La Boheme Bios

Carol Fetherston, Producer/Music Director. Carol brings extensive musical experience to Opera Nanaimo. It is her vision to bring appealing operatic works to all mid-Vancouver Island music lovers. Born in Vancouver, she obtained an A.R.C.T in piano, a BA in Music from the University of British Columbia, and sang with the Vancouver Opera Association. In 1975, she was accepted into the University of Toronto’s Opera School, and obtained an MA in Music from the University of Toronto. Since coming to Vancouver Island, Carol has performed as a soloist with the Malaspina Singers, the Parksville Community Choir, and the Cowichan Consort. Currently, she is at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music as a voice teacher and coach. Other achievements of note include musical director/conductor for Opera Nanaimo’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors; music director/accompanist for Hansel and Gretel and for Echo Players’ Pirates of Penzance; music director/accompanist for Opera Nanaimo’s Voices in the Vineyard concerts; and rehearsal/orchestral accompanist for Vancouver Island University’s production of Sondheims Into the Woods.

Tamara McCarthy, Director. A multiple Jessie Richardson Award nominated director and actor, Tamara’s recent directing credits include Julius Caesar (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival); A Brief History of Human Extinction (The Cultch/ upintheair); Into the Woods (Vancouver Island University); The Out Vigil (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); The Double Axe Murders (Rusticate/ PHT); The Sea; A Doll’s House (Slamming Door); Gruesome Playground Injuries (Dark Matter); Between the Sheets; Reasons to be Pretty (Western Edge); James and the Giant Peach (Chemainus Theatre Festival); The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; A Beautiful View (Naked Goddess). Recent appearances as an actor include world premieres, With Glowing Hearts (TheatreOne) and HELLO (Theatre Terrific/ Firehall). Upcoming Directing: TDAM remount tour (Gateway/ Evergreen).

Andrea Rodall, Soprano – Musetta. Andrea Rodall completed her Masters in Music Performance at UVIC in 2017. Past engagements include Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Most recently, she appeared as Amina in The Sleepwalker (Bellini’s La Sonnombula) and as the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah. She has also played the role of Adele (Die Fledermaus), Flora (La Traviata), Maria (Sound of Music) and Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls). Andrea has sung in the Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus and the Vancouver Island Opera Chorus. Andrea resides in Duncan where she runs her own music studio, Joy of Music, teaching voice and piano.

Wendy Alexander, Soprano – Mimi. Originally from the lower mainland, Wendy has recently returned from studying in Rome and Bologna. She had the wonderful experience of learning from some of the great masters of voice, including Monserrat Caballé, Edda Moser, and Marilyn Horne. Her repertoire covers a variety of roles including Abigaille in Nabucco; Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus; Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte; and more. She is thrilled to be singing with Opera Nanaimo and looking forward to the upcoming production of La Bohème this fall!

Michael MacKinnon – Colline. Michael grew up in Scotland, drumming in different bands, before realizing that singers got more attention. Since 2008, he has sung opera professionally, both in Canada and Europe. Recent roles include: Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love and Bartolo in The Barber of Seville (both for Burnaby Lyric Opera, BC). He will next be in Nanaimo for the Malaspina Choir’s Singalong Messiah, at St. Peter’s Church, 7.30pm, Friday, December 13.

Martin Renner-Wallace, Tenor – Rodolfo. Martin completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Victoria, during which he was also a member of the Pacific Opera Victoria’s Young Artist Programme. He went on to pursue a Masters of Music at the University of British Columbia. Praised for his “clear pure tenor sound with exquisite high notes and lush warmth in his lower register” (Kelowna Daily Courier) Martin has been actively engaged across Canada with opera companies and symphonies such as: Pacific Opera Victoria, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, and Jeunesse Musicale du Canada. His performances include: Rodolfo in La Bohème; Pollione in Norma;, Canio in Pagliacci; and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos

Jeremy Roszmann, Baritone – Schaunard. Nanaimo raised baritone Jeremy Roszmann performed a recital with soprano Rebecca Collett earlier this year helping to raise $2500 for charity.  He has sung with several choral and orchestral groups across Vancouver Island including the Sooke Philharmonic, UVic Orchestra, UVic Chamber Singers, Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra.  He was a regular chorus member with Pacific Opera Victoria while completing his BMus in Voice at the University of Victoria under Benjamin Butterfield.  He attended Opera Nuova’s summer program where he performed Le Roi in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Inquisitor and Croupie in Berstein’s Candide, and studied with John Fanning. Performances include Faure Requiem with the Island Consort Chamber Choir, Opera in the Vineyard with Opera Nanaimo, the role of Don Alfonso in the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart, Young Student in POV’s Les Feluettes and Duke of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers.

Jason Cook, Baritone – Marcello. Vancouver-born Jason Cook makes his Opera Nanaimo debut in the role of Marcello in La Bohème. Jason has performed across Canada and in Europe, China, and Australia. This past summer, following his appearance in the world première of East Van Opera’s Beauty’s Beast, Schmopera wrote, “vocally, [he] is a force of nature… and is positively breathtaking.” Other recent and upcoming credits include Marco in Gianni Schicchi (Opera Mimosa); Sharpless in Madama Butterfly; Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Burnaby Lyric Opera); Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Vancouver Island Opera); and Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods (Fighting Chance Productions).