Capella Intima was formed in 2009 by Artistic Director and Tenor Bud Roach. The ensemble is dedicated to performing the vocal music of the 17th century, both sacred and secular. Based in Hamilton, Ontario as the resident ensemble of HAMMER BAROQUE, Capella Intima prides itself on introducing audiences to the less commonly heard music that paved the way for composers of the later Baroque. Collaborations with instrumental ensembles in the region have met with unanimous critical acclaim: with the Toronto Continuo Collective, presenting Marco da Gagliano’s opera from 1608, La Dafne; Luigi Rossi’s Giuseppe with Elixir Baroque; and the Gallery Players of Niagara, presenting an “Evening of Antient Music”, including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Recent projects include “The Poor Man’s Vespers”, a re-creation of a vespers service in Northern Italy from the early seventeenth century, and “The Paradise of Travellers” (Toronto, Hamilton, New York), tracing the routes and unique experiences of English visitors to Italy on the Grand Tour. The four singers of Capella Intima are active performers of early music with ensembles across Canada.
Canadian tenor Bud Roach maintains a busy schedule of performances from the Baroque to the contemporary. Recent highlights include performances in Venice, concerts with Les Violons du Roy (Richard Egarr, conductor), and appearances with the Hamilton Philharmonic. Bud’s recordings for the Musica Omnia label have been recognized internationally as ground-breaking achievements in historically-informed performance practice. “Roach is marvellous throughout…Five stars” (Early Music Today, UK). Recital performancesincludeToronto (Early MusicCentre), NewYork (the Midtown Concert Series), the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series (“revelatory concerts”- Early Music America, 2013), Hamilton (Hammer Baroque), and London, Ontario (Western University). Bud has appeared regularly with the Toronto Consort, the Bach Elgar Choir, Elmer Iseler Singers, Nota Bene, the Spiritus Ensemble, Soundstreams, Talisker Players, the Menno Singers, the Aradia Ensemble, and the Musicians in Ordinary. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the successful HAMMER BAROQUE concert series, presenting some of Canada’s finest early music performers.
Soprano Sheila Dietrich is a graduate of the Opera Diploma Program at Wilfrid Laurier, and has sung as a chorister and soloist with the Elora Festival Singers and the parish choir of St. John the Evangelist in Elora, Ontario. Sheila has also worked with Les Violons du Roy, The Toronto Classical Singers, The Toronto Mendellsohn Choir, The Bach Elgar Choir, and Da Capo. Recently, she was featured on the Juno nominated CD “Notes Towards” in the title track written by Canadian composer Tim Corlis. Other recent performances have included the Schubert Mass in G, the role of Belinda in Dido and Anaeas, and Britten’s Company of Heaven. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as the Second Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Richard Egarr), and was a prize-winner at the 2015 New York Oratorio Society Competition.
Jennifer Enns Modolo studied at Wilfird Laurier University where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in voice, and she has since been delighting audiences everywhere she performs with her clear, unaffected voice and meaningful singing.
Though primarily a concert and oratorio singer, Jennifer is equally at home on the opera stage. She performs regularly as a recitalist, and has appeared as a featured soloist with numerous groups including Opera in Concert, the Muskoka Opera Festival, the Talisker Players, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Toronto Classical Singers, the Grand River Baroque Festival, the Aradia Ensemble, Chorus Niagara, the Guelph Chamber Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Nota Bene Period Orchestra, the Elora Festival Singers, the Grand Philharmonic Choir, the Richard Eaton Singers and the Vancouver Bach Choir.
Toronto based baritone David Roth has recently finished his performance degree at the University of Toronto, where he studied under the direction of Patricia Kern. Mr. Roth is the recipient of several academic awards offered by the Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Arts and Science. A veteran performer, David has sung in Canada, the U.S., and great Britain as both soloist and chamber musician with such organizations as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and the Toronto Masque Theatre. David has appeared as a featured soloist with Tafelmusik in the programme Bach in Leipzig, the Durham County Chamber Choir in performance of Faure’s requiem and the Kitchener Symphony Orchestra in Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. Some of David’s operatic roles include Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, the debut performance of Gesualdo in Peter Fischer’s O D’Amarti O Morire, Olin Blitch in Floyd’s Susannah, and Lindorff and Dr. Miracle in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. David is also co-founder and artistic director of Cantores Fabularum, a volunteer choir that raises money for First Stop Woodlawn, a shelter for women administered by the YWCA.