CAST & CREW
KYLE MCDONALD - Bass (James Bond), Creator/Director
Kyle McDonald is a Toronto based actor, writer, singer, director, and producer; he studied Theatre and Drama Studies at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College joint program, and has an HBA in Theatre and Drama and a minor in Classical History. Vocally, he trained with the late Donna Sherman, with Helga Tucker at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and with Operatic legend Maria Pellegrini.
Kyle just recently sang the roles of Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Friar Lawrence and the Prince in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Angelotti, in Tosca, James Bond in James Bond: A Convenient Lie, the Marquis of St. Evermonde in the world premiere of an opera based on A Tale of Two Cities with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and Sparafucile in Pellegrini Opera’s production of Rigoletto. Some of his other operatic roles include Colline in Puccini's La Boheme, and Plunkett in Flotow’s Martha.
In the Theatre, some of his favourite roles include The Head in Macbeth's Head, Hamlet in Hamlet Live, Clint in The Market, Cassio in Othello, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
In the world of film, Kyle has starred in his short film Street Smarts, the feature film The Market (which is currently being submitted to festivals), the short films Insight (developed and produced by the RTA School of Media) and Phoenix, and co-starred in the short films The Car, and Made in Paris, (both of which were selected for the short-corner at Cannes); on television, he’s appeared as Lord Dunbar on Reign, and as the Dog Mocker on a new musical series for the web called Haunted. He's also appeared as Nyuk Nyuk on the pilot for a three camera sit-com called Space Bacon, the super badie Azul in Connor Undercover 2 on Family Channel on demand, and Lieutenant Tannis on the award winning web series, Space Janitors, as well as Tom on the webseries Ryan Gosling Must Be Stopped.
As a producer Kyle has apprenticed under Canadian legend Dale Barnes, and has produced several stage productions – Macbeth’s Head (NNNN- Now Magazine), James Bond: A Convenient Lie, The Market, and Hamlet Live, which was live-streamed to Sick Kids’ hospitals across the country (a Canadian first) – several short films – How to Be More Inclusive, Revenge for the Duchess of Malfi, Movies Matter, The Car, and Street Smarts – two webseries – This is Bill, and Actorapists – and line produced on the feature film The Market. He was recently a finalist in the Innoversity Summit Pitch Competition for one of his digital series, Gamers Anonymous.
In the world of voice over, in addition to numerous commercial appearances, he has most recently played the Scotiabank popcorn astronaut in Cineplex Theatres, the villainous Cornacabra in Finish Line Games’ puzzle video game Maize, George Washington and Vice President on the Emmy Award winning animated series Peg + Cat, Yoshio on Beyblades, Taylean on Bakugan Brawlers IV, and Metazor on Skatoony, as well as Dyson on the Lost Girl motion comic (nominated for a Gemini), was the voice for the Evergreen charitable organization on the radio public service announcement called Trees, which won the Crystal award from the Radio Marketing Bureau for best PSA, and was also the voice for Condom T.O. which picked up a bronze award at the Epica award show in Amsterdam.
As a writer, he’s been produced as a playwright (Don Juan: An Episode), screenwriter (Revenge for the Duchess of Malfi, Movies Matter, Actorapists, The Car, This is Bill, Gamers Anonymous), and written librettos for two operas, The Lion Heart (currently being composed by Corey Arnold) and The Bat and the Bells (currently being composed), and created the book and score for two new operas in pasticcio, James Bond: A Convenient Lie, and his newest creation, Conan and the Stone of Kelior, which he hopes to stage in late 2020 in Toronto. He was awarded the Winning Writer’s War Poetry award for The Rose Of Ilium, a poem composed in heroic couplets that tells of the doomed love between Achilles and Penthesilea.
Also check out his new webseries, ACTORAPISTS, about a troupe of actors who run a psychodrama studio...badly!
Details at: www.maightierproductions.com
MICHAEL ROBERT-BRODER - Bass-Baritone (The Naturalist)
Native to Vancouver, Michael Robert-Broder has established himself as one of Canada’s most versatile young baritones. Equally at home with art song, oratorio, and opera, he has gained a reputation for engaging performances in each of these fields.
Oratorio performances include Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé, major works by JS Bach, oratorios of GF Handel, and works that span from Buxtehude and Schütz to composers of the 21st century. On the lyric stage, Robert-Broder has recently portrayed the roles of Baron Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca, Il Conte and Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Peter in Hansel and Gretel, and Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio.
