Come and celebrate the conclusion of our
Pathways to…Collaboration, Performance and Wellness Conference 2015!
Happy Hour begins at 6:00 pm Dinner begins at 7:00 pm
There will be lots of YUMMY food and entertainment for all.
A time to relax and enjoy good company while we listen
to members of QuintEssence serenade us
and reminisce through a video summary presentation.
Robyn Driedger-Klassen is well known on opera, recital and concert stages. Operatic appearances include: Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, Naiade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Alexandra in the Canadian premiere of Marc Blitzstein’s Regina, Bubikopff in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and the Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia. Also in high demand for solo work, she is a frequent performer of recitals and specializes in contemporary works. Robyn will assume the position of Head of Voice at the Vancouver Academy of Music in September 2015. She is also a Founding Member of the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI).
Over the last several years, Robyn has focused mainly on performances of contemporary music including: Kaija Saariaho’s Lonh for the Modulus Festival, Jocelyn Morlock’s Involuntary Love Songs, Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Music on Main, Jake Heggie’s, At the Statue of Venus for the SongFire Festival, Peter Hannan’s Trinkets of Little Value and Brian Current’s Inventory, both with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and premieres of Crystallography by Kati Agocs with Standing Wave, Family Songs by Edward Top with the VSO and Perruqueries, songs by Jocelyn Morlock with hilarious texts by Bill Richardson. Robyn juggles her busy performing and teaching schedule with motherly duties to her darling new baby boy, and adorable 4-year-old son who, for the moment, despises her singing.
Frédérik Robert (tenor): His performances have been hailed as "spine tingling" and “emotionally stirring”, Frédérik Robert is quickly becoming one of Canada's top tenors. Whether he is singing opera, musical theater or cabaret, Frédérik is a versatile and heartfelt vocalist. Frédérik has been a soloist with Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon Operas. Some operatic roles include: Spoletta in Tosca (VOA), L’araldo reale in Don Carlos (VOA), Il Duca in Rigoletto & Don Jose in Carmen (VanCOCO), Robert in the world premiere of Turtle Wakes (Calgary Opera), Borsa in Rigoletto (Edmonton Opera), 1st Armed Guard & Monostatos in Die Zauberflote (Winnipeg Symphony, NACO, Saskatoon Opera), Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte (The Opera Project, Opera Nuova). Frédérik has made solo appearances with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Regina Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony and the National Arts Center Orchestra. In addition to opera Frédérik spent five years as a member of both the Canadian Tenors & Romanza where he sang across North America. He has also performed with The Arts Club (Tony Candolino in Masterclass by Terrence McNally) and BC Living Arts (Lead Man in “Marry Me a Little” by Stephen Sondheim, Ed in the World Premiere of one-man show “Dragging Piaf”).