Originally from Edmonton, Alberta (Treaty 6), Spencer Kryzanowski is a répétiteur, vocal coach, and teacher based in Toronto, Ontario (Treaty 13). He is currently pursuing an Artistic Diploma (Operatic Répétiteur) at the University of Toronto. Additionally, he is a mentor with Opera InReach, music staff with Pop Goes the Opera, and a piano and theory teacher.
Spencer believes strongly in equity, diversity, and inclusion in the rehearsal room and in the teaching studio. For Spencer, creating safe, collaborative spaces where everyone's voice and input is valued is essential for all projects.
Spencer has participated in a number of prestigious programs including the Opera in the 21st Century program at the Banff Centre, St. Andrew's Opera Workshop, and Opera NUOVA. This August, he will make his European debut with Berlin Opera Academy, assisting as répétiteur on Hänsel und Gretel. Other recent opera activities include Copland's The Tender Land (répétiteur, University of Toronto Opera, 2022); Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (répétiteur and continuo, University of Toronto Opera, 2022); Puccini’s La bohème (répétiteur/assistant conductor, Mercury Opera, 2019 & 2020); Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (répétiteur, Pop Goes the Opera, 2019); Puccini’s Suor Angelica (music director, Pop Goes the Opera, 2019); and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (répétiteur, Opera NUOVA, 2017).
Spencer completed his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (Distinction) at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta, where his primary mentors were Dr. Milton Schlosser and Inna Luzanac. His video performance of Rodney Sharman’s The Garden, for speaking-pianist, and paper entitled “Queering the Kiss: Rodney Sharman’s The Garden” are published in the Spring 2015 edition of Metamorphosis: Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.