Michael’s principal training has been under the guidance of Bruce Pullan, Gary Relyea and Patrick Raftery. Upcoming engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, La Damnation de Faust, a recital for the Canadian Music Centre, Le Nozze di Figaro and a recital of Brahms and Schumann lieder.
HOLLY CHAPLIN - Coloratura Soprano (Miss Bliss)
Holly Chaplin is a Toronto based Lyric Coloratura Soprano. Ms. Chaplin is a York University graduate, and a faithful student of Stephanie Bogle.
Previous roles include Olympia(Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Queen of the Night(Magic Flute), Micaëla (Carmen), Zerlina(Don Giovanni) and Madame Golden trill(Der Schauspieldirektor). Ms. Chaplin has appeared as a soloist for Cantabile Chamber Singers, Pax Christi Chorale, Counterpoint Community Orchestra, Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms.Chaplin will be singing the role Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide in November 2017 with Talk is Free Theatre, directed by Richard Ouzounian. In February 2018 Ms.Chaplin will debut the role of Susanna in Mercadante's I Due Figaro with Opera In Concert at the St.Lawrence Centre.
Ms.Chaplin teaches voice and piano lessons at Bloor West Music Studios, and is the choirmaster at Guiding Light Academy in Mississauga
EMMA LUCY GREVE - Soprano (Audrey)
MEAGAN LARIOS - Mezzo Soprano (Pierre)
Canada-grown mezzo-soprano Meagan Reimer Larios holds a Bachelor of Music from Canadian Mennonite University and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Performance from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. Coming from the Mennonite choral heritage and tradition, she began singing at home and grew within a musically rich community before pursuing formal study. She has performed in Manitoba with such ensembles as Camerata Nova, The Professor Bach Project, The Winnipeg Soloists Choir, The Mennonite Festival Chorus, The Winnipeg Singers, and Manitoba Underground Opera.
Meagan is regularly a featured oratorio soloist in such works as The Requiem (Duruflé) and Requiem in D minor (Fauré) in Winnipeg, various cantatas of J.S. Bach (Winnipeg Bach Soloists), and in Allegri’s Miserere (St. Paul’s Bloor Street Choir, Toronto), Händel’s Coronation Anthems, Mozart’s Vespera sollennes de Confessore (Creemore Choral Festival Singers, Creemore, ON), and Händel’s Messiah (Windsor Symphony Orchestra).
Based on Toronto, Meagan is active in the local “Indie Opera” scene where she has performed extensively as a featured artist with Voicebox: Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera by Request, TrypTych Concert and Opera, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Confidential Opera, Three Seven Ace Opera Company, and Premiere Productions Ottawa. She appeared as JULIA/JULES in a workshop production of Pomegranate, a new opera developed in conjunction with the Dora Award-winning Tapestry Opera. Further opera credits include SESTO (Giulio Cesare), CHERUBINO (Le Nozze di Figaro), MERCÉDÈS (Carmen), RUGGIERO and BRADAMANTE (Alcina), KATE (The Pirates of Penzance), LAY SISTER/TOURIÈRE (Suor Angelica), BERTARIDO and UNULFO (Rodelinda), and INO (Semele).
Meagan has been a semi-finalist for the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg’s prestigious Doris McLellan Competition and was awarded Second Prize at the Cathedral Bluffs Clifford Poole Vocal Competition in Toronto in 2018. In the fall of 2018, Meagan was heard in recital at the Knutson Studio in Berlin, Germany along with fellow Mid-western Canadian, Pianist and Professor of Operatic Studies at the Hanns Eisler Conservatory, Byron Knutson.
Upcoming engagements feature Meagan as a soloist throughout southern Ontario in a variety of concerts including a Giulia Grisi Tribute Concert in Barrie, ON; November 2019 brings a semi-staged dinner theatre presentation as ROSINA (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), and she joins a mega-cast with Opera by Request and the Berlin Wagner Gruppe in a cooperative Ring Cycle concert presentation in February 2020 as WELLGUNDE (Das Rheingold, Götterdämmerung) and WELTRAUTE (Die Walküre) in Toronto, Canada.
COREY ARNOLD - Tenor (Salvatore)
After a very successful Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi last March and Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto this past September, Baritone Ryan Hofman is very excited to once again be returning to Southern Ontario Lyric Opera.
A 2017 Brian Law Competition Finalist and National Music Festival runner-up, Mr. Hofman has appeared as a soloist for various ensembles across Canada including the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and UBC Opera Ensemble; This coming April, he will appear as the Baritone Soloist with Coro Vivo Ottawa for Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.
