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toronto italian culture

Villa Charities presents

“Serata d’Opera e di Canzoni”

Sunday, September 29 at 6:00pm
Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre

Join us for an evening of Italian opera favourites including selections by Verdi, Puccini, Tosti and more, featuring Tenor, Enrique Pina, Soprano, Stephanie DeCiantis and Pianist, Adolfo de Santis.

In collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto.

Adult $20.00
Senior, Child $10.00

Program for the evening will include*:

  • O Paradiso – L’Africana – Giacomo Meyerbeer
  • Ritorna Vincitor! – Aida – Giuseppe Verdi
  • Ah, leve-toi, Soleil! – Romeo et Julliette – Charles Gounod
  • Tacea la Notte Placida… di tale amor – Il Trovatore – Giuseppe Verdi
  • Di tu se fedele – Un Ballo in Maschera – Giuseppe Verdi
  • Vissi D’arte – Tosca – Giacomo Puccini
  • Duet: Parigi, o cara! – La Traviata – Giuseppe Verdi


  • Il Bacio – Luigi Arditi
  • Marecchiare – Francesco Paolo Tosti
  • L’invito – Gioachino Rossini
  • Te Quiero Morena – El Trio de los Tenorios – Jose Serrano
  • Lo Spazzacamino – Giuseppe Verdi
  • Pecche’ – Gaetano Errico Pennino
  • The Girl in 14G –  Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan
  • Torna Surriento – Ernesto De Curtis & Giambattista De Curtis
  • Duet: Love Unspoken – The Merry Widow – Franz Lehar

*Program subject to change

Tenor, Enrique Pina

Enrique Pina began his career in his native country Dominican Republic, with a number of performances at the Teatro Nacional of Santo Domingo. He then moved to Italy for vocal and musical studies, including six years under the tutelage of the legendary Franco Corelli. Pina has performed in many countries, most recently as the featured soloist in a concert in Rome, Italy at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the most prestigious venue for concert in the Italian capital.  He has also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and with the National Symphony Orchestra in Santo Domingo, as well as a series of concerts in Washington D.C. for the Embassy of the European Union, ExxonMobil, and the Organization of American States.  His discography includes a collection of opera arias, sacred pieces and Latin American songs in the Vatican Radio Studios. He has appeared in several Italian television broadcasts including a concert on the National Italian Television (RAI). Pina is among the 54 tenors of the book “Franco Corelli and a Revolution in Singing: Fifty-Four Tenors Spanning 200 Years” recently published by the prestigious Bel Canto Society of New York City.

Soprano, Stephanie DeCiantis

Stephanie DeCiantis is a Canadian soprano gaining attention for her warm sound and expressive interpretation of classical and romantic repertoire.  Recently, Stephanie was a winner and laureate of the 2017 Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques with Thèâtre Lyrichorégra 20 and a semi-finalist for the Elizabeth Connell prize for Dramatic Sopranos in 2018 and the Francisco Araiza Sonora International Opera Competition in 2017.  Also, in 2018 she won the special Prize of Gabriela Beňačková’ from Opera Mladỳch at the 11th International Vocal Competition of Gabriela Beňačková.  She also sang for Sondra Radvanovsky in masterclass, through the IRCPA Joan Hall Scholarship.  Her roles include Aida (Aida), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer), and Nedda (Pagliacci).

Pianist, Adolfo de Santis

Pianist, Adolfo De Santis was educated into the finer points of music in Italy, where he studied piano, composition and conducting. During this period, he was a prize winner in National and International competitions. Previously, Adolfo has held many prestigious positions including Peel Choral Society and Ottawa Valley Music Festival where he was accompanist & assistant music director, music director of Toronto City Opera, and co-music director of The Canadian Tenors. He is currently accompanist for the Toronto Beaches Children and Youth’s Choir, and music director of Blythwood Road Baptist Church.

For more information, please contact cultural@villacharities.com or call 416-789-7011 ext. 248.