Spotlight on Opera: Special Programming Aboard Seven Seas Mariner

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Guests aboard Seven Seas Mariner® will enjoy a special onboard program that celebrates the power and significance of opera during four, incredible performances aboard the Mendenhall Glacier Discovery itinerary this summer.

The 7-night voyage begins in Vancouver and transits the Inside Passage before traveling north to breathtaking and historic Alaskan ports, including Ketchikan and Juneau. During the journey, members of the Calgary Opera will perform many favorite moments from classic operas. Below, we highlight the talented performers.

ANNE-MARIE MACINTOSH

PraisedAnne-Marie-Macintosh.jpg by Opera Canada for her “effervescent coloratura,” “stratospheric notes” and “dramatic vivacity,” soprano Anne-Marie MacIntosh is an exciting new face in Canada’s opera scene. A native of Langley, British Columbia, she made her Calgary Opera debut this past fall as Sally in Die Fledermaus, followed by Laurette in Doctor Miracle. In 2015, Anne-Marie was a Rebanks Family Fellow at the prestigious Glenn Gould School and made her professional debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro at Manitoba Opera. Other notable operatic credits include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos). A graduate of the University of Manitoba (M.Mus 2014) and the University of British Columbia (B.Mus 2012), Anne-Marie is a student of Tracy Dahl.

JOHNATHON KIRBY

Johnathon-KirbyBaritone Johnathon Kirby is from Newmarket, Ontario. He made his professional opera debut with Opera Nova Scotia in their Canadian premier of Mozart’s Zaide. He has appeared in subsequent Opera Nova Scotia seasons for their main stage productions of The Beggar’s Opera as Macheath, Don Giovanni as Masetto, and Luisa Miller as Miller. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Dalhousie University where he appeared in several productions including the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. He is currently an emerging artist with Calgary Opera. In Calgary Opera’s 2016-2017 season he covered the roles of Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus and Ping in Turandot.

JASON RAGAN

Jason-RaganBorn and raised in Magrath, Alberta, Tenor Jason Ragan completed a Masters of Music from the University of Western Ontario under the tutelage of Theodore Baerg. He is also a graduate from the University of Lethbridge, where he studied voice with Blaine Hendsbee. As a member of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist program, Mr. Ragan’s roles include Blind in Die Fledermaus, First Priest and Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte, and Graf Albert in the Canadian premiere of Korngold’s Die

MORGAN TRAYNOR

Morgan-TraynorWhile born in Grand Forks, BC, Morgan Traynor also considers Whitehorse, Yukon, her hometown. The vibrant mezzo-soprano, praised for her fine musicianship, characterizations, and warm tone, recently performed the role of Mamma Costanzo in Calgary Opera’s Filumena, directed by Kelly Robinson and conducted by Robert Dean, as part of their Emerging Artist Program. She completed a Masters in Music Performance at the University of Western Ontario and received her Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.

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