Elizabeth Polese, 2014-2015 Scholarship recipient

Elizabeth Polese, soprano

Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition winner, soprano Elizabeth Polese, is a Toronto based performer in opera, recital and musical theatre. She will soon graduate with a Master of Music from the University of Toronto where she also completed her Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of celebrated Canadian soprano, Mary Morrison (OC). Within her studies, Miss Polese has had the opportunity to sing in masterclass and concert with Adrienne Pieczonka, Lynne Dawson, Stephanie Blythe, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Nancy Argenta, Tracy Dahl and others. Quickly establishing her presence in the Toronto classical music scene in the Mozart repertoire, she also recently performed Exsultate, Jubilate with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra as the 2014 UTSO Concerto Competition winner. Recent engagements include Opera York, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, the Toronto Community Orchestra, VOCA Chorus of Toronto, and others. Recent roles include Papagena (The Magic Flute), Amore and Valletto (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Despina (Così fan tutte), Remeron (Rob Ford: The Opera) and others. Upcoming engagements include Emily Webb in the operatic adaptation of Our Town (Opera NUOVA, Edmonton AB), Toronto Summer Music Festival’s Art of Song fellowship, and Handel’s Messiah (St. Thomas, ON).

“My experience with the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition was unlike any other I have ever participated in. Between the master class venue and atmosphere, the written remarks, and the opportunity to work with David Bowser, all before the soloists are even decided, I was given a pretty unique experience. I felt that I walked away having learned something valuable, feeling like I just participated in a master class. Being selected as a soloist is a complete honour, especially because of the opportunity to sing with the finest instrumentalists in the city, under the baton of David Bowser. Singing with the Toronto Mozart Players gave me an invaluable professional experience, and having the honour of singing some of the most beautiful music ever written was a true pleasure for me. Thank you David and the Toronto Mozart Players!”

Elizabeth Polese