Stuart Graham - Founder/Artistic Director
Celebrating its 10th Season!
Mezzo-soprano Martha Spence is a native of Toronto. As an actor and singer she divides her performance loyalties between theatre and music, appearing with various Toronto companies. She was delighted to take part in the first Atelier S International Summer Academy in 2008 in Querétaro, Mexico where she performed the role of Frugula in Puccini's Il Tabarro at the historic Teatro de la República. Some favourite roles include: Jo in Mark Alamo's Little Women, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Nicklausse in Tales of Hoffmann, Jane in Happy End, Gianetta in L'Elisir D'Amore and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. Her ensemble credits include Carmen with Opera Mississauga, Leoncavello's La Boheme with Opera York and several productions with Toronto Operetta Theatre. Her concert credits include Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Atelier S and an opera gala concert with Counterpoint Community Orchestra. In May 2009, she had the pleasure of being the alto soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 for Counterpoint Orchestra's 25th Anniversary Concert at the MacMillan Theatre. In January 2010, she reprised her role in a remount of Conrad at the George Ignatieff Theatre, first produced in October 2009. She was the alto soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass at Jubilee United Church where was reengaged to be a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and in an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan favourites. Martha has also enjoyed her collaborations with the Birthday Series at Heliconian Hall as a performer and narrator in programs devoted to Johannes Brahms and Max Reger, respectively. As a member of the Arts and Letters Club or Toronto, she frequently performs in musical and theatrical club events. She currently holds the position of alto soloist at St. James United Church in Etobicoke.