OFA Fall Concert 2018


Welcome to Opera for All’s Fall Concert 2018! If you scroll down, you will find the biographies of our fantastic cast and specific information about each piece. Feel free to follow along as you listen.


Our Cast

Álvaro Lozano Gutierrez

Álvaro Lozano Gutierrez received a diploma in Voice, with Honours, from the Conservatory of Music in Madrid in 2003 and a diploma in Piano from the Teresa Berganza Conservatory in Madrid in 2002.
He studied Chamber Music, Violin and Conducting with Maestro Miguel Zanetti (Madrid); Chamber Vocal Music as pianist and singer with Maestro Wolfram Rieger; and Vocal Technique and Interpretation with Jorge Uribe, Ana Luisa Chova, Miguel Zanetti, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Alessandro Corbelli, Regina Resnik and Lorenzo Regazzo.
Álvaro specialized in vocal technique and repertoire in Italy with Paolo Washington, Claudio Desderi, Enza Ferrari and Carlo Meliciani. He won the “Juventudes Musicales de Espana” scholarships in both 2002 and 2004, and the “Toti Dal Monte” Competition (Italy) in 2006. He won numerous International Competitions, including: “Giulio Neri” (Sienna, 2008); “Matera, Città dei Sassi” (Matera, 2008); “Special Prize” in Montserrat Caballè International Competition (Zaragoza, 2009); Grand Prix in “Hariclea Darclèe” International Competition (Braila, Romania, 2010).
Since his debut in 1998 as soloist in Mass in G by Franz Schubert (Orquesta Municipal de Madrid ), Álvaro has performed in many operas from the traditional repertoire, including: The Man in “Salvo d’Acquisto” by Antonio Fortunato (Treviso, 2004); The Cook in “The Dead’s House” by L. Janacek (Teatro Real, Madrid, 2006); Figaro in “The Barber of Seville” by G.Rossini (Teatro Malibran, Venezia, 2007); Dottor Malatesta in “Don Pasquale” by G.Donizetti (Teatro Malibran, Venice, 2007; Teatro Manzoni, Pistoia, 2010; Teatro Goldoni, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence, 2011; Teatro Comunale, Matera, 2011); Don Giovanni in “Don Giovanni” by W.A.Mozart (Teatro Alfieri, Asti, 2008; Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Messina, 2010; Abbazia di San Galgano, Sienna, 2010; Giardino di Boboli, Opera Festival, Florence, 2010; Padova, Auditorium Pollini, 2010); Figaro in “Le Nozze di Figaro” by W.A.Mozart (Teatro Comunale, Vittorio Veneto, 2008); Schaunard in “La Bohème” by G.Puccini (Opera Festival, Florence, 2008); Belcore in “L’Elisir d’amore” by G.Donizetti (Teatro Goldoni, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence, 2008); and many others.
Since 2009, Álvaro has been the conductor of a vocal and theatrical workshop “All’Opera” for Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), in which 250 children perform in adaptations of operas (“Gotterdammerung” by R. Wagner, “Die Entfuhrung auf dem Serail” by W.A. Mozart, and “Aida” by G. Verdi).
Currently, Álvaro is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquesta de Salamanca (Spain).

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Clive Walton

Clive Walton studied both piano and voice winning a scholarship at the age of eleven to study at the Guildhall School of Music, London, England and has worked as a chorister and an accompanist (St Margaret’s, Westminster, Chelmsford Cathedral, Rossini Opera Festival Italy, Stephen Hill Singers, BBC Radio 2). Clive has  worked mostly as an actor and singer, often incorporating on-stage piano-playing in productions such as ShowBoat (London Palladium), She Loves Me (Savoy, London) BitterSweet (Sadler’s Wells), June Moon (Hampstead), Private Lives (Theatre New Brunswick) and Souvenir (Gravenhurst Opera House). Also many TV and Film appearances including Reign, Murdock Mysteries, Pacific Rim, American Gothic, Crimes of Fashion(ABC).


Corey Arnold

Corey Arnold is a young tenor with a rich, warm, and commanding tenor voice. A newcomer to the Toronto music community, recent performances include B. F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Pellegrini Opera, Don Jose in Carmen with the University of Ottawa, and Beppe in Pagliacci with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera. In February, he will be performing Calaf in a semi-staged production of Turandot in Ottawa with Stephanie Piercey Beames in the title role, and in June, playing the role of the Director in Kevin Reeves new Opera about the making of the film Nosferatu. Corey is also a commissioned composer of musical theatre, a collaborative pianist, and a Feldenkrais Practitioner.


