Akh! Tanya,
Tanya

from Eugene Onegin

by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

In my dream,
I wept

by Mykola Lysenko

120-word Bio

Taryn Plater is a versatile musician with a strong investment in the future of opera and arts outreach. Applauded for her “dramatic and vocal thrust” (Opera Canada), the Vancouver-based mezzo-soprano has trained with Opera NUOVA and Against the Grain's National Opera Intensive. She was the recipient of an Encouragement Award at the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Western Canada District), and a 2021 Vancouver Opera Foundation bursary. In addition to her onstage endeavours, Taryn works in development at Vancouver Opera, is a mentor with Opera InReach, and co-runs the arts non-profit Opera Unbound. She completed her opera performance studies at the University of British Columbia under Krisztina Szabó and Marisa Gaetanne while simultaneously earning degrees in business management and linguistics.

230-word Bio

Mezzo-soprano Taryn Plater is a versatile performer and creator with a strong investment in the future of opera and arts outreach. With affinities for performance and production, she is active both on and off stage. 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. This year, she was selected as a 2021-2022 Artist Fellow with the Association for Opera in Canada. 

Taryn was recognized for her “dramatic and vocal thrust” (Opera Canada), portraying the title character in the Canadian premiere of the Polish opera, PasażerkaShe is grateful to be the recipient of a 2021 Vancouver Opera Foundation bursary and a 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Western Canada District) Encouragement Award. Taryn has performed with Opera NUOVA and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and was 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. 

 

In addition to her performance endeavours, Taryn works in development at Vancouver Opera, is a mentor with Opera InReach, and co-runs the arts non-profit Opera Unbound. She earned her opera performance degree at the University of British Columbia studying with Krisztina Szabó and Marisa Gaetanne while simultaneously completing degrees in business management and linguistics.

Full Bio

Mezzo-soprano Taryn Plater is a versatile performer and creator with a strong investment in the future of opera and arts outreach. With affinities for performance and production, she is active both on and off stage. 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. Supported by her Ukrainian heritage, she has an affinity for slavic song and opera.

Taryn was recognized for her “dramatic and vocal thrust” (Opera Canada), portraying the title character in the Canadian premiere of the Polish opera, PasażerkaShe 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. Taryn has performed with Opera NUOVA and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and was 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 was selected as a 2021-2022 Artist Fellow with the Association for Opera in Canada. In addition to her performance endeavours, she works in development at Vancouver Opera, works as a mentor with Opera InReach, and is the founding Artistic Director of the non-profit Opera Unbound.

Taryn earned her opera performance degree at the University of British Columbia studying with Krisztina Szabó and Marisa Gaetanne while simultaneously completing degrees in business management and linguistics. 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), and was a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at their Traditional Christmas concerts. Her teachers, coaches, and mentors have included Krisztina Szabó, Marisa Gaetanne, Judith Forst, Rhoslyn Jones, and Richard Epp.

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