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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.