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Soprano Cheryl Hickman recently returned to Calgary Opera, after a successful appearance in Dialogues des Carmelites last season, to sing the Mother and the Witch in Hansel und Gretel. Hickman will sing her first Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Pacific Opera Victoria in April 2003.

Stage director Robert Carsen has been engaged to direct a new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2005, conducted by Seiji Ozawa.

* Francois Girard will direct a new production of Weber's Oberon for the English National Opera in 2004.

* Soprano Frances Ginzer recently made her Covent Garden debut as Turandot, sharing the role with another Canadian, soprano Anna Shafajinskaya. Ginzer will be singing her first-ever Minnie in Puccini's La Franciulla del West for Vancouver Opera next season.

* Mezzosoprano Krisztina Szabo sang Nerine in Charpentier's Medee for Opera Atelier in Toronto. She makes her Opera Nevada debut in the title role of Rossini's La Cenerentola in 2004.

* Soprano Nathalie Paulin recently made her Montreal Symphony debut in Handel's Messiah. Later in the season, she will sing Despina in Cosi fan Tutte in a debut with Manitoba Opera.

* Tenor Stuart Howe sings his first Gerald in Delibes' Lakme with Opera Ontario in January. Howe recently made his Roy Thomson Hall debut with the Mendelssohn Choir, and was the tenor soloist in the world premiere of the late Srul Irving Glick's Isaiah with the Kingston Symphony. In the fall, Howe became the proud father of identical twins, Evelyn and Olivia.

Following highly favorable notices for his first Rodolfo in Opera Ontario's La Boheme (see review page 26), Quebec tenor Marc Hervieux returned to Ontario for Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Orchestra London. Future engagements include the Duke in Rigoletto for both L'Opera de Montreal (Feb. 03) and l'Opera de Quebec (May 03). He reprises Rodolfo for Opera de Metz in May-June 2003.

Bass-baritone Nathan Berg and soprano Measha Bruggergosman were chosen to sing at the recent reopening of Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, which had been closed for acoustic renovation since last winter. Bruggergosman appropriately sang "Dich teure Halle" from Wagner's Tannhauser. Berg was the soloist in Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. Bruggergosman and tenor Michael Schade were soloists in a Roy Thomson Hall command performance concert on the occasion of the visit of Queen Elizabeth II in October. Likewise, countertenor Daniel Taylor had the honor to sing for the Queen in his hometown of Ottawa at a multi-faith Thanksgiving celebration on Parliament Hill on October 13. Taylor recently made his debuts in Argentina, Brazil and the Proms in London, and will be making his Pittsburgh Opera debut in 2003.
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