Aaron Durand, baritone
 
 
He has a rich upper register, a sense of the comical and the ludicrous, and moreover, an ability to convey irony with a side-dish of pathos.
— Calgary Herald, 2014
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biography

Aaron Durand is dedicated to exploring the work of Canadian composers, and intent on delivering good music to new audiences wherever, whenever, and however he can.

He began his journey intending to become a Broadway star, and really didn’t like opera. But when offered a chorus position for Eugene Onegin in Victoria, British Columbia, everything changed.

An alumnus of UBC, Aaron holds a Master’s degree in Opera Performance, working under the tutelage of famed Canadian baritone Peter Barcza, the considerable directorial prowess of Nancy Hermiston, and the interpretive mastery of Rena Sharon. As part of the UBC Opera Ensemble, Aaron had the privilege of performing roles across the entire operatic spectrum, including Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Danilo (The Merry Widow), John A. MacDonald (Louis Riel), Thomas Putnam (The Crucible), the Gamekeeper (Rusalka), and Pandolfe (Cendrillon). As part of the Ensemble’s summer program, he also traveled to the Czech Republic three summers in a row, performing Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Count (Le nozze di Figaro) and Schaunard (La Bohème) in theatres across the country. Finally, as part of the Ensemble's cultural exchange trip, Aaron performed operatic excerpts across Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai.

Aaron graduated in 2012 and was granted a spot in Vancouver Opera’s newly minted Yulanda M. Faris program. From 2012-2014, Aaron performed numerous roles with VO, including Schaunard (La Bohème), Samuel (The Pirates of Penzance), Speaker (The Magic Flute), Sid (Albert Herring), and Masetto (Don Giovanni). Simultaneously, he was committed to building a reputation as an independent artist, performing music both classic and contemporary across the Lower Mainland, with highlights including Silvio (I Pagliacci) with Burnaby Lyric Opera, and workshopping exciting new music by local composer David MacIntyre. He is also deeply grateful to have performed the role Javan in When the Sun Comes Out, Leslie Uyeda’s deeply important work, for the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival.

Now living in Toronto, Aaron has started a new chapter of life by participating in the thriving indie opera community, beginning in 2014 by playing the “guileless and loveable” (Opera Going Toronto) Masetto in Against the Grain Theatre’s #UncleJohn, a visionary re-imagining of Don Giovanni. Steadfast in his belief in the power of contemporary opera, he continues to explore pieces such as Heggie's Dead Man Walking with Opera on the Avalon, and has also received a Dora award as part of the ensemble in Tapestry Opera's smash hit, The Rocking Horse Winner

 
 
 
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repertoire

 
 

role, Opera 

Almaviva, Nozze di Figaro
Cascada, The Merry Widow
Dancaïre, Carmen
Danilo, The Merry Widow
Death (Yama), Savitri
Fiorello/Sargeant, Il barbiere di Siviglia
Gamekeeper, Rusalka
Guglielmo, Così fan tutte
The House, Rocking Horse Winner
Innkeeper, Manon Lescaut (Puccini)
Jacob Grimm, The Brothers Grimm
Javan, When the Sun Comes Out
John A. MacDonald, Louis Riel
Kaplan, Street Scene
Marcello, La Bohème
Marco, Gianni Schicchi
Marullo, Rigoletto
Masetto, Don Giovanni
Masetto, #UncleJohn
Owen Hart, Dead Man Walking
Pandolfe, Cendrillon
Papageno, Die Zauberflöte
Person #3, Stickboy
Pirate King, Pirates of Penzance
Samuel, Pirates of Penzance
Shepherd #4, Daphne
Sciarrone, Tosca
Schaunard, La Bohème
Seikyo, Tea: A Mirror of Soul
Sid, Albert Herring
Speaker, Die Zauberflöte
Thomas Putnam, The Crucible
Vater, Hansel and Gretel

chamber/symphonic/choral

In Terra Pax, Finzi
Five Mystical Songs, Vaughan Williams
Le bal masqué, Poulenc
Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Mahler
Messiah, Handel
Requiem, Hidas
Requiem, Mozart
Symphony #9, Beethoven

cycles

A Shropshire Lad, Butterworth
Bredon Hill and Other Songs, Butterworth
Let us Garlands Bring, Finzi
Three Songs of War, Ives
Liederkreis Op. 24, Schumann
Der Arme Peter, Schumann
Songs of Travel, Vaughan Williams

 


Musical theatre, etc.

Nathan Detroit, Guys and Dolls
George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life

 

 

Engaged by

Against the Grain Theatre
Amici Chamber Ensemble
Banff Centre for the Arts
Brott Opera
Burnaby Lyric Opera
Edmonton Opera
FAWN
Kamloops Symphony
Milan and Faye
Opera on the Avalon
Opera Kelowna
Talisker Players
Tapestry Opera
Vancouver Academy of Music
Vancouver Bach Choir
Vancouver Island Symphony
Vancouver Opera
Vancouver Queer Arts Festival
Vancouver Symphony

Education

Yulanda M. Faris Program, 2012-14
Vancouver Opera

M.Mus, 2012
University of British Columbia

B.Mus, 2010
University of British Columbia

AVCM Diploma, 2007
Victoria Conservatory of Music

 

 
 
 

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