Hi <<First Name>>,

It has certainly been a busy fall. I have been working on projects and passions, far and wide. These have included:

In August I took part in a maskwork master class with Brian Smith and my friend actor, director, and teacher Peggy Coffey at her new workshop space in Stratford, studio 219. I will let you know about workshops and other activities at this exciting new teaching space in 2015.

I have been working on Algorithmyth with Peter Hatch and Andy Houston, and a team including members of TorQ Percussion, Kathryn Ladano, Pam Patel, Paul Cegys, Adam Cowart, and many others.
This is the first phase of development in the creation of an intermedia (music, theatre, and projection) performance work exploring the place where probability, ritual, and intuition collide, expanding to include other aspects of contemporary capitalist culture where algorithms are having an increasingly deterministic effect, where algorithms approach mythic status and shape all manner of relationships, notions of value, and thought.

I am continuing work on Isabella Stefanescu's Euphonopen Signature for Inter Arts Matrix, a long term project exploring the intersections of technology and improvisation. More details about this project can be found HERE. And I recently started working with Andy Houston and a wonderful interdisciplinary team on his Woodland Residential School project,  and I will share more details about that as it emerges. I have also starting work with Kerry Stratton on a new concert project exploring the life and career of Marlene Dietrich, so look for that in the spring of the new year.

A couple of weeks ago I was thrilled to appear with the Element Choir, singing with throat-singer Tanya Tagaq as she stormed through the Toronto music scene after her win of the Polaris Prize.

I am also prepping for the Opera By Request performance of Morena Torroba's Luisa Fernanda on Dec 10th where I'm appearing in the role of Mariana the Innkeeper. Details and ticket information can be found HERE, and I hope you will think about supporting Opera By Request by coming out.

I have participated in fundraisers and celebrations for churches in St. Catharine's, and Hamilton, and the Birth of Baha'u'llah celebrations for the Markham Baha'i Community, and I will be doing last minute fill in for the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus for their Xmas concert Nov 28th at 7:30pm at St. Augustine's Church at 58 Sydenham Street, Dundas. Plus I'll be doing the anthems at the convocations for McMaster University again this year, so hope to see some familiar faces at those ceremonies next week.

I said it has been a busy fall, new challenges and new adventures.
But my most exciting adventure of all happens this Sunday, November 23rd.  I will be walking in the Stratford Santa Claus Parade with my friends from Alternative Theatre Works in Stratford to invite people to come to A Wind In The Willows Christmas, a delightful holiday show based on Kenneth Grahame's classic story, Dulce Domum. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the season of family and friendship and home. Details about this great family show are HERE.

Much much love, everyone...

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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", she is constantly looking for new ways to connect and collaborate.