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Zorana Sadiq - Soprano

"In this afternoon of role-playing, soprano Zorana Sadiq definitely won the musical Oscar." (Boston Classical Review) Soprano Zorana Sadiq has performed extensively throughout Canada and the U.S. She "...brought a tremendous range of color and expression to Currier's vocal writing...singing, chanting, nailing difficult leaps and awkward syncopations with what sounded like ease," (The Arts Fuse) in Vocalissimus with Boston Musica Viva, did "...wonderful work," (Barczablog) in the role of Savitri in Ken Gand John Mills-Cockell's Savitri and Sam, Dido in Dido and Aeneas: 21st Century Remix at the Soulpepper Global Cabaret Festival, featured artist in Sweet, Spicy and Hot: The progress of Love in 19th-Century Song with pianist Christopher Bagan, soprano soloist for the world premiere of Jeffrey Ryan's Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation with the Calgary Philharmonic, the role of Phoolan Devi in the world premiere of Shirish Korde’s opera Bandit Queen, the voice of Mila in Mulroney: The Opera by Rhombus Media, Necessary Angel Theatre’s Tout Comme Elle for the Luminato Festival , Four Last Songs with Orchestra Toronto and Peterborough Symphony, and Air Baby with Boston Musica Viva.

In the upcoming season, Zorana can be seen and heard in Anusree Roy's The Sultans of the Street at Young People's Theatre, in the Soundstreams presentation of Brian Current's opera, Airline Icarus, and in recital of the music of Kate Bush and Prince with the accordionist Joe Macerollo.

Other recent highlights include: visiting guest artist at Acadia Univerisity’s Shattering the Silence contemporary music festival, Handel’s Messiah with the Nova Scotia Symphony, and with the Toronto Choral Society, and a Music Toronto recital with pianist Peter Tiefenbach, which she sang with “pungent abandon” (Globe and Mail). Previously, she also appeared in The Harp of Fire, with Toronto’s Talisker Players, and with the Toronto Choral Society in Poulenc’s Gloria. At the Banff Festival, Zorana “captured the insouciant wit” (Calgary Herald) as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. Other recent highlights include Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Lauretta in Opera York’s production of Gianni Schicchi, Granada Girl in Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and at Tanglewood in 2003, Knoxville: Summer of 1912 as part of the Aspen Music Festival, St. John Passion with the Talisker Players, Carmina Burana and Haydn’s Creation with the Toronto Choral Society. Zorana appeared with Opera Hamilton as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and Laurette in Le Docteur Miracle with Toronto Philharmonica.

On the concert stage, Zorana sang the music of Georges Aperghis in Pleur, Rire at the Music Gallery, and concerts at the Luminato Festival, the Indian River Festival (CBC Broadcast) and the Colours of the Music Festival with baritone Alex Dobson. Passionate about contemporary Canadian music, Zorana sang the role of Margaret Trudeau in D.D. Jackson’s Trudeau: Long March, Shining Path as part of the New World Stage Festival at Harbourfront. She made her debut at the Ottawa Chamber Festival in 2005, singing a new CBC-commissioned piece by Vancouver composer Jeffrey Ryan, and sang pieces by Andrew Ager “…with great sensitivity. It was the highlight of the concert.” (Ottawa Citizen) Zorana sang the role of Ariane in R. Murray Schafer’s opera The Enchanted Forest, performed the part of the Voice in Facing South with Tapestry New Opera Works as part of the World Stage Festival in 2003, and sang the part of the Wedding Singer with “…riveting purity” (Georgia Straight) in Vancouver Playhouse/NeWorld Theatre’s Asylum of the Universe. Zorana was honoured to perform with the late Kristine Boygo in Bach-Fest, with Mooredale Concerts, sang a concert of works by Shirish Korde and Osvaldo Golijov at the Contemporary Music at Holy Cross series in Boston and frequently collaborates with pianist Peter Tiefenbach. In singing Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Peterborough Symphony, she “…soared in and out of the rich texture of melodies and harmonies…” (The Examiner)

Zorana has trained at the Tanglewood Music Centre, The Aspen Music Festival and school, The Banff Centre, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and with Toronto’s Queen of Puddings Music Theatre. She was awarded third place in the Eckhardt Gramatté Competition in 2005 for voice. She is the recipient of four Canada Council grants, and holds a double Bachelor of Music in Performance and Music History from McGill University, and a Master of Music from the University of Toronto.

A versatile performer, Ms. Sadiq sang three roles in Rhombus Media’s televised opera, Burnt Toast, which aired on CBC: Opening Night and BravoFact!, played the part of Felice Bauer in the film of the multi-media World Stage presentation of Autumn Leaf's opera, Kafka in Love and co-hosted the final season of CBC Television’s cultural program, Zed: Candid. Zorana also teaches private voice lessons and a class in musical interpretation at The Regent Park School of Music, a school which offers affordable music instruction to the youth in the GTA.

Photo: David Leyes