We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Tung back as Artistic Director for our 52nd performing season!
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 a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a 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.
Jennifer has been the assistant conductor with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra since the 2016-2017 season. She was the assistant conductor with Tapestry Opera/Canadian Stage/Vancouver Opera’s Dora Award winning production of “The Overcoat: a Musical Tailoring” this past season. Jennifer was also the Music Director for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s production of The Mikado last summer and will be the Music Director of their production of Sweeney Todd this summer.
Jennifer is very excited to be working with Toronto City Opera again this upcoming season.
We are grateful to welcome Ivan Jovanovic, the charming "one man orchestra" of Toronto City Opera, back as Music Director for our 52nd performing season! This is Ivan's 6th season with us!
Ivan is a University of Toronto graduate where he received his Master degree in Collaborative piano 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 was a staff vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for UofT Opera Division from 2015 to present and an accompanist at Toronto City Opera for three seasons. He was appointed as Co-Music Director for 2017/2018 season.
Ivan joined the Brott Festival in the 2015 and 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, Opera Muskoka in 2016; Highlands Opera, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and Opera York in 2017.
Ivan played at numerous auditions, competitions, and recitals with performers of all levels, ranging from amateur opera enthusiasts to internationally acclaimed professionals.
Ivan looks forward to working with Artistic Director Jennifer Tung again!
Alaina Viau is the Stage Director and Production Designer for the Toronto City Opera’s 2018- 2019 season.
Alaina received a Bachelor degree in Music (Vocal Performance) from the University of Ottawa before completing a Master’s degree in Music (Opera Performance) at the Royal College of Music in London, England.
Since her graduation from the Royal College of Music in 2012, Alaina has been a dynamic presence within Toronto’s music community. She has worked extensively with Loose Tea Music Theatre, The Glenn Gould School Opera, Against the Grain Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and Opera Atelier. She also directed and designed the productions of Quatuor pour la fin du temps and L’histoire du soldat for the 2018 Toronto Summer Music Festival.
Moreover, Alaina frequently collaborates with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, including acting as the Assistant Director and Production Manager for its 2017 performance of Seven Deadly Sins and as the Assistant Director for its staged performance of Mozart’s Requiem in 2016. She has also acted as Production Manager and Stage Manager for various seasonal concerts by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and as a Stage Technician for concerts by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre since 2016. Previously, from 2013 to 2015, she acted as a Producer and Stage Manager at Toronto’s Koerner Hall for seasonal concerts by the Royal Conservatory Orchestra.
Alaina is currently the Producing Artistic Director of Loose Tea Music Theatre and an Assistant Production Manager for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
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