March 2008 World Premiere of The Dream Healer
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC



Mezzo-soprano Judith Forst, O.C., O.B.C., has been engaged to perform the role of Lady Sybil. Vancouver-born and resident, she is a UBC graduate. Judith continues to appear in significant roles with opera companies in major North American and European cities (New York, Chicago, Prague and Milan) and to make recordings for the CBC label. She not only has brilliant technique, with a voice of wide range and gorgeous, even tone, but also a rare dramatic sense that makes her a commanding figure in opera.

Baritone John Avey will perform the role of Carl Jung. John has become known for his powerful rich baritone and his commanding presence onstage. He debuted at The Met as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and has sung roles for the New York City Opera, the Arizona Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He has also sung with the Canadian Opera Company and most of Canada's opera companies including the Vancouver Opera.

Tenor Roelof Oostwoud will sing the role of Pilgrim. Roelof began his career with the Canadian Opera Company and followed it with engagements in San Francisco, Boston and at the Tanglewood Festival. He has appeared with Covent Garden, La Scala, and Deutsche Staatsoper and has sung under conductors Maazel, Bonynge, Ashkenazy, Thielemann, Conlon, and Santi. Since 2003 Roelof has taught voice at the UBC School of Music, dividing his time between Vancouver and Europe.

Conductor David Agler is also a Vancouver resident with an international career. Currently Artistic Director of the Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland, David has previously served as Music Director of the Vancouver Opera, Principal Conductor of the Australian Opera, Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Opera, Principal Guest Conductor of the Oper der Stadt Köln, Conductor and Administrator of the Spoleto Festival, and Artistic Director of the Opera Festival of New Jersey.

Nancy Hermiston will direct the premiere. A Canadian-born lyric coloratura, in 1995 Nancy joined the UBC School of Music as Head of the Voice and Opera Divisions, where she established the UBC Opera Ensemble. Recent directing credits include Die Zauberflöte and Manon at UBC, Rossini's La Cenerentola for Opera Saskatchewan, Verdi's La Traviata and J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus for Vancouver Opera as well as La Bohème and Cosi fan tutte for Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic.

Robert Gardiner is Professor of Design in the Theatre Program at UBC, and has designed scenery and/or lighting at numerous theatres, including the Arts Club (Vancouver), Charlotte Martin (Seattle), Organic (Chicago), and Centaur (Montreal). His designs have been included in a number of exhibitions, and have received several Jesse Richardson Awards. His artistic practice participates in the conversation between imagistic design and the creation of new English-language theatre, particularly investigating the role of interactive technologies in live performance.