27 Topsy Turvy Years!
2017 will mark the 26th full production of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg. Thank you for your support! Members truly make a difference.
Please consider becoming a member by donating to the Society. As a member, you will receive a quarterly newsletter Titipu Times, invitations to open rehearsals where you can meet the cast of the upcoming production and advance notice of special events throughout the year.
If you've already donated and joined for the 2016-7 season, a great big thank you! If you haven't, please do it today. Call Fred Cross at 204-488-8013. And let the music play!
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg is sad to announce the passing of our co-founder and artistic director, Glen Harrison.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg is sad to announce the passing of our co-founder and artistic director, Glen Harrison, on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 after a brief hospitalization with pneumonia.
Together with his wife Margaret, Glen founded the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg in 1990, and directed 13 of the first 14 productions.
In addition to Gilbert and Sullivan, Glen's contribution to the arts community in Winnipeg over the past 70 years cannot be overstated. He leaves his musical mark with Rainbow Stage, Westminster United Church, Seven Oaks and Winnipeg School Division Arts programs, Great West Life Choir, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and many, many more.
Glen will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with Margaret and the rest of the Harrison family during this difficult time.
Donations in Glen's memory may be made to the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg , 6-720 Kingsway Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3N 0P3
Link to Passages in the Winnipeg Free Press: http://passages.winnipegfreepress.com/passage-details/id-243723/HARRISON_GLEN
Introducing five G and S newbie stars!
Not since the first Mikado in 1991 has there been such an influx of new, young talent. Ruddigore has a cast of 33 singers, 11 of whom have never done a Society production before. In addition, 5 of our 8 principals are performing their first role for the Society. We thought a bit more of an introduction to a few of them might be in order.
Andrea Lett (Rose Maybud) Praised for her “sweet sincerity” and her “clear voice soaring to stratospheric heights” (Opera Canada, 2015) soprano Andrea Lett is excited to be part of this year’s production of Ruddigore. Originally from Prince Albert SK, Lett finished her Masters in Opera at the University of Toronto in 2016. Andrea was a recent finalist in the Canadian Opera Company’s 2016 Center Stage Gala Competition, and her versatility has allotted her a variety of roles- from Cendrillon to Queen of the Night. Upcoming engagements include Santa Fe’s 2017 Young Artist Apprentice Singer Program, and Calgary Opera’s 2017/2018 Emerging Young Artist’s Program.
Kelly Robinson (Mad Margaret) Kelly Robinson is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music. She also holds an associate diploma from Conservatory Canada for which she earned the Speake Gold Medal and a Specialist Certificate from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) where she studied pop/rock vocals. She has performed with Rainbow Stage, Manitoba Opera, and most recently in Quo Vadis the Musical (Winnipeg Fringe) and as Mrs. Segstrom in Sondheim's A Little Night Music (Dry Cold Productions). She is the voice of Frida in the animated series Lanfeust Quest, currently airing on ABC Australia. Kelly works as a singing teacher, voice examiner, and adjudicator, and loves to spend time with her husband, young son and daughter, and three cats.
Jonathan Stitt (Richard Dauntless) Jonathan is so thrilled to be performing his 2nd show with the Winnipeg Gilbert and Sullivan Society. This is his first lead role with the society, previously being in the chorus for Pirates of Penzance (2015). Jonathan has also performed with Manitoba’s Underground Opera in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte as Tamino in the summer of 2016. He is currently in his fourth year of performance at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.
Jean van der Merwe (Robin Oakapple) Jean van der Merwe was born near Cape Town, South Africa and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He is currently in his fourth and final year of his undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba, studying vocal performance under the tutelage of Mel Braun. Most recently Jean has been involved in Manitoba Underground Opera’s 2016 productions of The Magic Flute (Speaker) and Orpheus in the Underworld (Mercury). His first performance with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Winnipeg was their production of Pirates of Penzance two years ago, though this will be his first leading role with the Society.