Stephanie DeCiantis

           Stephanie DeCiantis is a soprano gaining attention for her warm sound and expressive interpretation of classical and romantic repertoire.  Recently, Stephanie was a winner and laureate of the 2017 Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques with Thèâtre Lyrichorégra 20 and a semi-finalist for the Elizabeth Connell prize for Dramatic Sopranos in 2018 and the Francisco Araiza Sonora International Opera Competition in 2017.  Also, in 2018 she won the special Prize of Gabriela Beňačková’ from Opera Mladỳch at the11th International Vocal Competition of Gabriela Beňačková.  She also sang for Sondra Radvanovsky in masterclass, through the IRCPA Joan Hall Scholarship.  This year she will be singing a concert version of Aida under the baton of William Shookhoff and as a soloist with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra.  Performance highlights include Nedda from Leoncavallo’s Pagliaci (Southern Ontario Lyric Opera), Elsa from Wagner’s Lohengrin and Leonora from Il Trovatore (Opera by Request), Donna Anna from Don Giovanni (Odd Opera), and Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Tryptych Opera).

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Nicole Dubinsky

Ms. Dubinsky is thrilled to be joining OFA this season! With her “warm, engaging soprano voice and excellent, nuanced dramatic presentation” (Weill Music Institute), she has sung ‘the Queen of the Night’ with Opera York, Premiere Productions Ottawa, the Accademia Europea dell’Opera, and in Opera Laurier’s 100th Anniversary Production. She has performed with Tapestry New Opera 101, Arcady, the Bach Elgar Chamber Orchestra, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, The National Vocal Arts Institute, Opera York, Premiere Productions Ottawa, L’Opera de Périgord, and Orchestra London; in an array of roles including Gretel (HÄNSEL UND GRETEL), Cleopatra (GIULIO CESARE), Susanna (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Mademoiselle Silvertone (IMPRESSARIO), Zerlina (DON GIOVANNI), Diane (ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS), Soprano Soloist (MESSIAH), Sister Constance (DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES), and Sandrina (LA FINTA GIARDINIERA).

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Stephanie O’Leary

Stephanie O’Leary is an active performer across Southwestern Ontario. Most recently, Stephanie was engaged with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra singing the role of Anita in their concert version of West Side Story. In June she worked with Vera Causa Opera in Waterloo, singing the role of Lilith in the Premier of the Canadian Opera, The Covenant. In the fall of 2017, Stephanie sang the role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas, as a part of Little London Community Opera’s inaugural season. Stephanie has also had the pleasure of working with Abridged Opera, singing the roles of Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen, and Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium. Stephanie completed her Master’s degree in Performance and Literature at Western University under the instruction of Jackalyn Short. UWOpera credits include the Gingerbread Witch (Hansel and Gretel), La tasse chinoise, La libellule, and L’Ecureuil (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), and Mrs. Demers (City Workers in Love). In summer 2015 she participated in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival where she sang the role of Madame de la Haltière in their production of Cendrillon.


Daniella Theresia

Daniella Theresia is a classically-trained mezzo-soprano with international reach. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice) and Geology at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin (U.S.A.) in 2008. Her pursuit of excellent musical training has taken her such diverse places as Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and most recently, Israel.

An avid lover of art song, Daniella's recording “Alma Mahler in the Mediterranean” features works inspired by the Mediterranean region. Her latest concert series and CD "The Eternal Feminine" celebrates women's lives, dreams, and creativity with a program that features women composers, poets, and characters. Since moving to Toronto in 2016, Daniella has appeared as Idamante (Idomeneo) and Unulfo (Rodelinda) with Opera by Request and in the chorus of Toronto Masque Theatre's recent production of Dido and Aeneas/Aeneas & Dido. Daniella can be seen in Toronto City Opera's upcoming production of Le nozze di Figaro as the feisty Marcellina.

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Maryam Toumrai

Maryam Toumrai is a cross over artist from Persian chanting and singing to opera.  Opera was always her passion, and even though her Persian singing took her to such levels as being the first Iranian on CBC radio and Richard Brashaw Amphitheatre, or signing on documentaries presented at Toronto International Film Festival, she decided a few years ago to commit herself and her voice to operatic training and singing. She is very  happy to be participating in tonight's program.

