Introducing: Janaka Welihinda, Operations Director

We’re thrilled to announce that Janaka Welihinda is coming on board as Operations Director. As an alumnus twice over (Triple Bill/La Serva Padrona in 2013 and Beatrice & Benedict in 2015) and an experienced manager in the restaurant industry, Janaka is perfectly positioned to speak to the impact the company has on emerging artists from a personal standpoint in addition to working on the operational side of our season. We asked Janaka to share his story about joining MYOpera, this time on the administration side:

If you want something, go get it. Listen to your gut because people will always try to tell you what you can and can’t do. That being said, I don’t have any easy answers in this ever changing climate of the arts. What I can tell you is that if you pursue your dreams, and work very hard for them, good things will happen to you. You might not end up exactly where you’ve imagined, but you will be pleased with where you are in your journey.

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MYOpera, 2013

Alumni Spotlight: Jan Nato

Jan Nato was in MYOpera’s 2013 Triple Bill production, performing in both Mavra (Stravinsky) and Le Magicien (Vallerand). In the photo above you see him as Arlequin with Alyson Spina as Columbine in Le Magicien (2013). Jan shares with MYOpera what he’s been up to recently!

1.Where are you from? 

I was born in the Philippines, and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba when I was two years old.

2. Where do you currently live?

I’m currently living in Winnipeg. Come this September, I will be calling Montreal home for a little while.

3. What’s your favourite MYOpera memory?

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Rosanna Murphy as Fiordiligi

Alumni Spotlight – Rosanna Murphy

Rosanna Murphy was part of MYOpera’s inaugural production, playing Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte in 2011. The above photo also features Ryan Allen as Ferrando. Photo by Gene Wu.

1. Where are you from?
Moncton, New Brunswick

2. Where do you currently live?

3. What’s your favourite MYOpera memory?
My favourite MYOpera memories are the female-only rehearsals. I got to sing with fiercely talented and intelligent opera singers (very dear friends to this day!), work under a female director and a female music director. What a unique and amazing opportunity #girlpower Read more »