SEASON FINALE: The Resurrection - Soloists: Christina Campsall and Jonelle Sills
May 15, 2019
CHRISTINA CAMPSALL - Mezzo-Soprano
Canadian mezzo-soprano, Christina Campsall, has been praised as a "beautiful, dark-toned mezzo" (OPERA CANADA) with a "smooth, caressing voice both in the high peaks and in the deepest notes" (FUJIKO RADIO). GBOPERA MAGAZINE declared, “From the musical point of view... undoubtedly stands out the Canadian mezzo-soprano Christina Campsall, with a healthy voice, powerful, easily driven to the contralto register, but at ease even in the highest areas, a real discovery,” after her performance as "Romeo" in Teatro Comunale di Bologna's production of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
This season, Christina Campsall will become a member of the School of Excellence, of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland, for further training in Baroque and early romantic repertoire. Within the Basel area, she will be performing as alto soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass, andAlma Dei Creatoris, and Haydn's Missa Cellensis in C-Dur. She looks forward to returning to Toronto, Canada to perform the alto solo in J.S. Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium with the Toronto Classical Singers. In March 2019, Ms. Campsall will be making her musical debut in France as "Flora" in Verdi'sLa Traviata. A role which she will then reprise with Ópera de Tenerife, Spain in May 2019.
In 2017/18, Christina Campsall participated in Ópera de Tenerife's Opera (e)Studio, where she performed as "Romeo" in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. She then reprised the role of "Romeo" at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Italy in May 2018 with rave reviews. This past summer, Ms. Campsall performed the role of “Giovanna” in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Philharmonische Kammerorchester Wernigerode, Germany, and the role of “Mercédès” in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera Classica Europa in Frankfurt, Germany.
Christina Campsall is a graduate of the Artist Diploma Program in Classical Vocal Performance from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she studied in the studio of Stephanie Bogle. During her studies there, Ms. Campsall was a two time recipient of the Liliane Szenteleky Vocal Scholarship. Her operatic performances at the conservatory included "Ruggiero" in Handel's Alcina, “Elle” in Poulenc’s La voix humaine, and the title role in Offenbach's La belle Hélène. She was a soloist in Berio’s Folk Songs, and the alto soloist with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Outside of school, Ms. Campsall performed the title role in MYOpera's production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. She was also awarded first place in the Graduate School Level/Young Professional category at the 2014 NATS Competition, and placed second in the 2014/15 Clifford Poole Vocal Competition. Ms. Campsall performed as the alto soloist with the Estonian National Male Choir, and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, in Brahm's Alto Rhapsody. She is currently studying with Neil Semer.
JONELLE SILLS - Soprano
Canadian Soprano, Jonelle Sills has been praised for her “... warm, full, elastic tone ” (Schmopera, Greg Finney ).
In April, Ms. Sills made her company debut with Against the Grain Theatre, singing soprano in Vivier’s Kopernikus . On May 25th Jonelle makes her debut with the Mississauga Symphony
Orchestra singing Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. In June, Jonelle will be a Resident Artist with Against the Grain Theatre at the Banff Centre’s “Opera in the 21st Century” program.
Past highlights include the roles of Rosalinda in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with The Glenn Gould School, Musetta in La Boheme in the Muskoka Opera Festival, Micaëla in Carmen with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Cecchina in La Cecchina with The Glenn Gould School (GGS) which John Gilks of Opera Canada stated “music that suited her beautiful voice” , and also the title role in Cendrillon with GGS which Joseph So of LvT “a winning Cendrillon, singing with pure, rich tone.” Other performance acclamations include: Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with MYOpera where “she handles the huge vocal range expertly and takes us on a beautiful dramatic arc throughout the show.” (Schompera, Greg Finney) and Cercartrici and Converse in Suor Angelica with Oshawa Opera.
In 2014, Miss Sills was a winner of the York University Concerto Competition, received First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions and the title of “Most promising singer”. In the summer of 2013 and 2015, Ms. Sills participated in the Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany.
Currently based in Toronto Ms. Sills has completed her studies in the the Artist Diploma Program (ADP) at The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music under the mentorship of Stephanie Bogle and Rachel Andrist. Jonelle has also performed in master classes and coachings with notable artist such as Gerald Finley, Liz Upchurch, Adrianne Pieczonka, Tim Noble, Martin Katz, Catherine Robbin, Dawn Upshaw and Joan Dornemann.
Christina Campsall and Jonelle Sills will join the MSO in the Living Arts Centre on Saturday, May 25 for Mahler's massive second symphony, a performance that will see over 200 performers on stage! The concert will begin at 8pm. Ticket information can be found at: https://bit.ly/2W6qd52.