Chad Louwerse, baritone
Chad Louwerse debuted in Europe with l’Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg as Bernadino in Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini and in Canada has been heard from Quebec to British Columbia. With the Montreal Opera, he starred as Boniface in Haydn’s Il Mondo Della Luna, sang Talpa in Il Tabarro and covered Leporello in Don Govanni. As a member of Montreal Opera’s Atelier Lyrique, he was singled out by Gingras of La Presse in Chabrier’s L’Etoile, who stated that “for pure comedy, first distinction goes to Chad Louwerse”.
In 2007-2008 he sang Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with Montreal Opera and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Pacific Opera Victoria. In 2008-2009, he was in Vancouver for Artesia in Eugene Onegin, a Nazarene in Salome and Monterone in Rigoletto and was also heard as Hortensius in Edmonton Opera’s La Fille du Regiment and as Palemon in Thaïs for Opera Pacific Victoria. Highlights of the 2009-2010 season include The Rake's Progress for Pacific Opera Victoria, Alidoro in Cenerentola and is bass soloist in Johannes Passion for the Calgary Philharmonic.
In past seasons Mr. Louwerse appeared with Pacific Opera Victoria as Harasta in Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen and Bonze in Madama Butterfly. He performed the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro and Balthazar in Menotti’s Amahl and the nght Visitors with Opera NUOVA, Don Alfonso in Cos fan tutti with the Opera Project and Leporello in Don Giovanni with the Masterworks Festival. He was a member of the Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble singing Bartolo in Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! based on Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Sviglia and Alidoro in La Cenerentola. He has been featured in Vancouver’s mainstage series in Macbeth, Werther and as Happy in La Fanciulla del West.
He is a winner of both the CBC Westcoast Performance Pacific Spotlight competition and the Début competition and has given recitals broadcast on CBC Radio Two. On CD, he can be heard in excerpts of Robert Turner’s opera Vile Shadow and Sylvia Rickard’s song-cycle Three Chinese Songs of Autumn for the Canadian Music Centre. He was named to the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in 2005 and received the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold award. An active oratorio singer and recitalist, Mr. Louwerse’s concert repertoire includes the Bach Mass in B minor, the Brahms and Mozart Requiems and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Megan Skidmore, soprano
Megan Skidmore obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Voice Performance from McGill University. She continued her studies at the Wiener Meisterkurze in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien.
While in Montreal she had great success as Feu and Rossignol in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Cunegonde in Candide and Sara Riel in Louis Riel with Opera McGill. She also performed the title role in Princess Ida and Josephine in HMS Pinafore with McGill’s Savoy Society. She has performed the role of Annina in Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of La Traviata and was also a member of the POV opera chorus for their productions of Erewhon and Il Trovatore. Ms. Skidmore will next been heard singing the soprano solo in Schubert’s Mass in G major with the North Island Choral Society and the soprano solo in Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem at the 2009 Chorfest in Powell River. She has collaborated with pianist Sarah Hagen for a number of performances in the Comox Valley.
Ms. Skidmore was raised in the Comox Valley and returned in 2007 as a private voice teacher. Her students’ accomplishments include acceptance to the University of Victoria Voice Program and the Grant MacEwan College Musical Theatre program and performance in the Provincial Festival of the Arts. She was also a music director for Mel Brooks’ The Producers presented by Light Fantastic Productions in November 2008.
Ms. Skidmore joined the faculty of the Powell River Academy of Music in 2009. She teaches voice, is music director for the Musical Theatre Program and conducts the Powell River Girls Choir.