Camille Rogers, Mezzo-soprano

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About Camille

Performer

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A dynamic interpreter of opera, concert works, and musical theatre, specializing in historically informed performance

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Researcher

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Investigating how problematic historical works of music theatre can be transformed and made relevant through the bodies of modern queer performers

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Educator

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Committed to imparting a passion for thoughtful and informed performance to students and young musicians

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Biography

Mezzo-soprano Camille Rogers (they/them) has been praised for their “tremendous stage presence” and “real flair for comedy” as well as their “gathered sound” and the “striking clarity" of their coloratura. In 2019 Camille appeared as Aeneas with OperaQ (Dido and Aeneas), and as Suli/Suzie in Buddies in Bad Times’s world premiere of Pomegranate. Previous engagements include the role of Lake in FAWN's collectively improvised techno opera, Belladonna, Young Girl with Opera Atelier (Marriage of Figaro), and the title role in L’Italiana in Algeri with MYOpera. Camille has been featured as a soloist with the Toronto Bach Festival, Centric MusicFest, and Cor Unum Ensemble. They hold both a Master of Music and a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Toronto, and have been the recipient of several major academic awards, including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the Alberta Heritage Fund Arts Graduate Scholarship, and the Janet Stubbs Graduate Fellowship in Opera. Camille currently studies at the University of Toronto, pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts with a Collaborative Specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies. Their research investigates how potentially problematic historical works of music theatre can be transformed and made relevant to today's audiences through the bodies of modern queer performers.  Camille is a founding member of Cor Unum Ensemble and Co-Artistic Director of Toronto’s queer opera collective OperaQ.

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Select Performance Credits

Suli/Suzie (Pomegranate- Marshall) - Buddies in Bad Times (2019)

Director: Michael Mori

Music Director: Jennifer Tung


Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas- Purcell) - OperaQ (2019)

Director: Madison Angus


"She Shines on the Earth" Solo Recital - Centric MusicFest (2018)

Artistic Director: Ryan Kolodziej


Lake (Belladonna) - FAWN Chamber Creative (2018)

Director: Amanda Smith


Alto (Stabat Mater- Pergolesi) - Cor Unum Ensemble (2018)

Artistic Director: Ruth Denton


Young Girl (The Marriage of Figaro- Mozart) - Opera Atelier (2017)

Director: Marshall Pynkoski

Music Director: David Fallis


Isabella (L'Italiana in Algeri- Rossini) - MYOpera (2017)

Director: Anna Theodosakis

Music Director: Natasha Fransblow


Alto (St. Mark Passion- Bach) Toronto Bach Festival (2017)

Music Director: John Abberger


Tirinto (Imeneo- Handel) U of T Opera (2017)

Director: Tim Albery

Music Director: Dan Taylor


Alto (Gloria- Vivaldi) Schola Cantorum (2016)

Music Director: Paul McCreesh

Lectures and Workshops

"L'Eraclito Amoroso" Lecture and Performance (2018)

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden


Baroque Dance Workshop (2018)

Lethbridge Registered Music Teachers' Association

Publications

"Listening for a Queer Utopia: Unexpected Pleasures in Baroque Castrato Roles." Whatever: A transdisciplinary journal of queer theories and studies 2, no. 1 (2019).

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Education, Awards & Scholarships

Doctor of Musical Arts - University of Toronto (2019-present)

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2019)

Master of Arts, Musicology - University of Toronto (2017-present)

Jack Hallam Award of Excellence (2018)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2018)

Master of Music, Music Performance (Opera) - University of Toronto (2017)

SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship - Masters (2016)

Janet Stubbs Graduate Fellowship in Opera (2015)

Alberta Heritage Fund Arts Graduate Scholarship (2015)

University of Lethbridge Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal (2015)

Bachelor of Music with Great Distinction - University of Lethbridge (2015)

Current Positions

Co-Artistic Director - OperaQ

Teaching Assistant - University of Toronto

Research Assistant - University of Toronto

Private Instructor - Voice & Theory

Past Positions

Gender Diversity Consultant - Opera Laurier (2019)

Opera Division Assistant - U of T Opera (2016-2017)

Music Director - Lethbridge Shakespeare in the Park (2015)

Senior Student Instructor - University of Lethbridge Conservatory (2014-2015)

Programming Intern - Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra (2013-2015)