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Emily Klassen
Soprano Emily Klassen is quickly gaining attention for her clear, expressive singing and intelligent interpretation of 17th & 18th Century music. With the generous assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, Emily participated this past August in the Accademia Europea Dell'Opera (AEDO) in Amsterdam where she performed the roles of Amor and Minerva in Monteverdi's "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria" under the baton of Gary Thor Wedow, directed by Tim Nelson.

In Toronto, Emily has performed in several opera productions including the role of Doriclea in excerpts from La Doriclea by Cavalli (Toronto Continuo Collective), The Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute (Summer Opera Lyric Theatre), Casilda in The Gondoliers by Gilbert & Sullivan (Toronto Operetta Theatre), and Adrianna in The Boys from Syracuse by Rodgers and Lorenz (Tryp Tych Productions). Outside Toronto Emily has sung the role of Calisto in exceprts from Cavalli's La Calisto, and Nanetta in excerpts from Verdi's Falstaff (Canadian Operatic Arts Academy - London, ON), Eurydice in excerpts from Orphée aux enfers by Offenbach (Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium - Spoleto, Italy) and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Britten (Opera NUOVA - Edmonton, AB).

As a soloist Emily has appeared with Interationaal Danstheatre in Amsterdam, Toronto Continuo Collective and the Cardinal Consort of Viols, Vocal Horizons Chamber Choir, Le Nouvel Opéra in Montréal and Toronto Operetta Theatre.

Emily's other love - acting - has lead to two films with the Canadian Film Centre, Bigg Job and Odysseus and the Sea Nymphs, as well as the independent film Gone with DVision Productions. TV appearances include the Lifetime Network series Angela's Eyes, the CTV series Flashpoint and most recently playing the opera singer in an episode of the NBC series Hanni

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