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Ermanno Mauro Opera Master Class

The Master Class offers operatic repertoire, providing guidance to young singers and seasoned professionals in vocal production, interpretation and vocal histrionics.

This is a drop-in attendance master class and therefore class sizes vary. There are performance opportunities throughout the year for interested students. There is a small fee for singers (currently at $30 per class) but audience attend for free and all are welcome.

Commencing every Wednesday, from September 17, 2014 to and including December 3rd, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Room 304, Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Avenue West, (at Dufferin) Toronto.

For up-to-date scheduling and location, please check with the program administrator (Jimmy Sun) by sending your email address to

New singers are requested to notify the program administrator prior to or on the day of the master class.


Ermanno Mauro

A leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, Maestro Mauro has starred at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, La Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Sydney Opera, and Bavarian State Opera, and with the companies of Verona, Rome, Lyon, Santiago, Caracas, Buenos Aires and in his native city of Trieste. In North America, in addition to his Metropolitan Opera performances, he has sung a wide variety of leading roles with the opera companies of San Francisco, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Miami, San Diego, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal.

Ermanno Mauro was born in Italy and moved to Canada as a teen. He settled in Edmonton and sang his first operatic role, Manrico in Il Trovatore, with the Alberta Opera Society. Mr. Mauro went on to star in the Edmonton Opera’s inaugural production of Madame Butterfly in 1963. He then moved to Toronto and graduated from the Opera division of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.

ErmannoIn 1967, he was called from the chorus of the Canadian Opera Company to replace the tenor scheduled for a performance of Il Trovatore, and made many subsequent appearances with the Canadian Opera Company. In 1967, he was invited to join the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he remained as principal tenor through 1973. He made his German debut in 1972 as Rodolfo in La Bohème in Frankfurt, and all-important international debuts followed quickly in succession. In 1974 he debuted at the New York City Opera as Calaf in Turandot. He also performed the roles of Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Cavaradossi, Dick Johnson, Andrea Chenier, Riccardo and Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele. Debuts followed at the Vienna State Opera as Manrico, the Paris Opera as Don Alvaro, and in Italy as Don Joe in Carmen. In 1978, he debuted at La Scala Milan as Manrico, followed by performances in Manon Lescaut, and at the Rome Opera as Radames in Aida. 1978 also marked his long association with the Metropolitan Opera of New York. Since his debut as Canio in I Pagliacci, he went on to perform over 200 performances in 16 Major roles. Among his most noted Metropolitan roles: Manrico, Don Alvaro, Macduff, Ernani, Rodolfo in Luisa Miller, Pinkerton, Calaf, Cavaradossi, Rodolfo, Enzo in La Gioconda and Paolo in Francesca da Rimini. He was a frequent partner with both Mirella Freni and Renata Scotto at the Metropolitan and La Scala, made his San Francisco debut in Norma with Dame Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne, and appeared opposite Montserrat Caballe in La Forza del Destino at L’Orange Festival in France. In 1985, he sang his first Otello. He went on to become one of the world’s most noted interpreters of the role, performing it in Dallas, Miami, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Toronto, Munich, and Stuttgart.

In recent years, Mr. Mauro has slowed down his hectic pace; and has given master classes in Toronto, Edmonton, Washington D.C., Montreal, Pittsburgh, Arizona, and Miami. He works extensively with young Canadian singers and seasoned professional in voice production, interpretation and vocal histrionics, preparing them for future careers.

NicoleNicole Bellamy

Nicole Bellamy works as a music director, collaborative pianist and vocal coach for operatic soloists and various ensembles in Toronto including Opera Hamilton, Opera in concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (SOLT) and in the past, Opera York, Opera Kitchener and Opera New Brunswick. She also worked 4 seasons with The Charlottetown Festival.

Nicole holds a M.Mus. degree in Piano Performance (Collaborative Piano) from the University of Western Ontario and a B.Mus. degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. Additional studies in opera include Opera Nuova in Edmonton, the Banff Centre of the Arts, the Brevard Music Centre in North Carolina and Songfest in Malibu, California, working with renowned collaborative pianists Martin Katz and Graham Johnson. She has also been awarded grants from both the PEI Council of the Arts and the Canada Council of the Arts.

Recent engagements include being associate music director and pianist for Canadian Stage’s production of London Road, SOLT’s Productions of Puccini’s La Boheme and Handel’s Alcina, as well as music directing a world premier performance of a new opera, Laura Secord, by Canadian composer Mark Richards, commissioned by Music Niagara. She also music directed Canadian premiers for SOLT 2011 & 2012 season; Copland’s The Tender Land, and Darius Milhaud’s La Mere Coupable. Concert work includes performances with tenor Ermanno Mauro for his Toronto Masterclass Series, soprano Charlotte Corwin for the Mozart Society of Toronto, soprano Measha Brueggergosman (live on Canada AM, Classical 96.3fm), tenor Marc Hervieux (live on Classical 96.3fm), and countertenor David Trudgen at the Elora Festival. Nicole also studies conducting and in 2014 was one of 10 conductors from across the country participating in the Halifax Choral Conducting Symposium studying with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt and Dr. Caron Daley.



We are looking for more opera singers in GTA. Please contact us if you are interested in further developing your skills and repertoire.

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