CAST AND CREW
*Appearing courtesy of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association
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 Timur in Turandot, 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 recently 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 (co-producer), and Hamlet Live (co-producer), 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 (co-produced), Movies Matter, The Car (co-produced), 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 will be hitting the stage in 2021 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.mightierproductions.com
ANDREW TEES - Bass-Baritone (The Naturalist)
Bass-Baritone Andrew Tees is one of the most dynamic singers of his generation. Blessed with a rich baritone, he is at home whether singing opera, oratorio, or pops.
Passionate about oratorio, Andrew has been a guest of many choirs and symphonies singing Handel’s Messiah, Brahms Requiem, Faure Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He portrayed the title character in Handel’s Saul for the Grand River Choir. He has performed the Duruflé Requiem with the Kingston Chamber Choir. For the Cellar Singers Andrew interpreted Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. He sang a moving St Paul for Toronto’s Pax Christ Chorale. A great admirer of the works of Haydn, Tees has soloed in The Creation, The Seasons, Mass in a Time of War and the Lord Nelson Mass. He received great praise for his interpretation of Verdi’s Requiem for Masterworks of Oakville.
No stranger to the works of Vaughn Williams, Andrew has performed the Five Mystical Songs for the Peterborough Singers as well as the Fantasia on Christmas Carols for the Northumberland Symphony. For Hamilton’s Redeemer College Choir he sang Jean Gilles Requiem. As for the works of Beethoven, he has performed the 9th Symphony with the Brantford Symphony and the Mass in C most recently with Sarnia’s International Symphony. He has performed Howard Goodal’s Eternal Light Requiem for the McMaster Concert Choir. His most recent performance of Mendelsohn’s Elijah was with the Georgian Bay Concert Choir.
On the operatic stage Tees has performed the title role in the Nozze di Figaro for many companies including Opera Ontario and Pacific Opera Victoria. The swarthy baritone made a seductive Don Giovanni for Ottawa’s Opera Lyra. He debuted for Edmonton Opera as Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci. He sang a robust Escamillo for Manitoba Opera. Andrew was a moving Sonora for Vancouver Opera in La Fanciulla del West. He was given top vocal honours by Opera Canada for his portrayal of Marcello in Opera York’s La Boheme. He sang a charming Danilo for Orchestra London’s Merry Widow. For Zweigroschen Oper in Germany Andrew made a vengeful Monterone in Rigoletto. Andrew debuted with Opera York as Rossini’s Figaro, since then he has returned to sing many roles including Don Giovanni, Mozart’s Figaro, Escamillo, Gianni Schicchi. For Toronto’s Opera by Request Andrew has performed Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande as well as Wotan in Rheingold, Die Walkure & Siegfried. A frequent guest of Maritime Concert Opera his roles for them include Rigolettto (Rigoletto)Scarpia (Tosca), Marcello (Boheme), Escamillo (Carmen), Germont (Traviata), Tonio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci. For the Canadian Opera Company he won praise for his portrayal of Tarquinius (Rape of Lucretia) Donald in Billy Budd, Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, as well as Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. With the COC Ensemble he sang Papageno in their Magic Flute tour and Peter in their Hansel and Gretel tour.
No stranger to debuting new works, Tees has premiered Ian McAndrew’s Cassandra for Amphion Opera. He sang the role of the unprincipled Oil Executive Walter Swenson in Isa Suarez’ Carpe Diem for Bravo Television. He played Gandalf in Dean Burry’s The Hobbit with the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus. For the Stratford Summer Music Festival he depicted a tyrannical Claudius in the Premier of Mark Richard’s Hamlet. He was a Madrigalist in Henze’s Venus und Adonis for the Canadian Opera Company, a role he repeated at Amsterdam’s Concertgebou. He made a sympathetic Stash in the North American premiere of And the Rat Laughed by Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sheriff.
Andrew won rave reviews for his portrayal of Tevye in Westben Festival’s Fiddler on the Roof. Andrew played Old Bill in Rogers and Hammerstein with Hart for Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius. He was a slightly dim Karl Magnus for Second Company’s A Little Night Music. He was a swashbuckling Pirate King for Cleveland Opera Andrew was seen as Private Willis in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s Iolanthe. His other Gilbert and Sullivan roles include Pooh bah (Mikado) and Giuseppe (The Gondoliers) both for Montreal’s Savoy Society. For Ensemble Tryptych Andrew has sung tributes to the music of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Stephen Sondheim. Other theatrical roles include Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls) Lun Tha (The King and I) Maximillian (Candide). For Bravo Television he recorded an Evening with Cole Porter. His film credits include John Masterson in Film 4’s True Blue and Polar Bear in Masato Harada’s Rowing Through. Andrew has voiced the title character of Maple the Magic Moose
A natural on the pops stage, Andrew has sung with the Toronto Symphony, the National Arts Center Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company’s Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, Oakville Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Oshawa Symphony, and Guelph Symphony to name but a few.
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)
In 2017, soprano Emma Greve performed Les illuminations by Benjamin Britten with the musicians of the Royal Conservatory of Music lead by Peter Tiefenbach in Mazzoleni Hall. Miss Greve also appeared in The Glenn Gould School opera productions as Cricket in The Cunning Little Vixen (2014), Euthycles in La belle Hélène (2015), and understudied the role of The Princess in El Gato Con Botas (2015). In 2018 she performed the role of Mrs. Vargas in Vengeance- a world premier, and the role of Diana Devereaux in Gershwin’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical Of Thee I Sing. In 2018 she performed as Rose in Weill’s American Opera Street Scene and premiered a new work by the award winning composer Paulo Brito at the University of Toronto New Music Festival. Miss Greve has continued to work with Brito, premiering a second work of his in 2019, and will be premiering a third in 2020 with Caution Tape Productions.
Miss Greve is the recipient of many awards and bursaries from the Fringe Drama Festival and the Sears Drama Festival, as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music and The University of Toronto. She completed her Performance Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory where she studied with Jean MacPhail and Peter Tiefenbach. She completed her studies with Wendy Nielsen at the University of Toronto Opera School in 2019.
TBD - Mezzo Soprano (Pierre)
COREY ARNOLD - Tenor (Salvatore)
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).
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
ALLISON WALMSLEY - Soprano (Moneypenny)
MANON ENS-LAPOINTE - Soprano (Vendor)
RAECHEL FISHER - Soprano (Speaker)
WILLIAM MATTHEW - Bass-Baritone (Investor, Protester)