Ashley Schneberger, from Cochrane, Alberta, is currently in her 1st-year of her Masters of Music in Opera Performance at the University of Manitoba under the teachings of Tracy Dahl, completing her undergrad in 2020 under the tutelage of Dr. Janet Youngdahl at the University of Lethbridge. With a love of performing and a thirst for knowledge, Ashley brings curiosity and enthusiasm to every performance. She has been featured as The Sorceress from Dido and Aeneas (University of Manitoba), The Duchess of Plaza Toro from The Gondoliers and Old Lady from Candide (University of Lethbridge) alongside the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra. Ashley has an increasing interest in Musical Theatre as well, portraying Martha from The Secret Garden with Opera NUOVA. After finishing her Masters degree in 2022, Ashley hopes to pursue a career in performing opera professionally to let her love of music blossom.

Canadian Musical Diversity

These pieces by Métis composer Ian Cusson are a setting of texts by Japanese-Canadian Joy Kogawa, whose family was sent to an internment camp by the Canadian government in the 1940s. The rampant xenophobia and racism that was present in Canada after WWII affected all people of Asian descent. This set shares the narrative journey of a refugee invasion of the one being invaded, turning to the perspective of the displaced with themes of dislocation, and fearing the unknown. These ideas are still being thought of every day by BIPOC people, whether that be in the Uighur camps that currently exist, concentration camps, or residential schools. It is a way to shed light on these horrible events that need to be remembered, honored, and taught so that they are never repeated.

 

Semi-Final 
"Non ho colpa" from Idomeneo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"Es ist vollbracht" from Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 Johann Sebastian Bach
Where There's A Wall Ian Cusson
IV. Where There's a Wall
Banalités Francis Poulenc
V. Sanglots
Final
"Svegliatevi nel core" from Giulio Cesare George Frederic Handel
Die Junge Nonne Franz Schubert
This Journey Jake Heggie
Banalités Francis Poulenc
IV. Voyage à Paris
II. Hôtel
Where There's A Wall Ian Cusson
I. Invasions
II. Bird Song
Seven Spanish Folksongs Manuel de Falla
V. Nana
IV. Jota
Big Sister Says Libby Larsen