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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 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 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 co-produced several stage productions, including James Bond: A Convenient Lie, The Duchess of Malfi, The Market, and Hamlet Live, which was live-streamed to Sick Kids’ hospitals across the country (a Canadian first), and several short films including Revenge for the Duchess of Malfi, Movies Matter, The Car, Street Smarts, a webseries called Actorapists (pending release), 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, which is currently in development.

 

In the world of voice over, in addition to numerous commercial appearances, he has most recently played George Washington and Vice President on the Emmy Award winning animated series Peg + Cat, Yoshio on Bey Blades, Taylean on Bakugan Brawlers IV, and Metazor on Skatoony, as well as Dyson on the Lost Girl motion comic (nominated for a Gemini), and 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.

 

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), has written a libretto for an opera called The Lion Heart, and 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. He's also written Macbeth's Head and James Bond: A Convenient Lie, an Opera in Pasticcio.

James Bond: A Convenient Lie will be performed in Windsor, Ontario in the fall, and in Ottawa in spring 2018!

 

Also check out his new webseries, ACTORAPISTS, about a troupe of actors who run a psychodrama studio...badly!

 

Details at: www.malfiproductions.com

www.kylemcdonald.org

DIEGO CATALA - Baritone (The Naturalist)

Baritone, Diego Catala is a graduate of the prestigious Glenn Gould School of Music and has his Bachelor in Health from York University.

 

Mr. Catala is a captivating operatic performer whose roles include Triquet (Los Gavilanes), Bardolfo (Falstaff), Frank Maurant ( Street Scene), El Rey (Gato con botas) Marryman (Ernest, the importance of being)  Belcore (L'elisir d'amore),Ragman (Louise), Escamillo (Carmen ), Caballero de Gracia (La Gran Via), Germont (La Traviata), Felipe (La Revoltosa), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni),Ernest (Le Laureat) Mercurio (La Calisto), and Papageno (The Magic Flute).

 

As well as performing the role of The Naturalist, in James Bond: A convenient lie, Diego also sang his third Don Giovanni last fall, and appeared as Capellio in, I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Opera in Concert last November. 

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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

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FELICIA MITTICA - Soprano (Audrey)

Felicia is a multi-faceted artist who splits her time between singing, teaching, and voice acting for animation and videogames.  Felicia has performed Adina in L’Elisire D’Amore with the Toronto City Opera, the title role in Martha (SOLT), Gianetta in L'Elisire D'Amore (Pellegrini Opera), Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (TSOW), and Hansel in Hansel und Gretel (RCM Opera).  As a cover artist she was responsible for Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Adina (L’Elisir) and Rosina (Il Barbiere)

Felicia has just returned from a year-long tour of Europe, where she had the pleasure of working with various musicians, most memorably Italy, and Germany (where she was the soprano soloist for the choir “Authentic Voices” with maestro Manfred Siebald in association with Mainz Universität). 

Felicia has studied with Nadine Secunde in Germany, with Norma Burrowes in Toronto and with Maria Pellegrini in Ottawa.  Felicia graduated from York University and has extensive vocal, theatrical, speech, pedagogy and movement training. She loves figuring out complex characters, connecting with the audience, and most of all, having fun with the material.  Felicia is an avid crafter and aspiring gardener, (she even managed to grow cucumbers, some small carrots and one tomato this summer), and is thrilled to be singing the role of Audrey for James Bond.

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AMELIA DAIGLE - Mezzo Soprano (Pierre)

Canadian mezzo-soprano, Amelia Daigle is a young performer known for her rich, unique timbre and her expressiveness both as an actress and as a musician. This past season Amelia placed first among Canada’s most talented singers at the National Music Festival, and was invited to perform at the Grand Concert at the Francis Winspear Centre in Edmonton, Alberta for the closing ceremonies of the competition.

 

In October 2015 Amelia had the wonderful opportunity of traveling to Alcamo, Sicily to participate in the semi finals of the Concorso per Cantati Lirici Internazionale di Alcamo followed by a series of concerts in Montreal with Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. Most recently Ms. Daigle received a performing artist grant to participate in this year’s WAVES Festival as a “strolling perfomer” which involved singing short excerpts from various operas while strolling through the streets of the Festival.

