Entertainment

 

SIMONA GENGA

 

Gala Performance

CHRISTINA RAPHAËLLE HALDANE

SOPRANO, U OF T FACULTY OF MUSIC

Canadian British soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane enjoys an active career in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She is a bilingual English and French speaker, and her Canadian heritage is Acadian, from Caraquet, New Brunswick.

She has sung principle roles for The Finnish National Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong, as well as for festivals Iford Arts, Longborough, Swansea City and Buxton. Her roles include Cleopatra in Handel’s Julius Caesar, the title role in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, Fiorilla in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Adina in Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Lucinda in Mendelssohn’s Die Hochzeit des Camacho, both the Vixen and the Fox in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, Rapunzel in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

An accomplished concert performer, she has performed with many renowned orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Capella Cracoviensis. Christina is also a dedicated interpreter of song repertoire, regularly performing on the recital platform in both the UK and Canada.

In September 2015, Christina commenced the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program in voice performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Professor Darryl Edwards, and is currently in her third year of her studies. Highlights from the 2016/2017 season include covering the role of Silvia in Thomas Adès’ exciting new opera The Exterminating Angel, for both the Salzburg festival and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and also covering the role of Sifare in Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s Mitridate, for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Christina is thrilled to be making her Canadian operatic debut in Toronto in November 2017, performing the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda for Opera in Concert.

JO GREENWAY, PIANO ACCOMPANIST

 

Cocktail Reception

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – JAZZ QUARTET

MIKE WARK, SAXOPHONE

WILLIAM HUNT, KEYBOARD

PHILL ALBERT, BASS

KEAGAN ESKRITT, DRUMS

 

Post-Dinner Celebration 

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – JAZZ SEXTET

ALEXANDRA KAPOGIANNIS, SINGER

PATRICK SMITH, SAXOPHONE

ANTHONY D’ALESSANDRO, KEYBOARD

DAN PITT, GUITAR

ANDREW FURLONG, BASS

NICOLAS DONOVAN, DRUMS

 

Faculty of Music students and alumni regularly perform at events inside and outside the University of Toronto community. For more information, please contact Jehanbakhsh (John) Jasavala at: music.booking@utoronto.ca