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  Frederique Vezina

Praised for her "stimulating vocal performance" and "sense of dramatic immediacy", the striking young Quebecoise opened the Canadian Opera Company's 2002-2003 seasons as Lisa in Pique Dame. She was seen in COC's The Turn of The Screw as the Governess and also opened the COC's 2003-2004 season as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes.

During the 2004-2005 season she returned to the Canadian Opera Company for the Canadian Premiere of Ruders' The Handmaid's Tale, reprised Micaëla for l'Opéra de Montréal and in a special coup, was asked to sing the title role in Estacio's new opera Filumena at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

A Metropolitan Opera semi-finalist in 2004 and a winner in the Début Young Artists Competition, Ms. Vézina completed a Bachelor of Music Degree at McGill University.

Tom Wiebe

Thomas Wiebe is well-known to Canadian audiences as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been featured as guest artist with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Winnipeg and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies and Orchestra London Canada.

He is frequently heard throughout Canada on CBC Radio in performances with the Duke Trio, of which he is a founding member, and with other leading artists. He has also been broadcast throughout the United States on National Public Radio. He has recorded for CBC discs and Centrediscs.

Mr. Wiebe has won numerous awards, including second prize at the Luis Sigall International Cello Competition, and first prize at the Juilliard and Yale Concerto Competitions and the Canadian Music Competition. Mr. Wiebe teaches at the Don Wright Faculty of Music of the University of Western Ontario.


Monica Whicher

Style and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher's performances on the concert and opera stage.

Highlights of her 2004-2005 season include performances of Vaughan Williams' Benedicite with L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the title role in Opera Atelier's Dido and Aeneas in Toronto and the world premiere of a new work by Christos Hatzis paired with Beethoven's Mass in C for the St. Lawrence Choir in Montreal and the Ottawa Choral Society.

On the international circuit, Ms. Whicher has performed Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Exultate, Jubilate with Helmuth Rilling in Bilbao, Spain. She has also been heard with the symphonies of Barcelona, Utah, Minnesota, and in Scotland for Music at Blair Athol.

Winner of the George London Award, Ms. Whicher premiered Ryan's Ophélie with the Toronto Symphony and has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa's Thirteen Strings, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and the National Ballet.

Ms. Whicher's concerts are frequently broadcast by CBC Radio 2. Her recordings of Bach, Schubert and Hatzis are available on Marquis Classics and other labels. She was nominated for a 2002 Juno Award for her CD entitled "Singing Somers Theatre" released on the Centredisc label.


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