Lisa DiMaria makes her debut with Pacific Opera Victoria in April 2012 as Anna in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda.
Toronto native Lisa DiMaria has been described by critics as a “focused, sweet lyric soprano” (La Scena Musicale). She's garnering a reputation as a singing actress for her ability not only to play the sassy soubrette, but also to express the languid lyric soprano repertoire. She is already in demand for her versatility and passionate artistry, and is on her way to joining the foremost singers of her generation.
DiMaria is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio programme, where she was featured in many main stage productions, including Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Dunyasha in War and Peace, the Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka, the Prostitute in From the House of the Dead, and Despina and Donna Anna/Maturina in the Ensemble Studio productions of Così fan tutte, and Gazzaniga's Don Giovanni. She covered the roles of Musetta in La Bohème, Marzelline in Fidelio, Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Natasha in War and Peace, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande. As an Ensemble Studio Artist Lisa performed numerous concerts and song recitals, the role of Dortchen in Dean Burry's children's opera The Brothers Grimm in schools across Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area, and was also featured in the special Richard Bradshaw Memorial Concert at the Four Seasons Centre in 2007.
From the COC Lisa has made her mark in the contemporary Canadian operatic scene with Tapestry New Opera Works. She has workshopped the title role in Oksana G by Aaron Gervais and performed the roles of the Apple/Chef/Teacher in the children's opera Get Stuffed! by Richard Payne. She has also worked with the the award winning Queen of Puddings Music Theatre.
With a Bachelor of Music and a Master's Degree in opera performance from the University of Toronto Opera School, she had the pleasure to widen her repertoire with the roles of Adele in Die Fledermaus and the Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia. Other Canadian program have brought her great success, including her interpretation of Micaëla in La tragedie de Carmen (Bizet/Brook) at the Banff Centre in 2009, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Saskatoon Opera Association and the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Despina (Così fan tutte) in the COSI summer program in Italy.
Ms. DiMaria's success has also been reflected in various awards, including the Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera, the 2007 Canadian Opera Volunteer Committee (COVC) Distinguished Graduate Award from the U of T Opera Division, and the Hnatyshyn Foundation Governor General's Award for Classical Voice. Not only is Lisa an accomplished stage singer, but she has been noted for her artistry as a recitalist and song interpreter of many languages. In 2006 Lisa was a finalist and the winner of the Lieder prize in the Julian Gayarré International Singing Competition in Pamplona, Spain.
Most recently Lisa joined the Canadian Opera Company as Papagena in its production of Die Zauberflöte and debuts with both Pacific Opera Victoria and Calgary Opera in 2012.