Guest Performers

Appuntamento Verdiani, June 16th, 2013

Natasha Gago Da FonsecaNatasha Da Fonseca has just graduated from the Victoria School of the Arts and will be attending the University of Alberta in the fall, to pursue a major in Political Science and a minor in Music. Da Fonseca has been singing opera for the past three years under the instruction of Ronald Long at the Alberta Conservatory of Music Grant MacEwan University.

Krista-Marie LessardKrista-Marie Lessard, Saskatchewan-born mezzo-soprano, studied at the University of Alberta. She has performed the roles of the Witch in the University of Alberta's Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck and Amastre in Handel's Xerxes. Lessard is a member of the Edmonton Opera Chorus and has performed in many concerts and recitals in Canada. Her wide variety of repertoire contains opera, art song, lieder, sacred, spirituals and musical theater. She is currently studying with Denice Bennett at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music MacEwan University.

Ron LongRon Long, originally from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, completed a Masters of Music in Opera and Music Theatre at the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has performed such roles as Beadle Bamford and Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Papageno in The Magic Flute, the Witch and the Father in Hansel and Gretel, King Kasper, King Melchior and the Page in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mars in Orphee aux Enfers, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas as well as many comprimario roles for Edmonton Opera including the Notary in Don Pasquale and the Messenger in Aida. Long is also a member of the musical comedy group Il Duo, which performs regularly at the Edmonton Fringe Featival. He has performed as the principal soloist in various recitals including CBC's Wednesdays at Winspear concert series which was recorded for CBC Radio 2 and has directed many musicals and plays including numerous Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Long's passion for theatre has also led him to the role of Director of the Lloydminster Fringe Festival. In the summer of 2006, he received a grant from the Winspear Fund to study opera in Salzburg Austria. He is a voice instructor at MacEwan University's Theatre Arts Program as well as teaching privately at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music. Long is sought after as a performer, teacher, adjudicator, and workshop presenter throughout the Prairies.

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