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Victoria Vocal Gems - July 10, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Jul. 14, 2021 at 3:41 p.m. MDT

This concert’s theme of “Someone to Watch Over Me “ explores different relationships such as romantic, parental, and spiritual. After a year of isolation and separation, our artists want to share in the desire to be in relationships with others and to share intimacy with those around us. The concert theme is reflective of the state of the world opening back up and our want for connection.


Artist Bios

Alex Chen is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach whose personal approach and intellectual curiosity bring fresh perspectives on a diverse body of musical works. In the words of mentor John Hess, he is “an immensely musical and sensitive player” with “a deeply inquisitive mind”. Alex has an MMus from the University of Western Ontario in Collaborative Piano, an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Piano Performance, and a BSc from the University of Guelph. He is currently on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in addition to working as a freelance pianist for students at the University of Victoria.

Brenna Bazinet is a mezzo soprano studying under Dr. Rachel Goldenberg and recently completed her Bachelor of Music at Ambrose University in Calgary. Last year, she was one of three winners of the Ambrose Concerto Competition and had the privilege to sing with the Ambrose Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, Brenna was awarded Valedictorian for her undergraduate class at Ambrose University. She is currently preparing for grad school auditions to complete her Master’s in Vocal Performance.

Sophie MacKay is a young artist who is delighted to be a part of Opera Nuova’s Hybrid Program. As a theatrical mezzo soprano, Sophie participates in many musical theatre shows and studies voice with Anna Shill. Next year, she will be studying Theatre at the University of Victoria where she hopes to continue her growth as a performer.

Cassidy Stahr is equipped with a bright, bell-like voice. As a Canadian mezzo-soprano Cassidy lives and works as a freelance vocalist and arranger in Victoria, BC. She graduated with her BMus in Voice Performance with distinction from the University of Victoria in July 2020.