The baritone Iain MacNeil left our opera studio to join the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt last season. During the 2020/21 season roles include Mathes in a new production of Zemlinksy's Der Traumgörge / Görge the Dreamer, Johann in Werther and he repeats his wonderful portrayal of the chief of police in Lady Macbeth von Mzensk. This young Canadian singer's roles for the company have included Melot in last season's new production of Tristan und Isolde, Lord Tristan Mickleford in Flotow's Martha, Marullo in Rigoletto, Olivier in Capriccio, Werschinin in a new production of Eötvös’ Tri sestry / Three Sisters, Tadeusz in Weinberg's Die Passagierin / The (female) Passenger, roles in Martinů's mind-bending Julietta and Mozart's Figaro, a role he also sang for Vancouver Opera. The corona shutdown sadly put paid to him singing Feldmarschall Dörfling (role debut) in Frankfurt's new production of Henze's Der Prinz von Homburg. Iain MacNeil was a member of the Canadian Opera Company's Opera Studio before he moved to Frankfurt, where roles included Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Marquis d’Obigny (La traviata) and Dancaïro (Carmen). He sang Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia at the 2016 Toronto Summer Music Festival and Don Giovanni at Saskatoon Opera. He took part in the Salzburg Festival's 2013 Emmerich Smola Young Singers Project and was awarded a scholarship by the Richard Wagner Verband Frankfurt in 2018.