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Suzanne Kilgore sang in Toronto at the Poor Alex Theatre
Suzanne Kilgore web PA.jpg (393225 bytes) Suzanne Kilgore, soprano, and her friend and fellow opera singer Kristine Dandavino, a mezzo soprano, performed in Toronto on Tuesday, September 24, at the Poor Alex Theatre. The performance, in the form of a relatively informal recital, was part of Arts Week at the Poor Alex, and the audience had their choice of the operatic music, a two-person play staring Angel Morgan and Stephen Chambers, or both.

The evening was produced by Angel, and before the show she gave me a mini-tour, including a visit to the production booth. About 40 years ago,  I spent a few nights helping produce a variety show in the theatre, operating the lights and the curtain. It was fun to see my daughter on the same stage.

June 2004 updates

Suzanne has spent the year developing her "new" voice, and becoming involved in the business side of the music and theatre businesses. 

July 2003 updates

For much of late 2002 and early 2003, Suzanne Kilgore has been transforming her fah, from Mezzo Soprano to Soprano. The fullness of her voice has led those who carefully classify music to raise an eyebrow, observing that there was more to her than just the mezzo repertoire

So she's been busy adding new songs, and in mid-April created her second CD, aimed primarily at music professionals interested in assessing her voice for professional engagements. Accompanied only by piano, the CD includes:

Come scoglio   Cosi fan tutte   W. A. Mozart 
Pace, pace mio Dio      La Forza del Destino   G. Verdi
Era desso, figlio mio    Lucrezia Borgia     G. Donizetti
O patria mia       Aida           G. Verdi
Ma dall'arido stella divulsa Un ballo in maschera G. Verdi


Magic Flute with Opera Barrie.  
Performance dates are Friday May 9th and Saturday May 10th.  
Show starts at 8.00 p.m. 
Cerridwen Theatre Project
166 Saunders Road Unit 9

If you are ever looking for Cerridwen Theatre project, take the 400 from Toronto almost to Barrie, to Molson Drive, go east then turn right on Bayview, turn left
on Saunders Road.  166 is on the north-east corner, Unit 9 is at the far
end of the parking lot.

Some past  performances:

Christmas 2002; Guest Soloist, Messiah, in Orangeville, Ontario

June 2002; Performance for Festival Caravan at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, Toronto

Saturday, March 16; Variety Concert at Edwards Gardens, Toronto

Thursday, April 25; Palm Beach Opera Competition, Palm Beach, Florida
Sunday, April 28; Winners' Concert, Palm Beach Opera

Thursday, May 23 -- Saturday, May 25; The Impressario, Barrie Opera, Barrie, Ontario

Suzanne Kilgore is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Opera School. Prior to this she studied for three year's at the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto.

She made her European professional debut in Lucca, Italy, in the summer of 2000.

Currently residing in Toronto, she participates in international singing competitions, sings as a guest with churches and opera companies, and has been performing in recitals and private performances.

Although considered a mezzo-soprano during most of her formal schooling, her broad vocal range has led her to increase her repertoire to include music most often sung by sopranos. She has a full, rich voice that lends itself to dramatic parts.

The H.R. Audio Visual Annual Christmas Recital -- December 15, 2001

This is the second year Suzanne Kilgore has been the guest soloist at this recital, which features pianist Judith deHaney and violinist / pianist David Hannan. It was held at the Newtonbrook United Church, in the North York district of Toronto.

Suzanne sang six German songs, accompanied by Judith on the piano, and closed the evening with Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

Lachen und Weinen
Auch Kleine Dinge
Gretchen am Spinnrade
Das Verlassene Magdlein
Der Musesohn


Back in December 6, 2001
, we noticed this picture of Suzanne at  

The picture's gone from the site now, replaced by more recent photos, but that's Suzanne, dressed like a man, crouched. 

This is the web site of the Opera Theatre of Lucca, where she spent the summer of 2000, in the role of Ruggerio in Alcina. She/he (Ruggerio is a man) is kneeling, in front of Martha Guest.

There's a story about Lucca in the current (November - December 2001) issue of Opera Now magazine, published by Rhinegold in England, based on Lucca's 2001 season.


La Traviata -- Opera Mississauga
Suzanne Kilgore understudied the role of Flora in la Traviata, and performed in the chorus.

Opera Mississauga performs in Hammerson Hall in the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, just north-west of the Square One shopping center, at Highway 10 (Hurontario Street) and Burnhamthorpe Road. 

For seating and ticket information, and for directions to Hammerson hall, please go to 



It was a great success!

Suzanne Kilgore and Penelope Walcott Recital
8 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Trinity St. Paul's United Church
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto 
Just west of Spadina, near the Spadina Subway Station

Tickets $20, at the door

Photographs for news media are here.

News Release

Contact: Brian A. Kilgore
President, Brian A. Kilgore Communications Consulting
416 - 604 - 1566

Contemporary Classical Music Recital

Penelope Walcott, composer and pianist and
Suzanne Kilgore, Mezzo Soprano

Toronto pianist and composer Penelope Walcott and mezzo-soprano Suzanne Kilgore will be in recital on Tuesday, June 26, at 8 pm, at Trinity St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tickets are $20, at the door.

Ms. Walcott will play four of her own compositions, including The Pleasant Life In Newfoundland, sung by Ms. Kilgore.

Ms. Walcott will play her work The Sleepy Quartet, which will be sung by Ms. Kilgore, baritone Alex Weir and tenor Frank Nakashima, accompanied by a string quartet composed of Anna Redekop, viola, Aislinn Nosky, violin, Sarah Fraser, violin, and Carina Reeves, cello.

Auguries of Innocence, written by Ms. Walcott with the idea that it would be first performed by Ms. Kilgore, is based on extracts of the poem by William Blake, and will be sung by Ms. Kilgore, accompanied by clarinet and violin.

Other composers whose work is being performed in the recital include Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Gerald Finzi and John Beckwith.

Ms. Kilgore, who studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and graduated with a Opera Performance Diploma from the University of Toronto last performed in Toronto in May, on stage at Nathan Philips Square, and earlier this spring with Opera Mississauga.

A year ago she made her European professional debut in Lucca, Italy, in the role Ruggiero from G. F. Handel's opera Alcina.



The photos below are available to print media.

Web photographs.

Penelope Walcott is left, wearing glasses. Suzanne Kilgore is at right.


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