TCO would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of you who came to see our shows! The two operas of Fidelio and The Magic Flute were a huge success which brought in rapturous applause from the audience! Thank you to our exuberant soloists and our most congenial TCO chorus! Of course all these will not be possible without the state-of-the-art artistic directions of Erik Thor, Jennifer Tung and Ivan Jovanovic! Please stay tuned to our exciting news for next season by visiting our website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
TCO - Looking to the future!
Toronto City is delighted to announce the appointment of Erik Thor as Staging Director, working closely with Ivan Jovanovic and Jennifer Tung, Co-Music Directors and Conductor, forming a Triple Entente named as The Artistic Team!
An alumnus of the University of Toronto's Opera Division, Erik Thor has been directing opera in Toronto since 2008. He was appointed at the university for many years as a guest director where he staged several operas including main stage production La voix humaine by Poulenc, six Student Composer Collective operas; notably the much talked-about and award-winning Rob Ford, The Opera; and numerous other productions and workshops including Donizetti's La fille du régiment, Menotti's Amelia al ballo, and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.
Erik has directed for many local companies including Thornborrow's opera The Moon for The Music Gallery, Rachmaninoff's Aleko for Toronto's Opera 5, Opera Scenesters for the Toy Piano Composers, and Puccini's Tosca for North York's Opera Lirica Italiana.
Erik has long been focused on developing emerging singers and working with contemporary composers. He has directed several Student Composer Collective operas for the U of T New Music Festival including Encounters, Antigone, The Jealous Husband, and The Essential Hamlet, as well as guest lecturing for the U of T Faculty of Music. He has also staged productions for Wilfrid Laurier University including their show Mistaken Identities, and was musical director, technical director, and founding board member of Laurier Musical Theatre. Erik spent five years on the faculty of the More Than Music Institute in Kingston, directing Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, The Sorcerer, The Mikado, Ruddigore, and HMS Pinafore.
Other credits include Haydn's Il mondo della luna, Mozart's Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and Le nozze di Figaro, Candide by Bernstein, Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges, and L'heure espagnole, Il matrimonio segreto by Cimarosa, Barber's A Hand of Bridge, James' To Daniel, and Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel.
Erik is pleased to be joining Toronto City Opera for their 51st season, directing Beethoven's Fidelio, and Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Currently the vocal department coordinator, vocal coach and faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Jennifer Tung received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Master of Music in Piano Accompaniment and Chamber Music from the world renowned Eastman School of Music. Jennifer's versatility has allowed her career to develop in very unique ways: as a singer, vocal coach and collaborative pianist. She has sung with orchestras around the world and have given recitals (as a singer and collaborative pianist) from Toronto, Los Angeles to Hong Kong and China. An advocate of contemporary music, Jennifer has worked closely with renowned contemporary composers such as Tom Cipullo, Ricky Ian Gordon, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Ben Moore and John Musto. A vocal coach and a well-versed educator, Jennifer has presented master classes (voice and piano) and has served on faculty in summer programs across North America, Europe and Asia.
The 2016-17 season marks an exciting development where Jennifer has taken on the role of assistant conductor with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and is the conductor of the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra. This summer she was the director of the Studio Artist program at SongFest in Los Angeles. In addition to being the chair of the voice program, Jennifer was also the Music Director/Conductor for the production of The Mikado at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.
Please join us to welcome Jennifer to the TCO family!
Toronto City Opera is pleased to announce Ivan Jovanovic as our new Music Director. Please welcome back Ivan for a fifth performance season!
Jovanovic is a recent University of Toronto graduate where he received his Master's in Collaborative piano degree in studio of Professor Steven Philcox. Ivan's other degrees include Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Arts, Faculty of Music, Belgrade, Serbia.
During his studies, Ivan won numerous awards at various state competitions as a solo pianist. In 2005, he joined Belgrade Opera Orchestra, mastering an enormous opera repertoire, under the baton of the chief conductor Dejan Savic. Ivan played both harpsichord and piano for recitals of Don Giovanni, Orfeo ed Euridice, The Italian Girl in Algeria, The Marriage of Figaro, Hassan-Aga's Wife, The Love for Three Oranges, and The Secret Marriage.
In 2013, Ivan won the prestigious Gwendolyn Koldofsky prize. He is a staff vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for UofT Opera Division and an accompanist at Toronto City Opera for the third season.
Ivan joined the Brott Festival in the 2015-2016 for the productions of The Barber of Seville and Le Nozze di Figaro as a rehearsal and performance pianist and harpsichordist. He was invited to accompany singers at St Andrew's Summer Opera Workshop, Westben Arts Festival and Opera Muskoka in 2016.
Ivan played at numerous auditions, competitions, and recitals with performers of all levels, ranging from amateur opera enthusiasts to internationally acclaimed professionals.
AL GREEN THEATRE
Miles Nadal Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
The Al Green Theatre is a 285 seat facility inside of the vibrant Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. Located at the corner of Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue in Toronto, the theatre is fully accessible by both subway lines, with ample municipal parking and a number of great shops and restaurants close by.
Want to fulfill your dreams of singing in the chorus of one or two operas while having the real experience of acting on stage?
Join TCO’s Chorus through TDSB. No audition is required. Prior choral experience and ability to read music will be an asset! We will assist your home practice through our on-line teaching tool Toperaid.
Registration for the winter sessions opens on November 15, 2017. The winter term is a continuation of the fall term; returning students will be given first priority. There is no need to pay $120 material fee for the returning students in the winter term. First rehearsal starts on January 16, 2018.
Please register today!
Visit econnect.tdsb.on.ca and enter Bar code 87157 to register
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