Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Sabatino Vacca, Music Director

Wendy Hatala Foley

Mezzo-Soprano
Wendy Foley

Wendy Hatala Foley has been enchanting Canadian audiences with her "magnificent voice" (Paula Citron, 96.3FM) and engaging performances. Of her recent appearance as Katisha in Toronto Operetta Theatre's The Mikado, Colin Eatock of the Globe and Mail wrote: "Wendy Hatala Foley, as Katisha, burst on stage like a mad woman escaped from an Italian opera: Her powerful voice and stage presence energized every scene she appeared in." Other operatic appearances include the Mother/Witch in Opera Hamilton's School Tour of Hansel and Gretel, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Vancouver Opera, and the role of Trish in Leslie Uyeda's Game Misconduct for Festival Vancouver. Richard Todd in the Ottawa Citizen wrote of her 2007 Duruflé Requiem with the Ottawa Choral Society: "Foley rendered a lovely account of the Pie Jesu, now serene, now urgent, always powerful and expressive." In addition to a 2007 recording and tour of the Vivaldi Stabat Mater with the Vancouver Island Symphony, Ms. Foley's recent oratorio credits include Verdi's Requiem with The Vancouver Bach Choir and UBC Choir and Symphony, Rossini's Petite Messe Solonnelle with The Orpheus Choir and Chorus Niagara, Brahms' Alto Rhapsody and Raminsh's Symphony of Psalms with The Amadeus Choir, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Chorus London, Mozart's Requiem with the Oakville Symphony, and Handel's Messiah with the Newfoundland Symphony.

Ms. Foley has also appeared as a soloist with The Elmer Iseler Singers, Toronto Sinfonietta, Choralis Camerata, Vancouver Bach Choir, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Cantata Singers, The Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, The Vancouver New Music Ensemble, The Vancouver Island Symphony, The UBC Symphony, The Abbottsford Symphony, The Chilliwack Symphony, The Handel Society, at the Canadian Opera Showcase for the Opera America Conference, The U.B.C. Concert Series and the Out to Lunch Concert Series at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

This season promises to be a busy one for Ms. Foley, with upcoming engagements as the Third Lady in Mozart's Magic Flute with Opera Hamilton, Giunia in Mercadante's La Vestale with Opera in Concert, the Fairy Queen in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Handel's Messiah with Chorus London and a concert of duets and arias with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra.