The VOLARE TENORS are Canada’s quickest growing “popera” group. Kaden, Taylor, and Laren form a powerhouse vocal trio that presents opera classics, music theatre, and pop music in a fusion that you’ve never heard before. These classically trained tenors are constantly innovating within the classical crossover genre.
Recognized for their versatility, Kaden, Taylor, and Laren cross voices and seamlessly blend styles to create a program that has something for everyone. You are sure to hear “popera” classics alongside originals and new songs you didn’t know were missing just a “touch” of opera!
In 2020, the VOLARE TENORS produced two EPs (self-titled & Christmas). Their recordings feature harmony, high notes, and thrilling vocal/instrumental arrangements created and performed by the VOLARE TENORS themselves and/or other magnificent Canadian musicians and composers!
Kaden, Taylor, and Laren couldn’t be happier to return to live performance and are thrilled by the busy season ahead of them. They are constantly producing new music and booking performances. Follow them on social media for music videos, behind the scenes footage, updates regarding music releases, and performance announcements.
Actor and singer KADEN FORSBERG regularly performs music theatre and opera on national and international stages. Recently, he was engaged in Centaur Theatre’s queer reading series (Jesse in A Song of Fiction) as well as the semi-finals of the international Lotte Lenya competition.
Kaden maintains a diverse career balancing music theatre, opera, and concert. He has been seen in title roles in Joseph…Dreamcoat (Festival Players) and Candide (NUOVA) while appearing nationally in leading roles with Pacific Opera Victoria, City Opera Vancouver, and Highlands Opera. Kaden notably developed and performed the role of Devon in the 2017 Marie Clements/Brian Current opera Missing directed by Peter Hinton. His international engagements include a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Amalfi Coast Music Festival), and Medoro in Orlando Paldino (Mozarteum and The Salzburg Festival).
In addition to opera and music theatre productions, Kaden has performed regularly as a soloist with several of Canada’s symphony orchestras. This includes The Evangelist in Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium (Okanagan Festival Singers), The Messiah (Victoria Civic Orchestra), and the title role of Judas Maccabaeus (Victoria Baroque Players & VCM).
Kaden will be seen next in the Musée Marguerite-Bourgeoys produced jazz-oratorio Canada and France tour, a summer tour with the VOLARE TENORS, and the 2021 40-Days of Opera concert program with Pacific Opera Victoria.
TAYLOR FAWCETT is a versatile singer and multi-instrumentalist with experience across a variety of genres. Taylor’s “commanding romantic tenor” (gigcity.ca) is regularly heard as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras, opera companies, and musical theatre companies. Recent operatic roles include The Lover in Il Tabarro (Pacific Opera Victoria), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and Beppe in I Pagliacci (Pop Goes the Opera!). Operetta and Musical Theatre roles include Frederic in Pirates of Penzance (ECHO Players), Tony in West Side Story (Festival Players), and Pirelli in Sweeny Todd (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre). Taylor’s orchestral performances as featured tenor soloist include a tour of Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in C-minor, Requiem, and Solemn Vespers, and Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers).
Taylor’s diverse musical career also includes engagements as a session vocalist in studio recordings and live engagements, lending leading vocals to performances with Six Minute Warning and Tenore, and supporting vocals to The Tenors. Taylor is also the newest member of award-winning country music group the Tanner Olsen Band, bringing his signature tenor vocals and vocal arrangements as well as bass guitar to the band.
Upcoming engagements include singing Parpignol in La Boheme with Edmonton Opera, a livestreamed recital for Kings University, and continuing writing, arranging, recording, and producing for VOLARE TENORS in anticipation of a summer 2021 tour.
Singer and multi-instrumentalist, LAREN STEPPLER works in a range of musical styles and stage performances. His soaring, lyrical, and rich tenor voice has been heard in operatic and music theatre productions as well as several jazz, rock and R&B groups across Alberta. Laren’s recent roles include Jason in A Grand Night for Singing (Opera NUOVA), King of The East and Sun in The Enchanted Pig (UofA Opera Workshop), Memory I in .Gabriel (EuroTrumpet), and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (UofA Opera Workshop).
Laren served as choir director for Sunnybrook United Church in Red Deer from 2016-2018 and continues choral conducting as assistant conductor at Holy Trinity United Church in Edmonton. He has also taken several bands on tour, attributing the music of Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Alice in Chains, Stevie Wonder, and his original bands Culture Clash and Natural Visions. Laren continues to develop his skills in harmonizing, arranging and composing for VOLARE TENORS.
Laren’s next performances are as Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore (UofA Opera Workshop), Frederic in Pirates of Penzance (COSA Canada), Orfeo in Il Giudizio di Pigmalione (COSA Canada), Endymion’s Dream (COSA Canada), and of course, the highly anticipated VOLARE TENORS’ summer 2021 tour.
ABOUT OUR SHOW
Great pop music is doing the simplest thing at the highest possible level. VOLARE TENORS kept this in mind when developing their most recent show: “Timeless.” These classically trained tenors present a sophisticated fusion of opera and pop exploring melodies that have stood the test of time. Their original arrangements emphasize virtuosic vocals and the heights of drama that can only be achieved when classical voices come together in harmony.
The VOLARE TENORS are dynamic performers. You will hear hilarious stories from these best-friends about life “on-the-road,” be surprised by exciting choreography/staging, and impressed by the various instruments each member plays while singing their particularly challenging music. Their show is entertaining, unexpected, and must be heard live!
“Timeless,” just like their Christmas Show, is well suited to diverse venues/audiences. These shows are excellent for theatres, outdoor venues, corporate events, house concerts, etc. VOLARE TENORS produces fully orchestrated arrangements of all their music. Therefore, their shows can be performed with backing tracks, live orchestra, SATB choir, or any combination thereof.
Some works in “Timeless” are: “You Raise Me Up” (Josh Groban), “Despacito” (Luis Fonsi), “Unchained Melody” (Righteous Brothers), “O Sole Mio” (Neapolitan song), “It’s all coming back to me” (Celine Dion).