MEET THE OPERABOX TEAM
Tenor Martin Sadd 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. After completing his degree he participated in both the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Programme and the Vancouver Opera Yulanda M. Farris Young Artist Programme. 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 he is very happy to add Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos to his canon of repertoire.
Chloé Hurst (soprano) is an active singer, pianist and teacher in Vancouver. Hailed by Opera Canada as having “enviable clarity and precision,” and having “a bright soprano, wide range and even pitch,” her talent has taken her around the world. Chloé started her formal training in music at the age of three as a pianist, and it was not until university where she completed an undergrad and master’s degree in opera performance at UBC, when she started to pursue her other passion, singing. Chloé has had the privilege of performing across North America, Europe and China in operas, concerts and competitions. Past roles include Adina (L’elisir D’amore), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Mimì (La Bohème) and many more. In 2019 she gave two solo recitals in Italy and won first prize in the Canadian Division of the 28th World Music Competition. As a versatile performer, Chloé has also sung various works with orchestra such as Handel’s Messiah, Berlioz’s Les Nuit D’été and Vaughan Williams’A Sea Symphony. Alongside performing, Chloé is on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music teaching theory, piano and voice and is the head of the early music education department.
Music Director/Artist Outreach
Perri Lo is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach, working in opera, chamber music, and dance. A native of Calgary, she has traveled across Canada for career development and professional engagements: from Montreal where she completed her MMus at McGill University (‘11); Toronto to pursue an Artist Diploma at the University of Toronto as Opera répétiteur (‘18); and most recently Vancouver where she joined the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program of Vancouver Opera as apprentice coach (‘18-19), as well as music directing and collaborating with Indie Opera West companies. Aside from performing with singers and instrumentalists, she has worked with dancers across Canada at Ballet BC, Arts Umbrella Dance Company, l’École supérieure du ballet de Québec, and Canada’s National Ballet and School. Prior to COVID-19, Perri was sharing the new Canadian opera The Flight of the Hummingbird with schools and theatres across southern British Columbia. Since then, she has begun working with two new collectives: creating digital operatic content with OperaBox Company, a digital opera platform showcasing diverse singers of the West Coast, and as Director of Operations Vancouver with Opera InReach, a mentorship program and progressive opera collective bringing innovative educational tools to the next generation of opera.
Canadian-Asian mezzo-soprano Emma Parkinson is establishing herself among the new generation of classical artists. Emma has appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver Bach Choir for Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Duruflé's Requiem. Emma made her debut with Vancouver Opera as Jade Boucher in a new production of Dead Man Walking, and debuted with Pacific Opera Victoria in the staged premiere of Rattenbury by Tobin Stokes. She has performed with Burnaby Lyric Opera as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and the title role in Carmen. Emma has also performed with multiple symphonies across Canada including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Symphony, Orchestre Métropolitain, and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble. Other notable performances include Orlofsky in Opéra de Montréal’s production of La Chauve Souris(Die Fledermaus) and Siébel in Faust, also with Opéra de Montréal. Emma made her European debut in Germany as Mercedes in a new production of Carmen with Seefestspiele Berlin. She is a three-time laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques and a proud recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.