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November 2015

Fidelio with Oshawa Opera

Gillian is excited to be joining cast members Jason Lamont (Floristan), Brigitte Bogar (Leonora), Grant Allert (Rocco), and Stephen Bell (Jacquino) as Marzelline in Oshawa Opera's production of Fidelio on November 15. http://www.theoshawaopera.com<

Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir Holiday Concert

November 28 St. George United Church - Gillian will perform a selection of holiday classics with the lovely gentlemen of the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir under the direction of William Woloschuk. http://welshchoir.ca/

October 2015

Gillian was thrilled to return to Montreal this month in order to attend the McGill Song Interpretation Class 40th Anniversary festivities. Besides catching up with friend and mentor, Michael McMahon, Gillian performed a set of Rachmaninoff songs with Montreal pianist and Song Interp alumnus, Tristan Lauber.

May 2015

Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women May 31

A strong advocate of both mental health and women's issues, Gillian is honoured to have been asked to be a spokesperson for this year's cross-Canada event. Besides participating in the actual Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women, Gillian will be sharing her own personal experiences in the hopes of destigmatizing this often taboo subject by raising awareness and empowering both women and men suffering from mental health issues to come forward and seek help. For information about how to participate in this great event, check out the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women website at runforwomen.ca

Beethoven's Fidelio with Oshawa Opera

Gillian is pleased to announce that she will be returning to sing the role of Marzelline with Oshawa Opera this November in their production of Fidelio. Visit www.theoshawaopera.com for further details.

Elijah with The Georgian Bay Concert Choir

Gillian will be performing the soprano solo in Mendelssohn's well know oratorio this Saturday, May 2 at 7pm at Georgian Shores United Church in Owen Sound. www.georgianbayconcertchoir.org

March 2015

CD Recording to support Music Therapy in the NICU at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto

Gillian is proud to be one of of the singers lending her voice to this worthy endeavour. The brainchild of fellow soprano, Cheryl Campbell, all proceeds from the sale of this CD will go towards helping establish a music therapy program in the NICU (Level III: critical care) and Level II nursery at Mount Sinai Hospital.

For further information on how to purchase CDs or donate to this cause, please visit www.musicforpreemies.ca

February 2015

Workshop of Hansel and Gretel with Shoestring Opera

Gillian is currently in the process of work shopping Shoestring Opera's latest creation based on the music of Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel. Gillian will sing the role of Gretel with baritone Alastair Smyth singing Hansel and cellist Anne Rankin doing double duty as the Witch. Initial Performances are scheduled for March 24 and 26. For more information visit www.shoestringopera.com

Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Georgian Bay Concert Chior

Gillian will make her debut with the Georgian Bay Concert Choir on May 2 as the soprano soloist in their performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah. Gillian joins Margaret Bárdos (alto), Christopher Mayell (tenor), and Andrew Tees (bass) under the baton of conductor Dan Lenz. For more information, visit www.georgianbayconcertchoir.org

Biography

Praised for her charming stage presence and vibrant vocal timbre, soprano Gillian Grossman has earned success both at home and abroad. This season she will make her debut with the Georgian Bay Concert Choir as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. On the concert stage, Gillian was most recently featured as the soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem with Masterworks of Oakville, under the baton of Charles Demuynck. She has appeared as the guest soloist with the Bluebridge Festival, Ardeleana, Aradia Ensemble, Etobicoke Centennial Choir, Arcady, the Boris Brott Festival, and La Chorale Cantabile.

The upcoming season will also see Gillian play the role of Gretel in the premier of Shoetring Opera’s latest touring production, Hansel and Gretel. A longtime member of the company, Gillian continues to perform in Shoestring’s productions of A Schoolyard Carmen, and Shoestring Magic Flute throughout the GTA. Other premiers include Kamouraska with Opera in Concert, in which she created the role of Aunt Angelique for both the workshop and performance. Gillian was equally honoured to take part in both the workshop and eventual performances of R. Murray Schafer’s The Children’s Crusade, in conjunction with Soundstreams and the Luminato Festival. Most recently, Gillian performed the role of one of the angels in the Veretski Pass opera, Lilith, The Night Demon as part of its Canadian premier at the Toronto Ashkenaz Festival. Favourite operatic roles include Giulietta, Gretel, Almirena, Laetitia, Despina, Pamina, and Johanna.

Upon completing her studies, Gillian made her European operatic debut as a member of the Theaterchor for the Staatstheater in Sankt Gallen, Switzerland. While a member of the Chor, she was featured in a number of solo roles including Erste Mädchen (Der Zwerg), La chauve-souris (L’enfant et les sortilèges), and Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro). Other highlights during this period include her portrayal of the title character in Frid’s one-woman opera, Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank as part of the “Triangel” Internationale Kinder- und Jugentheaterfestival.

