Ten Singing Stars: The New Generation



The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, a service organization for Canada’s musicians, has selected the lineup of young professional singers to perform in Ten Singing Stars: The New Generation.

The performance will take place Monday, November 5, 7:15 p.m. at Zoomer Hall, home of The New Classical FM, 70 Jefferson Avenue (King and Dufferin area in Toronto’s Liberty Village).

The following singers were chosen by the IRCPA’s Vocal Advisory Panel from 25 applicants. They will perform operatic arias with pianist Rachel Andrist.

Sopranos: Tonia Cianciulli, Jocelyn Fralick, Beth Hagerman, Teiya Kasahara, Kathleen Promane, Sara Schabas, Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor

Mezzo-soprano: Georgia Burashko

Tenors: Zachary Rioux, John-Michael Scapin

One cover (alternate) singer has also been named in case of illness.

Tickets ordered online or by phone are $25, $20 seniors and arts workers; or $30 at the door.

Tickets and information may be obtained here or by calling 416-362-1422. Free parking is available.  

All of the singers will have taken part in the IRCPA’s one day Encounter with internationally celebrated Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka. Ms Pieczonka herself was a former participant in an Encounter with iconic Metropolitan Opera Coach Joan Dornemann in the 1980s. As she recently wrote, “I still recall the aria I sang and the comments and tips Joan offered. It was very exciting for me to work with this renowned coach from New York.” Besides suggestions on artistic skills, Ms Pieczonka will have provided valuable career information and guidance, stressing the need for professionalism and striving for excellence.

A post-concert reception will celebrate the IRCPA’s 35th anniversary. During the event, one of the singers will be chosen to receive a coveted IRCPA Career Blueprint.  The recipient will spend three days at the National Opera Center in New York, where new photographs, video and audio recordings, website consultation, mentoring with professionals, and more are provided.

NAME A SCHOLARSHIP: Each of the singers will have attended the Encounter on a scholarship in the name of an important Canadian musical artist past or present, donated by private individuals through the IRCPA’s third Name a Scholarship campaign.

Scholarships or other donations honouring an artist or arts worker in support of the IRCPA and its programs may be easily made here or by telephone, 416-362-1422. Tax receipts will be issued by the IRCPA or Canada Helps.

The selection of singers was made by the IRCPA’s vocal advisory group – all well experienced artists who agree that it is more difficult each year to make the selection:  Brett Polegato, currently performing in Ireland; Theodore Baerg in London, ON; Adrianne Pieczonka, just  back from Paris; Kathy Domoney, artist manager; and Mary Morrison, master teacher.

The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists is a non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1983 by award-winning, innovative artist manager/producer Ann Summers Dossena. Its goal is to assist Canada’s musicians to achieve sustainable, fulfilling careers that meet or exceed their goals. An ever-growing number of musicians have been empowered to succeed through the IRCPA’s programs.

The IRCPA acknowledges with thanks the support of the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils, the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation, the Canadian Opera Company, The 519, The New Classical FM. private donors, partners, sponsors and volunteers.