Toronto City Opera

Ivan Jovanovic

MUSIC DIRECTOR

 

Ivan JovanovicIvan 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.

 

 

Jennifer Tung

CO-MUSIC DIRECTOR

 

Jennifer TungCurrently 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.

 

 

Erik Thor

STAGING DIRECTOR

 

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.

 

 

 

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