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Welcome to the online home of Toronto-based Canadian tenor Christopher Mayell. Here you'll find a selection of recent works, photos, videos, and list of past and future engagements. You can also find out how to contact me if you have any questions or comments. Thanks for visiting.

 

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Praised for his "sweetly rendered, fluid and pliable tenor voice", Christopher Mayell is quickly making his mark as a rising star in Canada's opera houses and concerts halls.

Christopher maintains a hearty schedule of engagements across the country, including performances of Verdi's FALSTAFF with Calgary Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria, Offenbach's LA VIE PARISIENNE with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Puccini's TURANDOT with Manitoba Opera.

Recent appearances include Bach's Cantata No. 55 'ICH ARMER MENSCH' with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Bach's CHRISTMAS ORATORIO with the Kingston Symphony, Orff's CARMINA BURANA with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Mozart's REQUIEM with the Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers. He has also joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as well as Orchestra London for performances of Handel's glorious MESSIAH.

Christopher is enjoying a growing international presence, including a portrayal of the title role in a world-class production of ALBERT HERRING at the Aldeburgh Festival in England (alongside soprano Felicity Lott), as well as a nationwide tour of China.

A champion of new Canadian works, Christopher has been a key creator in ArrayMusic's production of HOW IT STORMS (an opera with Gamelan ensemble), FALLUJAH with City Opera Vancouver, THE LIVES OF LESSER THINGS with Opera NUOVA. He has worked closely with Toronto's Tapestry Opera in their development of new works, including GET STUFFED!, and OKSANA G. Recently, he collaborated with Toronto's Continuum New Music, performing a world-premier performance of 'FREDERICK'S DOCTOR', a narrative for tenor and instrumental ensemble.

Christopher is a proud alumnus of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Ensemble program. Between singing engagements, he co-hosts a podcast, 'Overthought', in which he and fellow tenor Isaiah Bell discuss the aspects - challenging and victorious - of a classical singer's life.

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Respighi - Laudate per la Nativita del Signore

Handel - Di ad Irene tiranna infidele, from Atalanta

Donizetti - Una furtiva lagrima from L'elisir d'amore

Britten - Canticle III, 'Still Falls the Rain'



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'What is One' from the new chamber opera, Fallujah, written by Tobin Stokes and Heather Raffo




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Upcoming Engagements




October 22-27, 2016

Edmonton Opera

Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini

Pong

Edmonton, Alberta


Edmonton OperaEdmonton Opera

Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini


Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini

October 22, 25, 27th 2016
Jubilee Auditorium
Edmonton, Alberta

Rob Herriot, Director
David Stern, Conductor
Featuring the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

with...
Othalie Graham, soprano
David Pomeroy, tenor
Michelle Capalbo, soprano
Giles Tomkins, bass
Geoffrey Sirret, baritone
James McLennan, tenor
Dion Mazerolle, baritone
Robert Clark, tenor

 

Tickets available online:
http://tickets.edmontonopera.com/subscription/packages.aspx


May 15, 2016

Toronto Classical Singers

Puccini's Messa di Gloria

Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Toronto Classical SingersToronto Classical Singers

Puccini's Messa di Gloria


Puccini's Messa di Gloria

Sunday, May 15th at 4:00pm
Christ Church Deer Park
1570 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Classical Singers
Jurgen Petrenko, Conductor & Artistic Director

with...
Lesley Bouza, soprano
Danielle MacMillan, mezzo-soprano
Michael Nyby, baritone
The Talisker Players Orchestra

Tickets available online via Eventbrite. Click here.


April 3, 2016

Amadeus Choir

Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff

Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Amadeus ChoirAmadeus Choir

Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff


Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff

Sunday, April 3rd at 4:00pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts

Amadeus Choir
Conducted by Lydia Adams, Artistic Director
The Buffalo Master Chorale
Doreen Rao, Conductor
Bach Children's Chorus
Directed by Linda Beaupré

with...
Leslie Fagan, soprano
Peter McGillivray, baritone

Tickets available online and at the door.


March 5, 2016

London Pro Musica

Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle

Tenor Soloist

London, Ontario


London Pro MusicaLondon Pro Musica

Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle


Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle

London Pro Musica
Mark Payne, conductor
Grace Yip and Rebecca Lubos, piano

with...
Bethany Horst, soprano
Christina Stelmacovich, mezzo-soprano
Jesse Clark, bass

Saturday, March 5th at 7:30pm
Aeolian Hall, London


December 17-19, 2015

Toronto Masque Theatre

The Mummers' Masque, by Dean Burry

Princess Zebra, Doctor

Toronto, Ontario


Toronto Masque TheatreToronto Masque Theatre

The Mummers' Masque, by Dean Burry


The Mummers' Masque by Dean Burry

Directed by Derek Boyes

 

with...
Carla Huhtanen, soprano
Marion Newman, mezzo soprano
Giles Tomkins, baritone
Pierre Chartrand and Hannah Shira Naiman, step dancers
Members of the Canadian Children's Opera Company

Larry Beckwith, Artistic Director and violinist

and...
Andrew Downing, double bass
Ian Harper, flute, penny whistle, uillean pipes
Joseph Macerollo, accordion
Terry McKenna, bouzouki, guitar
Ed Reifel, percussion


December 13, 2015

Kingston Chamber Choir

Handel's Messiah

Tenor Soloist

Kingston, Ontario


Kingston Chamber ChoirKingston Chamber Choir

Handel's Messiah


St. George's Cathedral, Kingston

Conducted by Gordon Sinclair

with...
Bethany Hörst, soprano
Erin Lawson, mezzo soprano
Christopher Mayell, tenor
Bruce Kelly, bass


October 16, 2015

City Opera Vancouver

Pauline, by Tobin Stokes with libretto by Margaret Atwood

Role: Charles Drayton

Québec, Québec


City Opera VancouverCity Opera Vancouver

Pauline, by Tobin Stokes with libretto by Margaret Atwood


Friday, October 16, 2015 at 7:30pm (19h30)

Grand théâtre de Québec – salle Octave-Crémazie
269, boul. René-Lévesque Est
Québec
with...

