Announcing EQ artists and 2018/2019 season

S1ngS1ng News, Projects

Announcing the Equilibrium Young Artists and EQ’s first season of performances, including The Rake’s Progress and Mozart’s Requiem. After processing applications from 350 singers from 39 countries, and hearing 125 live auditions, Barbara Hannigan selected 20 young professional singers and one young conductor from 11 countries to participate in the debut season of Equilibrium.

Simon Rivard conductor

EQ Conductors, EQ Artists 19/20

Montreal-born conductor Simon Rivard is currently serving his second season as Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. At the TSO, he is mentored by the Interim Music Director, Sir Andrew Davis. In 2018, he joined the Conducting Mentorship Program at the Verbier Festival Academy (Switzerland), where he had the chance to assist …

Charles Sy tenor

EQ EQ Artists 19/20, Tenors

Toronto native Charles Sy has been recognized locally and nationally as a promising young artist with a “softly lyric sound, a natural sense of phrasing coupled with a rare willingness to project beyond the apron” (National Post). Charles completed his BMus and MMus degrees at the University of Toronto and is an alumnus of several prestigious opera training programs including …

Emma Sventelius mezzo-soprano

S1ngS1ng EQ Artists 19/20, Mezzo-sopranos

Emma Sventelius made her international debut in November 2017 as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf and Duisburg, and during the season of 2018-2019, she sung Carmen in Bizet’s opera at Malmö Opera. On the opera stage, she has found a special interest in newly composed operas, having premiered several roles. In 2019 Emma had …

Jillian Bonner mezzo-soprano

EQ EQ Artists 19/20, Mezzo-sopranos

Hailing from Saint John, New Brunswick, Jillian Bonner is a graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program (2017–2018) and the University of Manitoba. A winner at the Boston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2019, Jillian’s notable engagements include Handel’s Messiah with Symphony New Brunswick and Mozart’s Requiem with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. On the opera …

Jenavieve Moore soprano

EQ EQ Artists 19/20, Sopranos

Described as “an artist of extraordinary talent,” soprano Jenavieve Moore has a “silvery voice of great flexibility, precision, and beauty,” and is internationally renowned for her Mozart and Strauss interpretations. The young Canadian began gaining attention in London when she stepped in at the last minute to sing Verdi’s Requiem at the Barbican Centre for the opening concert of the …

New documentary: “Barbara Hannigan – Taking Risks”

S1ngS1ng Multimedia, News

On Monday February 19th, a special presentation about the new documentary film project “Barbara Hannigan – Taking Risks”.
The film follows Hannigan as she prepares herself for her first opera production as a conductor of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and recruits the cast of Equilibrium singers through a personal selection process.