A graduate of McGill University, Gillian holds both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Vocal Performance. While at McGill, she was the recipient of both the Martha Schiller and Margaret Kalil Awards and performed such roles as Emmie (Albert Herring), Ida (Die Fledermaus), and Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte).

A native of Mississauga, Gillian currently lives in Oakville with her husband and two children and is a student of Tom Shilling.

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Repertoire

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Operatic Roles

ARNOLD

Polly

Damaris/Indian Scout

BECKETT       

Ruth    

First Woman

BELLINI        

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Giulietta

BEETHOVEN        

Fidelio

Marzelline

BIZET/PRICE

Schoolyard Carmen

Carmen

FRID  

Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank

Anne Frank

HANDEL

Rinaldo

Almirena

HOROWITZ 

Lilith, The Night Demon

Angel

HUMPERDINCK

Hänsel und Gretel

Gretel

KORNGOLD

Die Tote Stadt 

Lucienne

LEHÁR

The Count of Luxembourg

Coralie

MENOTTI

Amahl and the Night Visitors
The Old Maid and the Thief

The Mother

Laetitia

MOZART/ROBIC

Shoestring Magic Flute

Allegra

MOZART

Le nozze di Figaro
Die Zauberflöte
Cosí fan tutte

Barbarina
Pamina
Despina, Fiordiligi

MULLER

Melissa’s Song

The Singer

RAVEL           

L’Enfant et les sortilèges

La chauve-souris

SONDHEIM

Sweeney Todd

Johanna

J. STRAUSS  

Die Fledermaus

Ida

SULLIVAN

The Mikado

Pitti-Sing

VERDI

Rigoletto

Gilda

WEBER

Die drei Pintos

Inez

WILSON

Kamouraska

Aunt Angelique

ZEMLINSKI   

Der Zwerg

Erste Mädchen

 

 

 

Operatic Scenes and Arias

BIZET
Les pêcheurs de perles |Léïla
            Me voilà seule… Comme autre fois

DONIZETTI
Don Pasquale | Norina
            Quel guardo il cavaliere… So anch’io la virtù magica

DVORÁK
Rusalka | Rusalka
            Mesíčku na nebi hlubokém

GOUNOD
Roméo et Juliette | Juliette
            Ah! Je veux vivre

HANDEL
Giulio Cesare |Cleopatra
            Piangerò la sorte mia
            Da tempeste

Alcina | Morgana
            Tornami a vagheggiar

MASSENET
Manon |Manon
            Obéissons quand leur voix appele
            Adieu, notre petite table

MENOTTI
The Medium |Monica
            Monica’s Waltz

MONTIVERDI
Poppea |Poppea
            Pur ti miro

MOORE
The Ballad of Baby Doe |Baby Doe
            Willow Song

MOZART
Die Zauberflöte |Papagena
            Pa pa pa

Don Giovanni |Zerlina
            Batti, batti, o bel Masetto
            Vedrai, carino
            La ci darem la mano

 Le nozze di Figaro |Susanna
            Giunse alfin il momento… Deh vieni, non tardar
            Sull’aria

PUCCINI
La Bohème |Musetta
            Quando men vo

Gianni Schicchi |Lauretta
            O mio babbino caro

Turandot | Liù
            Signore, ascolta!
            Tu che di gel sei cinta

SMETANA
Prodaná Nevesta (The Bartered Bride) | Marenka
            Och, jaky žal!... Ten lásky sen

R. STRAUSS
Der Rosenkavalier | Sophie
            Presentation of the Rose scene
            Marie Theres’, wie gut Sie ist
            Ist ein Traum… Spür nur dich       

STRAVINSKY
The Rake’s Progress | Anne Truelove
            No word from Tom… I go to him

VERDI
Falstaff  |Nannetta
            Sul fil d’un soffio etesio

WEBER
Der Freischütz |Ännchen
            Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen

Oratorio Repertoire

BRAHMS
Ein Deutsches Requiem

FAURÉ
Requiem

HANDEL
Messiah

HAYDN
Die Schöpfung (The Creation)

MENDELSSOHN
Elijah
Hör mein Bitten, Op. 96

MOZART
Exultate Jubilate
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore

ORFF
Carmina Burana

PERGOLESI
Stabat Mater

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Serenade to Music

Oratorio Excerpts and Sacred Arias

BACH
Magnificat | Quia respexit

FRANCK
Panis Angelicus

GOUNOD
Ave Maria

HANDEL
Samson | Let the bright Seraphim

HAYDN
Stabat Mater | Quis non posset contristari

LLOYD WEBBER
Requiem | Pie Jesu

MOZART
Mass in C Minor | Laudamus te

OCHS
Dank sei dir, Herr

POULENC
Gloria | Domine deus

RUTTER
Magnificat | Et misericordia

VIVALDI
Goria | Laudamus te

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