Rose-Ellen Nichols, mezzo-soprano
Sarah Vardy, soprano
Ed Moran, baritone

Directed by Charles Barber

Pauline, by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes, will be given in concert performance for an international audience at Québec City on Friday 16 October 2015

At the invitation of Festival Québec en toutes letters / Féstival litteraire, City Opera Vancouver has been asked to present a reprisal of Pauline, with orchestra, as part of their Festival this year.


August 19, 2015

Muskoka Chautauqua Music Festival - OperaMuskoka

From Mozart to Gershwin

Revue Concert

The Muskokas, Canada


Muskoka Chautauqua Music Festival - OperaMuskokaMuskoka Chautauqua Music Festival - OperaMuskoka

From Mozart to Gershwin


Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 7:30pm

Rene M Caisse Theatre
Bracebridge, Ontario

with...

Leslie Bickle, soprano
Maika'i Nash, piano

As part of OperaMuskoka - amidst performances from Richard Margison and Bicycle Opera - Christopher joins friends Leslie Bickle (soprano) and Maika'i Nash (piano) for a concert of love songs, spanning the ages from Mozart to Gershwin. Lush duets abound in this show of lavish tunes and catchy show stoppers.

Tickets available online: click here.


June 17-18, 2015

Array Music & The Evergreen Gamelan Club

How It Storms, by Allen Cole and Maristella Roca

The Stag

Toronto, Ontario


Array Music & The Evergreen Gamelan ClubArray Music & The Evergreen Gamelan Club

How It Storms, by Allen Cole and Maristella Roca


Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at at 8:00pm
Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 8:00pm


Array Music Studio
155 Walnut Avenue (near Queen & Shaw)
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6J 3W3

The Evergreen Club Gamelan
with Blair Mackay and Richard Sacks

 

How It Storms taps into the mythologies and allegories that define the human condition. Cole and Roca have infused beauty and poignancy in the flawed and the fallible.

with...
Claire de Sévigné, soprano
Danielle MacMillan, mezzo-soprano
Keith O'Brien, baritone

 

Tickets available at the door.


May 31, 2015

Toronto Classical Singers

Haydn's The Creation

Role: Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Toronto Classical SingersToronto Classical Singers

Haydn's The Creation


Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2:00pm


Christ Church Deer Park
1570 Yonge Street (North of St. Clair)
Toronto, Ontario

 

The Talisker Players Orchestra
Jurgen Petrenko, conductor

 

with...
Lesley Bouza, soprano
Bruce Kelly, baritone

 

Buy tickets: click here.


May 9, 2015

The Peterborough Singers

Haydn's The Creation

Role: Tenor Soloist

Peterborough, Ontario


The Peterborough SingersThe Peterborough Singers

Haydn's The Creation


Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7:30pm

George St. United Church
534 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario

Sydney Birrell, Conductor
Ian Sadler, Organist

with...
Chelsea Van Pelt, Soprano
Ellen McAteer, Soprano
Tyler Fitzgerald, Bass
Joel Allison, Bass

Haydn’s masterpiece describes the creation of the universe in glorious music. In the words of Haydn, “I was never so devout as when I was at work on The Creation; I fell on my knees each day and begged God to give me the strength to finish the work.”
Ticket info: click here.


May 2, 2015

Georgian Bay Concert Choir

Mendelssohn's Elijah

Role: Tenor Soloist

Owen Sound, Ontario


Georgian Bay Concert ChoirGeorgian Bay Concert Choir

Mendelssohn's Elijah


Saturday May 2, 2015 at 7:30pm

Georgian Shores United Church,
997 – 4th Ave East, Owen Sound

Dan Lenz, Conductor
Ian Sadler, Organist

Christopher joins the Georgian Bay Concert Choir for this first time, in a performance of Mendelssohn's glorious choral masterpiece, Elijah. Sung in English, with resplendent organ accompaniment by the ever-amazing Ian Sadler.

 

Tickets are $20 for adults or $5 for youth age 2-18.
Available at The Ginger Press or The Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op, or by calling 519-371-5890.


April 18-24, 2015

Manitoba Opera

Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini

Role: Pong

Winnipeg, Manitoba


Manitoba OperaManitoba Opera

Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini


Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00pm
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00pm
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00pm

Centennial Concert Hall
555 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Tom Diamond, Director
Tyrone Paterson, Conductor

with...
Mlada Khudoley, soprano
David Pomeroy, tenor
Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano

Tickets available online (click here), or at the door.


January 23-25, 2015

Opera Five

Storybook, by Darren Russo

Role: Tenor

Toronto, Ontario


Opera FiveOpera Five

Storybook, by Darren Russo


Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 7:30pm

Arts & Letter Club, Toronto
14 Elm Street
Toronto, Ontario

Aria Umezawa, Director
Evan Mitchell, Conductor

with...
Leigh Allen, soprano
Emma Parkinson, mezzo-soprano
Geoffrey Penar, baritone
Geoffrey Sirett, baritone

Tickets available at the door.


