I’ve been singing since I can remember and started acting out stories around the same time. My dad taught me folk and world music, while my mother put me into classical voice lessons. I went to the Mount Royal Conservatory of Music to study vocal performance and then onto the University of Manitoba for the same thing.
I do a lot of performing in traditional spaces like churches, theatres and concert halls, but some of my favourite performances were in an abandoned funeral home, a bookstore speakeasy, a private condo, a secret theatre above a grocery store and a nightclub. If there’s a live project I’m excited about, I’ll meet you nearly anywhere.
My focus is 16th & 17th Century music, particularly Italian early baroque, but I love singing just about everything from Puccini to Cole Porter. I’ve collaborated as a soloist with ensembles like Musicians on the Edge, Venetia Antiqua Ensemble, Capella Intima, Toronto Continuo Collective, Gallery Players of Niagara, Cardinal Consort of Viols, and the Sneak Peek Orchestra; and performed in a number of music festivals; Hammer Baroque, Toronto Early Music Centre, Bach Festival Canada, Rassegna organistica “Giuseppe Zelioli”, Festival internazionale di musica Cinque Terre, and Festival organistico internazionale Gaetano Callido Venezia.
With the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, I’ve participated in nine international music festivals across Italy, touring with organist Luciano Zecca. This is the kind of thing I really love to do, collaborating with fellow musicians and sharing gorgeous music.
Some roles I’ve performed include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni - Mozart), Musetta (La bohème - Puccini), Pallade (Paride ed Elena – Gluck), Dafne (Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne – Cavalli), Adina (L'elisir d'amore – Donizetti), Minerva/Amor (Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria –Monteverdi), Casilda (The Gondoliers – Gilbert and Sullivan), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute – Mozart), Adrianna (The Boys from Syracuse – Rodgers & Hart).
On screen, you may have seen me summoned by Christopher Lloyd only to be shot moments later in the series 12 Monkeys. Or begging for my life in Flashpoint . Then there was the time someone actually did finish me off in an episode Angela’s Eyes, before dumping my body in garbage chute. In Murdoch Mysteries I eluded and confounded the Toronto Constabulary (at least for a while). Even cooler, I was the only person to bring Hannibal Lecter to tears during the entire run of the much-lauded NBC series.