Our Show

1) ‘Ich lade dern mir Gaste ein... Chacun à son gout’ from J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus sung by Daniella Theresia

Prince Orlovsky’s abundant wealth and royal upbringing has allowed him to see and do everything. Now bored with life, Orlovsky seeks intrigue in order to amuse himself. At this point in Die Fledermaus, Orlovsky is hosting a fancy dress ball at his home to help the disgraced Dr. Falke get revenge on his rival – just the sort of mischief that Orlovsky loves!

I gladly host guests, They do quite well in my home.

They amuse themselves, often until the break of day.

Nevertheless, I’m always bored with it, no matter what people say or do.

But what I am allowed to do as host, my guests may not do!

If I see somebody who is bored in my home, shamelessly and without hesitation, I’ll seize him and throw him out the door.

You may ask, why do I do this? It’s just my custom: “To each his own!”

When I sit with others at the table and empty bottle after bottle.

Everyone must match me drink for drink, or else I’ll become brutish.

I pour out glass after glass, I won’t allow them to protest.

I can’t stand it when they cry: “No more, I’ve had enough!”

If somebody doesn’t do as he’s told, Shamelessly and without hesitation, I’ll throw the bottle at his head.

You may ask, why do I do this? It’s just my custom: “To each his own!”


2) Chorus: Bella Vita Militar and Quintetto : Di scrivermi ogni giorno from W.A. Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte

Guilermo/Alfonso - Alvaro Lozano

Ferrando - Corey Arnold

Dorabella - Stephanie O’Leary

Fiordiligi – Stephanie DeCiantis

and the fabulous OFA Chorus!

The scene begins with a chorus of soldiers singing (whether sarcastically or not) about how great the life of a soldier is. A small group of two couples are saying their last teary goodbyes before the men leave to war (at least, that what the women believe…)


A soldier's life for me!
Every day a change of scene;
Plenty today, little tomorrow,
Now on land and now on sea.
The sound of trumpets and fifes,
The din of guns and shells
Lend strength to our arms and our spirits,
Longing only for victory.
A soldier's life for me!

DON ALFONSO - There is no more time, friends; you need to go where fate leads you

FIORDILIGI - My heart!


FERRANDO - My Sweetness!

GUILELMO - My life!

FIORDILIGI - Ah, for one moment ...

DON ALFONSO - The boat has already left with the rest of your regiment; you need to leave now and go with the last remaining of your friends.

FERRANDO AND GUILELMO - Hug me goodbye my love!

FIORDILIGI AND DORABELLA - I'm almost hyperventilating!!!

FIORDILIGI weeping - Swear that you'll write me every day, my love!

DORABELLA weeping - Write me twice as often, if you can.

GUGLIELMO - Never doubt me, my dear!

FERRANDO - Rest assured, my love!

DON ALFONSO to himself - I'll burst if I don't laugh!

FIORDILIGI - Be true to me alone!

DORABELLA - Remain faithful!

My heart is split in two, my love.
Farewell! Farewell! Farewell!


3) ‘Der Hölle Rache’ Queen of the Night Aria from W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte sung by Nicole Dubinsky

Sarastro, the High Priest, has stolen the Queen's power, kidnapped her daughter, and insists that women should be led by men. The Queen has had enough!  After rescuing her daughter, she gives Pamina a dagger, and orders her to kill Sarastro. The Queen threatens to sever their familial bond if Pamina does not concede.

The vengeance of hell boils in my heart,
Death and despair flame about me!

If you do not kill Sarastro,
Then you will be my daughter nevermore.
Disowned may you be forever,
Abandoned may you be forever,
Destroyed be forever
All the familial bonds of nature.
If not through you
Sarastro becomes pale! (as death)
Hear, Gods of Revenge,
Hear a mother's oath!


4) Barcarolle "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour ‘ from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, sung by Stephanie O’Leary (Nicklausse ) and Maryam Toumrai (Giulietta)

Lovely night, oh, night of love Smile upon our joys!

Night much sweeter than the day, beautiful night of love!

Time flies by, and carries away our tender caresses for ever!

Time flies far from this happy oasis and does not return - burning winds embrace us with your caresses!

Burning winds, give us your kisses!


5) 'Hab mir's gelobt' (Act III Trio) from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier

Marchallin - Stephanie DeCiantis

Octavian - Daniella Theresia

Sophie - Nicole Dubinsky

Octavian’s successful plot to shame the womanizing Baron Ochs – and so save the young Sophie from a ghastly marriage – has caused considerable confusion. Octavian’s lover the Marschallin arrives, and persuades her cousin Ochs to give up his engagement. Sophie becomes aware of Octavian and the Marschallin’s relationship. She is distressed, and Octavian hesitates to choose between his old and his new love. The Marschallin realizes how much the young couple care for each other, and decides to release Octavian so he can marry Sophie.

