Originally from Edmonton, Alberta (Treaty 6), Spencer Kryzanowski is a conductor, répétiteur, and vocal coach based in Toronto, Ontario (Treaty 13). Currently, he is a répétiteur and vocal coach in the University of Toronto opera department, the resident pianist for Against the Grain Theatre's Opera Pub series in Toronto, a mentor with Opera InReach, and music staff with Pop Goes the Opera.
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 training programs including the Opera in the 21st Century program at the Banff Centre, St. Andrew's Opera Workshop, and Opera NUOVA. Spencer made his European debut in 2022 with Berlin Opera Academy, assisting as répétiteur on Hänsel und Gretel. Other recent répétiteur credits include a comedic triple-bill of Hindemith's Hin und zurück, Offenbach's Monsieur Choufleuri, and Douglas Moore's Gallantry. Other credits include Copland's The Tender Land; Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia; Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi; and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.
As a conductor and music director, Spencer has worked on a number of productions across Canada, including Puccini’s La bohème (assistant conductor) with Mercury Opera, Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Pop Goes the Opera, and Rebecca and the Bad Wizard, a children's opera. Spencer made his conducting debut with University of Toronto Opera in January 2023, conducting Disobedience, a new opera written by UofT's Student Composer Collective.
This summer, Spencer will conduct Puccini's Il tabarro at the 42nd Edmonton International Fringe Festival with Pop Goes the Opera and music direct Hansel and Gretel with Good Mess Opera, featuring an exciting new translation of the libretto.
Spencer completed his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (Distinction) at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta and a Diploma in Operatic Performance (Répétiteur) at the University of Toronto.