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Whether featuring in the Canadian premier of Pasażerka or fusing classical with jazz in novel concert programs, Taryn’s performances are poised and truthful. Her practice as a community planner informs the way Taryn uses music to connect with community and animate public spaces.

Inspired by her Ukrainian-Canadian heritage, Taryn feels a strong draw towards slavic repertoire – to which her warm tone and deceptively powerful voice are well-suited. She is committed to presenting more repertoire by Ukrainian and Canadian composers and welcomes any opportunity to sing new works and contemporary music.

Taryn is a mentor with Opera InReach in their BC chapter and was a 2021-2022 RBC Artist Fellow with the Association for Opera in Canada. Supported by her experience in arts marketing and development, she is the Artistic Director and founder of Opera Unbound.

Equipped with “dramatic and vocal thrust” (Opera Canada), Taryn Plater is a versatile performer with a strong investment in the future of the arts.

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Taryn Plater is a versatile performer and creator invested in the future of arts outreach. Recognized for her “dramatic and vocal thrust” (Opera Canada), the Vancouver-based mezzo-soprano was a 2021–2022 RBC Artist Fellow with the Association for Opera in Canada. Taryn's portfolio focuses on Ukrainian art song, new works, and the intersection of jazz and classical music, driven by an interest in opera's relationship to different genres and mediums. She created the digital artist statement First Steps with Against the Grain's 2021 National Opera Intensive exploring her cultural heritage through Ukrainian art song, and in 2022, received a Ukraine – Heritage, Spirit and Future award in recognition of her artistic focus on Ukrainian art song. In addition to her performance endeavours, Taryn is a mentor with Opera InReach and the founding Artistic Director of Opera Unbound.

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Mezzo-soprano Taryn Plater is a versatile performer and creator invested in the future of arts outreach. Driven by an interest in opera's relationship to different genres and mediums, her portfolio focuses on Ukrainian art song, new works, and the intersection of jazz and classical music. Taryn created the digital artist statement First Steps through Against the Grain's 2021 National Opera Intensive, exploring her cultural heritage through Ukrainian art song and dance, and in 2022, received a Ukraine – Heritage, Spirit and Future award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation. She continues to explore Ukraine's classical and folk repertoires with community-engaged performances, benefit concerts, and the development of her original multi-media performance piece, Pamyatayesh.

 

Taryn was recognized for her “dramatic and vocal thrust” (Opera Canada) while portraying the title character in the Canadian premiere of Pasażerka. She has performed with Opera NUOVA, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the Ukrainian Art Song Project, featured in concerts in Germany and the Czech Republic, and was a 2021-2022 RBC Artist Fellow with the Association for Opera in Canada. In addition to her performance endeavors, Taryn is a mentor with Opera InReach and the founding Artistic Director of Opera Unbound. She earned her opera performance degree at the University of British Columbia studying with Krisztina Szabó and Marisa Gaetanne while simultaneously pursuing training in linguistics and urban planning.

 

 

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Mezzo-soprano Taryn Plater is a versatile performer and creator invested in the future of arts outreach. Driven by an interest in opera's relationship to different genres and mediums, her portfolio focuses on Ukrainian art song, new works, and the intersection of jazz and classical music. Taryn created the digital artist statement First Steps through Against the Grain's 2021 National Opera Intensive, exploring her cultural heritage through Ukrainian art song and dance, and in 2022, received a Ukraine – Heritage, Spirit and Future award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation. She continues to explore Ukraine's classical and folk repertoires with community-engaged performances, benefit concerts, and the development of her original multi-media performance piece, Pamyatayesh.

Taryn was recognized for her “dramatic and vocal thrust” (Opera Canada), portraying the title character in the Canadian premiere of the Polish opera, Pasażerka. She is grateful to be the recipient of a 2021 Vancouver Opera Foundation bursary from the Toni and Hildegard Cavelti Foundation Fund and a 2019 Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She also received honourable mention at the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society’s 2022 voice competition.


Taryn has performed with Opera NUOVA, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the Ukrainian Art Song Project, and has featured in concerts in Germany and the Czech Republic. At home, she enjoys varied performance opportunities that range from accessible opera concerts in public spaces to jazz piano and vocal performances. Taryn has performed with numerous local companies including Re:Naissance Opera, Symphony 21, Opera Lirica, and City Opera. In addition to her performance endeavours, Taryn is a mentor with Opera InReach and the founding Artistic Director of the Vancouver-based company Opera Unbound. She has worked in arts marketing, development, and community planning, and has a keen interest in the role that the arts play in our cities and communities.

Taryn earned her opera performance degree at the University of British Columbia studying with Krisztina Szabó and Marisa Gaetanne while simultaneously pursuing training in linguistics and urban planning. In her time at the University of British Columbia, she performed the roles of Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Fanny Price (Mansfield Park), La Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims), Marta (Pasażerka), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte). Her teachers, coaches, and mentors have included Krisztina Szabó, Marisa Gaetanne, Judith Forst, David Agler, Rhoslyn Jones, and Richard Epp.

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