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Photo: Ross Mortimer

Canadian opera singer Kendra Dyck has been described as “possessing a pleasant sweet-toned soprano” [OperaRamblings 2017]. She recently was a 2023 semi-finalist in The Lotte Lenya Competition and a finalist in The Canadian Music Competition’s Stepping Stone 2019.

An avid lover of sacred and contemporary music, Ms. Dyck sang Mozart’s Requiem with Pax Christi Chorale and The Toronto Mozart Players, conducted by David Bowser, as a prize winner in the 2019 Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition. In 2020, she sang the world premiere of Juno Award-winning composer Bekah Simm’s Bestiary I & II for soprano, ensemble and electronics as part of the annual 21C Music Festival in Toronto, ON. She made her Koerner Hall debut in November 2017 with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in the world premiere of Michael Oesterle’s symphonic work Home, conducted by Tania Miller, and also made her debut with the Toronto Classical Singers and Talisker Players that same year, returning for the following two seasons. Other recent performances have included Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in C Major and Mass in G Major, and Schütz’ Musikalische Exequien. In addition to solo work, Ms. Dyck was a Sidgwick Scholar with The Toronto Orpheus Choir in their 2018-2019 season under the direction of Robert Cooper, and was a member of the Nota Bene Baroque Players and Singers Ensemble for five seasons. 

Praised as a “natural comedienne” [Opera Canada 2017], Ms. Dyck has in the past gravitated towards light-hearted characters, though she is always thrilled when opportunity presents more complex roles. An alumnus of the NUOVA Summer Festival and Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, she has worked with some of the top conductors in the country, including, David Bowser, Robert Cooper, Leslie Dala, Howard Dyck, Tania Miller, Jurgen Petrenko, Ivars Taurins, Rosemary Thompson and Daniel Warren, and has performed operatic roles directed by Brian Deedrick, Anne-Marie Donovon, Marilyn Gronsdal, Joel Ivany, Brent Krysa and Marshall Pynkoski. Past roles include Ida in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Sandrina in Piccinni’s La Cecchina with The Glenn Gould School Opera Program; Kitty Hart in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking with Opera NUOVA; Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Mahigan in Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan’s Indigenous opera Giiwedin, presented with Opera Laurier.

 

​ Ms. Dyck holds a Bachelor of Music in Honours Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University and an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music.

REPERTOIRE

theatre

opera

Mills / The Storyteller / Lily

Parton /9 to 5 / Doralee

Sullivan / The Mikado / Pitti-Sing

Bernstein / Trouble in Tahiti / Trio Soprano

Dénommé-Welch / Giiwedin / Mahigan

Heggie / Dead Man Walking / Kitty Hart

Humperdinck / Hansel and Gretel / Gretel

Piccinni / La Cecchina / Sandrina

Puccini / Gianni Schicchi / Lauretta

Purcell / Dido & Aeneas / Second Woman

Stravinsky / The Rake's Progress / Anne Trulove

Strauss (Johann) / Die Fledermaus / Ida

oratorio

Bach / Cantatas 21, 51, St. John Passion,

St. Matthew Passion

Bach / Easter Oratorio

Britten / Rejoice in the Lamb

Charpentier / Christmas Eve Mass, Messe de morts

Handel / Dixit Dominus, Messiah

Haydn / Die Schöpfung

Mendelssohn / Hear My Prayer

Mozart / Exsultate jubilate, Mass in c minor, Requiem

Poulenc / Gloria

Rutter / Gloria

Saint-Saëns / Christmas Oratorio

Schubert / Mass in C Major, Mass in G Major

Schütz / Musikalische Exequien

Telemann / Machet die Tore weit

concert & chamber works

Bolcom / Let evening come (for soprano, viola & piano)

Britten / Les Illuminations

Grieg / Peer Gynt

Melani / All'armi pensieri

Mozart / Misera, dove son?
 

Oesterle / Home

Reich / Drumming

Simms / Bestiary I & II

Tiefenbach / Three poems (for soprano, trumpet & piano)

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