Critically acclaimed soprano Adria McCulloch began her vocal training on a hay tractor in rural Alberta. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland Opera Studio, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Regina. She has performed the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Susan in Allan Bell’s Turtle Wakes and the title role in Gluck’s Armide, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. She is a graduate of the Opera Lafayette Young Artists in Washington DC, where she performed the Naiad in Gluck’s Armide at Kennedy Center, DC and Lincoln Center, NY, and recorded Une Bergère in Lully’s score for the NAXOS label. Other productions include Songbook with Tapestry New Works, Anaman in Opera Erotique and Chromesthesia with Out of the Box Productions in Toronto. Adria is the Musical Director and performer for My Virtual Dream, a collaboration with neuroscientists that fuses art, entertainment and research. Powered by BCI and The Virtual Brain technology, MVD has been produced in Toronto and L.A.
Tenor Spencer McKnight has been described as “one of the finest tenor voices” in Canada. McKnight has garnered much attention both in concert and in competition over the course of the last six years, including multiple awards at a national level, and the 2018 winner of the Gordon C. Wallis Opera Competition. Though early in his career, Spencer has had the opportunity to sing a wealth of oratorio repertoire, and had recent engagements with the Regina and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras. One of his exciting upcoming engagements is the North American premiere of Rebecca Dale’s Materna Requiem with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra on March 7, 2020. In 2020 Spencer will join his long-time collaborator Mark Turner in a tour of a new recital programme. McKnight studied with teacher and mentor Lisa Hornung for many years, he now studies with Toronto based vocal pedagogue Mark Daboll. His voice is described as fresh and brassy with stratospheric high notes, Spencer is proud to be a recipient of funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.