KIM MATTICE WANAT holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta with a major in drama and an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She is a performer, teacher and director. For 10 years she performed as a freelance artist in touring productions across Canada; including Backstage Broadway, a touring production of “Broadway Musicals Through the Decades” and “WIND., WOMEN & SONG” a female quartet – 2 sop, 1 piano and french horn, which performed classical music. In 2000, this quartet released a CD entitled La Dolce Vita.
Ms. Mattice Wanat is well known as a voice teacher, adjudicator and pedagogue clinician conducting workshops for teachers and choral directors across Western Canada. In 2007 she published a book for teachers entitled “Unleashing the Expressive Resonant Voice.” For 4 years this text has been used in the vocal pedagogy class at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. For the past 26 years she has taught voice to the professional acting students in the Drama Dept. at U of Alberta, and has acted as voice coach and musical director for several of the Bachelor of Fine Arts productions. In 2011 she served as the director of the Opera Workshop program at the University of Alberta in the music department.
In 1998 Ms Mattice Wanat founded Discovery Playhouse, a youth music theater company in Edmonton, which was created to develop young vocalists in Alberta and offer performance opportunities. The company produced two productions in the city; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and Once Upon A Mattress for the Fringe festival and toured the shows throughout Alberta. Then in 1999 Ms Mattice Wanat founded Opera NUOVA, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advanced training of Canadian emerging artists, bridging the gap between academia and the professional world of opera. In 2003, Opera NUOVA’s series of concerts and performances of the summer operatic intensive program became formally known as “The Vocal Arts Festival” – Canada’s only Summer Opera Festival.
Ms. Mattice Wanat has produced over 45 operas for NUOVA over 17 years and has directed several of the Vocal Arts Festival mainstage productions including: Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Offenbach’s La Perichole, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Verdi’s Falstaff and this year, Massenet’s Cendrillon. Throughout the year she acts as an artistic director for the school touring performances which have included; Menotti’s Amahl and The Night Visitors, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Dean Burry’s The
Brother’s Grimm and Isis and The Seven Scorpions. This past year she directed and toured the professional production of Naomi’s Road. In 2010 and 2011, Opera NUOVA commissioned two new operas especially created for young audiences. The Canadian operas entitled The Lives of Lesser Things and Mr Moreover’s Magic, both composed by Isaiah Bell.
Her commitment to sharing her expertise with singers, actors, teachers and choral directors has earned her extensive recognition including Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award, The City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence in the Arts Award, and the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture Award. Most recently, she was 1 of 100 Albertans chosen by the Alberta Centennial Celebrations committee who recognized her significant achievement and contribution as a voice teacher and artistic director.