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Kofi Hayford & New York International Vocal Ensemble

December 7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

$25 – $40

A Christmas special you can’t see on TV – brand-new gospel and classical concert made just for Yellowknife with rising opera star Kofi Hayford and ensemble of world-class vocalists

New York City takes over Yellowknife with five of the fastest-rising singers in the metropolitan opera scene

Kofi Hayford

Described as possessing an “impressive” (Brooklyn Discovery) “sonorous,” (Meet Me at the Opera) and “stentorian bass voice” (National Herald), Kofi Hayford, is swiftly building his reputation as an accomplished young bass. Born to a Ghanaian-American family in New York, Kofi developed a love for classical singing in high school. He brings an exciting and stunning sound to stages and ensembles worldwide, among them the United Nations Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Loft Opera, Apotheosis Opera, Chelsea Opera, Central Florida Lyric Opera, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Regina Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Manhattan Opera Studio, and Amore Opera.

Kofi’s major opera roles include La Roche in Strauss’ Capriccio, Raimondo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Mephistopheles in Faust, Rodolfo in La Sonnambula, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sparafucile and Monterone in Rigoletto, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Baldassare in La Favorita. Kofi sang the inaugural performance of the Greek Opera Olympic Flame singing the role of the titan Prometheus at Lincoln Center – later receiving an award from UNESCO for this performance.

Other operatic roles and oratorio engagements include: The Monk and The Grand Inquisitor in Verdi’s Don Carlo; The Bonze in Madama Butterfly; Bass Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Rossini’s Stabat Mater; Count Monterone and from Verdi’s Rigoletto; Angelotti and Sacristan in Puccini’s Tosca; Masetto in Don Giovanni, the Doctor and Baron Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata; Balthazar in Amahl & The Night Visitors.

Kofi holds many awards and distinctions: the 2018 1st Place Winner of the Tchaikovsky Music Competition in Albany, a 2007 Songfest Young Artist, and 2017 NJ State Opera Guild Competition Finalist.


Daniel Beliavsky

Daniel Beliavsky, Ph.D., is an educator, concert pianist, music theorist, composer, and filmmaker. He has performed in Europe and throughout the United States with both orchestra and in recital—notable engagements have included concerto performances with the Milwaukee and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. His discography includes the world-premiere recording of composer Lukas Foss’s complete piano works, as well as music by J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Frederic Chopin, and Modest Mussorgsky.

Errin Brooks

Errin Duane Brooks is quickly gaining momentum as an American tenor from Detroit, Michigan.  Most recently, he appeared as the second Scottish Soldier in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night and understudied Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, both withMichigan Opera Theatre. Brooks has performed with other companies in the United States including South Shore Opera, Toledo Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Utah Festival Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Vita Korenova

Russian-American mezzo-soprano Viktoriya Vita Koreneva’s charisma and rich, distinctive voice make her the “emotional heartthrob” of the operatic stage. Moving effortlessly between comic and serious, masculine and feminine roles, she has been lauded for her “extraordinarily beautiful voice, the dramatic intensity of which can send chills down your spine”.

Jonathan Hare

Praised in previous productions for his “robust voice” and “comic flair,” Jonathan Hare holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He has sung in two world premieres by composer Victoria Bond, including the roles of James Blood in Mrs. President and Lenehan and Ben Dollard in Sirens. His other recent performances include singing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the role of Silvio in Pagliacci with the New Rochelle Opera, covering the roles of Fleville and Roucher in Andrea Chenier with the Opera Orchestra of New York, performing the roles of Tiny Tim in Thomas Pasatieri’s world premiere of God Bless us Everyone at the Dicapo Opera Theatre, and Trigorn in Chekhov’s The Seagull, also with Dicapo Opera. The Seagull was staged both in New York and at the Szeged National Theatre in Hungary. He has also sung the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflote with the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Belcore in L’Elisir d’amore, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus and Morales in Carmen with the Opera Company of Brooklyn. His singing has garnered praise from the New York Times, The Daily News and Classical Singer amongst others.

Chelsea Bonagura

American Soprano, Chelsea Bonagura has been praised for her “Beautifully warm and rich” voice (Classical Voice of North Carolina). Role highlights include: “Cunegonde” (Candide), “Susanna” and “Barbarina” (Le Nozze di Figaro), “Mimi” (La Bohème), Micaëla (Carmen), “1st Lady” (Die Zauberflöte), “Adina” L’elisir d’amore, “Donna Anna” (Don Giovanni), “Gretel” Hänsel und Gretel, and “Monica” The Medium. Ms. Bonagura has performed nationally and internationally with opera houses and orchestras including New York City Opera, Winston-Salem Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Roanoke, and the Charlotte Symphony.

35 Year Anniversary Celebration

Enjoy an evening of Hors D’oeuvres, champagne, live music and more!

NACC was built on the financial contributions that came in from across Canada, fueled by a Globe and Mail campaign and the volunteeer hours of hundreds of Yellowknifers. Reminisce about the elaborate story of how there came to be this incredible arts centre in Yellowknife; after all, the nearest theatre from here is only 1,000 miles away!

Celebration starts in the NACC Lobby prior to the performance.


December 7, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$25 – $40


Northern Arts & Cultural Centre
4701 - 52nd Avenue
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2N7 Canada
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(867) 766-6101


Northern Arts & Cultural Centre
(867) 766-6101