December 6, 2014

Stratford Concert Choir

Handel's Messiah

Role: Tenor Soloist

Stratford, Ontario


Stratford Concert ChoirStratford Concert Choir

Handel's Messiah


Sunday, December 1st at 3:00pm

St. Joseph's RC Church
96 Huron Street
Stratford, Ontario

Ian Sadler, Conductor

Chris joins the Stratford Concert Choir for the ninth season in a row, as they celebrate the magic of the Christmas season with their annual presentation of Handel's glorious work, The Messiah.

Tickets information can be found on the Stratford Concert Choir website (click here).


October 24-25, 2014

The Grand Philharmonic Choir

Carmina Burana, by Karl Orff

Role: Tenor Soloist

Kitchener, Ontario


The Grand Philharmonic ChoirThe Grand Philharmonic Choir

Carmina Burana, by Karl Orff


Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30pm

St. Peter's Lutheran Church
49 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
N2H 2G9

Mark Vuorinen, Conductor
TorQ Percussion Quartet
Rebecca Booker and Daniel Durksen, pianos

with...
Sarah Halmarson, soprano
Phil Kalmanovich, bass

Tickets available online (click here), or at the door.


August 14-23, 2014

Calgary Opera

Candide, by Leonard Bernstein

Various Roles

Calgary, Alberta


Calgary OperaCalgary Opera

Candide, by Leonard Bernstein


East Village
Calgary, Alberta

Rob Herriot, Director
Gordon Gerrard, Conductor

with...
Gordon Gietz, tenor
Tracy Dahl, soprano
Norine Burgess, mezzo-soprano
Alexander Dobson, baritone
Lynne McMurtry, mezzo-soprano

Canada's premier outdoor opera festival!

Bernstein’s comic masterpiece, Candide, presented by Calgary Opera, in a 900-seat big top tent. With a score by the legendary Leonard Bernstein, book by Hugh Wheeler and lyrical contributions from the incomparable Stephen Sondheim, Candide is a timeless masterpiece.

Innocent and trusting, young Candide truly believes that "Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds." That is until he is expelled from his home in Westphalia, dragged into the Bulgarian army, brought before the Spanish Inquisition, swindled out of a fortune, shipwrecked on a desert isle, and separated time and again from his true love Cunegonde. As Candide and Cunegonde travel the world in search of truth, love and each other they discover that the best of all possible worlds is to be found right in their own backyard.

Tickets available online (click here), or at the door.


May 29 - June 1, 2014

Cowtown Opera

Barber of Cowtown, Music by Gioachino Rossini

Role: Count Almaviva

Calgary, Alberta


Cowtown OperaCowtown Opera

Barber of Cowtown, Music by Gioachino Rossini


Lantern Community Church
1401 10 Avenue Southeast 

Calgary, Alberta

Aria Umezawa, Director
Michelle Minke, Artistic Director

with...
Julie Ludwig, Soprano

You may have heard "Figaro, figaro, figaro" on Bugs Bunny and now Cowtown Opera brings it to you with a Calgary twist. Set in the old west, the Barber of Cowtown gets caught up in a whirlwind of disguises, deception and a love triangle, not to forget, a damsel in distress to be rescued!

This comedy will have you stomping your boots in no time to the flourishes and excitement of Rossini’s most renowned opera, in English, Cowtown Style.

Tickets available online (click here), or at the door.


May 1-4, 2014

Toronto Operetta Theatre

The Cousin from Nowhere, by Eduard Künneke

Role: Roderich de Weert

Toronto, Ontario


Toronto Operetta TheatreToronto Operetta Theatre

The Cousin from Nowhere, by Eduard Künneke


St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Thursday, May 1st at 8:00pm
Friday, May 2nd at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 3rd at 8:00pm
Sunday, May 4th at 2:00pm

with...
Elizabeth Beeler, Soprano
David Ludwig, Baritone
Stefan Fehr, Tenor

Tickets available online (Click here to visit site), by phone at 416-366-7723, or at the door.


April 18, 2014

Metropolitan United Church Toronto

Passion According to St. John, by J.S. Bach

Role: Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Metropolitan United Church TorontoMetropolitan United Church Toronto

Passion According to St. John, by J.S. Bach


April 18, 2014 at 7:30pm

Metropolitan United Church
56 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario
M5C 2Z3
(416) 363-0331

Sung in German, with English translations provided.

with...
The Metropolitan Festival Choir and Orchestra
Patricia Wright, conductor
Lesley Bouza, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
James Baldwin, bass-baritone
Charles Davidson, Evangelist
Clarence Frazer, Christus

 

Tickets available online (click here to visit site), or at the door.

 


March 23, 2014

Kingston Symphony Orchestra

Mozart's Requiem

Role: Tenor Soloist

Kingston, Ontario


Kingston Symphony OrchestraKingston Symphony Orchestra

Mozart's Requiem


Kingston Gospel Temple
Mozart’s was a genius that proclaimed itself early, developed swiftly and vanished all too soon. The Requiem is Mozart’s final testament, and a profoundly affecting concert experience.

Order tickets online (click here).


