Village Opera was founded to bring accessible, staged productions of opera and vocal music to the London community from our home-base in Wortley Village. We hope you'll join us for our next performance!
Soprano and London native Katy Clark is the founder and producer of Village Opera. As a performer, she works with the Canadian Opera Company Chorus, The Elora Singers, Shoestring Opera, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Aspirare Vocal Collective, and the 8-voice a cappella ensemble Opus 8. She is a recipient of the 2017-2018 Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency. Her favourite roles include Cunegonde in Candide, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, and Allegra in The Shoestring Magic Flute, in which she gets to play every character in The Magic Flute except for Papageno. She is pursuing her doctoral studies in music at the University of Toronto, where she performed her first doctoral recital on May 29.
Pianist and co-founder of Muse9 Production, Korean Canadian pianist Hyejin Kwon is currently based in Toronto, actively working as a vocal coach.
She has received her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music degrees from Peabody Conservatory and Artistic Diploma from University of Toronto opera. She is also a graduate of Canadian Opera Company's ensemble studio.
Hyejin has worked as a music staff at Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Children's Opera Company, University of Toronto Opera, Long Reach Opera Workshop, St. Andrews Opera Workshop by the Sea, Repertory Opera Theatre in Washington, Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Shoestring Opera, and was a vocal accompanying fellow at Aspen Music festival.
Hailed for his “technical prowess [and] perfect conveyance of…wit, humor, and effect” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), clarinetist Brad Cherwin is one of “Toronto’s best young chamber musicians” (Bachtrack). His playing has been lauded as “astounding” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune) and “a total success…as flexible in tone as possible” (Calgary Herald).
Highlights of this season include a Dora Award nomination for performances as the solo clarinetist in Against the Grain Theatre’s production of Vivier’s Kopernikus, presentation in recital at The Music Gallery, and chamber music with faculty at The Royal Conservatory.
As a presenter and performer of new music, Cherwin has premiered works by Pascal Dusapin, Wolfgang Rihm, and Kaija Saariaho, among others. Cherwin is the is the co-director of The Happenstancers, an ensemble and series in Toronto that features "an obscene amount of talent" (The WholeNote). Their concerts have been praised as “superbly planned, with a rich banquet of textures and colours … Next time these people throw a recital, run don’t walk” (Lydia Perovic, Definitely the Opera).
Anna Theodosakis is a stage director and choreographer based in Toronto. This spring Anna was assistant director for the Canadian Opera Company’s La bohème. She is a dramatic coach for the COC Ensemble and directed the COC’s Opera for Young Audiences WOW Factor: A Cinderella Story this winter as well as the Ensemble’s mainstage performance of La bohème. Other recent directing credits include the Glenn Gould Conservatory’s production of Tears of the Knife/Hin und Züruck, Opera Laurier’s Les contes d’Hoffmann and The Tender Land, L’elisir d’amore for the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Tafelmusik's Haus Musik 6, Muskoka Opera Festival’s Eugene Onegin and La bohème, Toronto Summer Music Festival’s Rape of Lucretia, and MYOpera’s Lucretia and L’italiana in Algeri. Next Anna will travel to Winnipeg to direct a co-production of dawn always begins in the bones between University of Toronto Voice Department and the University of Manitoba.
Mezzo-Soprano Victoria Borg is pleased to call Toronto home. Her recent roles include Carmen, Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Cecilia March (Little Women), Unulfo (Rodelinda), Dorothée (Cendrillon), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Tzeitel (Fiddler on the Roof), Cathleen (Riders to the Sea), and Mrs. Gleaton (Susannah).
A modern music enthusiast, Victoria has created roles for Canadian and International premiers, including Amaranth in Steven Serpa’s Thyrsis and Amaranth, The Dietician in Michael Park’s Diagnosis Diabetes and Third Muse in Zach Bales’ electronic opera Wintermute. She holds a Master of Music in Opera and Voice from McGill University, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma from the University of Manitoba, and an honours Bachelor of Music from Western University. Her mentors include Laura Tucker and Tracy Dahl.
When she's not singing, Victoria can often be found baking, cooking, or in the garden. She's thrilled to be embodying Julia Child— a favourite since childhood— in this operatic confection.