Music of Kevin Morse, guest artist in faculty recital at Mount Allison University. Sackville, NB; September 21, 2015.
Regina by Elisha Denburg, with the Gilsig Series in Jewish Arts and Culture, Dalhousie University, and Essential Opera. Halifax, NS; October 8, 2015.
Messiah by G.F. Handel, with London Pro Music and the Musicians of Orchestra London. St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, ON; December 9, 2015.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church, London, ON; December 14, 2015.
Soprano Erin Bardua has been praised for her “brilliant-toned voice, agile and strong, yet warm and relaxed” with “delightful coloratura and confident command of the stage.”
Erin made her professional operatic debut as Anna in Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of Verdi’s Nabucco. Since then, Erin’s operatic roles have included Nannetta (Verdi’s Falstaff), Antonia and Giulietta (Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann), numerous Mozart including Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Alcina (Handel), Constanza (Haydn’s L’isola disabitata) and Elena (Gluck’s Paride ed Elena).
Erin is an accomplished concert soloist who has sung Handel’s perennial favourite, Messiah, with numerous choirs and orchestras, including the Pax Christi Chorale, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Oshawa-Durham Orchestra and Chorus, the Arcady Baroque Ensemble, the Georgian Bay Concert Choir, the Menno Singers, and the St. James Cathedral Choir. Other oratorio engagements include Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Vaughan Williams’ Hodie, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Esther and Judas Maccabaeus, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Rutter’s Requiem, M.A. Charpentier’s Te Deum, Bach’s Magnificat, St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Saint-Säens’ Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Nulla in mundo pax sincera, and In furore justissimae irae, and Zelenka’s Missa Omnium Sanctorum.
A lover of contemporary music, Erin frequently includes contemporary and cabaret works in her recital repertoire. She has also been featured with the Talisker Players Chamber Ensemble in programmes highlighting works by living and Canadian composers. As a young artist, she attended the Dramatic Integration program for Contemporary Opera and Song at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and created a leading role in the new opera Eyes on the Mountain while studying at the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Opera Studio. In Toronto, she participated in the workshop process of Andrew Ager’s opera Frankenstein, singing the role of Elizabeth, the doctor’s fiancée. Other modern stage roles in Erin’s background include Cathleen in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea with Opera Anonymous, and leading roles in Essential Opera’s recent premieres of newly-composed Canadian works Regina by Elisha Denburg (Regina), Etiquette by Monica Pearce (Emily Post), and Heather: Cindy + Mindy = BFFs 4EVER by Christopher Thornborrow (Mindy).
In addition to performing, Ms. Bardua is a voice teacher and adjudicator. She has a Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Jean MacPhail. She is represented by Nancy Knowles at Knowles Artists Management.