December 15-16, 2013

Peterborough Singers

Handel's Messiah

Role: Tenor Soloist

Peterborough, Ontario


Peterborough SingersPeterborough Singers

Handel's Messiah


George Street United Church
Peterborough, Ontario

Sydney Birrell, Conductor
Ian Sadler, Organ

with...
Melody Thomas, Soprano
Emma Mansell, Mezzo Soprano
Tyler Fitzgerald, Bass
Paul Otway, Trumpet


December 8, 2013

Kingston Chamber Choir

Handel's Messiah

Role: Tenor Soloist

Kingston, Ontario


Kingston Chamber ChoirKingston Chamber Choir

Handel's Messiah


St. George's Anglican Church
270 King Street East
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3B1

Gordon Sinclair, Conductor

with...
Donna Bennett, soprano
Scott Beluz, countertenor
David Pike, bass


December 1, 2013

Stratford Concert Choir

Handel's Messiah

Role: Tenor Soloist

Stratford, Ontario


Stratford Concert ChoirStratford Concert Choir

Handel's Messiah


Sunday, December 1st at 3:00pm

St. Joseph's RC Church
96 Huron Street
Stratford, Ontario

Ian Sadler, Conductor

with...
Catharine Sadler, soprano
Amanda Wilhelm, contralto
Gary Relyea, bass

Chris joins the Stratford Concert Choir for the eight season in a row, as they ring in the Christmas season with Handel's glorious masterpiece, The Messiah.  Presented with chamber orchestra.

Tickets information can be found on the Stratford Concert Choir website (click here).


November 17, 2013

Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto

Mozart's Requiem

Role: Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Grace Church on the Hill, TorontoGrace Church on the Hill, Toronto

Mozart's Requiem


Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 8:00pm


Grace Church on the Hill
300 Lonsdale Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 1X4

Evan Mitchell, Conductor

with...
Rachel Krehm, soprano
Aidan Ferguson, mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Bowes, bass

A memorial Fundraising Concert for St Michael’s Hospital ICU, in honour of the first anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Krehm (1990-2012).  Pay what you can.  100% 0f proceeds will be donated.

Tickets available at door.  Arrive early.

Click here to View Article (Opera Ramblings blog)

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Update 2013/12/03 - 
The amount raised from the concert (including online donations) was more than $12,000!


November 13, 2013

St. James Cathedral Concert Series

Mozart's Requiem

Role: Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


St. James Cathedral Concert SeriesSt. James Cathedral Concert Series

Mozart's Requiem


Wednesday, November 13th 2013 at 7:00pm

St. James Cathedral
65 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario

Vicki St. Pierre, conductor
The Choir of St. James Cathedral
The Talisker Players

with...
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Krisztina Szabo, mezzo-soprano
Jesse Clark, bass
David Briggs, organ

Join the choir of St. James for the inaugural concert in their new public concert series.  Mozart's Requiem will be paired with a delightful organ solo played by St. James' artist-in-residence, David Briggs.


October 17-27, 2013

Pacific Opera Victoria

Falstaff, by Giuseppe Verdi

Role: Doctor Caius

Victoria, British Columbia


Pacific Opera VictoriaPacific Opera Victoria

Falstaff, by Giuseppe Verdi


Thursday, October 17th 2013 at 8:00pm
Saturday, October 18th 2013 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, October 23rd 2013 at 8:00pm
Friday October 25th 2013 at 8:00pm
Sunday, October 27th 2013 at 3:00pm

Royal Theatre
805 Broughton Street
Victoria, British Columbia

Glynis Leyshon, Director
Timothy Vernon, Conductor
The Victoria Symphony
Pacific Opera Chorus
Members of the Pacific Dance Centre (Wendy Vernon, Director)

with...
Brian Bannatyne-Scott, bass
Joni Henson, soprano
Brett Polegato, baritone
Rachel Fenlon, soprano
Colin Ainsworth, tenor
Megan Latham, mezzo-soprano
Mia Lennox-Williams, mezz-soprano
Josh Lovell, tenor
Jeremy Bowes, baritone

Come celebrate Pacific Opera Victoria's 100th production, and enjoy Verdi's final masterpiece.
Featuring a huge, star-filled cast, and a luxurious new set, designed especially for the intimate and ornate Royal Theatre in downtown Victoria, this show is not to be missed.


April 30 - May 5, 2013

TORONTO OPERETTA THEATRE
La Vie Parisienne, by Jacques Offenbach
Role: The Brazilian

Toronto, Ontario


Toronto Operetta TheatreToronto Operetta Theatre

La Vie Parisienne, by Jacques Offenbach

Tuesday April 30th, 2013 at 8:00pm
Wednesday May 1st, 2013 at 8:00pm
Thursday May 2nd, 2013 at 8:00pm
Friday May 3rd, 2013 at 8:00pm
Saturday May 4th, 2013 at 8:00pm
Sunday May 5th, 2012 at 2:00pm

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
Jane Mallett Theatre
27 Front Street East
Toronto, Ontario

with...
Elizabeth DeGrazia, Soprano
Lauren Segal, Mezzo-Soprano

Larry Beckwith, Conductor
Guillermo Silva-Marin, Stage Director

Tickets available online (Click here to visit site), by phone at 416-366-7723, or at the door.


March 24, 2013

STRATFORD CONCERT CHOIR
Franz Joseph Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass
Role: Tenor Soloist

Stratford, Ontario


Stratford Concert ChoirStratford Concert Choir

Lord Nelson Mass, by Franz Joseph Haydn

Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at 3:00pm

Central United Church
194 Avondale Avenue
Stratford, ON


with...
Catharine Sadler, soprano
Heather Jewson, contralto
Gary Relyea, bass
Ian Sadler, organist
Imre Olah, guest conductor

Tickets available online (Click here to visit site), or at the door.
Buy early! Stratford Concert Choir performances often sell out.

