Toronto City Opera

Creative Team

 

Jennifer Tung

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

Jennifer TungWe 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.

 

Ivan Jovanovic

MUSIC DIRECTOR

 

Ivan JovanovicWe 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

STAGE DIRECTOR

 

Alaina ViauAlaina is a daring young opera director, and production manager based in Toronto. She is the founder and Artistic Director of indie opera company Loose Tea Music Theatre where she collaborates with DJ's, projection artist and filmmakers to produce genre breaking productions. With them she has directed re-imagined contemporary versions of Dissociative Me (Gounod's Faust), Love in the Age of AutoCorrect (Mozart/Stravinsky) and La Tragedie de Carmen (Bizet).

 

Currently she is leading a re-focus of Bizet’s Carmen as #YesAllWomen that discusses current social issues like gender equality, class society and the impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

Alaina developed an improv opera show called “Whose Opera is it Anyway” that has toured to sold out houses and has a monthly show in Toronto. The summer of 2018 saw Loose Tea partnering with Toronto Summer Music Festival on a fully staged version of L'Histoire du Soldat at Koerner Hall.

 

Opera Going Toronto says “Loose Tea Music Theatre casts a disproportionately long artistic shadow…is a prime example of what makes this compact company well worth watching ...”

 

Loose Tea was invited to perform for the Rhubarb Festival 2016 with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre with Trance Symphony No.5, a Trance/Classical Dance experience of Beethoven’s popular Symphony no.5 with live orchestra and trace DJ. Musical Toronto has said “If this is any indication of the direction of Loose Tea in the future – you’ll want to see what they come up with next”.

 

Alaina has directed and designed HausMusik for Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Orchestra and was Artistic Director for two season for SOPAC Ottawa presenting Suor Angelica, Pagliacci and Cendrillon to critical acclaim. She also directed/designed L’isola Disabitata for Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in Ottawa for their 40th anniversary.

 

Coming up in 2019, Alaina is Resident Stage Director for Toronto City Opera and will be premiering a new chamber opera about the lost and edited pages from Anne Frank’s diary with Loose Tea.

 

Alaina works at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as the Assistant Production Manager and is a member of Indie Opera Toronto.

 

 

 

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