Special Guests


Francesco Verrecchia

Francesco Verrecchia is a clarion tenor with a celebrated career in Canada, Europe, and America. He possesses an Italianate voice of rare beauty, color, and ease supported by a masterful technique ideally suited to operatic roles, sacred music, and the Italian popular classics.


Lara Ferreira

Lara Ferreira is a young and gifted soprano who exudes charm, passion, and charisma. Her varied style has taken her from folk to classical to operatic repertoire. She has recently performed in Bytown Operaworks’ Opera Night in Ottawa, appearing in several roles including Isabelle/Madeline (Face on the Barroom Floor), Mme Silberklang (The Impresario), Musetta (La Bohème), and Gianetta(L’Elisir d’Amore). She has also performed at the Ottawa Polish Festival, the Maison du Citoyen (Hull, Quebec), and various charity events throughout Ottawa. Lara has studied voice for several years under Maria Knapik as well as at the University of Toronto under Mary Morrison.


Shawne Elizabeth

Shawne Elizabeth possesses immense vocal flexibility and accuracy combined with a vast range of musical style and repertoire. She is at home performing for intimate groups of 30 as she is in the 900 seat Centrepointe Theatre or the 2000 seat National Arts Centre.


Vitalij Dudkin

In June 2006, he performed the part of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the famous opera singer Manama Hama as his leading lady. Mr. Dudkin is also starting to embark on a promising international career.


Layla Claire


Soprano Layla Claire has been acclaimed as a “focused, remarkably rich soprano” (The Morning Star). Her interpretations of Mozart’s heroines have drawn attention to her thoughtful characterizations and sheer musicality.


Donato Di Gioia


Born in Campobasso, Italy, Donato di Gioia followed his violin and piano studies with technical voice training under the guidance of Maestro Bruno Praticò and Maestro Paride Venturi.

James Dietsch

James Dietsch


James Dietsch is one of America’s leading dramatic artists. He is renowned for his interpretations of the heroic Verdi baritone roles. He has more than one hundred leading roles to his credit.


Marc Boucher


Renowned for his intense on-stage presence, his great musical sense and his warm lyrical voice, Canadian baritone Marc Boucher has had an active career for the past decade, taking part in operas, symphonic concerts and recitals with piano.

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