Innovative, bubbly, and comedic - educator and singer Kyra Millan has created many interactive, hilarious and inviting shows about Opera. This season, the Opera Comedienne will include an exciting tour of Ontario as one part of the duo "Millan and Faye". She and pianist Tina Faye have been commissioned to create versions of an opera education work for six years running by the Canadian Opera Company. For 2016-17, they will tour "Millan & Faye present: The Opera" through Ontario, for concert presenters including:
The Four Seasons, Hugh's Room, Cornwall Concert Series, Richmond Hills Performance Centre, Welland Concert Series, Muskoka Concert Association, and Hamilton Philharmonic's "What Next Festival".
Millan&Faye are currently creating two new shows; Millan & Faye present; "The Magic Flute" for the COC's lunch time concert series, March break, 2017.
The second show is co-produced with "Hamilton Pop-up!" - mixing two chefs, four delicious courses, Opera, and laughs - April 1st, The Cotton Factory, Hamilton.
Other recent shows included headlining Harbourfront's "Voice and Strings Festival" in 2014, and a surprise appearance for the TSO's "Pianos in the City" in 2015.
Also in her collection of work is a production created and performed by Kyra, was the hilarious hybrid show “Christmas with Hi and Lo” - a musical comedy with Jazz Icon John Alcorn, and Mark Eisenmann Trio, blending Jazz and Opera in the context of a quirky couple’s marriage coming apart while they host a christmas party.
Recent projects also include launching a "Millan&Faye Presents" series of Videos;
The first, a “Top Ten Opera Deaths”, on how many ways women die in Opera, “The Lesson” - an insight into the ridiculous world of singing training, and “ABC” - a sesame-street inspired video for kids
After working in everything from Speigeltents to Art Galleries to Opera Houses Kyra came into her own doing comedy and opera via her own mad and hilarious free associative style. Crafting the crazy and the beautiful into a cocktail everyone likes remains her obsession. Playing a character not quite herself she fulfills our wish to see a Diva who can sing like a goddess, joke and flirt like a drunk aunty and share stories and ideas that surprise, enchant and dazzle.
OMG why are you still looking down here, go to her youtube channel or SCROLL DOWN>>>and watch TOP TEN DIVA DEATHS
And follow it with another round watch THE LESSON https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tN_fFKcxaw
If we want a new audience to love opera, we send Kyra – Katherine Semcesen Canadian Opera Company
Kyra’s work in arts education began 18 years ago, facilitating opera workshops for the Canadian Opera Company, as well as musical director of their “Summer Youth Intensive” training program, and many summer camps. Since then, she has worked in over 200 schools for both the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board, teaching workshops as a guest artist educator on behalf of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Opera Atelier, and the Canadian Opera Company. Other arts organizations that Kyra has lead workshops and training programs include; Workman Arts (CAMH), Abilities Arts, Kiwanis, Soundstreams Canada and, most recently, TIFF. Kyra also teaches courses about opera as part of the Royal Conservatory of Music's Adult programming. Kyra’s work in arts Kyra also enjoys sharing the creative process with young people, and 6 years ago founded a musical theatre programme :"Gleesical" to help kids write, compose, design and perform their own musicals from scratch.
Kyra coaches aspiring singers and professionals in her private studio in Toronto, and she also brings her voice coaching to professional productions in Canada for companies such as Canadian Stage, Stage West, Young People’s Theatre, National Arts Centre, as well as for international touring productions.
Most recently, she coached Warner Brothers’ international touring productions of Scooby Doo Live Onstage and Mills Entertainment’s Spank– the Fifty Shades Parody.
Kyra is a member of National Association of Teachers, and adjudicates for both the city and provincial level for Kiwanis Music Festival. Kyra also guest coaches for choirs, such as Orpheus Choir and Georgetown Bach Chorale, as well as school groups throughout Ontario schools.
2015, Kyra's young students gained admittance to McGill University, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Laurier, and University of Toronto for Voice Performance. Many of her students now have performing careers, including Luke Maxim http://www.ellsworthentertainmentgroup.com/luke-maxim/, and she enjoys coaching members of existing groups such as The O'Pears http://www.theopears.com/, and DoVira http://www.doviraband.com/.
Kyra enjoys the diversity of singers in her studio and is comfortable working with singers of many genres.