Allyson Devenish

The Artists - Women of Letters

Allyson Devenish

Allyson Devenish

Allyson is a native of Ottawa, Canada. She began her musical career, studying piano and violin privately, continuing at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. She completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College (Ohio, USA), receiving a B.Mus. and B.A., following which, she relocated to London to pursue postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music.

Allyson is in demand as a musical director, recitalist and teacher. Her performance schedule has taken her to France, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, US, Caribbean and throughout the United Kingdom. She has also recorded for the BBC, CBC, Radio France and RTE1 (Eire).

As a Music Director, Allyson has directed the premiere of Looking At The Sun (Battersea Arts Centre), Kismet (Arcola) and assisted on Porgy and Bess (Lisbon) as well as written music for several productions for Tangle International theatre company. As Artistic Associate and Music Director with Nitro, she worked on projects such as Mass Carib (Lord Mayor’s Festival, Greenwich Festival, Hackney Empire), An Evening of Soul Food/African Cargo (Greenwich Theatre) and the successful UK tour of Desert Boy. As the creative and directive force behind NitroVoX, she has directed the a cappella group in performances at the Bath Literature Festive (To Kill A Mockingbird), London Literature Festival (A Celebration of Maya Angelou) as well as recording for BBC Radio 4 (The Fisk Jubilee Singers). More recently, Allyson collaborated with Renée Salewski and Trevor A Toussaint on Struggle and Protest – Voices of Change, a new, verbatim piece, looking at regeneration and gentrification in South London.

Marcelle Boisjoli

Marcelle Boisjoli

Mrs. Boisjoli holds a Bachelors of Music and Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from McGill University. She has performed in operas and recitals across the country as well as in Asia. Marcelle has devoted the last few years to raising her two young sons a building her private teaching studio. Ever passionate about performing, she is thrilled to be performing with Inglorious B productions.

Danie Friesen

Danie Friesen

With a background in theatre and film, Canadian actor/soprano Danie Friesen’s range of professional experience reflects a young artist who transcends barriers.

Recent roles include: Linfea (La Calisto), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Ria Krauss (In Adagio), Leonato (Much Ado About Nothing), Kate (Pirates of Penzance), Charmian (Antony and Cleopatra), Estelle (No Exit) and Nancy (Oliver!).

As a recording artist, Danie collaborated with Flowers of Hell, recording of Symphony #1; an experimental symphony for soprano. She is also featured as the vocalist for the film documentary Yellow is Forbidden.

Danie has been, and continues to be, active in creating new works. In 2012, she co-founded Art & Lies Productions, an independent theatre company focused on producing stylized, physical and absurdist theatre. She recently co-founded Inglorious B Productions, an independent opera company with Renée Salewski. Her latest project, Blitzkrieg Cabaret, is an all-Kurt Weill cabaret, complete with four singers and a three piece band. Her other main project, Opera Revue, performs opera and art song in a casual bar setting; bringing this music into an unusual location and, most importantly, to a potentially new audience.

Anne-Marie Ramos

Anne-Marie Ramos

Sought after Canadian born Armenian-Indian Soprano, Anne-Marie Ramos has established herself in the world of Oratorio, Opera and Musical Theatre. Most recent engagements have included Soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Brahm's Requiem with Guelph Chamber Choir & Musica Viva Orchestra, and Rossini's Stabat Mater/ Mahler Symphony #4 with Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra.

​This past December, Anne-Marie made her Koerner Hall debut as the Soprano soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Most recently, she performed in the Songbook Series with the internationally acclaimed Tapestry Opera.

​Ms. Ramos is a graduate from the University of Toronto Vocal Music Performance Program, where she performed with the Opera School Division. She gained notoriety in the musical theatre and operetta world with such roles as Julie Jordan in Edmonton's Mayfield Theatre, Cosette in Les Miserables with 1000 Islands Playhouse, Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, Elsie in Gilbert and Sullivan's Yeomen of the Guard, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, and Maria in Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

​This past year, Ms. Ramos was honoured to receive the prestigious Tyrone Guthrie Award from The Stratford Festival of Canada for her contribution to the arts.

Natalya Gennadi

Natalya Gennadi

Ms. Gennadi began her vocal studies at the University of Ottawa and appeared in the title role in The Merry Widow with the Ottawa Savoy Theatre Society. Natalya holds a Master’s Degree in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto where performances included Amelia in Amelia al ballo, and Hélène in La belle Hélène. Ms. Gennadi recently received the Karina Gauvin Scholarship to attend IRCPA’s "Sondra Radvanovsky’s Encounter”, winning a three-day Career Blueprints session at the National Opera America Center in New York and performed in Toronto’s Ukrainian Art Song Summer Institute. Natalya earned a Specialist Diploma in Russian Linguistics and Literature, and shares her love of Slavic music as a professional Russian diction coach with singers throughout North America, including the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.

Renée Salewski

Renée Salewski