Mary Lou Fallis holds a unique position in the music scene as “Canada’s foremost musical comedienne.” Known to thousands of viewers and listeners across the country for the Bravo! television series Bathroom Divas, her CBC Radio series Diva Diaries, and to hundreds of theatre-goers for her Primadonna series of one-woman shows, Ms. Fallis in her inimitable way, has re-invented the classical music comedy genre.
Ms. Fallis is best known as the creator and interpreter of very original one-woman shows: the ACTRA award-winning, Dora-nominated Primadonna, based on her own life as a singer, and its two sequels Primadonna’s First Farewell Tour; and Primadonna Does More With Less, which was premiered at the Guelph Spring Festival; Emma, Queen of Song about the real-life Canadian diva, Emma Albani; The Mrs. Bach Show hosted by Anna Magdalena, wife of J.S. Bach; and Ms. Mozart, the story of Wolfgang’s sister Nannerl (created for the 1991 Mozart bicentennial). The latest incarnations are are Primadonna on a Moose turned into a popular CD with members of the Toronto Symphony and the Primadonna goes Camping premiered outdoors on a wilderness Lake in Haliburton at the Forest Festival
Ms. Fallis was the music producer of the Gemini award winning Bathroom Divas, a new six-part reality TV series that quickly developed a cult following. Opera’s answer to American Idol, Bathroom Divas featured Ms. Fallis as part of a jury selecting the grandprize winner from hundreds of hopefuls in a nation-wide challenge.
Ms Fallis now lives in Port Hope Ontario with her husband and a very woolly dog named Percy.
Peter Tiefenbach | Partner In Crime
Peter Tiefenbach enjoys an extraordinarily varied career as a performer, composer, writer and teacher. A native of Regina Saskatchewan,he settled in Toronto in 1986, and his unique combination of talents has established a reputation as a gifted pianist, mentor and creator.
After his undergraduate studies in piano and church music at St Olaf College in Minnesota, He obtained a Master of Music degree in piano performance at Northwestern University in Illinois. He also holds Licentiate Diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England.
His collaboration with soprano-comedienne Mary Lou Fallis began in 1997 and has taken them on tours throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, England and Iceland. The two have also co-created several shows, including An Evening with Karlheinz Vapny at Lunchtime (2000); Primadonna Does Shakespeare (2002); Primadonna Does More With Less (2005); Primadonna Choralis (2006), and Primadonna Goes Into the Woods (2008).
A former CBC host of the Arts Tonight where he did major on air interviews with such musical luminaries as Andras Schiff,Witold Ludoslwaski,Henri Ditilleux and Luciano Berio to name a few, he also composes and has had commissions from the Canadian Brass,Saskatchewan Children’s Chorus, the Exaltate Singers and many others.
Since 1997, Mr. Tiefenbach has been a member of the faculty of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he coaches singers in the Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma programs, and teaches graduate courses in orchestral literature. A true musical polymath!