February 2, 6, 8, 2013

CALGARY OPERA
Falstaff, by Guiseppe Verdi
Role: Doctor Caius

Calgary, Alberta


Calgary OperaCalgary Opera

Falstaff, by Giuseppe Verdi

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Friday, February 8th, 2013

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
1415 14 Ave NW
Calgary, Alberta


with...
Gaétan Laperriére, Baritone as Falstaff
Laura Whalen, Soprano as Alice Ford
James Westman, Baritone as Ford
Eve-Lyn de la Haye, Soprano as Nanetta
John Tessier, Tenor as Fenton
Lynne McMurtry, Contralto as Dame Quickly
Norine Burgess, Mezzo-Soprano as Meg Page
Vasil Garvanliev, Baritone as Pistola
Michel Corbeil, Tenor as Bardolfo



Christopher makes a return to Calgary Opera where he was a member of the Emerging Artists Training Program (2007-2009).

Tickets available online (Click here to visit site), by calling 403-262-7286, or at the door.
Buy early! Performances often sell out.

December 21, 2012

CHAMBER SINGERS OF ALGOMA
Handel's Messiah
Role: Tenor Soloist

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario


Chamber Singers of Algoma

Handel's Messiah

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at 7:30pm

Central United Church
160 Spring Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario



Tickets available at the door.

December 15, 2012

STRATFORD CONCERT CHOIR
Handel's Messiah
Role: Tenor Soloist

Stratford, Ontario


Stratford Concert ChoirStratford Concert Choir

Handel's Messiah

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at 7:30pm

Central United Church
194 Avondale Avenue
Stratford, ON


Anna Relyea, soprano
Amanda Wilhelm, contralto
Christopher Mayell, tenor
Gary Relyea, bass
Ian Sadler, organist
Imre Olah, guest conductor



Tickets available through the Visit Stratford website (Click here to visit site), or at the door.

December 9, 2012

KINGSTON CHAMBER CHOIR
Magnificat in D, by J.S. Bach
Role: Tenor Soloist

Kingston, Ontario


Kingston Chamber ChoirKingston Chamber Choir

Bach's Magnificat in D

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 2:30pm

St. George's Cathedral
270 King Street East
Kingston, Ontario


Kathleen Radke, Soprano
Christopher Mayell, Tenor
Dave Barton, Guitar



The eternal advent hymn hints at the timeless delight of Christmas. Christopher Mayell makes his return to the KCC in this performance of the Bach Magnificat in D.

Kathleen Radke returns after a triumphant Messiah with KCC last season, and the choir is thrilled to also welcome guitarist Dave Barton.



Tickets available at the door.

December 4-6, 2012

OPERA 5
A Taste of Opera
Role: Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Opera 5Opera Five

A Taste of Opera

Hin und Zurück, by Paul Hindemith
Talk Opera, by Milton Granger

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 7:30pm
Wedensday, December 5th, 2012 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 7:30pm

Gallery 345 (about the Gallery)
345 Sorauren Avenue
Toronto, Ontario







Tickets available at the door.
November 25, 2012

VOICEBOX OPERA IN CONCERT
Armida, by Gioachino Rossini
Roles: Goffredo, Carlo

Toronto, Ontario


Voicebox Opera in ConcertVoicebox Opera in Concert

Armida, by Gioachino Rossini

Sunday, November 25th, 2012 at 2:00pm
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
Jane Mallett Theatre
27 Front Street East
Toronto, Ontario



Raphaelle Paquette as Armida
Edgar Ernesto Ramírez as Rinaldo
Christopher Mayell as Goffredo
Michael Ciufo as Genardo
Marco Petracchi as Idraote
Gregory Finney as Istarotte




Tickets available online (Click here to visit), or at the door.
November 14, 2012

TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR
Carmina Burana, by Karl Orff
Role: Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirToronto Mendelssohn Choir

Carmina Burana, Karl Orff

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 7:30pm
Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario



TorQ Percussion Quartet (Visit website) James Bourne, Piano
Michel Ross, Piano
Lesley Bouza, Soprano
Christopher Mayell, Tenor
Michael Nyby, Baritone




Tickets available online (Click here to visit), by phone (416-408-0208), or at the door.
October 28, 2012

TORONTO OPERETTA THEATRE
Italianissimo!
Role: Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Toronto Operetta TheatreToronto Operetta Theatre

Italianissimo!

Sunday, October 28th, 2012 at 2:00pm
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
Jane Mallett Theatre
27 Front Street East
Toronto, Ontario



Laura Albino, Soprano
Gabrielle Prada, Mezzo-Soprano
Christopher Mayell, Tenor
Robert Longon, Bartione




Tickets available online, by phone (416-366-7723), or at the door.
October 22, 2012

CONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Frederick's Doctor, by Martijn Voorvelt
Role: Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Continuum Contemporary MusicContinuum Contemporary Music

Finding Voice

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 8:00pm
The Music Gallery
197 John Street
Toronto, Ontario



Continuum Ensemble (visit website)
Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano (visit website)
Christopher Mayell, Tenor
Sanya Eng, Harp
Rob MacDonald, Guitar
Adrian Gross, Mandolin
Paul Rogers, Double Bass



Ways of speaking. Being able to speak at all. Communication, as well as the historical lens, is at the core of a concert that presents two linked theatrical works by Dutch composer Martijn Voorvelt based on the tangled up story of Sir Morell MacKenzie, inventor of the tracheotomy, and his treatment of the mute and dying German Emperor Friedrich III.

