DEAP
Manitoba Opera's Digital Emerging Artists Program, clockwise from top left: Nicholas Borg, Elizabeth Hoyt-Surdhar, Sydney Baedke and Kaden Forsberg

Manitoba Opera has unveiled the four faces of its very first Digital Emerging Artists Program (DEAP), a four-week online intensive that kicked off August 4. Soprano Sydney Baedke (Medicine Hat, AB), mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Hoyt-Surdhar (Edmonton, AB), tenor Kaden Forsberg (Edmonton, AB), and baritone Nicholas Borg (London, ON) were selected out of 48 applicants by Manitoba Opera’s core faculty: Tracy Dahl, John Tessier, Marion Newman, Monica Huisman, and General Director & CEO Larry Desrochers.

The DEAP models the traditional operatic young artists program, offering an all-digital curriculum of voice lessons, masterclass, language and diction coachings, life skills, and most pointedly, career advice.

“Being selected as a digital emerging artist with Manitoba Opera has not only allowed for me to remain engaged with this industry and my growth as a young singer during this difficult time, but has also presented an invigorating opportunity to contribute to what opera will look like in 2020,” says soprano and DEAP participant¬†Sydney Baedke. “It is inspiring to be involved in Manitoba Opera’s digital artistic initiative, and I’m so grateful for this new, exciting platform.”