Soprano Kyra Millan is happiest creating quirky shows that allow her to blend education and performance, as her unique career has been a balance of both.
An opera Comedienne, she is embarking this year on her first Ontario tour of her original show "Millan & Faye Present: The Opera", with her music duo partner Tina Faye. Commissioned six years running by the Canadian Opera Company, they will begin their tour at the Four Seasons Centre in March of 2016.
Other recent performances have included Opening Hamilton Philharmonic's "What Next Festival", headlining Harbourfront’s Voice and Strings Festival in 2014, Sold out show at Hamilton's Artword Artsbar, and a surprise appearance for the TSOs Pianos In The City earlier this year. In winter 2013, she created her first full-length show ‘Christmas with Hi and Lo’ – which she created in collaboration with Canadian jazz icon John Alcorn, and performed to sold-out audiences.
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 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.
Creating with young people is particularly exciting for Kyra and one of her favourite projects is GLEESICAL – which she created six years ago, and directs– a year-long program where young people create, write, compose build, design and perform their own musical. Kyra lives in Toronto with her family.