Tell Me The Truth About Love



  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Lyric Niagara announces their second presentation Tell Me the Truth About Love, a love-themed cabaret style presentation featuring Broadway selections, Jazz standards and a hint of opera.  Join the soloists of Lyric Niagara as we share through song stories of falling in love, falling out of love, and all the heartache and joy that accompanies adventures in love.

Appearing for the first time at The Sanctuary Centre for the Arts, a former church remade into a multi-use arts space in historic Ridgeway, and also home to Crave Local Fresh restaurant and the Brimstone Brewery.  A casual atmosphere and bar will allow the audience to relax while treated to this entertaining music.

Lyric Niagara is a new collaborative organization of classical singers who perform as soloists, teach, and reside in the Niagara Region. We seek to make vocal music accessible to new and long-converted music lovers, through innovative and thoughtful programming, inspiring collaboration, and community interaction.  Our repertoire interests span a wide range of genres including interests in opera, art song, jazz, Broadway, and folk music.

The soloists of Lyric Niagara include soprano Jennifer Carter, mezzo-soprano Debra Kingsley, soprano Charlotte Knight, and soprano Breanne Rourke.  They each perform regularly in opera, oratorio, operetta and sacred music, both locally and regionally.  They are joined by pianist Dr. Erika Reiman, an accomplished performer and musicologist, as well as a piano instructor in the Music Department of Brock University.

Tickets for Tell Me the Truth About Love: A Cabaret are available online in advance for $20, under the events page at (follow the Ticket Scene link); or at the door, for $25.  Each ticket includes the first drink from the bar.

Packages including dinner and show or show and stay in a local bed & breakfast are available, please enquire through the venue website as well.

The Artists:

Jennifer Carter, soprano


Soprano Jennifer Carter’s operatic roles have included Violetta in La traviata with Oshawa Opera and Opera by Request, Mimì in La bohème with the Colours of Music Festival (Barrie), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Kitchener, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Capital City Opera (Ottawa) and Vi/VaCe Opera (Victoria), and Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, with Little Opera Company (Winnipeg). In recital, she has been featured on Brock University’s Encore Professionals Series.  Ms. Carter holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance (University of Manitoba).  Further studies and associated concerts have included Opera on the Avalon (St John’s, NL), Songs & Scenes with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre (Toronto), the National Opera Studio short course in London, UK, and Neil Semer Vocal Institute in Coesfeld, Germany. She teaches singing to students of all ages from her home studio in Welland, Ontario, and is a member of both the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association.

Debra Kingsley, mezzo-soprano

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A mezzo-soprano vocalist born and raised in St. Catharines, Debra received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Brock University and studied Vocal Performance at the University of Western Ontario.  She received further tutelage in the bel canto style from Dr. Mary-Lou Vetere and the internationally-known spinto soprano, Aprile Millo.  Ms. Kingsley is a soloist/cantor at St Thomas More P?arish in Niagara Falls.  She has also had solo opportunities with Choralis Camerata, the Port Colborne Chorale, and joined Consort Caritatis in their concert tour of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. Debra currently studies with Carol Baggot-Forte, and in particular loves the operatic music of Verdi, Donizetti, and Ponchielli and the sacred music of Händel, Bach and Mozart.

Charlotte Knight, soprano

Described as a “formidable coloratura soprano,” Charlotte Knight has a busy season including a tour with To Be Determined Theatre Co. in a musical adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; the role of Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with The Gallery Players of Niagara, and the roles of Nymph and Spring in The Fairy Queen with Toronto Masque Theatre. Her recent stage roles include Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee with No Strings Theatre, Cecily in Benson & Davies’ Canadian operetta Earnest, The Importance of Being and Hanna in the Canadian premiere of Künneke’s Cousin from Nowhere (Der Vetter aus Dingsda) both with Toronto Operetta Theatre.  Charlotte’s previous roles have included Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee with No Strings Theatre, Cecily in Benson & Davies’ Canadian operetta Earnest, The Importance of Being and Hanna in the Canadian premiere of Künneke’s Cousin from Nowhere (Der Vetter aus Dingsda) both with Toronto Operetta Theatre; The Opera Project as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Orchestra London as Marie in a gala performance of Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, Primavera Concerts as Lieschen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata, the Etobicoke Philharmonic as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Toronto’s Opera in Concert and the Classical Music Consort as Diana in Haydn’s La Fedeltá Premiata, and Toronto Masque Theatre as Aréthuze in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers. 

Charlotte is an alumnus of the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Vancouver Summer Opera Studio, Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Royal Conservatory of Music Summer Opera Workshop, Opera Atelier Summer Program, Conservatorium van Amsterdam Early Music Summer School, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and the University of Western Ontario where she completed her Bachelor of Music honours degree in voice.

Breanne Rourke, soprano


Breanne Rourke is a lyric soprano based out of Niagara. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance under the tutelage of Torin Chiles. Recently Ms. Rourke travelled to Halifax this summer to participate in Halifax Summer Opera Festival’s opera as the role of Spirit I and II in Cendrillon. She is an accomplished soprano soloist performing many recitals and concerts throughout Niagara, Toronto, and New York City. In addition to her performing career, she is the choir director at Wesley United Church in Welland, and maintains a thriving private voice studio in St. Catharines. She is currently studying with Rachel Mallon in London.

Erika Reiman, piano

Dr. Reiman studied piano at Mount Allison and McGill Universities and earned a PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto. She is the author of Schumann’s Piano Cycles and the Novels of Jean Paul, published by the University of Rochester Press in 2004. In addition to her piano teaching duties at Brock University, she is active as soloist, accompanist, vocal coach, and chamber musician throughout Southern Ontario. In 2008 she was the soloist in the premiere performance of David Fawcett’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

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