ALL THOSE ARIAS
Production and Cast
Canadian stage director Rob Herriot’s career has taken him across North America.
In the past year Rob has been very fortunate to have stayed busy. He directed At the Statue and of Venus
and Bon Appetite for The Little Opera Company’s I Need Opera…and Dance that premiered in the fall of
2020. Earlier this year he wrote and directed a 6-part series called Opera School for Manitoba Opera.
He has directed productions of Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Boheme, Carmen, Rigoletto and
Don Pasquale (Manitoba Opera), Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale (Livermore Valley Opera) La Traviata, Don
Pasquale (Opera Hamilton), Carmen, Don Pasquale (Arizona Opera), Don Pasquale (Connecticut Opera, Utah
Opera) New productions of Rigoletto (2019) HMS Pinafore (2018) Hansel and Gretel, and Magic Flute. Other
productions for Edmonton include Turandot, Pirates of Penzance, La Fille Du Regiment, HMS Pinafore
(Edmonton Opera-winner of a Sterling Award for Outstanding Musical of the Season); Tosca, The Mikado,
La Cenerentola, all nominated for the Sterling Award’s Best Musical Production of their year. For Calgary
Opera he has directed productions of Tosca and Barber of Seville, both nominated for Betty Mitchell
awards for Best Musical of 2009 and 2018 seasons, as well as La Boheme for the 40
anniversary of the
company. Other productions for Calgary include The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance and Candide, as well
as numerous shows for their Emerging Artists program.
He created a touring production of Don Pasquale for Utah Opera which toured over three seasons and
then produced it with the young artists of Tulsa Opera in 2005. He is currently a returning director for
Opera Nuova, one of Canada’s young artist summer programs. As a teacher and mentor, he has directed
productions of The Fairy Queen, Tartuffe Beatrice and Benedict, Don Giovanni, Oklahoma, La Boheme and
Rob also directed productions of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella for Rainbow Stage.
Rob wants to thank The Little Opera company for believing in this venture and working so hard to make it
come to life.
Vocalists - Arias
Va! Laisse couler mes larmes
Non piu mesta
Winnipeg mezzo-soprano, Lizzy Hoyt is quickly making a name for herself as an engaging and profound
performer with a warm, agile voice. A member of Manitoba Opera’s 2020 Emerging Artist Program, she
was the 2018 Flipside Opera Competition winner and Judges Choice Award recipient.
Ms. Hoyt is passionate about song repertoire and has performed with Concordia Symphony Orchestra,
Symphony of the Kootenays and Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra. She has also given recitals for Skywalk
Concerts (Virtuosi), Edmonton Recital Society, St. Albert Chamber Music Society and Arts on 817 Concert
Recent opera roles include Julia Child in Hoiby‘s Bon Appetit for Little Opera Company and Dido in Purcell’s
Dido and Aeneas for Manitoba Underground Opera where “her deeply felt performance infused the entire
production with aching humanity” (Opera Canada). Other recent performances include Flipside Opera’s
“Greeriad” and their “Echoes of Spain” concert in partnership with the Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society.
Ms. Hoyt is also a multi-award winning songwriter and singer in the genres of Celtic and folk. A Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient, she tours throughout the country with her trio.
Vocalists - Excerpts
Spargi d’amaro pianto (Lucia)
C’est le dieu
Hai jo hotoho
Stage Manager: Kathryn Ball
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With the support of
Special thanks to the following funding organizations for their support
of The Little Opera Company’s vision for opera:
Canada Council for the Arts
Gail Asper Family Foundation, Inc
Manitoba Arts Council
The Winnipeg Foundation
Winnipeg Arts Council
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
ACTRA – Rob Macklin
Christine Corthey (RMTC)
Jeff Francis (Transportation)
During her undergraduate studies as a solo pianist, Canadian pianist Deena Grier (she/her) was
introduced to the world of accompanying and began to focus on collaborating with singers in particular,
igniting a passion for both the written word and exploring other languages.
Ms. Grier completed her graduate studies as an Opera Major at The Boston Conservatory, playing as a
rehearsal pianist for operas including Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and joined
the orchestra pit for the recitatives in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri.
Deena’s return to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada has found her in the role of music director often,
premiering Michael McKay’s The Confused Castrato with Little Opera Company, and both conducting and
performing Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Manitoba Underground Opera).
Much in demand both as a collaborator and vocal coach, Ms. Grier continues to spread her reputation as
a sensitive musician and skilled diction coach, currently working with singers near and far to hone their
craft and spread the joy of vocal music.
