Canadian Opera Company Announces New COC Ensemble Studio Members

By Francisco Salazar

The COC Ensemble Studio has announced two new artists for the 2021-22 season.

Soprano Charlotte Siegel and pianist Vladimir Soloviev will join the Ensemble Studio on August 30, 2021 and will become part of an innovative development program that has helped launched the careers of nearly 230 Canadian opera professionals.

In a press release, Roberto Mauro, COC Director of Artistic Planning said, “This year, we connected virtually with promising young artists from all across Canada. Despite the challenges of recent circumstances, artistic development remains a top priority for the COC – and a pillar of who we are as a national performing arts organization.”

Siegel placed third in the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition in 2019 and was a Buffalo/Toronto District winner for the 2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Marigold Music Program.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Soloviev has performed with the Classic Lyric Arts Opera Studio, Highlands Opera Studio, UofT Opera School, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

The two new members will join returning COC Ensemble Studio members soprano Jamie Groote, soprano Midori Marsh, tenor Matthew Cairns, baritone Jonah Spungin, bass-baritone Alex Halliday, bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian, and pianist Frances Thielmann.

Both new and returning Ensemble members will be featured in the COC’s upcoming Fall Stage programming, with full details to follow on August 16, 2021.