In May 2018, Ryan made his Opéra de Montréal company debut (Chorus) in their production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.
In April 2015, Mr. Hofman made his company debut with Pellegrini Opera (Schaunard; La Boheme) where he was hailed as “performing with gusto…[Mr. Hofman} sang with a pleasing and strong voice in a limited role which promises well for the future” (National Capital Opera Society; Summer 2015 Newsletter). In March 2017, he returned to the company as Sacristan in Tosca. This coming October, Ryan has the pleasure of appearing as Gregorio and Mercutio in their production of Roméo et Juliette.
Corey Arnold is a young Canadian tenor. Most recent performance credits include: Don Jose in Carmen with The University of Ottawa, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and for his debut with SOLO last season: Beppe in Pagliacci and Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi. He will be singing Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Pellegrini Opera in Ottawa in September 2018.
Corey completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, his Master’s degree at the University of Ottawa, and his 4-year Feldenkrais Training at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York.
He currently works with Maureen Stark and Ermanno Mauro
Outside of singing Corey is also very active in other areas: as a collaborative pianist, a composer, a choral conductor, an actor, and a vocal pedagogue.
He has a passion for using his work in the Feldenkrais Method to help singers, dancers, and actors, find their own uncompromising relationship with their artistic selves. Corey desires to bring truth and ferocity to the operatic stage. He prepares himself as an actor to bring his body and voice into an uncompromising relationship with the richness and vibrancy of the score and text.
RYAN HOFMAN - Baritone (Knuckles)
PETER JORGENSEN - Tenor (Q)
NARMINA AFANDIYEVA - Pianist and Music Director
SAMANTHA LEWIS - Lighting Designer, Stage Manager.
Samantha is thrilled to be a part of the James Bond team! She just came from working with Kyle in the hit Fringe play Macbeth’s Head.
She is a stage manager, multi-faceted arts worker and UTSC graduate of Theatre and Performing Arts.
Her most recent work includes dressing and stage hand for The Gut Girls at Alumnae Theatre, as well lighting and stage hand for Spoon vs. Hammer’s Behold, the Barfly!
CHRIS HARRIS - Foley Artist
MI6 FEATURED ENSEMBLE
MARLISE RITCHIE - Soprano (Moneypenny)
Winnipeg born Soprano Marlise Ritchie holds both a Bachelor of Music and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma from the University of Manitoba where she studied with Monica Huisman.
This past January Marlise had her role debut singing Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) with University of Ottawa. She has also sung Gianetta (The Gondoliers) with Opera NUOVA and Diana (Orphée aux Enfers) with Manitoba Underground Opera. Other credits include; Dulcine (Angry Birdsong) and Caffeina (Triumph of Caffeina) both with Little Opera Company, and Noèmie (Cendrillon) with Manitoba Underground Opera. Marlise also premiered the role of Nadine (Mai '68) at the Winnipeg New Music Festival in 2015. Upcoming engagements include Second Lady (The Magic Flute) with Opera NUOVA and she is very excited to be singing with Malfi Productions for the first time in the ensemble and as Money Penny this spring.
Marlise will be graduating this spring with her Master in Music from University of Ottawa under the tutelage of Christiane Riel.
CARMEN HARRIS - Soprano (Speaker)
Since singing in children's choirs at the age of seven, Carmen Harris has enjoyed immersing herself in the world of vocal studies. She is currently completing her Master of Music at the University of Ottawa, studying with Christiane Riel. Carmen recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and a Post-Baccalaureate in Voice through the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, studying with Monica Huisman.
Past performances include Susanna and Cherubino with the University of Ottawa (2017), Musetta in La Boheme (2017) and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (2014), with Opera Kelowna, Venus in Offenbach’s Orphee aux Enfers (2016), with Manitoba Underground Opera, and Angela in Angela and her Sisters (2016) with the University of Manitoba School Tour.
She has also performed numerous operatic scenes including: Die Zauberflöte (Papagena) and Cosi fan tutte (Despina) with Opera Kelowna and Elisir d'amore (Adina), Dialogue of the Carmelites (Soeur Constance), with the U. of Manitoba Opera School. Besides opera, she has also sung as a soloist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
REBA SIGLER - Coluratura Soprano
Reba is a coloratura soprano who has impressed audiences from the time she was a child.