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Upcoming performances include a four day concert tour in Montreal with Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques (Nov 2016) and A Night in Vienna with the WSO under the baton of Robert Franz (March 2017). Operatic roles performed include Carmen (Carmen), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Carmela (La Vida Breve), and Maurya (Riders to the Sea). In Spring 2014 Amelia was the proud recipient of the Windsor Endowment for the Arts Emerging Artist grant.

 

Ms. Daigle holds a MMus in Vocal Performance and Literature from Western University and has received training at various workshops such as Opera Nuova (Edmonton, Alberta 2014), Accademia Europa dell’Opera (AEDO, Lucca Tuscany, 2012), The Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (COAA, London, Ontario, 2012), Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (SOLT, Toronto), and Learning at the Detroit Opera House (LATOH, 2008, 2009 & 2011)

PABLO BENITEZ - Tenor (Salvatore)

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Pablo Benitez was born in Caracas (Venezuela) where he studied music and Voice at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory.

 

In Canada he studied at McGill University's Opera Program.

 

He has sung three seasons with the Toronto City Opera performing the Roles of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Camille de Rosillon in Merry Widow, Hoffman in the Tales of Hoffman and Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte.

 

With Opera by Request he has performed the roles of The Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Javier in Luisa Fernanda and Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur.

 

With the Toronto Operetta Theatre he has performed in the Zarzuelas La Revoltoza and La Gran Via. He also performed the role of Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly with the Summer Opera Lyric Theatre.

 

Pablo is currently the Lead Tenor of the Company Opera Luminata and just sung Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Counterpoint Community Orchestrain Toronto.

CONSTANTINE MEGLIS - Bass (Tiny)

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Constantine Meglis began his singing debut at the age of 15 in the title role of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado in high school. 

 

He continued his studies in Music at the University of Western Ontario and then in NYC. 
 

He has appeared with Opera Hamilton, Drayton Entertainment, and the Canadian Opera Company. 
 

After many years of touring the world as the House Basso of the Greek National Opera, he returned to Canada and now sings with various groups including the Canadian Opera Company.  
 

In the last few years, Constantine has begun acting in Film and TV as a member of ACTRA and Equity. Career highlights include singing at the Athens 2004 Olympics, working with Franco Zefirelli, soprano Ghena Dimitrova and baritone Kostas Pascalis.

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SEAN CATHEROY - Tenor (Q)

Tenor Sean Catheroy is only too pleased to be joining 007 and friends in pursuit of the truth about A Convenient Lie. Toi toi toi!

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AMY SEULKY LEE - Pianist and Music Director

Based in Toronto, Amy Seulky Lee is a versatile musician who performs as both collaborative and solo pianist. Ms. Lee made her solo debut with Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra in 2010 and has since performed in recitals across British Columbia in venues, such as Vancouver Art Gallery, The Terry Fox Theatre, and The CBC Studio 700. Recent concerts have included appearance at The Mississauga Living Arts Centre, The Robert Gill Theatre with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre a music director of Handel’s Julius Caesar, Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works for Azure Awards Gala, Canadian Music Centre, Metropolitan United Church noon hour concert series, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Accademia Europea Dell’Opera under conductor Simone Luti in Italy.

 

 Ms. Lee received her Masters of Music degree from University of Toronto where she studied with Steven Philcox and holds a Bachelors of Music degree from University of British Columbia, where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Terence Dawson. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege to work with world-renowned musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Graham Johnson, Rena Sharon, André Laplante, and Warren Jones, to name a few. Ms. Lee is alumni of Toronto Summer Music Festival, Orford Music Festival and Vancouver International Song Institution and has been the recipient of the Art Song Foundation of Canada grants, MRPM Art Council Scholarship, The Pearl Kerr Mossfield Memorial Scholarship, and The Grant F Hurst Memorial Scholarship.

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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! 

SAMANTHA LEWIS - Lighting Designer, Stage Manager.

 
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