We are thrilled to have the multi-talented Jennifer Tung as Toronto City Opera's Artistic Director.
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 has 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 and is the Artistic Director, Mississauga Children’s Choir. 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 was 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 have Ivan Jovanovic, the charming "one man orchestra" of Toronto City Opera, as our Music Director.
Ivan is a University of Toronto graduate where he received his Master degree in Collaborative Piano in the 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 has been a staff vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for the U of T Opera Division from 2015 to the present.
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 has 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!
Richard Paradiso is the Managing Director for Toronto City Opera bringing his talents and skills to enable TCO's continued growth and development in delivering great opera experiences for you.
As a director and advisor on boards along with years in charitable arts management, Richard brings to TCO his experience of focusing on innovative solutions to strategy challenges. In the performing arts sector, he has provided trusted strategic advice and insight to leaders on major projects and led tactical initiatives including sales and marketing, fundraising and donor cultivation. He has particular expertise in communications strategy, presentation coaching, team-building and diversity and inclusion.
Over recent years Richard has been a vocal champion of TCO Artistic Director Jennifer Tung, especially because of her work with Tapestry Opera where he sits on the board.
Richard is driven solely by his dedication to the arts as intrinsic to complete health, articulating to all the importance of participation in the languages of the imagination. He has years of experience in Toronto's underground scene through producing and performing along with years in management at the Canadian Opera Company and contracts with other Toronto arts institutions. But he cares most about quality, that in order for works of art to stand the test of time they need to be vital and to be expressed vitally - speaking to the shared universal human experience.
Richard is from Toronto and knows Toronto. His path has given him a unique knowledge of the breadth of the city’s economic and cultural mosaic through his lived experience. He thinks in some ways Toronto realities are global realities and Richard is happy to share his authenticity with that of TCO to produce great opera for everyone.
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