The following pieces will be presented:

Music for Klein and Beuys, by Christopher Butterfield
Canzone Triste, by Nicolai Korndorf
Brush Line, by Linda C. Smith
Frederick's Doctor, by Martijn Voorvelt
Petit Air II/ Friedrich's Tagebuch, by Martijn Voorvelt



Tickets available online (click here), or at the door.
August 10, 2012

OPERA BY REQUEST
Lakmé, by Léo Delibes
Role: Gérald

Toronto, Ontario


Opera By RequestOpera By Request

Lakmé, by Léo Delibes

Friday, August 10th, 2012
College Street United Church
452 College Street
Toronto, Ontario


Bill Shookhoff, Director
Allison Arends, Lakmé (website)
Christopher Mayell, Gérald
Michael York, Nilakantha (website)
Julie Ludwig, Miss Ellen (website)



Tickets available at the door.

July/August 2012

SUMMER OPERA LYRIC THEATRE
The Barber of Seville, by Gioachino Rossini
Role: Count Almaviva

Toronto, Ontario


Summer Opera Lyric TheatreSummer Opera Lyric Theatre

The Barber of Seville, by Gioachino Rossini

Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 2:00pm
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 8:00pm
Robert Gill Theatre
University of Toronto
214 College Street
Toronto, Ontario


Guillermo Silva-Marin, Director
Maika'i Nash, Music Director

Paulina Swierczek, Rosina
Christopher Mayell, Count Almaviva
Jonathon Kirby, Figaro
Micheal Nyby, Bartolo (website)



Tickets available at the door.

June 11-12, 2012

TAPESTRY NEW OPERA
The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G
Role: Pavlo

Toronto, Ontario


Tapestry New MusicSpectrum Music

The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G
By composer Aaron Gervais and librettist Colleen Murphy

Monday, June 11th, 2012
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Ernest Balmer Studio
History Distillery District
55 Mill Street
Toronto, Ontario


Wayne Strongman, Music Director
Tom Diamond, Stage Director
Aaron Gervais, Composer
Colleen Murphy, Librettist


After a thrilling workshop presentation of the first Act of Oksana G. last winter, Tapestry New Opera will present the next stage of this electrifying new work by the Governor General's Award winning playwright, Colleen Murphy and SOCAN award-winning composer, Aaron Gervais.

Tickets available online (click here) or by phone at (416) 537-6066 ext 243.
May 31, 2012

SPECTRUM MUSIC
When This War Ends, by Caitlin Smith
Role: Brother

Toronto, Ontario


Spectrum MusicSpectrum Music

When This War Ends

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
The Al Green Theatre
750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor)
Toronto, Ontario


Caitlin Smith, Conductor & Composer
Kristin Mueller-Heaslip, soprano
Christopher Mayell, tenor
Jeremy Ludwig, baritone
Geoffrey Sirett, bass-baritone


Part of Spectrum Music's final concert of the season, and featured alongside music of Ben Dietschi and Ben Mueller-Heaslip, When This War Ends is a chamber jazz opera with a uniquely Canadian perspective on world conflict.

There will also be a 7:30 p.m. pre-concert chat with Globe and Mail correspondent Graeme Smith and former Canadian diplomat Richard Colvin about their years in Afghanistan.

Tickets available at the spectrum website (click here).
May 16, 2012

SAM SULLIVAN'S PUBLIC SALON, VANCOUVER
Performance of music from Fallujah, by Tobin Stokes and Heather Raffo

Vancouver, British Columbia


Sam Sullivan's Public SalonSam Sullivan's Public Salon

Presentation of Music from Fallujah

Wednesday, May 16th, 7:30pm
Vancouver Playhouse
Toronto, Ontario


Charles Barber, Music Director
David Boothroyd, Piano




Global Civic Founder Sam Sullivan used to host private salons over dinner with about ten invited guests from a broad cross-section of the community. His friend and mentor Prof. Abraham Rogatnick was a frequent guest and just before he died, he urged Sullivan to bring the benefits of the salon to a broader public.
The Public Salon aims to do just that.


See the video here:




May 11-13, 2012

CITY OPERA VANCOUVER
Fallujah, by Tobin Stokes and Heather Raffo (Workshop)
Role: Taylor

Vancouver, British Columbia


City Opera VancouverFallujah

Fallujah

Private Workshop
Final presentation on May 13th at 7:00pm
Frederic Wood Theatre, University of British Columbia


Dr. Charles Barber, Music Director/Conductor
John Wright, Stage Director
Tobin Stokes, Composer
Heather Raffo, Librettist


Fueled by continued generous support from the Annenburgh Foundation, an exciting three-day workshop of City Opera Vancouver's brand new commissioned chamber opera, Fallujah.

Fallujah tells the story of a group of young U.S. Marines in Iraq, and the chilling effects of the war on them, their families, and the people of Iraq.

This work is still in development. Public presentations (including a premier in San Francisco) to follow.


April 27-29, 2012

TORONTO OPERETTA THEATRE
Gilbert & Sullivan Topsy Turvydom
Roles: Ralph Rackstraw, Nanki-Poo, Frederic

Toronto, Ontario


Toronto Operetta TheatreTOT

Gilbert & Sullivan Topsy Turvydom!

April 27, 28 at 8:00pm
April 29 at 2:00pm
Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts


Guillermo Silva-Marin, Director
Nicole Bellamy, Piano


Toronto Operetta Theatre ends its 2011-2012 season with music from Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved operettas. Watch as characters from Gondoliers, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, and Iolanthe find themselves in a confused and hilarious search for an operetta.
A genuine Savoyard "tour de force" from the masters of Britain's lyric theatre that's sure to delight!


Tickets available online (click here), and by phone at 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754
March 25, 2012

CANADIAN SINFONIETTA & CHOIR OF ST. SIMON-THE-APOSTLE, TORONTO
J.S. Bach's St. John Passion
Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Canadian Sinfonietta and Choir of St-Simon-the-ApostleCanadian Sinfonietta

J.S. Bach's Passion According to St. John

Sunday, March 25 at 7:30pm
St. Simon-the-Apostle Anglican Church, Toronto
525 Bloor Street East


Robin Davis, Conductor
Anthony St Pierre, Pilatus
Nicholas Nanos, Christus
David Menzies, Evangelist


Members of the Canadian Sinfonietta chamber orchestra are joined by the St. Simon-the-Apostle Choir under the baton of Robin Davis.
Considered by many to be unmatched, this giant among the choral-orchestra repertoire brings to life the Passion of Christ with a profound level of intensity and personal reflection equally relevant today.


Call 416-923-8714 to reserve tickets.
March 18, 2012

CAMMAC TORONTO
Elgar's The Kingdom
Role: St. John/Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


CAMMAC Toronto Region Reading

Elgar's The Kingdom

Sunday, March 18 at 2:00pm
Christ Church Deer Park
1570 Yonge Street


Stephanie Martin, Conductor
Meghan Fleet, Blessed Virgin
Catharin Carew, Mary Magdalene
Christopher Mayell, St. John
Michael Robert-Broder, St. Peter


The Kingdom, an oratorio commissioned for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival in 1906, continues the narrative of the lives of Jesus's disciples. It depicts the community of the early church, Pentecost, and the events of the next few days.
The Kingdom is written for a large orchestra, a double chorus with semichorus, and four soloists representing: The Blessed Virgin (soprano), Mary Magdalene (contralto), St John (tenor), and St Peter (bass).

Stephanie Martin, artistic director of the award-winning Pax Christi Chorale, will lead the afternoon.
The event is open to everyone and no preparation is required.


Please visit CAMMAC Toronto's Readings page for more information or call 416-551-5183.

March 16-17, 2012

AGAINST THE GRAIN THEATRE
Britten's Canticle II 'Abraham and Isaac'
Role: Abraham

Toronto, Ontario


Against the Grain TheatreAgainst the Grain Theatre

The Seven Deadly Sins

Friday, March 16th 2012, 8:00pm
Saturday, March 17th 2012, 8:00pm
Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto

Joel Ivany, Director
Christopher Mokrzewski, Musical Director


Part of an evening of music by Britten, Weill, Reich, and Adams, set to life by director Joel Ivany, with choreography by Matjash Mrozewski.

The second of Britten's five canticles, Abraham and Isaac tells the story of the binding and sacrifice of Isaac, as commanded to Abraham by God. Ultimately telling a story of love - both earthly and divine - Britten's music is full of beauty and expression.

Tickets available online (click here) or at the door. Limited supply at door. Arrive early.
February 24-25, 2012

EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Bach's Cantata No. 55 'Ich armer Mensch'
Role: Soloist

Edmonton, Alberta


Edmonton Symphony OrchestraEdmonton Symphony

Friday Masters - Glorious Voices

Friday, February 24th 2012, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 25th 2012, 8:00pm
Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre


William Eddins, conductor, organ & harpsichord
Jeanine De Bique, soprano
Christopher Mayell, tenor
Da Camera Singers
Cantilon Chamber Choir
Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton


Join the ESO for a night of glorious vocal music, featuring tenor Christopher Mayell and soprano Jeanine De Bique, as they make their ESO debuts. Three of Edmonton's finest choirs are also part of this night of vocal splendour.


Please note: This performance is currently only available as part of a Friday Masters subscription.
Contact the Edmonton Symphony for further information.
January 2012

OPERA JEUNESSES
Various Scenes
Various Roles

Tour of China


Opera JeunessesChina

Tour of China, including Cavalleria Rustica and other opera scenes

Dates and cities TBA


After the success of Opera Jeunesses' previous China tour in October 2010, they have been invited back for a second, expanded tour. Last year's tour went to four cities: Shanghai, Shijiazhuang, Chengde, and Hangzhou.

Locations for this year's tour will be confirmed soon. The tour will include a fully-staged production, and an outdoor concert performance.
December 10-18, 2011

WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Handel's Messiah
Role: Tenor Soloist

Winnipeg, Manitoba


Winnipeg Symphony OrchestraWinnipeg Symphony

Handel's Messiah

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 8:00pm - Winnipeg, Centennial Concert Hall
Sunday, December 18th 2011, 2:30pm - Brandon


Yuri Klaz, conductor
Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano
Rosemarie Vanderhooft, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Mayell, tenor
Mel Braun, baritone
Winnipeg Singers



A WSO tradition! No work in the entire history of music transmits the urge to sing more than Handel's Messiah! The Hallelujah Chorus is such a beloved part of the musical repertoire, the special glow of the season comes alive the instant we hear its stirring theme. Handel's matchless sense of timing, the music's visionary path from darkness to light, the ongoing flow of beautiful arias, ensembles and magnificent choruses guarantee a memorable experience. The WSO welcomes the return of conductor Yuri Klaz, the Winnipeg Singers and a splendid group of soloists for this annual Holiday happening.


