Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio soprano Colleen Skull recently sang the role of Countess Ceprano in the COC’s production of Rigoletto and also performed the role of Dido in the Ensemble Studio production of Dido and Aeneas in December 2003.
She made her debut with the COC in 2001/02 as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare in Egitto and has gone on to perform Modestina in Il viaggio a Reims, the Nurse in Boris Godunov, Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw, Barena in JenÛfa and Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri.
A former mezzo-soprano, her previous roles include Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Bianca in La rondine, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites and Flora in La Traviata. She performed the title role in The Medium at Centre d’Arts Orford, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte in Winnipeg. This season with the COC, Ms. Skull also sang at the 2003 Altamira Summer Opera Concerts and covered the roles of Alice Ford in Falstaff and Liù in Turandot.