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Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière © Jean-Claude Ételain
Director, choreographer and dancer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière has a multidisciplinary background in music, acting, historical dancing. She was Associate Director of the Toronto Masque Theatre, and is co-Artistic Director of Le Nouvel Opéra in Montreal. She has directed, choreographed and danced in North America and Europe for over 20 years, including the Festival de St-Riquier (France); the Boston Early Music Festival; Clavecin en concert ( Corsica), the New Zealand Chamber Music Festival; Early music Vancouver and the Festival Musicale Estense (Italy). Over the past 12 years she has directed and choreographed many shows for the Festival Montréal Baroque. For the Toronto Masque Theatre, Marie-Nathalie has choreographed all of Purcell’s stage works, and directed James Rolfe’s Europa, John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, and others. She is the recipient of grants from La Fondation Royaumont (France), the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Canada and Quebec Councils for the Arts.
Emma Hannan, soprano, is a native of Vancouver BC and is known to local audiences for her many performances with the Victoria Baroque Players, including Bach's St. John Passion, Handel's Dixit Dominus, and Bach's Jesu meine Freude. She has been featured as a soloist with such groups as the Victoria Pacific Baroque Festival, Theatre of Early Music, Toronto Consort, and Toronto Masque Theatre. Past highlights include the Praetorius Vespers with Early Music Vancouver that toured Canada and the US, Castor in Toronto Consort's production of Cavalli's Helen of Troy, and the dance-opera, Bearing, which premiered in the 2017 Luminato festival. As a recording artist she has sung on the Sony Classical album Four Thousand Winter and on Tafelmusik's recent recording of Beethoven Symphony no. 9. Emma is a graduate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrot. She recently completed her BMus in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto and is an alumna of the Victoria Conservatory Advanced Oratorio Course and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.
Larry Beckwith has been a familiar figure on the Toronto musical scene as a conductor, violinist, singer, writer, educator and programmer for the past three decades. He studied violin and musicology at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1989, and has since performed and worked with most of this city's leading musical organizations. In 2003, Larry founded Toronto Masque Theatre, which - under his artistic leadership - presented over 60 innovative programs of interdisciplinary performing art. Always of the highest calibre, brimming with a palpable combination of intellect and joy and wide-ranging in their historical scope, Toronto Masque Theatre productions are a reflection of his innovative and unpretentious approach to performance. Larry has also conducted four productions for Toronto Operetta Theatre and made his Opera in Concert conducting debut in 2016.. As a teacher, Larry Beckwith runs the celebrated vocal and strings program at the arts-intensive Unionville High School and is the conductor of the Senior Mooredale Youth Orchestra.