Twice named one of CBC Top 30 Canadian Classical Artists under 30, Italian-Canadian soprano Aviva Fortunata has been praised as being “blessed with a gorgeous voice of richness and amplitude.” As Leonore in Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio this season, Ms. Fortunata “unleashed a rich and powerful voice” and was hailed as “retaining beauty and suppleness throughout the rest of the difficult opera, soaring to the rafters when required.” As Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, Ms. Fortunata was described as a “powerful and gorgeous lirico-spinto that’s destined to go places.” Upcoming engagements include a concert performance of Elsa in Wagner’s Lohengrin with the Victoria Symphony and a Gala Italian Opera Evening for the Niagara Symphony.
Recent successes include stepping in as a last-minute replacement for the title role in Norma at Dallas Opera, as well as stepping in for the roles of Dritte Norn and Gutrune in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung at the Canadian Opera Company. Ms. Fortunata also appeared as Leonore in Fidelio for Pacific Opera Victoria. Further credits include Tosca at Opera on the Avalon, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte for the Canadian Opera Company, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Saskatoon Opera.
A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, Ms. Fortunata’s main stage roles include Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Helmwige in Die Walküre, Berta in The Barber of Seville, Annina in La traviata and Clotilde in Norma. Her cover assignments for the COC have included Norma in Norma, Anna in Maometto II, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes. Other notable credits include Desdemona in Otello and the Lady with a Cake Box in Postcard from Morocco with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Concert Opera Group, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy and the University of Toronto; and Poulenc’s Gloria with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
At the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre – Four Seasons Centre – Ms. Fortunata performed the Canadian premiere of John Greer’s piano quintet arrangement of Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder; other performances for this popular lunchtime series include Olivier Messaien’s Poèmes pour Mi and Benjamin Britten’s Ekho poeta.
Chosen as a finalist in the 2016 Operalia Competition in Guadalajara, Mexico, she performed under the baton of Maestro Plácido Domingo in the historic Teatro Degollado. Representing Canada in the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, she was a finalist for the Song Prize. Ms. Fortunata holds a master’s degree in opera from the University of Toronto.