Canadian mezzo-soprano Lillian Brooks has been praised for her legato, lyric sound, and easy handling of coloratura, known for delivering a powerful and layered performance in a wide range of repertoire. Winner of the 2015 Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artists Grant, Ms Brooks has appeared in many operatic roles and as an oratorio soloist throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Her roles on the operatic stage include Cornelia in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2014 - Accademio Europea dell'Opera), Bradamante in Alcina (2016 - Glenn Gould School), Annio in La clemenza di Tito (2016 - Rosedale Presbyterian Church), Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin (2016 - Opera Muskoka), Armelinde in Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon (2016 - Glenn Gould School), Paoluccia in La Cecchina by Niccolò Piccinni (2017 - Glenn Gould School), Mrs Nolan in Menotti's The Medium (2017 - Opera by Request), and Maddalena in Rigoletto (2018 - Opera by Request). She made her professional debut on the concert stage in 2015, as a soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Chorus Niagara, under the baton of Robert Cooper. In December of 2016 Ms Brooks performed as a soloist in Chorus Niagara's popular biennial performance of Handel's Messiah, and will be sang again with them in March of 2017 in a staged production of Bach's moving and dramatic St Matthew Passion. Her upcoming performances will include the Third Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute with Toronto City Opera, and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar with the St Anne's Rock Orchestra.