Artist Spotlight: Justin Stolz

Praised for his “effortlessly powerful” voice (The Chronicle Journal), Canadian tenor Justin Stolz is quickly establishing himself as an exciting operatic performer. A versatile and dynamic presence, Justin made a “rousing” (Opera News) professional debut as Der Steuermann in the The Atlanta Opera’s production of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer during the 2017-2018 season. Other highlights with the company include appearances as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute as well as Le Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen.

Q: What is your favourite piece of music?

A: My favourite piece of music, that’s very tough to answer, it fluctuates constantly but probably one of the following: Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen, Blaze of Glory – Bon Jovi, or The entire Rocky Horror Show Soundtrack.

Q: What are you most excited for in returning home to Thunder Bay?

A: When I come home, I don’t really do all that much. I enjoy spending time with my family and close friends, and usually force them to play board games with me. And I make sure I eat at Ted’s Kitchen, and Rebel Salad!

Q: What are your hobbies outside of music?

Outside of music, my main hobbies are playing board games, collecting vinyl records and vintage cards and comic books.

Q: What is your favourite musical memory?

A: My favourite musical memory is probably the night I stepped in to sing Lensky in Eugene Onegin at The Atlanta Opera Company at the last minute. It was very stressful, as I didn’t have much opportunity to rehearse the role. But in the end it was successful. The audience was cheering me on, knowing the situation. A very memorable night for me.


Please join us on October 21st to hear Justin in the world premiere of Danika Lorèn’s new arrangement of her songs “The Idlers”, “At Sunset” and “Close By”. You won’t want to miss it!


Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.