Concert Organizer


J. Patrick Raftery

J. Patrick Raftery’s debut was for The San Diego Opera’s production of La bohème singing Schaunard and sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. This debut and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner’s concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall helped catapult Mr. Raftery to performances with most of the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. After a career spanning more than three decades, seventy operatic roles, numerous recitals and concerts worldwide Professor Raftery joined the faculty at UBC, School of Music in summer 2014.

Some notable debuts:
The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden (Conte-Nozze di Figaro)
Das Deutsche Oper Berlin (Marcello)
The Glyndebourne Festival (Guglielmo)
The Metropolitan Opera of New York (Lescaut- Manon Lescaut)
L’Opéra de Paris (Figaro-Barbiere)
The Canadian Opera Company (Marcello)
Vancouver Opera (Figaro-Barbiere)
Bayerische Staatsoper (Sharpless-Madama Butterfly)
Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Poeta-Turco in Italia)
The San Fransisco Opera (Marcello)
The Washington Opera (Figaro-Barbiere)
Teatro alla Scala (Cinna-La Vestale)
Théâtre du Châtelet-Paris (Zurga -Les pêcheurs de perles)


Performers & Speakers

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Santa Ono

Santa J. Ono was installed as the 15th president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia on November 22, 2016. His installation was, in many ways, a heartfelt homecoming – he was born in St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver in 1962, when his father was a professor at UBC.

Dr. Ono serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Universities Canada (effective October 2018), a member of the Executive Committee of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities and Chairman of the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC).

An avid music lover, whose tastes range from Rihanna to Rachmaninoff, Ono studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and remarkably still finds time to sing and play his cello – even taking to the concert stage to perform on occasion. His family also helps him stay grounded. An avid supporter of Mysterious Barricades Santa has performed with us for all of our Vancouver Concerts!


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Mark Anderson

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, pianist Mark Anderson’s recordings and performances have met with widespread critical acclaim. Since his successes at the 1993 Leeds (U.K.) and 1994 William Kapell (U.S.) International Piano Competitions, Mark Anderson has appeared as recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in Japan, throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and Great Britain, Ireland and North America.

Mark Anderson has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Nicholas McCegan, William Boughton, George Cleve, and Adam Fischer. In recital, Mark has appeared at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Weill Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Gallery in Washington D.C., London's Wigmore Hall and Zurich's Tonhalle and elsewhere throughout Europe and North America. His solo and concerto performances are complimented by chamber music work, most recently with the newly formed Röntgen Piano Trio. The trio has an international performing schedule for 2017-18. Mark particularly enjoys performing 2-piano repertoire with wife, Michelle Mares.

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Jose Franch-Ballester

The multi-award-winning Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester (FrAHnk Bai-yess-TAIR) is considered one of the finest classical soloists and chamber music artists of his generation. He has been hailed for his “technical wizardry and tireless enthusiasm” (The New York Times), his “rich, resonant tone” (Birmingham News), and his “subtle and consummate artistry” (Santa Barbara Independent). The recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, and winner of both the Young Concert Artists and Astral Artists auditions, he is a solo artist and chamber musician in great demand.

As a concerto soloist Mr. Franch-Ballester made his New York debut in 2006 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center. He has also performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and various orchestras in his native Spain.

Mr. Franch-Ballester made his New York recital debut at the 92nd Street Y, and has appeared in recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Iowa State University, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. He performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both in New York City and on tour, and also acts as principal clarinet of the Santa Barbara-based chamber music collective Camerata Pacifica.

U.S. festival appearances include the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Mainly Mozart, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, and Skaneateles Festival. Abroad, Mr. Franch-Ballester has appeared at the Usedomer Musikfestival in Germany, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música in Colombia, the Kon-Tiki Festival in Norway, and the Young Concert Artists Festival in Tokyo.

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Katherine Evans

Praised for her “solo work of exceptional quality” by the Boston Globe, Katherine Evans is starting her fourth season as principal trumpet of the Newport Symphony in Newport, OR and will appear as a soloist with the in November 2018. Katherine has also held principal trumpet positions and appeared as soloist with regional symphonies around Boston, MA. In Vancouver, Katherine has performed with the Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony, Allegra Chamber Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble and others. She is recorded on the Centuar and Albany labels and was featured on a recent recording of music by Denis Bédard.  Katherine has also sung with musica intima, Phoenix Chamber Choir, and the St. Andrews Oratorio Singers, and was featured in a Mendelssohn recording with the Christ Church Schola of Rochester, NY, on Loft Records.  Katherine holds an M.M. in trumpet performance from the Longy School of Music and a B.A. in English and Music from Harvard University. She is currently Manager of Admissions for the UBC School of Music.