Pianist MICHAEL OIKE enjoys a busy and diverse musical life in his hometown Winnipeg, Manitoba. For
over 30 years he has taught piano to students of all ages, given workshops & masterclasses, and
adjudicated at music festivals all across Canada. Michael performs in chamber music ensembles and as
vocal and instrumental pianist.
Michael’s training includes solo piano studies with Alice Nakauchi & Sydney McInnis, in Toronto with Boris
Lysenko where he received the University of Toronto Forsythe Scholarship as the outstanding graduating
pianist. In addition, Michael was fortunate to work with the reknowned pedagogue Jeaneane Dowis at her
New York studio and twice as a chamber music fellow at the Waterloo Festival (Princeton University), and
seminars with Rudolf Jansen and Martin Isepp (Aldeburgh School in England and Academy of Singing at
Banff), two of the leading pianists in the field of vocal accompanying.
Away from music Michael enjoys golfing, curling, biking, cheering for the Jets, Raiders and Blue Jays, and
tinkering in the kitchen perfecting his blueberry pies, butter tarts and sushi.
When Rob Herriot came to me with the preliminary idea of reformatting a recital by embedding the
repertoire into the framework of an opera quiz, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only had I been a
fan of the Saturday Afternoon at the Opera Quiz that was hosted by the late Stuart Hamilton, but I
was also well acquainted with the many brilliant projects that were manifestations of Rob’s
“All Those Arias” is a well-designed, well scripted and directed production that is both entertaining
and informative. Our cast of contestants is stellar as they strive to answer the challenging
questions posed by our brilliant host Vic Trolla; the contestants bring a vast array of knowledge
from various sectors of the world of arts and culture. But the question remains, “Who best knows
“All Those Arias”?
As if the quiz and witty repartee aren’t enough, we are especially pleased to offer nine full arias by
five of Winnipeg’s most celebrated singers: Dawn Bruch, Lara Ciekiewicz, Lizzy Hoyt, Andrea Lett,
and the incomparable Tracy Dahl. You will marvel at the beauty, artistry and ease of delivery of
these fine artists.
All in all, “All Those Arias” is all I hoped it would be. Now, I hope you will join our contestants in
assessing your operatic knowledge and tantalizing your ears with this bell canto experience!
Kathryn is thrilled to have had the opportunity to work on this fun project during a time when the arts are
needed most! This is her first show with Little Opera Company. She has stage managed around Winnipeg
at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Opera, Prairie Theatre Exchange, and the Royal Winnipeg
Ballet. She has also had the opportunity to work at the Globe Theatre in Regina and the Citadel Theatre in
Edmonton. She can't wait to see you in a live audience soon!
Ms. Secord-Haid is enjoying a diverse and dynamic international career. Recent performances include,
Governess in Turn of the Screw with Nashville Opera, Sophie in Werther with Manitoba Opera, a concert in
the Jeonju International Sori Festival in Korea and a concert at Opera Helikon in Moscow, a 15-city operatic
concert tour throughout China, Cendrillon in Cendrillon (New York Lyric Opera), a solo concert with Opera
San Miguel (San Miguel, Mexico), Marsinah in Kismet (Little Opera Winnipeg), Miss Jessel in The Turn of the
Screw (Opera on the Avalon) Marzelline in Fidelio (Manitoba Opera), 3 Settings of Celan by Harrison
Birtwistle with the AXIOM Ensemble at Lincoln Center, Miss Silverpeal in The Impresario (North Shore
Music Festival), and Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Opera on the Avalon). Additional roles
include Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (Manhattan Opera Studio), Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica
(Manhattan Opera Studio) Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Banff Center), Giulia in La Scala di Seta (Juilliard)
as well as the Woodpecker in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Juilliard).
On the concert stage, Ms. Secord-Haid has delved with keen interest into the study and performance of
contemporary works. She performed an Alice Tully Hall premier of Ritual by Alessandro Iglesias Rossi and
works of John Cage with both The New Juilliard Ensemble and Banff Centre with the resident new music
ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs. She also performed Handel's Messiah and Verdi's Requiem with the
Orchestra at Shelter Rock and sang featured works of Granados, R. Strauss and Rimsky-Korsakov in
In 2018 Ms. Secord-Haid sang a concert at Linz Operin Linz, Austria and Poulenc’s Gloria with the
Greenwich Chorale Society. In 2019 she sings Jessie Anderson in the new opera No One’s Safe by Lizée
and Ivany and workshops a new production of Silent Light by composer Paola Prestini and librettist Royce
Vavrek, directed by Thaddeus Strassberger at the Banff Festival.
