Originally a piano major at The Royal Conservatory of Music, mezzo soprano Cindy Won first discovered her love for singing when she was required to choose a secondary instrument for her program. She eventually went on to study with Patricia Kern at the University of Toronto where she graduated with a vocal performance degree. With a wide variety of professional choral and solo experience, Cindy has developed her career recording and singing with many of Toronto’s finest ensembles including Tafelmusik, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Soundstreams, Aradia Ensemble, Opera Atelier and Tapestry, to name a few. She is also currently a member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus. Active in the new music community, Cindy has been involved in the development of many new Canadian pieces including Iron Road by Chan Ka Nin with Tapestry Opera, a 21st century remix of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas by Gregory Oh, Ulla’s Odyssey by Anthony Young and Sweat by Juliet Palmer. Although it has meant leaving her son and her practice as an RMT for 3 weeks, Cindy couldn’t be more grateful to have been given the opportunity to experience southern Ontario by bike during the day and singing with her wonderful colleagues of The Bicycle Opera Project by night.
Q&A with Cindy:
When you’re not singing (or cycling), where will we find you?
Being a chauffeur/personal chef for my 17 year old son or trying to get my new massage therapy business up on its feet.
Which opera character is most like you?
As much as I wish I was a Carmen, the Marschallin from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier is probably more fitting in personality.
What’s the most embarrassing song on your phone?
Toxic (Britney Spears) 😝