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Lyric baritone, DJ Calhoun, began his training privately in Calgary, Alberta, while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Royal College. He began studying opera at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he earned a Bachelor of Music and a Masters in Music, both majoring in Opera Performance. Mr. Calhoun has performed many roles, most notably ‘Curtis’ in Vancouver Opera’s world premier of Stickboy, ’Paris' in Vancouver Opera's production of Gounod's Romèo et Juliette, Joe Mackenzie’
in the world premier of Phyllis Grant’s The Ghost in the Turret, ‘Mars’ in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, ‘Second Priest’ in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, ‘Danilo’ in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, ‘Falke’ in Strauss’ Die Feldermaus, ‘Marcello’ in Puccini’s La Boheme, ‘Sir Joseph Porter KCB’ in Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, ‘Major General Stanley’ in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, ‘Guiseppe’ in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers, as well as numerous opera excerpts with the UBC Opera Ensemble. In 2009, DJ crossed over into musical theatre, performing ‘Feuilly’ in Boublil and Shönberg’s, Les Misérables. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Calhoun was one of the founding members of Vivace, the pop opera Quartet, travelling and performing extensively throughout North America. In addition to his professional work, DJ still finds time to perform for community fundraising organizations and charities including the Shooting Stars Foundation, the Vancouver Friends for Life Society, and Variety - The Children’s Foundation of BC.