Whether featuring in the Canadian premier of Pasażerka with UBC Opera or bringing music into public spaces with free outdoor recitals, Taryn’s performances are poised and truthful. A 2019 recipient of an Encouragement Award (MONC, Western Canada District), the Vancouver-based mezzo-soprano has performed internationally in Hawaii, Germany, and the Czech Republic, in addition to working with local indie opera companies.
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 women 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 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.
Taryn Plater was delightfully ditzy as the hapless Cherubino, though even this lovelorn adolescent has real feelings, as her “Voi che sapete” made abundantly clear.
–Robert Jordan for Opera Canada, 2022
Marta [was] portrayed with dramatic and vocal thrust by soprano Taryn Plater
–Robert Jordan for Opera Canada, 2020
The four sing a soaring quartet…with great harmony and resolution.
–Big Island Music, 2019