Hungarian-born mezzo Margaret Bárdos is based in Southern Ontario and loves touring. At home with classical as well as new, experimental music, she seeks out creative challenges and cherishes working with good hearted people. With a voice described by Opera Canada as “mellow, fruity, that caresses the ears”, appearances include interdisciplinary collaborative and site specific projects that make use of her varied training: from Butoh dance and physical theatre to extended vocal technique and improvisation. She continues as a grateful member of the studio of Tom Schilling. When not on stage for projects such as R.M. Schafer’s Apocalypsis for the Luminato Festival this past June or Handel’s Messiah in Ottawa this November, she can be found on the back of a horse, or meditating under her favourite clump of trees.
A graduate of McMaster University and the University of Toronto, Krista Rhodes is an in-demand collaborative pianist renowned for her versatility, precision, and sensitivity. She works with many professional singers and instrumentalists, voice studios, choral groups, music festivals, opera companies, and theatre groups as well as being an active solo performer. She is on the composing staff for HARPO television productions and has had her music heard on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is happily enjoying her 7th season as accompanist of the Bach Elgar Choir and has also worked with the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir and the world-renowned Hamilton Children’s Choir. Krista currently resides with her children, Charlotte and Adrian, and husband, Glen in Ancaster, Ontario.