About the Artist
Melanie Gall is an internationally-acclaimed vocalist. She has traveled to Africa, South America and the Caribbean to perform solo classical recitals and sing at events for the Semaine de la Francophonie, and she is a regular performer at the American Spring Festival in the Czech Republic. Melanie’s opera roles have included Gilda, La Fée, The Queen of the Night and Lima Energelly in the North American premiere of the Hebrew Opera ‘And the Rat Laughs’. She is based in New York City, and has sung at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Sweet and nostalgic, she’s like a Disney princess from the Lower East Side. (Uptown Magazine)
Melanie has completed several advanced music degrees: University of Alberta, University of Western Ontario, Glenn Gould School of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzberg, and Brooklyn College and Manhattan School of Music in New York, as well as training programs with singers and coaches from the Metropolitan Opera in Italy and Israel.
Gall’s gorgeous voice wraps around you like a cozy afghan. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
Melanie has written and toured several solo shows throughout Canada and the USA. These include: ‘My Pal Izzy’, based on the early life of Irving Berlin, ‘The Sparrow and The Mouse’ and ‘Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert’, about French chanteuse Edith Piaf, ‘In the Mood for Love’, with songs from women composers, ‘Opera Mouse’, a children’s introduction to opera, and two shows: ‘More Power to Your Knitting, Nell!’ and a Knitting Cabaret featuring ‘lost’ knitting music from WWI and WWII.
Gall can be captivating. Her musical capabilities could sell out venues alone, and her acting skills puts her on the stage with many other great talents. (Production Ottawa)
She has won several awards for her work. ‘More Power to Your Knitting, Nell!’ was awarded the CBC Award for Best Musical at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, as well as the Orlando Fringe Audience Choice Award and the Most Outstanding Female Performer award at the London Fringe. Melanie has also received awards in several international voice competitions, including the Sembrich Voice Competition and the Strauss Society Competition, and she received an award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards.
Gall’s voice is the star of the show, soaring through familiar and new tunes for an audience that was smiling from start to finish. (CBC Winnipeg)
Melanie has recorded several albums, including Knitting all the Day, a CD containing WWI-era knitting music, and the recently-released Sweeter in a Sweater, with songs about knitting from WWII. Other recordings include Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert (music of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel), Min HaLev (Hebrew and Ladino melodies) and La Nuit en Rose (songs from the cabarets of France).
Gall is vivacious, and her lovely voice has real power. (Edmonton Journal)
Melanie is the leading expert in historic songs about knitting and spinning. She has lectured about this music in the colloquium series at NYU, as well as at conferences in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California and at the National Museum in Luxembourg.
Erik DeWaal lives in Cape Town, but spends most of the year performing for audiences of all ages in theatres, at festivals and schools around the world. He started performing in amateur plays while at high school and studied acting at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He holds an Honnours Degree in Educational Theatre and has written, directed and performed in more than 50 professional productions in the last fifteen years. He has been performing in Canada since 1999, from Montrealand Ottawa in the East to Vancouver Island in the west and Dawson City and Whitehorse in the North. He has performed to enthralled audiences in South Africa, Canada, England, Ireland, Argentina, Mexico and Turkey and more than 150 000 people on five continents had been thrilled by his energetic form of storytelling theatre using masks, puppets, marionettes and a whole lot of imagination.