Soprano Lucia Cesaroni made her POV mainstage debut as The First Lady in The Magic Flute in April 2009 while participating in Pacific Opera Victoria's Spring 2009 Resident Artist Program. She will return to POV as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress in November, 2009.
Ms. Cesaroni has recently returned to Canada from a successful six months in Germany studying with world-renowned soprano Edith Wiens. There she sang as the soprano soloist for a fully staged European tour of “Carmina Burana: Monumental Opera” with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. Directly preceding her move to Germany, she travelled to Tel Aviv with the International Vocal Arts Institute, where she sang Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. At the invitation of the program's director, Joan Dornemann from the Metropolitan Opera, Lucia has also participated in IVAI's concerts and master classes in New York and Montreal.
Hailing from Toronto and holding a Masters Degree in Opera from the University of Toronto, Lucia appeared as Adina in the opera school's production of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore and Ginevra in Händel's Ariodante in 2008. After starring as Susanna in Opera York Toronto's Le Nozze di Figaro, she reprised the beloved role in Israel with the International Vocal Arts Institute later that season.
More 2007-08 season highlights included master classes with Hagan Hagegaard, Adrianne Pieczonka and Russell Braun as well as being a featured soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn's Lobegesang, Symphony No.2 and in Anton Bruckner's Te Deum. In addition, Lucia created the role of Lucia in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia in Toronto.
In May, 2009, the young Italian-Canadian soprano performed in a Liederabend with baritone Russell Braun and a Puccini gala concert with the Toronto Philharmonia.