News

Spring 2020

Gillian will be teaming up with collaborative pianist Natasha Fransblow for an exciting new project. Stay tuned for more details.

November 2019 Loose Tea Music Theatre double bill of Grigory Frid's The Diary of Anne Frank and World Premier of Cecilia Livingston's Singing Only Softly

Gillian has the honour of creating the role of Anne 2 in the world premier of Cecilia Livingston (composer) and Monica Pearce's (librettist) latest opera, Singing Only Softly with Loose Tea Music Theatre under the direction of Alaina Viau. www.looseteamusictheatre.com www.cecilialivingston.com www.monicapearce.com

March 2019 Next Wave Workshop

Workshop of Singing Only Softly with Loose Tea Music Theatre and in partnership with Musiqu

December 2018 Milton Choristers Holiday Concert

Gillian joins the Milton Choristers as the soprano soloist for their annual holiday concert which also celebrates the 50th anniversary. Under the direction of conductor Rachel Cleland, Gillian sings the soprano solo in Vivaldi's Gloria along with other seasonal favourites miltonchoristers.com

November 2018 Burlington Civic Chorale

Under the direction of Gary Fisher, Gillian sings the soprano solo in Mozart's beloved Requiem and the Te Deum of G.F Handel burlingtoncivicchorale.ca

July 2018

Loose Team Music Theatre's "Whose Opera is it Anyway" performs at the Hamilton Fringe Festival and the Ottawa Music and Beyond Festival

November 2015

Fidelio with Oshawa Opera

Gillian is excited to be joining cast members Jason Lamont (Floristan), Brigitte Bogar (Leonora), Grant Allert (Rocco), and Stephen Bell (Jacquino) as Marzelline in Oshawa Opera's production of Fidelio on November 15. http://www.theoshawaopera.com<

Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir Holiday Concert

November 28 St. George United Church - Gillian will perform a selection of holiday classics with the lovely gentlemen of the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir under the direction of William Woloschuk. http://welshchoir.ca/

October 2015

Gillian was thrilled to return to Montreal this month in order to attend the McGill Song Interpretation Class 40th Anniversary festivities. Besides catching up with friend and mentor, Michael McMahon, Gillian performed a set of Rachmaninoff songs with Montreal pianist and Song Interp alumnus, Tristan Lauber.

May 2015

Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women May 31

A strong advocate of both mental health and women's issues, Gillian is honoured to have been asked to be a spokesperson for this year's cross-Canada event. Besides participating in the actual Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women, Gillian will be sharing her own personal experiences in the hopes of destigmatizing this often taboo subject by raising awareness and empowering both women and men suffering from mental health issues to come forward and seek help. For information about how to participate in this great event, check out the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women website at runforwomen.ca

Beethoven's Fidelio with Oshawa Opera

Gillian is pleased to announce that she will be returning to sing the role of Marzelline with Oshawa Opera this November in their production of Fidelio. Visit www.theoshawaopera.com for further details.

Elijah with The Georgian Bay Concert Choir

Gillian will be performing the soprano solo in Mendelssohn's well know oratorio this Saturday, May 2 at 7pm at Georgian Shores United Church in Owen Sound. www.georgianbayconcertchoir.org

March 2015

CD Recording to support Music Therapy in the NICU at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto

Gillian is proud to be one of of the singers lending her voice to this worthy endeavour. The brainchild of fellow soprano, Cheryl Campbell, all proceeds from the sale of this CD will go towards helping establish a music therapy program in the NICU (Level III: critical care) and Level II nursery at Mount Sinai Hospital.

For further information on how to purchase CDs or donate to this cause, please visit www.musicforpreemies.ca

February 2015

Workshop of Hansel and Gretel with Shoestring Opera

Gillian is currently in the process of work shopping Shoestring Opera's latest creation based on the music of Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel. Gillian will sing the role of Gretel with baritone Alastair Smyth singing Hansel and cellist Anne Rankin doing double duty as the Witch. Initial Performances are scheduled for March 24 and 26. For more information visit www.shoestringopera.com

Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Georgian Bay Concert Chior

Gillian will make her debut with the Georgian Bay Concert Choir on May 2 as the soprano soloist in their performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah. Gillian joins Margaret Bárdos (alto), Christopher Mayell (tenor), and Andrew Tees (bass) under the baton of conductor Dan Lenz. For more information, visit www.georgianbayconcertchoir.org

Biography

Praised for her charming stage presence and vibrant vocal timbre, soprano Gillian Grossman has earned success both at home and abroad. Recently Gillian originated the role of Anne 2 in the world premier of Singing only Softly (Livingston/Pearce) with Loose Tea Music Theatre. As part of this double bill presentation, she also reprised her role as the title character in Grigory Frid's one woman opera The Diary of Anne Frank. In past seasons she has appeared as the soprano soloist in Elijah (Mendelssohn), Requiem (Mozart and Faure) Te Deum (Handel), and Gloria (Vivaldi) with the Georgian Bay Concert Choir, Masterworks of Oakville, The Burlington Civic Chorale and the Milton Choristers. In recent seasons she has appeared with the Georgian Bay Concert Choir as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem with Masterworks of Oakville. She has appeared as the guest soloist with the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir, Bluebridge Festival, Ardeleana, Aradia Ensemble, Etobicoke Centennial Choir, Arcady, the Boris Brott Festival, and La Chorale Cantabile amongst others.

Recently Gillian performed the role of Erste Dame in Confidential Opera’s innovative presentation of Die Zauberflöte. A long time member of the Shoestring Opera company, Gillian performed in their renditions of Hansel and Gretel, A Schoolyard Carmen, and Shoestring Magic Flute throughout the GTA and East Coast. Other premiers include Kamouraska with Opera in Concert, in which she created the role of Aunt Angelique for both the workshop and performance. Gillian was equally honoured to take part in both the workshop and eventual performances of R. Murray Schafer’s The Children’s Crusade, in conjunction with Soundstreams and the Luminato Festival. She also performed the role of one of the angels in the Veretski Pass opera, Lilith, The Night Demon as part of its Canadian premier at the Toronto Ashkenaz Festival.

