Toronto City Opera

Announcing Our New
Co-Artistic Directors

Richard MargisonToronto City Opera is delighted to announce the appointment of internationally renowned Canadian Tenor Richard Margison and multi-disciplinary Canadian Director Valerie Kuinka as Co-Artistic Directors for our upcoming 51st performance season.


Hailed for his ringing top notes and spine-tingling power, Canadian Tenor, Richard Margison, is one of the most critically acclaimed opera singers Canada has ever produced. An Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of three honorary doctorates (McMaster University, University of Victoria, and University of British Columbia), two life-time achievement awards (Giulio Gari Foundation, The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation), and The Royal Conservatory of Music's highest honour, the Honorary Fellowship.


Valerie KuinkaValerie Kuinka - Having worked within the realm of alternative multi-disciplinary theatre to grand opera, Canadian Director Kuinka brings a wealth of experience and unique creativity to her work.


The list of highly accomplished artists with whom she has collaborated is extensive: Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Richard Margison, Jose Cura, Nathan Gunn, Matthew Polenzani, Veronica Tennant, Rex Harrington, Quartetto Gelato, Alannah Myles, Frank Moore, and Shauna Rolston, to name but a few.


A stage director at The Metropolitan Opera in New York for four seasons (2004–08), Valerie was on the stage directing team of Romeo et Juliette (2005–06) and its revival (2007–08) as well as the revivals of Samson et Dalilah (2004–05, 2005–06), Idomeneo (2006–07) and Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (2006–07).


Toronto City Opera is proud to be working in partnership with Margison and Kuinka to offer our long standing Soloist Program as a Master Class Program, more details to follow shortly.



Announcing Our New Music Director

Ivan JovanovicToronto 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 for the previous four years was the accompanist at Toronto City Opera.


Ivan joined the Brott Music 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.


JUNE 19  |  11am – 3pm

226 Geary Ave
Toronto, Ontario
M6H 2C3


Main intersection Dufferin and Dupont, there is parking facility beside the building.


The registration fee is $35 and must be paid when booking your audition time. The registration fee is non-refundable.


Be prepared to sing three contrasting selections from the operatic repertoire, including one in English. Please bring 2 copies of your bio, resume, repertoire list with you.


If you can’t make it to any of the currently available audition times, please email to be notified if new times are added.




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