She also made her role debut as Michaela in La Tragedie de Carmen with City Lyric Opera and appeared
as a soloist in a Salute to Bernstein with Little Opera Winnipeg.
She holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music from The New England
Conservatory of Music. She was a fellow at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, attended
Highlands Opera Studio, the Banff Center, the Conservatoire de Nice summer academy and the Spoleto
Vocal Arts Symposium.
Rory Runnells is a Winnipeg writer. For 34 years, he was Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of
Playwrights (1983-2017). During Rory’s tenure, the Manitoba Association of Playwrights helped develop
notable Manitoba writers such as Sharon Bajer, Rick Chafe, Ginny Collins, Tricia Cooper, Brian Drader,
Maureen Hunter, Bruce McManus, Ellen Peterson, and two Governor General’s Award winners, Ian Ross
and Vern Thiessen. Other notable achievements during Rory’s tenure include a series of Canada-Denmark
playwright exchanges; the wildly successful Scirocco Drama High School Playwriting Contest; the Harry
Rintoul Award for Best Manitoba Play at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival; the Reg Skene Award for Emerging
Theatre Artist; and the establishment of a library/archive/theatre resource centre which houses important
documents related to Manitoba theatre and playwrights.
In addition to being an arts administrator, Runnells also works as a writer, editor, and independent
theatre producer. He is a regular contributor to Manitoba Opera’s house program, and he co-wrote the
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s 50th anniversary history book. He is currently Drama Editor for Prairie
Fire, and has edited two collections of Manitoba plays. In 2008, Rory received the Making A Difference
Award from the Winnipeg Arts Council. His production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times played to critical
acclaim at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. He produced the Winnipeg premiere of Vern Thiessen’s
Shakespeare Will for Shakespeare Fest in 2020. That production won for its director, Eric Blais, an Evie
Award, and it will be filmed by Shakespeare in the Ruins in the fall of 2021.
Joseph Sevillo is a professional triple threat stage performer, choreographer, musical theatre teacher at
Shelley Shearer and MTYP, creator of MA-BUHAY! MUSICAL and an artist in residence with Rainbow Stage
and founding director for RISE MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY which is the education in residence at Prairie
He was born and raised in Winnipeg. He has 24 years of professional musical theatre experience
performing on stages all across North America. Joseph is excited to share his passion and experience with
our students. He is a proud member of the Canadian Actors Equity Association. You may have seen him as
Angel in Rent, Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat, or Chino in Westside Story at
Rainbow Stage. He has a passion for teaching and performing in children’s theatre and has been an
associate choreographer for stage shows such as the Bubble Guppies, Backyardigans, Max and Ruby,
Franklin the Turtle, Dora the Explorer and Strawberry Shortcake under the mentorship of Patti Caplette
(Koba Entertainment). He was also the choreographer for Hugh and I (Bad Neighbour Productions
Toronto) and Rooms a Rock Romance Musical (Winnipeg Studio Theatre).
Other favorite performing credits include: Angelo in Danny King of the Basement (MTYP), Jojo in the
Canadian Premiere of Seussical The Musical (Young People’s Theatre Toronto), Mark in Altar Boyz
(Winnipeg Studio Theatre and Prairie Theatre Exchange), Beauty and the Beast (Citadel Theatre/Theatre
Calgary), Evita, The Wave , Billy Elliot (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre/Theatre Calgary), Prison Dancer (San
Francisco International Asian Film Festival), Mamma Mia (Mirvish Productions), Miss Saigon (Drayton
Festival), Aladdin Jr (Silvermist Productions) Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Cinderella, Rent, Mamma Mia,
Shrek, Beauty and the Beast, Fame, Westside, Joseph Dreamcoat, A Chorus Line, South Pacific (Rainbow
Stage), and The Bridge (Danny Schur).
Vocalists - Arias
Je veux vivre
(Roméo et Juliette)
Ebben! Ne andro lontana
Volta la Terrea
(The Masked Ball)
Praised for her "clear voice soaring to stratospheric heights" (Opera Canada), soprano Andrea Lett is
quickly making a name for herself in the classical music scene across Canada. Ms. Lett’s roles include
Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Manitoba Opera), Musetta in La Bohème (Saskatoon Opera), and both Queen of
the Night and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Manitoba Underground Opera).
Lett covered the role of Gilda in Edmonton Opera’s 2019 production of Rigoletto, and covered the role of
Adele as an apprentice singer in Santa Fe Opera’s 2017 production of Die Fledermaus. Ms Lett was then
engaged at San Francisco Opera as a principal cover for the role Ah Sing for the world premiere of John
Adams and Peter Sellars’ Girls of the Golden West.
Ms Lett won the CBC Young Artist’s Development Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the 2018
Canadian Opera Company’s Center Stage Gala, and was later recorded a the Glenn Gould Studio in
Toronto and featured on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.
Dawn Bruch-Wiens completed her Bachelors of Music in voice at McGill University. The singer returned to
Winnipeg and graduated with her Post-Baccalaureate and Masters of Music degree at The University of
Manitoba where she studied with Tracy Dahl. As a “mesmorizing” singer with “effervescent vocal agility”
(Opera Canada), Dawn has appeared with Manitoba Opera (Ines in Il Trovatore, Mrs. Gleaton in Susannah
and Countess Ceprano and Giovanna in Rigoletto), Manitoba Underground Opera (Donna Elvira in Don
Giovanni), Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro) and Opera on the Avalon
(Lady Billows in Albert Herring).
Dawn has appeared in concert with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Groundswell, and Flipside Opera
and Art Song Collective. She has taught private voice lessons for over 14 years and is also a voice
instructor at Canadian Mennonite University. As a cofounder and Executive Director of Flipside Opera and
Art Song Collective she believes that opera is for everyone whether it is performed in a bar, a home or a
(La Clemenza di Tito)
Tu che di gel
O Sainte Médaille (Faust)
Sharon is an actress in film and theatre, playwright, director, acting coach and Intimacy Coordinator.
During the pandemic she has been working on two new plays, With People with Winnipeg performer and
writer Liam Zarrillo and Afterlight with composer/performer/multi-instrumentalist Duncan Cox. Sharon is
featured in the film Run (currently streaming on Netflix) and you might spot her in the upcoming film
Nobody with Bob Odenkirk. She was Intimacy Coordinator (and actor) on Orphan; First Kill shot here last
fall. Sharon was recently nominated for 2 Manitoba ACTRA awards in the Actress categories for Escaping
a Madhouse; The Nellie Bly Story and Wynter pilot. Sharon was the director of Strike! the musical at Rainbow
Stage in 2019. She is a graduate of Studio 58 in Vancouver and The Michael Langham Directing program
at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. Sharonbajer.com
Joy Loewen is a media industry executive with a passion for nurturing the development and promotion of
She is currently the CEO at the National Screen Institute, a not-for-profit training and mentoring
organization that supports creators who change the world through the power of story. Joy is an active
volunteer with leadership roles on several community and non-profit boards and councils including The
Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba’s Order of Manitoba and Queen’s Council advisories. She also serves as a
civilian aide to The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
Raymond Sokalski has performed with the Manitoba Opera Chorus since 1990 and with the Winnipeg
Singers for six seasons. He has portrayed Lillas Pastia and Le Guide (Carmen, Manitoba Opera), Luis (The
Gondoliers, Gilbert & Sullivan Society), and numerous roles with Winnipeg’s Junction Players, including
Jesus (Godspell), Walter Mitty (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), and Clarence (It’s a Wonderful Life). He
has sung with the Calgary Opera Chorus, Rainbow Stage, and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. He first
appeared with the Little Opera Company in their production of Amahl and the Night Visitors (2011),
played Omar Khayyam in LOC’s Kismet (2016), and performed the dual role of Lillas Pastia/Garcia in La
Tragédie de Carmen (2018).
Vocalists - Arias
Ach ich liebte
The Letter Aria
Vocalists - Excerpts
Vocalists - Excerpts
A te o cara
Près des ramparts
Queen of the Night Aria
Salut! Demeurs chaste et pur
Canada’s premiere coloratura soprano, Tracy Dahl, has appeared throughout her career with such
esteemed opera companies as the Metropolitan, San Francisco, Houston Grand, Santa Fe and Calgary
operas; the Canadian Opera Company, Pacific Opera Victoria, Teatro alla Scala (Milan) and the Théâtre du
Châtelet (Paris). The “incredible Canadian soprano,” known for her agility and vocal range, values
education alongside her impressive performing career as a Professor of Voice at the University of
Tracy Dahl’s recent engagement highlights included appearances with Regina Symphony, Winnipeg
Symphony, and the Canadian Opera Company in Cosi fan tutte. She has recently performed as soloist
with the St. Louis Symphony in Carmina Burana and the Vancouver Symphony in Carmina Burana and
Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. She also recently appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in
Bernstein’s Candide Suite, and sung in a dual program with Adrianna Chuchman with the Manitoba
Her past opera successes include Despina in Così fan tutte with Canadian Opera Company; Gilda in
Rigoletto with Edmonton Opera and Manitoba Opera; the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and Maria
Stuarda with Pacific Opera Victoria; the world premieres of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland and Peter
Ash’s The Golden Ticket with Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Cunegonde in Candide and Mabel in The Pirates
of Penzance with Calgary Opera; and Madame Mao in Nixon in China with Houston Grand Opera, Opera
Colorado, Portland Opera, and Vancouver Opera. Among her many notable debuts are Adele in Die
Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera, where she later returned as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos,
Florestine in the world premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow; as well
as Olympia in the San Francisco Opera production of Les contes d’Hoffmann opposite Plácido Domingo,
where she returned as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor.
