Soprano Caitlin Wood grew up in St. Albert, Alberta where she quickly developed her love of music and performing. Besides her passion for opera she loves hiking, reading, cooking, and most recently learning how to trapeze. Recently she graduated from the University of Toronto Opera School under the tutelage of Mary Marrison and was the 2012-2013 recipient of the Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera.
She currently is a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program with Vancouver Opera. This season with Vancouver Opera she appeared as the gypsy Frasquita in Carmen, understudied Adele in Die Fledermaus, and performed Laurette in Le Docteur Miracle with the Young Artists. Other past roles include Mabel (Pirates from Penzance), Nannetta (Falstaff), Marie (La fille du régiment), and Tiresias (Les mamelles de Tirésias). She will appear as Johanna in Vancouver Opera's upcoming production of Sweeney Todd.
Slightly unsettling: The Overcoat
Sometimes they'll just lay under the bed and watch the action taking place, or curl up into a corner; it is creepy and odd, but works so well for this style.Read More
A perfect fit: The Overcoat
Throughout all the major demands on his body, never once did the character of Akakiy falter or weaken. We empathetically follow his journey from introverted, obsessive-complusive to local celebrity and back down again. We see in him our own need to be held in high regard by people we do, and don't, know.Read More
"We all wear clothes. They sit right on our skin."
"This is the perfect opera for Bicycle Opera! It has given us an amazing opportunity to tour this work to locations outside of the regular concert venue, since we don't need a piano or any space for our instrumentalists. This year, we were able to bring the show to some spaces that had a direct connection to the material."Read More
In review: Sweat
It's a story that confirms one's hunches about where their $12 tank tops come from, and one that addresses the unresolved truths that are sadly outweighed by the temptations of corporate profit and customer convenience ("If I don't buy it, someone else will."). The opera itself is a cross between an ensemble piece and a vaguely heroic story of one factory worker who fights for fair treatment.Read More
Spotlight on: Caitlin Wood
"Being a good colleague will get you much further and faster than being just a 'good singer'. People want to work with talented singers but they also want to make the experience as pleasant as possible. Be on time, know your music, be respectful in rehearsals, and be generous with your colleagues."Read More
Artists to watch: 2 new singing stars of tomorrow
At the end of the evening, we learned that after their intensive work with Radvanovsky, "La Wowza" couldn't decide which singer should be awarded the Career Blueprint - so they decided to send TWO singers. The winners of the evening were Marjorie Maltais and Natalya Gennadi.Read More
Like we've done in previous summers, we'll keep up our coverage of the operatic goings on across the globe, and we'll also be able to keep you in the loop with the artists of this year's Open Space programme. We also hope to get to the faculty a bit better, which this year includes baritone Russell Braun and soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, and the Canadian Opera Company's General Director, Alexander Neef.Read More
A Little Too Cozy: Off-camera with Don L. Fonzo & Despina
"For some of our male contestants, it can be difficult to go without any female contact for such an extended period of time. I just make sure that they are happy and relaxed when the film starts to roll. And I try to give contestants advice about getting the most out of this opportunity — and I don't mean finding 'true love'; I mean creating a brand or future career opportunities. "Read More
Meet the contestants of A Little Too Cozy!
"Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met?" That's the big question on the minds of the four hopeful, love-seeking contestants on A Little Too Cozy. Felicity and Dora have been getting to know Elmo and Fernando in that classically romantic way, texting. Soon, they'll join host Donald Alfonso and talent relations guru Despina for the finale episode of A Little Too Cozy, where they'll finally be able to go on a face-to-face date with the objects of their text-affections.Read More
Banff Diaries: a postlude
Opening night brought audiences into a seedy bar, with intimidating bouncers, walls covered in sex toys and a floor littered with latex. Novelty aside, the team delivered in quality with two...arousing?...performances.Read More
Music as Theatre: a chamber concert in Banff
This week at The Banff Centre, the artists of Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century collaborated with the Master Class for Strings and Winds Program for an evening of chamber music at the Rolston Recital Hall. It sounds like your average chamber concert, but I promise you, it wasn't.Read More
Despina in Banff
As the half way point of my time at The Banff Centre is coming up quickly, it seems like a great time to reflect on what it has been like staying in Banff and working on A Little Too Cozy.Read More
Così fan tutte: misogynist, or just unreasonable?
The other day I was fortunate to hear Graham Forst speak about Così fan tutte. If Graham's last name sounds familiar, it's because his wife is the formidable mezzo-soprano Judith Forst; they're both gracing The Banff Centre with their presences, she to teach, and he to get our minds a-spinning.Read More
When the crowd went wild for Handel
Friday night was the second Opera Karaoke night at the Royal Canadian Legion in Banff, AB, and the most amazing thing happened. Soprano Caitlin Wood (singing Despina in A Little Too Cozy) showed off her coloratura chops with Handel's "Da tempeste," Cleopatra's flashiest aria from Giulio Cesare. We weren't performing for a particularly opera-savvy crowd, and in my own experience, the older the aria, the bigger the risk of boredom for this kind of audience.Read More
What's my line?
I asked the casts of A Little Too Cozy and Crush to send me their favourite lines from their respective librettos. Read on, and get curious about these shows. Bonus points if you can identify which bits are Ivany, and which are Chatterton.Read More
Opera Karaoke Night, Round 2
Another Friday night, another Opera Karaoke night at the Royal Canadian Legion in Banff. The singers and pianists of Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century ventured down the mountain for some great music and good beer. This time, we were heavy on the duets (think La bohème and The Phantom of the Opera), and the Legion patrons even got a sneak peek of Against the Grain Theatre's upcoming A Little Too Cozy. Of course, our favourite #operababy, Sammy, joined us too.Read More
A quick hike in Banff, or testing opera singers' lungs
Week 1 of Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century at the Banff Centre has finished. The opera team took advantage of a day away from the rehearsal room, taking a morning hike up Tunnel Mountain. Special thanks goes to Bruno Roy, for wearing a camera the whole time!Watch Video
Opera Karaoke Night, 2015
The singers of The Banff Centre's Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century ventured down to the Royal Canadian Legion for this summer's first instalment of Opera Karaoke Night. We rolled an upright piano into the spotlight, and spent a happy evening singing hits like "Largo al factotum" and "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß," mixed in with songs from Carousel, The Last Five Years, and even some Freddie Mercury.Read More
AtG in Banff, 2015
This summer at the beautiful Banff Centre, Against the Grain Theatre and the Canadian Opera Company collaborate for the second consecutive year, with Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century. This year, they'll put up two shows, one of which is A Little Too Cozy. The third in his transladaptations of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas (Figaro's Wedding, #UncleJohn), AtG Artistic Director Joel Ivany writes an original libretto to Mozart's Così fan tutte.Read More
Meet the cast of A Little Too Cozy: Despina
Soprano Caitlin Wood is an Alberta native, and she's excited to sing Despina in Against the Grain Theatre's production of A Little Too Cozy (libretto by Joel Ivany, music by Mozart) at The Banff Centre.Watch Video