolan Kehler is a performer dedicated to collaboration and reconciliation. He recently made mainstage debuts in his home city of Winnipeg with Manitoba Opera as La Roche in Li Keur: Riel’s Heart of the North, the first full-scale Indigenous-led opera production presented on a Canadian mainstage, and with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as Oronte in Alcina. Nolan also recently made his American debuts with American Bach Soloists in San Francisco and Emmanuel Music in Boston. In 2024, Nolan will be making his debut in Carmina Burana with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and as the tenor soloist in Bach’s Coffee Cantata with the Winnipeg Baroque Festival. Nolan has also had the pleasure of working with Juno-nominated Cree composer Andrew Balfour on his compositions Captive and Nôtinikêw in performances with Winnipeg’s Dead of Winter at the Montreal New Music Festival, the Brandon University Chorale, and with Edmonton’s Chronos Vocal Ensemble. When he is not performing, Nolan serves as Provincial Coordinator for the Manitoba chapter of Opera InReach, which aims to provide accessible opera education to schools from a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds. Nolan can also be heard over the airwaves on CBC Radio One on the weekends across Canada introducing curated classical music selections.
Nolan Kehler (Adam)
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Praised for her “beautifully clear, light lyric soprano” (Ludwig Van), Toronto-born soprano Sara Schabas has received awards from the Eckhardt-Grammaté Competition, the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, the Hnatyshyn Foundation, and the IRCPA in Toronto. This season, she performs a recital in the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, joins the Grand Philharmonic Choir for James Whitbourn’s Annelies, sings Carmina Burana with the MGSO and Chorus under the direction of Jean-Sebastien Vallée, Eve in Jonathan Dove’s The Walk from the Garden with Little Opera Company of Winnipeg, and Musetta in La bohème with ICAV/Orchestre Classique de Montréal. She recently performed as the title role in Maxime Goulet’s The Flight of the Hummingbird with Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera, returning the following season to sing as the Dormouse in POV’s filmed production of Elizabeth Raum’s The Garden of Alice. Further roles include Henri in Tapestry Opera's Dora-nominated production of Bandits in the Valley and Anne Frank in Cecilia Livingston’s Singing Only Softly with Loose Tea Music Theatre in 2020, for which she was nominated for the Dora for Outstanding Performance by an Individual. Sara began her career singing Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) with the Dayton Opera in Ohio, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) with the Aspen Opera Theatre and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the late Lorin Maazel. She has performed as a soloist with organizations and venues including Ottawa's Thirteen Strings, the Dayton Philharmonic, Mississauga Symphony, the Oakville Masterworks,Vienna’s Concentus Musicus, and the Zürich Opera House. Sara is a current member of Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists, and holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Roosevelt University with additional studies at Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst. She is also a yoga teacher, writer, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at McGill University researching the Austrian-Canadian mezzo-soprano and pedagogue Emmy Heim. www.saraschabas.com
ARTISTS
PRAIRIE VOICES Philip Lapatha, Artistic Director Kimberly Lapatha, Collaborative Pianist Founded in 2000 by Dr. Elroy Friesen, Prairie Voices is an award-winning choir of 18-25 year-old singers. Currently led by Philip Lapatha, past directors have included Dr. Elroy Friesen, Kristel Peters, Nathan Poole, Vic Pankratz, and GiUng Lee. Prairie Voices performs in their own concert series, is a regular guest of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and has recorded 6 CDs (including one as guest choir with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra). While placing an emphasis on performing the music of Canadian and Manitoban composers, Prairie Voices also loves to perform innovative contemporary choral music from all over the world. The choir uses energy, expressiveness and movement to connect avant-garde composition with a popular audience. Prairie Voices is known for their passionate style of performance, which combines exceptional vocals with engaging presentation to provide the ultimate choral experience. Prairie Voices has performed around the world, bringing their unique touch to a diverse repertoire. Working with choral legends such as R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Hatfield and vocal superstars Rajaton, Prairie Voices has managed to grow as an organization while still remaining true to their Canadian roots.
Praised by The Globe and Mail for "...his silky, emotional presence on stage – both vocally and dramatically...", Sri Lankan tenor Asitha Tennekoon has established himself as one of Canada’s most versatile singing artists. He drew critical acclaim as Paul in Tapestry Opera / Scottish Opera’s Rocking Horse Winner, receiving the 2016 Dora Award for Best Male Performance. Sought after for performances spanning from Baroque to new commissions and experimental music, Asitha enjoys exploring the many ways opera and art music can make an impact on audiences today. This season, Asitha sings his first Remendado in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Carmen, followed by the role of Boy Angel in the Canadian Premiere of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize - winning opera Angel’s Bone (Du Yun, Royce Vavrek), co-produced by re:Naissance Opera, Sound the Alarm Music / Theatre, Arraymusic, Loose Tea Music Theatre and Turning Point Ensemble. In 2023, Asitha debuts as Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Vancouver Opera, Jacques Lacombe conducting. On the concert stage, Asitha will be the tenor soloist in Messiah with Vancouver Bach Choir and is a featured soloist in "Music for The Winter Solstice", presented by Music on Main, also in Vancouver. In May he joins pianist Leslie Dala for "Songs of Desire", a song recital presented by Müzewest featuring the premiere of a new song cycle by Métis composer Ian Cusson, based on the poetry of Michael Ondaatje. A Dora Award - winning performer, Asitha most recently made his debut as Ferrando in Edmonton Opera’s Cosi fan tutte, the First Priest with Canadian Opera Company’s The Magic Flute , and Bénédict in Opera Kelowna’ s production of Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict. Asitha has sung principle roles with Opéra de Montréal, Against the Grain Theatre, Tapestry Opera, Soundstreams Canada, Opera on the Avalon, Opera 5, and Opera Lafayette (USA). Asitha is a Co- Founder of Amplified Opera, an indie Opera company committed to placing artists at the centre of public discourse. He makes his home in the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, BC).
Prairie Voices
Sara Schabas (Eve)
PROMOTION
Graphic Design: Stephen Boyd Publicity: Heather Milne Assistant Publicity: Jessie Boyd Web Master: Don Larsen
Treaty One-based tenor Nolan Kehler is a performer dedicated to collaboration and reconciliation. He recently made mainstage debuts in his home city of Winnipeg with Manitoba Opera as La Roche in Li Keur: Riel’s Heart of the North, the first full-scale Indigenous-led opera production presented on a Canadian mainstage, and with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as Oronte in Alcina. Nolan also recently made his American debuts with American Bach Soloists in San Francisco and Emmanuel Music in Boston. In 2024, Nolan will be making his debut in Carmina Burana with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and as the tenor soloist in Bach’s Coffee Cantata with the Winnipeg Baroque Festival. Nolan has also had the pleasure of working with Juno-nominated Cree composer Andrew Balfour on his compositions Captive and Nôtinikêw in performances with Winnipeg’s Dead of Winter at the Montreal New Music Festival, the Brandon University Chorale, and with Edmonton’s Chronos Vocal Ensemble. When he is not performing, Nolan serves as Provincial Coordinator for the Manitoba chapter of Opera InReach, which aims to provide accessible opera education to schools from a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds. Nolan can also be heard over the airwaves on CBC Radio One on the weekends across Canada introducing curated classical music selections.
Nolan Kehler (Adam)

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