Rebecca Hass

Rebecca, a proud Metis woman from Northern Ontario, has had a freelance career in the arts spanning over 30 years. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor in Music performance she has appeared with major opera companies and symphonies across Canada in supporting and leading roles as well as appearing in The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto as a swing. A passionate story teller, she has enjoyed projects as an actor, writer and producer with The Belfry, Theatre Skam and the Victoria Fringe Festival and her own self-produced cabarets. Rebecca has  been in demand as voice teacher and performance mentor, working with youth across Canada with many institutions, including the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia, Ottawa and elite young artist training programs such as St. Andrews Opera Workshop and Opera Nuova.  A Certified Life coach and meditation instructor, she is currently on staff with the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble as a Certified Life Coach assisting performers in life balance and performing from strength. A writer and broadcaster for CBC Radio One and Two, she has been a regular guest host on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and In concert, and her columns and  documentaries have been heard on The Current, The Sunday Edition, Tapestry, The Doc Project, Now or Never and North By North West.

Rebecca has recently joined the team at Pacific Opera as their Director of Community Engagement and is working on sharing with community the power and relevance of the operatic form. Upcoming engagements as a performer include L’Histoire du Soldat at Hermann’s Jazz Club, Christmas Pops with the Victoria Symphony and a recital of historic Metis songs for the University of Manitoba and anywhere the Unity Drummers of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre are drumming.

Rebecca, her husband, two children and rescue dog, Rye Rye, live in Victoria BC.

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Shane Hanson

Shane Hanson has established himself as an in-demand countertenor in the Vancouver area. Receiving great praise for his performances locally and abroad, the Canadian born continues to create a professional reputation while completing his studies at the University of British Columbia under the direction of Nancy Hermiston and Dale Throness.

He has performed with the UBC Opera Ensemble, Vancouver Symphony, Early Music Vancouver, and Chilliwack Symphony. Shane's most notable achievements of 2018 include earning second place in the northwest region of the Met Competition, and covering Orphee for ATG Theatre's Orphee. Upcoming performance's include alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with Vancouver Bach Choir.


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Nancy Hermiston

Nancy Hermiston’s operatic career has taken her throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Her New York debut took place in Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne and Mario Bernardi. Her European début led to a permanent engagement with the prestigious Nürnberg Opera. She has held numerous appointments as voice teacher, and as stage director at the Meistersinger Konservatorium, Nürnberg, and the University of Toronto Opera and Performance Divisions. She was appointed to the UBC faculty in 1995 as Coordinator of the Voice and Opera Division.

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Yenny Lee

Mezzo-soprano Yenny Yeeun Lee graduated from the University of British Columbia where she studied with Dale Throness. She was born and raised in Korea, but her great love and passion for the music lead her to Vancouver, Canada in 2013. Under the great teaching of Dale Throness, she won several awards in Kiwanise Festival and Canadian Nationals 2014 in Kelowna, and won the first place in Vancouver International Music Competition 2017.  In the same year, she won the encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Western Canada district. She performed many productions with UBC Opera.  Starting from the Bard on the Beach 2014 where she sang excerpts of Cesare from Giulio Cesare, she sang a role of Rosette from Manon in 2015, and in 2016 she sang roles of Hermia from A Midsummernight’s Dream, Sesto from Giulio Cesare, and Mother from The Consul. Also she performed in the Staatstheatre Nürnberg in Germany and the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Czech Republic. In the following year, she featured Olga from Eugene Onegin. In July 2017, she traveled to Czech Republic to perform Il Barbiere di Siviglia as a role of Rosina in Krušnohorské Theatre Teplice and Prague Municipal House with European Music Academy orchestra. In 2018 she understudied the role of Cenerentola from La Cenerentola, and sang excerpts from Die Liebe aus Gärtnerin as a role of Ramiro.  In the summer she traveled back to Czech Republic to perform Isabella from L’Italiana in Algeri.

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Julia Nolan

Dr. Julia Nolan maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for saxophone. She has commissioned works by many Canadian composers including Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, Colin MacDonald, Robert Pritchard, Nicolas Scherzinger, Jacquie Leggatt, Hope Lee, Fred Stride, Neal Currie, Alain Mayrand, Alan Matheson, and Jeffrey Ryan.

In July 2013, Julia Nolan taught at the Taiwan International Saxophone Camp and gave master classes in Taipei.

Julia Nolan was the Head Judge at the First International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) in Columbus, Georgia in October 2012.


Thank you to University of British Columbia for their continued support and encouragement.

We respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (TsleilWaututh) Nations.


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