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Teira Andreef – North Shore Light Opera Society

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When someone mentions musical talent and Squamish in a sentence together, your first thought would be that they are talking about the Squamish Valley Music Festival. However, someone has come along that will make you rethink that assumption. Teira Andreeff. One of the hardest hitter on the Sea to Sky Sirens, Andreeff is about to become one of the hardest hitters in light opera. She will be appearing in the North Shore Light Opera Society’s production of The Gondoliers in her first lead role in an opera this May. Opera wasn’t always the intended destination for the Howe Sound Secondary School (HSSS) grad. She’s only been practicing the singing style for a year after having been “discovered” at the 2013 Howe Sound Music Festival (HSMF). “Last year I did HSMF and adjudicator Gail Suderman took a big interest in me because of my voice type,” Andreeff said. “I didn’t realize I had such a strong instrument and she told me I should be pursuing opera instead of musical theatre. She said I had a rare voice and that I needed to switch to opera now.”


Andreeff listened to Suderman – who is the director of voice and choral studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University – and for the past year has been immersing herself in all things opera. She’s working with four teachers in Squamish and Vancouver to perfect her craft. All of her hard work paid off at the HSMF earlier this month, as Andreeff won gold in all categories that she competed in. “It was an honour to win,” she said. “I managed to win two scholarships [most promising vocalist 28 and under] and when I won the opportunity to go to provincials, my hand went over my mouth and I thought I was going to fall backwards because of shock. Tears came pouring out because all of the hard work and sacrifice I’ve made over the past year was validated.” Next up for Andreeff is the provincials in Penticton from June 3 to 7. She admitted the competition will be stiff but she’s looking forward to the event. “You need to have passion for anything you do,” she said. “If you want it, chase it.”