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Katerina Tchoubar

Biography

Julia Morgan

“Tchoubar's agile voice often seemed like a kite that took flight at the slightest gust of the wind; her physical involvement in the role conveyed a similar volatility”- wrote Tamara Bernstein in the National Post review about Katerina in the role of Blanch de la Force in Dialoque des Carmelites. Since that performance Tchoubar received similar compliments about her other opera roles including Geoff Chapman's in The Toronto Star about her as Magda in La Rondine: “Katerina Tchoubar exploited rich, rounded notes, pleasing vibrato and a growing sense of longing and pain....she achieved what most others don't – connecting with with impassioned confessional to the audience.” Katerina's previous opera roles include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte by Mozart,  Anna Glawari in Merry Widow by Lehar, Lucy in The Threepenny Opera by K. Weill, Violetta in  La Traviata by Verdi,  Tytania in Britten's  Midsummer Night's Dream, Valetto in Coronation of Poppea by Monteverdi, Frasquita in Carmen by Bizet, Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel by  Humperdinck. 

In the recent Memorial Concert dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the Great Ukrainian famine-genocide of 1932, she premiered the "Voice of Hope", a piece for soprano and string orchestra, written by Larisa Kusmenko,  conducted by Gary Kulesha.  Katerina appeared at the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio performing a series of songs by Chopin at the Chopin Anniversary Concert, and as First Nymph in the Feast of the Water Nymphs by Leontovich and conducted by Kvitka Kondracki. For the last three years she has been a regular guest performer at the Vesnivka choir's semiannual concerts. Recently Katerina completed her second year as a member of Canadian Opera Company Chorus. 

Mrs. Tchoubar, an alumni of the Royal Conservatory of Music, graduated from both the Professional Diploma Program of the Glenn Gould Professional School and ARCT.  She is a distinguished graduate of the University of Toronto Opera School, where she studied voice with Lorna MacDonald. Katerina's first vocal teacher - Eraine Schwing-Braun, still remains her advisor, coach and friend. Her awards include a first prize in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition, two first prizes and one second prize in the three categories of the Kiwanis Music Festival , as well as the Jean Marie Scott Memorial Scholarship. In the NATS Artist Award International Competition Katerina was awarded the Second Grand Prize and The Dorothy Kirsten-James Browning Award for most promising young singer. At the Opera School she received the Anne and Jack Crane Memorial Scholarship  and was awarded a full scholarship by Peter and Helene Hunt. 

Katerina Tchoubar enjoyed to be a part of  of Toronto Operetta Theatre's production of  “Wiener Blut” by Johann Strauss as Gabi, “Gypsy Violins” by Kalman as Sari, and  received numerous praises for  Opera in Concert's production of “Mazepa” by Tchaikovsky as Maria and of “Snow Maden” by Rimsky-Korsakov as Kupava with  Bill Silva-Marin as a General Director.