Apparently nomadic by nature, mezzo-soprano Nadia Chana arrived in Toronto in September 2011, having lived in Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
Fluent in many genres, Nadia has improvised live soundtracks to a circus artist on aerial silks in the middle of a desert, and co-created Cut the Sunlight, a one-act chamber opera. She has performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Bach Choir, and most recently sang the role of Phoebe in St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society’s production of Yeoman of the Guard. Last season, as part of the eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE) of Winnipeg, Nadia improvised live film soundtracks – sound, song and surrealist poetry – in Chroma-Dance: 11 Experimental Shorts.
With a penchant for the interdisciplinary, Nadia holds degrees in Voice Performance, Musicology and Honours English. During her time at the University of British Columbia, she was named a Wesbrook Scholar, UBC’s most prestigious designation for outstanding academic performance and leadership. Most recently, she co-produced and performed in The Bicycle Opera Project, a project that had three singers, a violinist, a guitarist and a conductor cycling across south eastern Ontario (instruments and props in tow!) to bring six new Canadian opera scenes to audiences that rarely have access to Canadian opera.
Nadia is active as a voice teacher and clinician and has run workshops both on staged art song and on healing through exploration of the unfettered voice. As a certified yoga teacher, she incorporates body (and soul) work in her voice teaching. Overjoyed at the opportunity to pursue her many diverse interests, Nadia will begin a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago this October.