This year, Scuola Internazionale di Teatro Giovanni Grasso is launching a new alumni program. The Ambassador Program is a tailor-made training program that aims to establish partnerships with talented artists and collaborators in preparation for Scuola’s next seasons of teaching and stage production.
Cost: full scholarship
Duration: 2 to 4 months, depending on the needs and interests of the artists.
Commitment: The artists must participate in the production and staging of Scuola’s benefit show and collaborate in establishing a joint promotional strategy with the faculty.
“It takes courage to grow up
and become who you really are.”
E. E. Cummings
Michal Aloni (Scuola Giovanni Grasso 2019) is an Israeli mezzo-soprano and an aspiring stage director, based in Montreal.
With immense love for early music and trouser-roles, Michal has performed roles such as Ottavia and Mercurio in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Diana in La Calisto, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, and the title role in Sarti’s Giulio Sabino.
Other roles include Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Dorothée in Cendrillon, and Moabite Woman in R. Becket’s Ruth.
Performing in many choral and solo concerts around the world, Michal has acted as an ambassador with her deep passion for Israeli classical repertoire and Jewish liturgical music.
Stage direction credits include Assistant Director with UWOOPERA workshop, (The Turn of the Screw and The Mikado, D. Michael Cavanagh) and serving as Stage Director for the Annual Gala concert.
Current projects include the development of a digital mini-series exploring different characters in opera through performed interviews. Michal holds a MMus from the University of Western Ontario, and a BMus from The Jerusalem Academy of Music.
Awards include UWO, JAMD, the Buchholtz and Gruss foundations, the Jennie Panitch Beckow memorial fund and the London Opera Guild, as well as prize winner at the 2019 LMSF competition and the 2019 Maritsa Brookes concerto Competition.
Michal will be working with us in the development of new stage productions, logistics, and marketing strategy.
“Great art starts
with great people.”
Sarah Bissonnette (Scuola Giovanni Grasso 2018) recently performed in Opéra de Québec’s Valentine’s Day gala conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Earlier this season, she portrayed Hannah After under maestro Geneviève Leclair in the Quebec premiere of As One (Kaminsky).
A versatile mezzo-soprano, Sarah sang the Exorcist in the world premiere of Ghost Opera (Krausas), Giovanna (Rigoletto) at Calgary Opera, Isabella (The Italian Girl in Algiers) at the Rossini Opera Festival in Lunenburg, NS.
Credits also include the title role in Ariodante, Romeo (I Capuleti ei Montecchi), Mercédes (Carmen), Giunone (La Calisto), and, as a soloist, works by Bach, Buxtehude, Debussy, Händel, and Respighi.
After winning both the First Prize and Audience Choice Award at Vancouver Opera’s VOX competition 2019, Sarah was featured in the CBC article “30 hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30.”
In 2019, she sang under maestro Johannes Debus as a finalist in the Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious Center Stage Competition. The year prior, she was awarded the Opéra Bouffe du Québec’s First Prize.
Sarah grew up in Boucherville, QC. She’s an alumna of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist program, McGill’s Schulich School of Music, and the University of Toronto.
At the moment, Sarah is actively working with us in the development of new stage productions as well as in admin and marketing strategy.
Ariel will be working with us in admin and marketing strategy.
“The future of Opera is an all-encompassing art form
that serves its social purpose to the community once more.”
Canadian Soprano Stephanie Sedlbauer is known for her flexibility of vocal style and powerful stage presence. She recently graduated from McGill University with a Graduate Diploma in Performance (2020), and a Masters in Opera and Voice (2019), studying with soprano Joanne Kolomyjec. Some of her recent roles include Mrs. Maurrant (Street Scene), Elle (La Voix Humaine), Mum (Albert Herring), and Suor Angelica. Her portfolio includes 10 years experience as a portrait photographer, directing and acting coaching experience, dance training, and performances as lead singer of a rock-band. Stephanie is also part of the winning team ‘Écho(e)s’, for the 2020 Coopérathon ‘Open-innovation challenge’ with Opera de Montréal. While developing some exciting personal projects, Stephanie is currently working as an FQA video-game tester in Montreal, and trying to finally learn French, among other career skills.
Stephanie will be working with us in admin and marketing strategy, and as the VAMP! program photographer.