and raised in Montreal of Ukrainian heritage, Taras' performing career spans
close to 20 year. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Montreal's oldest
and finest professional chamber group, the
McGill Chamber Orchestra.
The 2006-2007 season saw Taras perform in a lauded production of La
in which he sang to critical acclaim the role of Don Magnifico. He made his debut in January
Opera Ontario as Abimelech in
Samson et Dalilah and that spring he returned to
Calgary Opera as Zuniga in Carmen.
In the fall of 2007 he sang his signature role of Leporello in Don
Giovanni with Opera Lyra Ottawa.
In 2005, with Opera Lyra Ottawa, Taras performed the roles of Luther, Crespel and Shlemil in The Tales of Hoffman, and returned to the Manitoba Opera where he sang Colline in La Bohème. Also in Winnipeg he sang to a sold out audience at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre to rave reviews. In January 2006, Taras returned to perform with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as bass soloist in Nielsen's 3rd Symphony.
The 2003/2004 season saw Taras make a very successful debut with the Manitoba Opera where critics praised him for "stealing the show" as Leporello in Don Giovanni, a role he has sung with Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera and at the Aspen Music Festival. In February of 2004, Taras returned to Opera Saskatchewan as Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola. In 2005, he sang at Opera Lyra Ottawa and Manitoba Opera as Monterone and Sparafucile in Rigoletto to much critical acclaim and in October 2004, he performed at an opera gala with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois Rivières.
Other successful roles in Taras' repertoire include: Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with both Opera Saskatchewan and Vancouver Opera where, according to one critic, he was "spellbinding"; Colline in La Bohème at Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Manitoba Opera; Ferrando in Il Trovatore with both Opera Lyra Ottawa and Calgary Opera; The King in Aïda, a role which he has sung for l'Opéra de Montréal, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, and Edmonton Opera; and many others.
Performances at Canadian summer festivals include Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2001) with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal; at the Lanaudière Festival Taras sang Fernand in Le Trouvère and Ibn-Hakia in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta both under the baton of maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Taras also has a strong affinity for the lieder repertoire, as a result, in the summer of 2001 he gave a lieder recital with world renown pianist Vladimir Feltsman. In 2002 and 2008 he gave a recitals at the Music at Grazhda Festival (New York) to much critical acclaim.
Oratorio highlights include: The Messiah with the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Vancouver Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony and the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois Rivières; Duruflé and Mozart Requiems in Montreal; Beethoven's 9th with the Victoria Symphony; Bruckner's Mass in F Minor as invited soloist with the University of Ottawa Choral Society. Taras has performed many times with the Minnesota Orchestra where the last time he sang with them the St. Paul Press hailed him as "the strongest singer".
Taras was a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, a finalist at the prestigious Belvedere International Opera Competition in Vienna and has been a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers, and the Martha Lou Henley Foundation. In 2007, Taras was a recipient of a Conseil des Arts du Québec professional development grant.
has sung at
American summer festivals such as Ravinia's
Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, and at the
where he sang in the 50th anniversary production of Peter
Grimes under the baton of maestro Seiji Ozawa. At
the Aspen Festival, on a full fellowship, he sang under the
baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Julius Rudel, also under
maestro Robert Spano. For both roles (Leporello and Nick Bottom)
he received critical acclaim in Opera News and The