On concert stages, Tracy Dahl’s many appearances include an evening of Gershwin songs with the
Philadelphia Orchestra; the Cleveland Orchestra at The Blossom Festival; the New York Philharmonic at
Avery Fisher Hall; Vail Summer Music Festival; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Monterey Symphony;
Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra; a concert with the Melbourne
Symphony Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with both San Francisco and St. Louis symphonies. Her
discography includes A Disney Spectacular with the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc), Glitter and Be Gay with the
Calgary Philharmonic (CBC), A Gilbert and Sullivan Gala with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (CBC),
and Love Walked In, a Gershwin collection with the Bramwell Tovey Trio (Red Phone Box Company).
Born in Winnipeg, Tracy Dahl commenced her vocal training at age 12, and had her heart set on a career
in musical theatre. During her studies at the Banff Centre, she successfully debuted as Barbarina in
Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Manitoba Opera. Under the guidance of Mary Morrison and Martin
Isepp, Dahl developed her career in opera, ultimately performing with world renowned symphonies,
orchestras, and opera companies. In July 2017, Tracy Dahl had the high honor of being appointed to the
Order of Canada for her accomplishments as an opera singer and for her commitment to mentoring the
next generation of Canadian singers.
Recently hailed for her “tour-de-force performance” (Winnipeg Free Press) in the title role of Manitoba
Opera’s Susannah, Lara has established herself as a dynamic, intelligent, and moving singing-actress.
Her facility for fully transforming into a character, regardless of genre, has earned her the reputation of
being an artistic chameleon.
In addition to the title role in Manitoba Opera’s Susannah, the 2019-20 season saw Lara as Lauretta
(Gianni Schicchi) and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) for Pacific Opera Victoria’s Il Trittico, as a soloist
for the Victoria Symphony’s Messiah, and make her Edmonton Opera debut as the Countess (Le nozze
As theatres reopen, upcoming projects include Musetta (La Bohème) for Edmonton Opera, Beatrice
(Three Decembers) for the Little Opera Company, rejoining the Victoria Symphony as a soloist for A
Viennese New Years, a return to the NAC’s stage with Opera on the Avalon, reprising the role of May
(Ours), as well as an appearance with the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival.
Select additional credits include: title role, Jenůfa; Amelia, Simon Boccanegra (Pacific Opera Victoria);
Tatyana, Eugene Onegin (Calgary Opera); Countess, Le nozze di Figaro (Manitoba Opera, Vancouver
Opera); May, Ours; Cinderella, Into the Woods; Maria, The Sound of Music (Opera on the Avalon);
Micaëla, Carmen (Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Opera Kelowna, Opera Lyra Ottawa); Musetta, La Bohème
(Manitoba Opera, Opéra de Montréal); Rosalinde, Die Fledermaus (Toronto Operetta Theatre).
Lara is a voice instructor with the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. She holds a
Masters in Music (Opera) from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts - Honours (Voice) from the
University of Winnipeg. She is an alumna of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, San Francisco
Opera’s Merola Opera Program, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, the Banff
Centre, and Opera NUOVA. She also enjoys gardening, is an avid walker, loves fabulous footwear, and
is a self-professed prairie-girl forever. https://www.deanartists.com/lara-ciekiewicz
Sharon Bajer – Anita Mann
Joy Loewen – Ala Munny
Raymond Sokalski – Robin DeGraves
Lara Secord-Haid – Sally Forth
Rory Runnells – Justin Case
Joseph Sevillo – Dwayne Pipe
Sharon Bajer – Anita Mann
Joy Loewen – Ala Munny
Raymond Sokalski – Robin DeGraves