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The Main Act 2017
Canadian Opera Company
Samuel Chan – Baritone
A native of Calgary, baritone Samuel Chan received his bachelor of music from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music (CCM). He placed second in the COC’s 2016 Ensemble Studio Competition and was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions–Western Canada District in 2015. His credits include Moralès in Carmen (Brott Music Festival); Gomatz in Zaïde, Calandrino in L’oca del Cairo, and Don Asdrubale in Lo sposo deluso (City Opera Vancouver); Donkey in The Bremen Town Musicians and Jacob Grimm in The Brothers Grimm (Highlands Opera Studio); Ruggiero in Alcina and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera D’Arte at CCM); Page in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra); and Pastore II/Apollo in L’Orfeo (Cincinnati Chamber Opera). This season with the COC, he appears as Second Japanese Envoy in The Nightingale and Other Short Fables and as the Usher in Rigoletto.
Samantha Pickett – Soprano
Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, soprano Samantha Pickett studied opera at McGill and Wilfrid Laurier universities. Her credits include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Toronto Summer Opera Workshop); Anna in Crush (Banff Centre); the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera McGill and Opera Laurier); La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (Opera McGill); Micaëla in Carmen and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Opera NUOVA); Mrs. Demers in City Workers in Love, Lady Gerstein in One Lump or Two, Sophia in May 23, and First Lady in The Magic Flute (Opera Laurier). She has participated in the St. Andrews by-the-Sea Opera Workshop and the Bel Canto Summer Voice Program in Munich. Last season with the COC, she appeared in the choruses of Louis Riel and Tosca.
Stéphane Mayer – Pianist/Intern Coach
Pianist Stéphane Mayer is a graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and studied under Kyoko Hashimoto and Michael McMahon. He also served as vocal coach and accompanist at Western University. In the COC’s 2016/2017 season, he was a rehearsal pianist for Norma, The Magic Flute and Louis Riel, as well as music director for Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature. He has served as an opera répétiteur for productions of The Marriage of Figaro and Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera NUOVA) and Don Giovanni (Opera McGill). As a piano accompanist, he studied with noted interpreters of German Lied, including Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Julius Drake, Andreas Schmidt and Roger Vignoles at the Franz-Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria. Mr. Mayer also participated in the presentation of two world premieres: The Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera/Scottish Opera) and Ours (Opera on the Avalon). This season with the COC, Mr. Mayer serves as rehearsal pianist for Arabella, The Abduction from the Seraglio and Anna Bolena.