Southern Ontario Lyric Opera (SOLO), is a young, vibrant and dynamic Opera company, launched in 2015 to bring the “rich musical and visual tapestry of opera to communities within Southern Ontario”. SOLO seeks to advance the public’s appreciation and enjoyment of the arts by providing high-quality performances of classical operatic works.
Since its formation, SOLO has appeared in numerous concerts and community events, including: Festitalia Italian Heritage Awards flash mob and concerts in at the Villia Italia in Hamilton.
In the spring of 2016, the chorus appeared again at Villa Italia to perform an Easter Concert, and participated in a Concert for Syrian refugees, in Hamilton.
In September of this year, SOLO presented their first partially staged opera, “La Traviata”, at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. (See program notes – right.)
SOLO FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Sabatino Vacca is the Co-founder and Music Director for the Milton Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director for the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.
Vacca has conducted orchestras in the Czech Republic, Symphony Hamilton, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brampton Symphony Orchestra, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.
As artistic director, Vacca has an impressive record including:
- Director of Productions for Opera York for
Carmen, Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, Tosca, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Il Trovatore, and as Conductor for Le Nozze di Figaro and Così Fan Tutte.
- Conducted the Opera Belcanto for Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, and Tosca.
- He is a staff member with Opera Hamilton and has worked as an opera coach for the University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Vacca is the recipient of the Spirit of Ontario Award for the Arts by the National Congress of Italian Canadians.
Future SOLO initiatives – education program including interactive lectures and informal talks; youth and senior program; and more community involvement and outreach.
In March 2017, SOLO will launch a production of Puccini’s “Tosca”, tickets can be purchased online.
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