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Kim Mattice Wanat
Kim Mattice Wanat holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta with a major in drama and an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She is a performer, teacher and director. In addition to her formal degrees, she has studied at Banff, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. Her professional credits include lead roles in The Fantastics, Oliver, South Pacific, and Passion. For 10 years she performed as a freelance artist in touring productions across Canada; “Backstage Broadway”, a touring production of “Broadway musicals Through the Decades” and “WIND., WOMEN & SONG” a female quartet – 2 sop, 1 piano and french horn, which performed classical music. In 2000, this quartet released a CD entitled La Dolce Vita.
Ms. Mattice Wanat is well known as a voice teacher, adjudicator and pedagogue clinician conducting workshops for teachers and choral directors across Western Canada. In 2005 she published a book for teachers entitled “Unleashing the Expressive Resonant Voice.” For the past 21 years she has taught voice to the professional acting students in the Drama Dept. at U of Alberta, and has acted as voice coach and musical director for several of the Bachelor of Fine Arts productions.
In 1998 Ms Mattice Wanat founded Discovery Playhouse, a youth music theater company in Edmonton, which was created to develop young vocalists in Alberta and offer performance opportunities. The company produced two productions in the city; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and Once Upon A Mattress for the Fringe festival and toured the shows throughout Alberta. Then in 1999 Ms Mattice Wanat founded Opera Nuova. She has directed several of the NUOVA mainstage productions including: Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aaron Copland’s The Tenderland, Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Offenbach’s La Perichole, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Rossini’s Cenerentola and this year, Verdi’s Falstaff. Throughout the year she acts as artistic director for the school touring performances which have included; Menotti’s Amahl and The Night Visitors and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Dean Burry’s The Brother’s Grimm and Isis and The Seven Scorpions.
Her commitment to sharing her expertise with young singers, actors, teachers and choral directors has earned her extensive recognition including Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award, The City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence in the ArtsAward, The YWCA’s Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture Award. Most recently, she was 1 of 100 Albertans chosen by the Alberta Centennial Celebrations committee who recognized her significant achievement and contribution as a voice teacher and artistic director.