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UPEI Music Department to present Alumni Recital

The UPEI Department of Music is thrilled to launch their 2023-24 Recital Series with a recital featuring two UPEI alumni at UPEI’s newly renovated Dr. Steel Recital Hall. The alumni recital features soprano Lindsay Gillis and mezzo soprano Hannah O’Donnell, who will perform various selections of vocal repertoire.

Lindsay Gillis is a singer, teacher, and director based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Called a singer of “outstanding talent and remarkable musicality” (Manhattan Music Competition), she currently studies with soprano Heidi Klassen and performs in local productions. Lindsay earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Prince Edward Island working with Sung Ha Shin-Bouey. Working with soprano Christiane Riel, Lindsay earned her Master of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Voice at the University of Ottawa. Lindsay’s opera credits include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pamina from Die Zauberflöte and Rosalinda from Die Fledermaus. Lindsay has performed with the National Youth Choir of Canada, won the Prince Edward Island Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival, and advanced to the FCMF National Music Festival in Edmonton. She has sung at the National Arts Centre, directed the University of Ottawa’s Law School Musical, and trained at Opera NUOVA’s 10-day program in Edmonton, Alberta. As a performer and producer, Lindsay has worked with The Opera Project, a collective of emerging artists in Vancouver. For the remainder of 2023, Lindsay is scheduled to sing opera selections from Der Rosenkavalier and Così fan tutte with The Opera Project in November, and the soprano solo in Vesperae solennes de confessore with Crescendo Operatic Society in December. As an artist, Lindsay strives to infuse traditional repertoire with contemporary understanding for greater accessibility.

Hannah O’Donnell, mezzo soprano, received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island and her Master of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her opera credits include the title role in Menotti’s The Medium (St. John’s, NL), Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina (Lucca, Italy), Marcellina in Mozart’s The of Marriage Figaro (Charlottetown, PEI) and two seasons with Opera RoadShow (St. John’s, NL). Hannah made her soloist premiere with the PEI Symphony Orchestra in 2017 with the Cantata for Canada 150, and is well-known as a soloist in performances of Handel’s Messiah. In March 2018, she made her debut with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra as guest soloist for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. O’Donnell is a passionate performer of many genres of music and a trained double bassist who has performed and recorded with a variety of ensembles and artists. A Music PEI award-winner, many of the albums to her credit have won Music PEI and East Coast Music Association awards. She has performed with Juno award-winning artists Rose Cousins and Tim Chaisson (The East Pointers), and has performed for HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Hannah is a member of the music faculty at the Holland College School of Performing Arts. Her students have gone on to further studies at universities across North America. She teaches privately at her studio – Middle Sea Music.

Admission is payable by cash at the door, and there’s a discount for students. To keep up to date on all the UPEI Department of Music’s upcoming recitals and events, visit the website at www.upei.ca/music.


October 1, 2023
7:00 pm
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Dr Steel Recital Hall
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3 + Google Map

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