The meaning of the text:

Each character initially expresses separate thoughts. The Marschallin recalls that she promised to give up Octavian when he fell in love with a younger woman, but regrets that it’s happened so fast; Octavian feels strangely remorseful and confused; Sophie is bewildered by the situation, and overcome by awe of the Marschallin. As the trio builds to its musical climax, the characters’ thoughts become more unified. Octavian and Sophie forget everything but their overwhelming love for each other, while the Marschallin hopes for their happiness and blesses their union.


6) ‘Quel Jour Serein’ from G. Rossini’s William Tell sung the outstanding OFA Chorus

A landscape at Bürglen, in the canton of Uri. On the right the chalet of William Tell; on the left the lower cascade of the Schächental torrent, over which there is a slender bridge. Peasants are decorating with leafy boughs three small chalets destined for three newly-wedded couples; others are busy at different kinds of field labour.

What a serene day the sky foretells!

Let us celebrate it in our concerts;

let the echoes from this shore

lift our songs into the air!

Through our labours, let us do homage

to the creator of the universe.


7) ‘Qui Radamès verrà… O Patria Mia’ from G. Verdi’s Aïda, sung by Stephanie DeCiantis

Aida, the Ethiopian princess captured by the Egyptians, fell in love with her captor, Radamès, who was unaware of her royal lineage. Sadly, Radames is engaged to marry the Egyptian princess, Amneris. While Aida waits outside of the temple to meet with Radames, her father, King Amonasro (who was captured in battle, but whose true identity remains unknown), asks her to learn the position of the Egyptian troops.

Realizing that things can’t end up being a happy ending in any way shape or form, Aida laments that she will never return home.

Radamès will come here soon! What will he tell me? I’m so scared.
Ah! If he comes to leave me and say his last goodbye to me, then maybe I’ll let the dark waters of the Nile become my grave and maybe I’ll find peace and oblivion.
Oh my homeland, I will never see you again!
Never again…
Oh, blue skies and gentle breezes of my village
Where the calm morning shone
Oh green hills and beautiful shores
Oh my homeland, I will never see you again!
No, never again, never again!
Oh cool valleys, and blessed refuge that was once a promise from my Love
Now that the dream of love has vanished, Oh my homeland, I will not see you again.

Oh my homeland, I will never see you again!


8) ‘Giovinette che fate all'amore’ from W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the incredible OFA Chorus

Masetto - Alvaro Lozano

Zerlina - Nicole Dubinsky

A group of peasants are celebrating the engagement of Zerlina and Masetto.

Zerlina - You girls who trifle with love, do not let the time pass you by!

If in your breasts your hearts are fluttering, here is the cure, as you can see! Ah!

What a joy, what a joy it will be!

Chorus - Ah! What a joy, what a joy it will be! La la la!

Masetto - You light-hearted young men, don't go wandering here and there.

A fool's holiday is very short, but for me it has not yet begun. Ah!

What a joy, what a joy it will be!

Chorus - Ah! What a joy, what a joy it will be! La la la!

Zerlina and Masetto - Come, my dear, let's enjoy ourselves and sing, dance and play!


9) ‘La Ci Darem la Mano’ from W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni – Alvaro Lozano

Zerlina – Nicole Dubinsky

During the nuptial celebrations for Zerlina and Masetto, Don Giovanni is very interested in Zerlina. After getting rid of the crowd by inviting them to his house to eat and drink. But he detains Zerlina, to the annoyance of her fiancé, who is finally persuaded to go with the others. Giovanni promises to marry Zerlina and change her life. Won over, Zerlina agrees to go with him.

Don Giovanni: At last we are free, my dearest Zerlina, of your fiance: the boor. Tell me, my dear, didn't I handle well? 

Zerlina: Sir, he is my husband. 

Don Giovanni: Who? That one? Do you suppose an honourable man, a Nobleman, as I believe myself to be, could permit such a lovely little face, such sweet beauty to be stolen by a clumsy oaf?

Zerlina: But, sir, I promised to marry him. 

Don Giovanni: That kind of promise means nothing. You were not made to be a peasant girl. Another fate is called for by those roguish eyes, those lovely lips, those slender, perfumed fingers, so soft to the touch and smelling of roses.

Zerlina: Ah, but I do not wish...

Don Giovanni: What don't you wish?

