Das Rheingold, October, 2014
Giuseppe Pietraroia is Conductor-in-Residence for both Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony. As a guest conductor he has been engaged by l'Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestra London, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Okanagan Symphony and the Regina Symphony. He has also appeared with l'Opéra de Montréal and Opera New Brunswick as well as the Lachine Music Festival in Montreal.
His extensive opera engagements include assisting on Faust at Opera Lyra Ottawa, as well as several Pacific Opera Victoria productions, including Un Ballo in Maschera, Tosca, Werther and The Magic Flute. As well he has conducted POV's productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, La traviata, La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Cinderella, and Tosca. He was the Conductor for the 2013 Britten Festival production of Let's Make an Opera / The Little Sweep and for Camelot in Concert with POV and the Victoria Symphony. In addition he has conducted productions of Tosca and La traviata for Opera New Brunswick, La Bohème for l'Opéra de Montréal, and Madama Butterfly for Opéra de Québec.
Upcoming highlights include Madama Butterfly for POV.
With the Victoria Choral Society where he was Music Director for seven seasons, Maestro Pietraroia has conducted performances of Messiah with the Victoria Symphony, Mozart's Mass in C minor, a choreographed production of Orff's Carmina Burana in collaboration with Ballet Victoria, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, David Fanshawe's African Sanctus, and most recently the Duruflé and Fauré Requiem.
In addition to several concerts with the Victoria Symphony, recent highlights include a debut with the Kingston Symphony.
Maestro Pietraroia has recorded a cd with soprano Marie-Josée Lord and l'Orchestre Métropolitain for the ATMA label, which won a Felix award granted by l'ADISQ and was nominated for a Juno award.
Giuseppe Pietraroia is the recipient of the George and Jane Heffelfinger Pacific Opera Victoria Artist of the Year Award and the Canada Council's Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting.
Giuseppe Pietraroia conducts the Victoria Symphony brilliantly. Voices and music balanced in tone and volume, and some very difficult off-stage musical and choral cues were executed.
Brent Schaus, Monday Magazine, Review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Tosca, 2013
Giuseppe Pietraroia, conducting the Puccini-sanctioned orchestral reduction by Ettore Panizza, drew a broad swath of tonal hues from orchestra and chorus alike: the shimmering textures of the “Humming Chorus,” for instance, sounded as wispily impressionistic as anything by Debussy, yet remained true to their Puccianian ethos.
Robert Jordan, Opera Canada, Review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Madama Butterfly, 2008