December 7, 2011

ORCHESTRA LONDON
Handel's Messiah
Role: Tenor Soloist

London, Ontario


Orchestra LondonOrchestra London

Handel's Messiah

Wednesday, December 7th 2011, 8:00pm
St. Paul's Cathedral, London


Timothy Vernon, conductor
Christopher Mayell, tenor
Other soloists TBA



Timothy Vernon is back for Orchestra London's seasonal favourite! Part of Orchestra London's Cathedral Series. Tickets available at Orchestra London's website.


December 4, 2011

KINGSTON SYMPHONY
Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Role: Evangelist

Kingston, Ontario


Kingston SymphonyKingston Symphony

J.S Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Sunday, December 4th 2011, 8:00pm
Kingston Gospel Temple


Glen Fast, conductor
Virginia Hatfield, soprano
Marianne Bingdig, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Mayell, tenor
Geoffrey Sirett, baritone
Kingston Choral Society



One of Bach's gifts of the world, his famous Christmas Oratorio, starts the festive season off on a powerful note. Bach's musical interpretation of the Christmas story is the perfect prescription for this time of year. With exuberant trumpets, pastoral woodwinds, and jubilant choral voices we herald in the season as it was celebrated in days of old.


October 2011

ALDEBURGH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Britten's Albert Herring
Role: Albert

Aldeburgh, UK


Aldeburgh Music FestivalAldeburgh Music

Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring

Late October 2011 (dates TBA)
Snape Maltings Concert Hall


Steuart Bedford, conductor
Oliver Meares, director
Britten-Pears Orchestra
Christopher Mayell, Albert
Dame Felicity Lott, Lady Billows



Set in a Suffolk village, Britten's one comic opera opens with the search for a virtuous girl to become May Queen. Some hope! - the impossibility of finding one results instead in the election of a boy of unquestionable chastity - Albert Herring. Britten and librettist Eric Crozier poke fun at the very English hypocrisy, but the combination of wit, mockery and tenderness, make this one of the composer's most admired works with a wonderful cast of memorable characters.
Directed by rising young British director Oliver Meares and conducted by Britten's own collaborator, Steuart Bedford, this production will be performed at Aldeburgh's 2011 Britten Festival.


July 8, 2011

ELORA FESTIVAL SINGERS
Mozart's Requiem
Role: Tenor Soloist

Elora, Ontario


Elora Festival and SingersElora Festival

Magnificent Mozart

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Gambrel Barn
Elora, Ontario


Karina Gauvin, soprano
Jennifer Enns Modolo, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Mayell, tenor
Matthew Cassils, baritone
Elora Festival Singers
Elora Festival Orchestra
Noel Edison, conductor



Part of the Opening Weekend of the 2011 Elora Festival, this concert will feature Mozart's timeless choral masterpiece, his Reqiuem in D minor, alongside a performance of Mozart's Symphony No. 40. Featuring some of Canada's hottest talent, including the Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers.


The reviews are in!

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"Mayell's clean and spirited tones appealed." - Geoff Chapman, theWholeNote
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June 14-15, 2011

TAPESTRY NEW OPERA
New Opera Showcase
Various Roles

Toronto, Ontario


Tapestry New OperaTapestry

New Opera Showcase

Tuesday, June 14th, 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 15th, 6:30pm
Ernest Balmer Studio
Toronto, Ontario


Tom Diamond, director/dramaturge
Wayne Strongman, Music director/dramaturge



Tapestry's final presentation in the 2010-2011 will showcase scenes from four different new opera works, currently in development.
These works were first forged in Tapestry's studios, during the company's annual LibLab sessions.

Waterfall by Norbert Palej, composer and Maja Ardal, librettist
M'Dea Undone by Marjorie Chan, librettist and John Harris, composer
Scenes from an Old Glasgow Pub by David Brock, librettist and Gareth Williams, composer
Ruth by Michael Lewis MacLennan, librettist and Jeffrey Ryan, composer


Tickets available at http://www.tapestrynewopera.com/

May 29, 2011

PERTH CONCERTS
J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor
Role: Tenor Soloist

Perth, Ontario


Perth ConcertsPerth

Bach's B Minor Mass

Sunday, May 29th, 7:30pm
St. Paul's United Church
Perth, Ontario





Considered to be one of the supreme achievements of Baroque choral music, the Mass consists of 27 exquisite pieces, 17 of which are for choir and the remainder for soloists.

The choirs of St. Paul's United Church, St. James Anglican Church and Friends will perform the Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach at St. Paul's United Church, in Perth. Five professional soloists and a 21-member orchestra have been engaged to perform with the choirs.
The choirs are under the direction of Peter Woodwark at St. James, and Brad Mills at St. Paul's.

May 11, 2011

TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR
Mozart's Great Mass in C minor
Role: Tenor Soloist

Toronto, Ontario


Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirToronto Mendelssohn

Great Mass in C Minor

Wednesday, May 11th, 7:30pm
Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music
Telus Centre for Performance and Learning
Toronto, Ontario


Noel Edison, conductor
Gillian Keith, soprano
Anita Krause, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Mayell, tenor
Thomas Goerz, baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Festival Orchestra


Enjoy an evening of Mozart's finest choral music, presented in the world-class acoustics of Koerner Hall, in the heart of Toronto.


Click here to read a review for this event.
March 9-10, 2011

TAPESTRY NEW OPERA
Oksana G by composer Aaron Gervais and librettist Colleen Murphy
Role: Pavlo

Toronto, Ontario

     
Spring, 2011

JEUNESSES MUSICALES OF CANADA
Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore
Role: Nemorino

Tour of Ontario & Quebec

     
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