Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Sabatino Vacca, Music Director

Stacie Carmona

Soprano
Stacie Carmona

Soprano Stacie Carmona has been described by the National Post as "…the whole package- voice, acting, and the kind of charisma that draws the eye…", and has been praised by Opera Canada for her "…huge, thrilling, rich sound…" She made her professional debut with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bach Elgar Choir as the Soprano Soloist in Verdi's Messa di Requiem in 2004. She is a graduate of the Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto's Opera Division where she performed the roles of Jenny Diver in Britten's Beggar's Opera, La Ciesca in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Frau Fluth in Nicolai's Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, and La Contessa Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

Ms. Carmona has won many scholarships including the Ruby Mercer Fellowship, the Holbrook opera prize, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Scholarship and numerous scholarships from the Canadian Opera Volunteer's Committee. She also received a vocal fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed the world premiere of Alan Smith's `Vignettes: from George to Evelyn', a cycle written for Phyllis Curtin's 80th Birthday Gala. Also at Tanglewood she performed Shostakovich's `From Yiddish Folk Poetry' Op.79, and was in the octet of Kaija Saariaho's 'Chateau de l'ame' with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Spano. She had the pleasure of performing the song cycle 'Seven for Luck' in a John Williams Tribute with the composer present.

Ms. Carmona made her main stage debut with Opera York as the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica in March 2006, and was invited back to perform La Contessa in Opera York's production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro in November 2006. She made her debut with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra in March 2007 singing the music of Beethoven in Eliot Feld's A Footstep of Air, with performances in the new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Stacie was an inaugural member of the resident artist program at Pacific Opera Victoria covering the role of Cio-Cio San and making her main stage debut as Kate Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Also in 2008, Ms. Carmona performed as Mozart's Donna Elvira with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra in an opera gala under the baton of Paul Nadler.

In 2011, Ms. Carmona performed selections from Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the George Weston Recital Hall in a celebration of the 65th anniversary of the reopening of Teatro alla Scala by Toscanini. She performed Ravel's Hebrew and Yiddish songs and selections from Shostakovich's Yiddish Folk Poetry in collaboration with Canadian composer Charles Heller in a concert and lecture series in celebration of the publication of his book "What to listen for in Jewish Music." Stacie is a member of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Chorus and is a faculty member at the Music Studio in Etobicoke.