Aviva Fortunata will represent Canada at Cardiff’s Singer of the World competition.
Some of you remember her as a young singer from Calgary’s Mount Royal Conservatory program. Others heard her at the University of Toronto during her B.Mus. and Mus.M. (Opera) studies there, or as the winner of the Jim and Charlotte Norcop Prize in Song. At the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, she appeared as “Apollonia” in Haydn’s La Canterina, and later as “Donna Anna” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. At Opera Merola of the San Francisco Opera Association, she appeared in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco as “Lady with the Cake Box.” Toronto recently beheld her superb “Ho-jo-to-ho-ing” as “Helmwige” in Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Canadian Opera Company. Now we will all get to see Aviva Fortunata as she represents Canada in Cardiff at its Singer of the World Competition! This prestigious competition came to its greatest prominence in 1989 as the launching point for the careers of Dimitri Hvorostovsky (first prize) and Bryn Terfel, winner of the Lieder Prize. Congratulations and “In bocca al lupo,” Aviva!