Upon completing her studies, Gillian made her European operatic debut as a member of the Theaterchor for the Staatstheater in Sankt Gallen, Switzerland. While a member of the Chor, she was featured in a number of solo roles including Erste Mädchen (Der Zwerg), La chauve-souris (L’enfant et les sortilèges), and Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro). Other highlights during this period include her portrayal of the title character in Frid’s one- woman opera, Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank as part of the “Triangel” Internationale Kinder- und Jugentheaterfestival.

A graduate of McGill University, Gillian holds both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Vocal Performance. While at McGill, she was the recipient of both the Martha Schiller and Margaret Kalil Awards and performed such roles as Emmie (Albert Herring), Ida (Die Fledermaus), and Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte).

A native of Mississauga, Gillian currently lives in Oakville with her husband and two children and is a student of Tom Shilling.

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Repertoire

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Operatic Roles

ARNOLD

Polly

Damaris/Indian Scout

BECKETT       

Ruth    

First Woman

BELLINI        

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Giulietta

BEETHOVEN        

Fidelio

Marzelline

BIZET/PRICE

Schoolyard Carmen

Carmen

FRID  

Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank

Anne Frank

HANDEL

Rinaldo

Almirena

HOROWITZ 

Lilith, The Night Demon

Angel

HUMPERDINCK

Hänsel und Gretel

Gretel

KORNGOLD

Die Tote Stadt 

Lucienne

LEHÁR

The Count of Luxembourg

Coralie

LIVINGSTON

Singing Only Softly

Anne 2

MENOTTI

Amahl and the Night Visitors
The Old Maid and the Thief

The Mother

Laetitia

MOZART/ROBIC

Shoestring Magic Flute

Allegra

MOZART

Le nozze di Figaro
Die Zauberflöte
Cosí fan tutte

Barbarina
Pamina,
Despina, Fiordiligi

MULLER

Melissa’s Song

The Singer

RAVEL           

L’Enfant et les sortilèges

La chauve-souris

SONDHEIM

Sweeney Todd

Johanna

J. STRAUSS  

Die Fledermaus

Ida

SULLIVAN

The Mikado

Pitti-Sing

VERDI

Rigoletto

Gilda

WEBER

Die drei Pintos

Inez

WILSON

Kamouraska

Aunt Angelique

ZEMLINSKI   

Der Zwerg

Erste Mädchen

 

 

 

Operatic Scenes and Arias

BIZET
Les pêcheurs de perles |Léïla
            Me voilà seule… Comme autre fois

DONIZETTI
Don Pasquale | Norina
            Quel guardo il cavaliere… So anch’io la virtù magica

DVORÁK
Rusalka | Rusalka
            Mesíčku na nebi hlubokém

GOUNOD
Roméo et Juliette | Juliette
            Ah! Je veux vivre

HANDEL
Giulio Cesare |Cleopatra
            Piangerò la sorte mia
            Da tempeste

Alcina | Morgana
            Tornami a vagheggiar

MASSENET
Manon |Manon
            Obéissons quand leur voix appele
            Adieu, notre petite table

MENOTTI
The Medium |Monica
            Monica’s Waltz

MONTIVERDI
Poppea |Poppea
            Pur ti miro

MOORE
The Ballad of Baby Doe |Baby Doe
            Willow Song

MOZART
Die Zauberflöte |Papagena
            Pa pa pa

Don Giovanni |Zerlina
            Batti, batti, o bel Masetto
            Vedrai, carino
            La ci darem la mano

 Le nozze di Figaro |Susanna
            Giunse alfin il momento… Deh vieni, non tardar
            Sull’aria

PUCCINI
La Bohème |Musetta
            Quando men vo

Gianni Schicchi |Lauretta
            O mio babbino caro

Turandot | Liù
            Signore, ascolta!
            Tu che di gel sei cinta

SMETANA
Prodaná Nevesta (The Bartered Bride) | Marenka
            Och, jaky žal!... Ten lásky sen

R. STRAUSS
Der Rosenkavalier | Sophie
            Presentation of the Rose scene
            Marie Theres’, wie gut Sie ist
            Ist ein Traum… Spür nur dich       

STRAVINSKY
The Rake’s Progress | Anne Truelove
            No word from Tom… I go to him

VERDI
Falstaff  |Nannetta
            Sul fil d’un soffio etesio

WEBER
Der Freischütz |Ännchen
            Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen

Oratorio Repertoire

BRAHMS
Ein Deutsches Requiem

FAURÉ
Requiem

HANDEL
Messiah
Te Deum

HAYDN
Die Schöpfung (The Creation)

MENDELSSOHN
Elijah
Hör mein Bitten, Op. 96

MOZART
Exultate Jubilate
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Requiem

ORFF
Carmina Burana

PERGOLESI
Stabat Mater

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Serenade to Music

VIVALDI
Gloria

Oratorio Excerpts and Sacred Arias

BACH
Magnificat | Quia respexit

FRANCK
Panis Angelicus

GOUNOD
Ave Maria

HANDEL
Samson | Let the bright Seraphim

HAYDN
Stabat Mater | Quis non posset contristari

LLOYD WEBBER
Requiem | Pie Jesu

MOZART
Mass in C Minor | Laudamus te

OCHS
Dank sei dir, Herr

POULENC
Gloria | Domine deus

RUTTER
Magnificat | Et misericordia

VIVALDI
Goria | Laudamus te

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