Creative Team

Jennifer Tung

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 and was the Music Director of their production of Sweeney Todd.

Jennifer is very excited to be working with Toronto City Opera again this upcoming season.

Ivan Jovanovic

Music Director

Ivan Jovanovic is a sought-after collaborative pianist and vocal coach recognized for his rich understanding of the classical canon and Slavic opera repertoire. Jovanovic’s music education began in Serbia at the Belgrade University of Arts, Faculty of Music where he completed his BMus and MMus in piano performance. During his studies in Belgrade, Jovanovic was recognized for his solo piano performances, claiming prestigious awards at state competitions. In 2004, he joined Belgrade Opera Orchestra as a répétiteur and concert pianist, firstly at the Young Artist Program (Operatic Studio). In 2005 he joined the staff as a principal vocal coach, mastering an enormous opera repertoire under the baton of the chief conductor Dejan Savic. While working with Maestro Savic, Jovanovic honed his skills both at the piano and harpsichord for productions of Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck), Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Don Giovanni (Mozart), Il matrimonio segreto (Cimarosa), L'Italiana in Algeri (Rossini), Hassan-Aga’s Wife (Kambasković), and L'amour des trois oranges (Prokofiev).

 

In the Belgrade National Theatre, Jovanovic had the extraordinary opportunity to work closely with internationally celebrated conductors, such as Dorian Wilson, Mladen Jagust, Jon Janku, Ilmar Lapins, Simone Fermani, Srboljub Dinic, Marco Berdondini and David Porcelijn. During composer/conductor Johannes Harneit’s residency in Belgrade, Jovanovic was the main répétiteur for the productions of Salome (Strauss) and Carmen (Bizet).

 

After a recital series in Toronto, Jovanovic fell in love with Canada. He returned to Toronto to complete his MMus. in Collaborative Piano from the University of Toronto under the professorship of Steven Philcox, to further his knowledge of opera, art song, and oratorio. After winning the 2013 prestigious Gwendolyn Williams Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying, he joined the UofT Opera Division as a vocal coach and pianist. Presently, he is a regular vocal coach and harpsichordist in UofT’s Early Music Department and Schola Cantorum. In 2018, Jovanovic began his collaboration with Toronto Lyric Opera as the primary vocal coach/harpsichordist. From 2014 to present, Jovanovic has been the accompanist at Toronto City Opera and in 2017 extended his role to Music Director. Jovanovic loves how his work with TCO brings him even closer to the Toronto music community and audience.

Richard Paradiso

General Director

Richard Paradiso is the General 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.

© 2020 by Toronto City Opera. Hoffmann photos Cylla von Tiedemann. Traviata photos by Dahlia Katz. Figaro photos by Joseph Pepelnak.

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