Four Short Song Cycles
Michael Nyby, baritone
Giles Tomkins, bass-baritone
Friday May 18, 2018 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25 (Cash only at the door)
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Ludwig van Beethoven – An die ferne Geliebte
Gerald Finzi – Let us garlands bring
James Rolfe – Moths
Johannes Brahms – Vier ernste Gesänge
Baritone Michael Nyby, lauded for his “stentorian masculinity” (Carmina Burana) and “natural and commanding stage presence” (Danilo, The Merry Widow), is establishing himself on both the concert and opera stages throughout North America.
An especially sought-after interpreter of new music, Baritone Michael Nyby has created the roles of William Dale in Silent Night, Brent Colgate in Georgia Bottoms, and Seth in Isis and Osiris. On the concert stage, his premieres include Scott Wheeler’s 200 Dreams from Captivity, and Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest. He is well-known for his strong performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, for which he has been praised for his “incredible control and command of his tender and rich baritone”. Michael has performed this work over a dozen times with ensembles such as the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra. Other highlights from Michael’s past seasons include Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Edmonton Opera, Bumerli in The Chocolate Soldier with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs at the Washington National Cathedral
Michael holds degrees from Ithaca College and the University of British Columbia. He is an alum of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer program where he covered Apollon in Alceste and sang Dulcamara in the outreach production of Elixir of Love. As a resident artist at Minnesota Opera, Michael sang the roles of Schaunard in La Bohème, and Cecil in Maria Stuarda while covering Nottingham in Roberto Devereux and Germont in La Traviata.
Canadian/British bass-baritone Giles Tomkins is widely praised for his vocal virtuosity and lyricism in an impressive range of repertoire. His rich, resonant voice brings “authority and power” to the concert and operatic stage.
Mr. Tomkins’ operatic roles include Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Pistola (Falstaff), Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring), Leporello/Commendatore (Don Giovanni), and Sergeant of Police (Pirates of Penzance). He has been engaged by Vancouver Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria and Edmonton Opera.
Noted for his convincing portrayal of the philosopher Colline in La Bohème, Giles has performed the role with Scottish Opera, as well as with Saskatoon Opera, Manitoba Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria.
Of his role debut in Turandot with Edmonton Opera, Bill Rankin/Opera Canada wrote – “Giles Tomkins sang the role of Liu’s master, the aged Timur, and he made the most of the small part with a lustrous tone and appropriately decrepit demeanour”. In 2017, Giles made his Canadian Opera Company debut as Sciarrone in Tosca.
Recent oratorio performances include Elijah with Vancouver Bach Choir, Messiah with Elmer Iseler Singers, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Symphony New Brunswick, Dvorak’s Requiem with Chorus Niagara, St. John Passion with Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as Messiah with Regina Symphony and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra.
On the contemporary music scene, Mr. Tomkins starred as Gandalf in Dean Burry’s The Hobbit with Canadian Childrens Opera Company and joined the cast of The Bells of Baddeck, Lorna MacDonald and Dean Burry’s music drama based on the life of Alexander Graham Bell.
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