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Hidden Gems of Ukrainian Opera and Art Song

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 2:30pm

$25 per ticket - SOLD OUT!

The 6th concert in the York Place Musical Salon.

Taryn Plater, Derek Stanyer

About the Event

Even in Canada, a country with the world’s third-highest Ukrainian population, Ukrainian classical music remains under-appreciated. Russia's invasion of Ukraine makes the opportunity to uplift this music all the more poignant. This concert will showcase stunning piano and vocal works from Ukraine’s classical music repertoire, performed by Ukrainian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Taryn Plater and acclaimed pianist Derek Stanyer, both of Vancouver.

About the Musicians

Taryn Plater

Taryn Plater is a versatile performer strongly invested in the future of opera and arts outreach. Recognized for her “dramatic and vocal thrust” (Opera Canada), the Vancouver-based mezzo-soprano was a 2021–2022 RBC Artist Fellow with the Association for Opera in Canada and a 2021 Vancouver Opera Foundation bursary recipient. Taryn created the digital artist statement First Steps with Against the Grain's 2021 National Opera Intensive exploring her cultural heritage through Ukrainian art song, and in 2022, received a Ukraine – Heritage, Spirit and Future award in recognition of her artistic focus on Ukrainian art song. In addition to her performance endeavours, Taryn is a mentor with Opera InReach and the founding Artistic Director of Opera Unbound.

Derek Stanyer

Derek Stanyer has performed extensively both as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist throughout Canada, France, Belgium, Austria, USA, and Mexico. He has trained at the Vancouver International Song Institute and Songfest, and has taught at the Valhalla Suzuki Institute, the UBC Summer Vocal Academy, and the CYMC summer program. Derek’s recent notable performances include the NATSAA vocal competition, the Vancouver Fringe Festival, the Silk Purse Gallery concert series, Music Friends concert series in Vancouver, and recordings with opera companies Good Mess Opera, and Opera Unbound. He is currently a DMA candidate at the University of British Columbia with a full Doctoral Fellowship, and is on staff at UBC Opera as a vocal coach.


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