Eden Mills & District Community Club
Fallis and Tiefenbach Live!…More or Less!
MARY LOU FALLIS
“Canada’s foremost musical comedienne”
Toronto-born Mary Lou Fallis is best known as the creator and interpreter of five one-woman shows: her ACTRA award-winning, Dora-nominatedPrimadonna, based on her own life as a singer, and its sequel Primadonna’s First Farewell Tour; Emma, Queen of Song, about the real-life Canadian diva, Emma Albani; The Mrs. Bach Show, hosted by Anna Magdalena, wife of J.S. Bach; and Ms. Mozart, the story of Wolfgang’s sister Nannerl (created for the Mozart bicentennial).
Ms. Fallis was the music producer of Bathroom Divas, a six-part reality TV series that quickly developed a cult following. Opera’s answer to American Idol, Bathroom Divas featured Ms. Fallis as part of a jury selecting the grand-prize winner from hundreds of hopefuls in a nation-wide challenge. It won her a Gemini.
Ms Fallis is in demand as a teacher, adjudicator, judge and clinician. These tasks have seen her travel coast to coast in Canada as well as several trips to Yukon, one of her favourite spots in Canada.
Ms. Fallis was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011 for her service to music in this country as a performer, broadcaster and teacher, and is the recipient of two honorary degrees.
Peter Tiefenbach has been a familiar presence on the Canadian classical music scene for nearly thirty years. Trained as a solo pianist, his other talents have led him to explore a wide variety of activities. He’s known primarily as a pianist, composer, conductor and vocal coach, but he’s also worked as an organist, singer, actor, writer, and broadcaster.
He coaches singers in the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he also directs the fall opera production. His students have gone on to sing with companies in Canada, at the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Frankfurt Opera, and Opéra de Paris, among others.
He works frequently at Calgary Opera, Opera Atelier, Opera in Concert, and Toronto Operetta Theatre, and has been a frequent guest at summer festivals, including the Indian River Festival (PEI), Festival of the Sound, Stratford Summer Music, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Music Niagara.
Nominated for a Juno Award in 1993 for Best Classical Composition, his most recent work is The House of Atreus, a comic operetta based on the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus, for the Saskatoon Children’s Choir. Other commissions include works for the Canadian Art Song Project, Debut Atlantic, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Canadian Brass, Elmer Iseler Singers, and Elora Festival Singers.