 Zerlina: …To be lied to!  I know that you Noblemen are not very honest with women.

Don Giovanni: Oh, a mere slander spread by common folk. True nobility can be seen in the honesty of one's eyes. Come now, let's not waste time. Iwant to marry you on the spot.

Zerlina: You?

Don Giovanni: Of course. That little villa there is mine, and there, my jewel, we will be married. There you will give me your hand, there you will tell me "yes". You see, it is not far; Let us leave, my beloved.

Zerlina: I'd like to, but yet I would not. My heart trembles a little. It's true I would be happy, but he may just be tricking me. 

Don Giovanni: Come, my dearly beloved!     

Zerlina: I'm sorry for Masetto.

 Don Giovanni: I will change your life!     

Zerlina: Soon I won't be able to resist.

 Don Giovanni: Come! Come! There you will give me your hand.

Zerlina:  I'd like to, but yet I would not.

Don Giovanni:  There you will tell me "yes".     

Zerlina: My heart trembles a little.

Don Giovanni:  Let us leave, my beloved.    

Zerlina: But he may just be tricking me.

Both:  Let’s go!  Let’s go, my beloved to soothe the pangs of an innocent love.


10) ‘Brother, mine!’ from J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus

Falke - Alvaro Lozano

Eisenstein - Corey Arnold

Countess Rosalinda - Stephanie DeCiantis

Adele - Nicole Dubinsky

Count Orlofsky - Daniella Teresia

Mezzo Soprano - Stephanie O’Leary

Soprano - Maryam Toumrai


11) ‘Nessun Dorma’ from G. Puccini’s Turandot sung by Corey Arnold with the amazing OFA Chorus

After years of unrest in the region, the people can hardly believe it when a prince finally answers Turandot's three riddles, winning her hand in marriage. However, the prince, desiring her love and not just her hand in marriage, gives her a final opportunity to change the game: discover his name before the sun rises, he will accept the death sentence, and she will remain free. "No one is sleeping" is sung by the Prince after the weary people hear the declaration throughout the city that "Turandot commands it: none shall sleep in Peking until the man's name is discovered."

Chorus - No one's sleeping

Prince - No one's sleeping

You, pure princess, in your cold state,

look at the stars that resonate with love, and shimmer with hope.

My mystery is hidden in me, no one will know my name.

No, no, only on your lips will it be spoken,  when the sun pierces the sky.

And that kiss will shatter the silence, and make you mine.

Chorus - Nobody will discover his name, and so, my God, we must die!

Prince - Dissolve Night! Collapse stars! At dawn I will win!


12) ‘Libiamo ne' lieti calici …’ from G. Verdi’s La Traviata with the unbelieveable OFA Chorus

Alfredo - Corey Arnold

Violetta - Stephanie DeCiantis

The duet is performed in the first act of the opera, during a late-night party at Violetta Valéry's house. It is sung by Violetta and Alfredo Germont, a young man who is in love with her. Alfredo is convinced by his friend Gastone and by Violetta to show off his voice. He begins this drinking song, later joined by Violetta and the rest of the company.


Drink from the joyful glass,
resplendent with beauty,
drink to the spirit of pleasure
which enchants the fleeting moment.
Drink to the thrilling sweetness
brought to us by love,
for these fair eyes, irresistibly,
(indicating Violetta)
pierce us to the heart.
Drink - for wine
will warm the kisses of love.

Drink - for wine
will warm the kisses of love.

VIOLETTA (rising)
I shall divide my gaiety
among you all;
Everything in life is folly,
except for pleasure.
Let us be joyful, for love
is a fleeting and short-lived joy.
A flower which blossoms and fades,
whose beauty is soon lost forever.
Be joyful - a caressing voice
invites us warmly to joy.

Ah! Be carefree - for wine and song
with laughter, embellish the night.
The new day breaking will find us still
in this happy paradise.

VIOLETTA (to Alfredo)
Life is only pleasure.

ALFREDO (to Violetta)
For those who don't know love.

Speak not of love to one who knows not what it is.

Such is my destiny.

Be carefree - for wine and song
with laughter, embellish the night.
The next day breaking will find us still
in this happy paradise.


Thank you

Special Thanks to our Partners and Friends:

Church of St Stephen-in-the-Field

Rose Avenue Senior Choir

Alliance Francaise Toronto After School Program

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Courage, My Love (Kensington Market)

Italian Cultural Institute

The OFA Power Team

OFA Volunteer Child Minders

Cheese Magic (Kensington Market)