Master Class Series
Discover vocal performance insights, as masters of the craft instruct members of the Emerging Artist Development Program and participants from Calgary’s music community.
Students at all levels, teachers, and the general public will find these classes a fascinating look at the process helping to motivate talented classical vocalists reach their full potential.
Calgary Opera will be sharing the following esteemed and internationally lauded voice teachers and repertoire coaches with the general public, while in their week-long guest residencies with our Emerging Artist Development Program.
Each Master Class session will be held at the Mamdani Opera Centre:
1315 - 7th Street SW
Master Class Series 4 - SONG BECOMES SCENE
Sunday, April 29 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Instructors: Dawn Johnson, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Resident Voice Teacher, and Robert Herriot, Acting Teacher and Stage Director, on bringing opera and song texts to dramatic life.
All of our previous Master Classes have featured more mature voices from the community along with the resident ensemble of Emerging Artists. However, in a departure on this occasion, Robert Herriot and Dawn Johnson have sought to engage some of the younger singers in the community to work with them in this public masterclass.
Both of these teachers working as a team, each of them with a special skill at working with younger voices look forward to engaging with 7 or 8 singers ranging in age from 12 to early 20s on everything from opera through music theatre and art song during what will be a
DAWN JOHNSON, VOCAL COACH
Dawn Johnson is a versatile singer with experience in opera, oratorio and musical theatre. Her theatrical experience encompasses production work with many prominent directors and music direction for several music theatre productions for the Alberta School for the Performing Arts. A dedicated teacher for over 20 years, Dawn recently retired from the faculty at Mount Royal University [formerly College] where she was a founding member of the vocal studies team at Mount Royal College, and directed opera and music theatre classes for the Vocal Studies Program. At present, she serves as the Resident Voice Teacher for Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program. She received her Bachelor of Music with High Distinction from the University of Calgary and studied vocal pedagogy at the Oberlin Vocal Institute with Richard Miller. Ms Johnson is a frequent adjudicator throughout Western Canada.
ROBERT HERRIOT, STAGE DIRECTOR
Canadian stage director, Robert Herriot, most recently directed Tosca for Calgary Opera and has been a frequent director for its main stage productions including The Magic Flute, La Boheme,The Barber of Seville, and Pirates of Penzance. He has also acted as Acting Instructor for the Emerging Artist Program and directed its Showcase productions of Beatrice and Benedict, The Spanish Hour, The Secret of Susanna, L’enfant et les sortileges, and Dr. Miracle. His busy schedule has included productions of of Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Boheme, Carmen (Manitoba Opera), La Traviata (Opera Hamilton), Carmen (Arizona Opera), Don Pasquale (Opera Hamilton, Connecticut Opera, and Utah Opera) Pirates of Penzance, La Fille Du Regiment, HMS Pinafore (Edmonton Opera-winner of a Sterling Award for Outstanding Musical of the Season),Tosca and The Mikado , both nominated for the Sterling Award’s Best Musical Production 2011/2012 and Barber of Seville (Calgary Opera) which was nominated for a Betty Mitchell award for Best Musical of 2008/2009 season. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Music Faculty, he began his career on the stage in performance before turning his attention to directing.
Sunday, April 29 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the Mamdani Opera Centre
TICKETS ($20 including GST)
Where & When
- nov 12
VOICE AND ARTISTRYMamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW
- feb 04
CONQUERING OPERATIC REPERTOIREMamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW
- apr 08
ACHIEVING VOCAL EXCELLENCEMamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW
- apr 29
SONG BECOMES SCENEMamdani Opera Centre, 1315 7 St SW