She has studied voice with Dianne Baird and Diana Sharp in Kanata and has just completed her Associate Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
In the summer of 2017 Reba participated in the American Institute of Musical Studies' Opera Studio Program in Graz, Austria studying with J. David Brock and performing in multiple concerts. Reba has performed locally in Ottawa with various organizations, including Maple Leaf Productions, Orpheus, Suzart, Kanata Theatre and the Savoy Society.
ADRIANA GODOY-SMIRNOVA - Soprano (Vendor)
Soprano Adriana Godoy-Smirnova is currently in her fifth year of her Bachelor of Music with a specialty in performance.
Adriana played the role of Mercedes in last years production of Carmen. She also played the role of the Third Spirit in a production of The Magic Flute the year prior.
Adriana aspires to continue her studies after her undergrad in the hopes of one day becoming a professional opera singer.
MATHIEU MAZUR-GOULET - Tenor (Protester)
A native Ottawan and proud Franco-Ontarian, Mathieu is an amateur opera singer who learned his craft over more than a decade studying with some of city's best known and loved opera performers and teachers.
A member of the Ottawa Savoy Society since his 2010 début as Colonel Fairfax in Gilbert and Sullivan's Yeomen of the Guard, Mathieu most recently performed the role of Samuel in the Society's 2015 production of Pirates of Penzance.
In addition to his solo work, Mathieu has sung in many choirs in and around town. Besides being an avid singer, Mathieu is a dedicated public servant and splits his free time among his many passions including reading, meditation, physical fitness, playing guitar and spending an inordinate amount of time contemplating the mysteries of life, the universe and everything.
EVAN SOKOLOWSKI- Baritone (Investor)
Evan Sokolowski is very excited to be a member of the Featured Ensemble, and Blocking Master. It is his second time performing James Bond: A Convenient Lie with Malfi Productions.
Recently, Evan has played Nate in Big Nate the Musical with Electric Moon Theatre and Uncle Henry/The Guard in The Wizard of Oz with the Lower Ossington Theatre.
Evan enjoys Music Directing, and teaching voice and acting. He graduated from Randolph Academy's College program with the class of 2016.
He would like to thank his Mom, family and friends
DAVID SHIPLEY - Baritone
After years of singing in choirs in Canada, the U.K., and the U.S., Dave returned to studying music with the initial aim of becoming a better chorister. He studied voice privately with Sylvia Larrass and James O’Farrell and harmony with Kevork Andonian, gaining his grade ten in vocal performance in the Royal Conservatory of Music program in 2007.
In 2007 he also returned to musical theatre, singing the role of Mr. Bumble in Oliver! in two different community theatre productions. The following year he sang the role of Max in a community theatre production of The Sound of Music. In autumn of 2008, Dave was invited to join the chorus of Opera Lyra Ottawa. His first production as a member of the chorus was Eugene Onegin in April 2009. He subsequently performed in Opera Lyra productions of Macbeth, Turandot, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Carmen, Tosca, and Barber of Seville. Since then, he has performed in Pellegrini Opera productions of Rigoletto and Tosca.
In his day job, Dave is an energy engineer, working for a consulting firm that helps utilities plan the programs that encourage their customers to use energy more efficiently.
RYAN HOFMAN - Baritone (Herr Tod)
A 2017 Brian Law Opera Competition Finalist and National Music Festival runner-up, Baritone Ryan Hofman is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia Master of Music in Opera program.
Originally from Peterborough, Ontario, Ryan was a proud member of the UBC Opera Ensemble from 2015-2017 where he made his company debut as De Brètigny in Massenet's Manon (November 2015). In February 2016, Mr. Hofman also appeared with the ensemble as Delaqua in Johann Strauss II’s Eine Nacht in Venedig. He recently completed a successful tour with the ensemble in the Czech Republic as Bartolo in Rossini’s Barber of Seville.
In April 2015, Mr. Hofman made his company debut with Pellegrini Opera (Schaunard; La Boheme) where he was hailed as “performing with gusto...[Mr. Hofman} sang with a pleasing and strong voice in a limited role which promises well for the future” (National Capital Opera Society; Summer 2015 Newsletter). This past March, he returned to the company and appeared as the Sacristan in Tosca.
The 2017-2018 proved to be quite a busy season for Mr. Hofman as he appeared with the Ottawa Choral Society and was awarded the National Capital Region NATS Senior Scholarship.
This past November and December respectfully, he appeared as the Baritone soloist for Fauré's Requiem and Handel's Messiah with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa and CAMMAC Ottawa. This past March, he most recently appeared as Betto in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera (Burlington, Ontario).