Two Sopranos, One Friendship

Aviva Fortunata & Claire de Sévigné

Mar 12, 2021 7:30pm

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Cost Free

Two Sopranos, One Friendship | Music at the Baumann

Available Until April 12th

Musical Programme

    1. Best Friends, Deal With It
      arr. Fortunata
    2. You Spotted Snakes
      Mendelssohn | Midsummer Night’s Dream
    3. Aber der Richtige
      Strauss | Arabella
    4. It was a lover and his lass
      Vaughan Williams
    5. Dirge for Fidele
      Vaughan Williams
    6. Mira, o Norma
      Bellini | Norma
    7. Sull’aria
      Mozart | Le nozze di Figaro
    8. Opera Medley
      arr. Simeneov
    9. We’ll gather lilacs
      Novello | Perchance to Dream 

    Join us for a celebration of friendship, music, and performance as Aviva Fortunata & Claire de Sévigné share their intimate, personal, and sometimes wacky process of what goes on “behind the scenes” in the development and preparation of their recital through song and storytelling.

    Claire and Aviva look at each other laughing, love and joy written across their features as they enjoy a candid moment togetherFriends for over ten years, Aviva and Claire share a mutual love of performing together. Two Sopranos, One Friendship takes viewers on a fun and lighthearted musical journey, showcasing their unbreakable bond.

    Use the hashtags #bestfriendsdealwithit and #bfdwi on social media to join our celebration of friendship and to connect with Pacific Opera, Aviva, and Claire!

    Play Along to Win

    Put your opera knowledge to the test with our opera medley quiz! In the second half of their recital, Aviva and Claire sing a mash-up of famous opera duets, giving a taste of thirteen different operas. Can you name all of the operas that the songs are from?

    We have included a trivia card for you to fill out as the medley goes on, but be quick, the duets go by fast! Send us a photo of your completed trivia card for a chance to win a Pacific Opera Swag Bag. Download the trivia card here!

    We’ll start you off with a hint… not all of the duets are originally sung by two sopranos!


    “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” – Khalil Gibran

    Aviva Fortunata

    Aviva Claire looks at the camera with a slight smile and striking red lipstick. Looking powerful, she is evenly lit and in front of a gray background. Aviva's hair is dark brown and in slight curls and she wears a black v-necked shirtCanadian-Italian soprano Aviva Fortunata, named twice as one of CBC’s Top 30 Canadian Classical Artists Under 30, is earning international attention with her “velvety timbre”, “gleaming tone”, and voice “of diva soprano quality and strength.” To great acclaim, she stepped in last-minute to replace an ailing colleague in the title role of Norma at The Dallas Opera, securing the bel canto heroine as one of Ms. Fortunata’s signature roles.


    Claire de Sévigné

    Claire wears a white long sleeve shirt and is resting her head on her hand as she looks directly into the camera, giving a relaxed and welcoming feeling that is amplified by the bright even lighting. She has long straight brown hair and a slight smile on her face.Named one of CBC’s Top Young Canadian Classical Musicians, soprano Claire de Sévigné was recently nominated for a Classical Album of the Year JUNO award for her Naxos album of Vivaldi Cantatas with Kevin Mallon and the Aradia Ensemble. Recent successes have come with the Canadian Opera Company, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Opernhaus Zürich and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, in which she was hailed for her “sparkling top notes and vocal brilliance, lightness and finesse”.

    Accompanied by Kimberley-Ann Bartczak

    A native of Montreal, Kimberley-Ann Bartczak is a conductor, pianist and vocal coach. Currently the new Principal Coach and Accompanist at Pacific Opera Victoria, she was the Resident Conductor and Repetiteur at Calgary Opera, was on staff at Opera on the Avalon, an alumna of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, and has performed coast to coast across Canada as well as in the United States, Mexico and Europe.


    Creative Team

    • Film Coach | Glynis Leyshon
    • Set Designer | Carole Klemm
    • Lighting Designer | Don Armitage

    Production Crew

    • Videography | Roll.Focus Productions
    • Video Director & Editor | Tyler Bennett
    • Audio Mixing | Mike Walker
    • Roll.Focus Camera Operators | Derek Munch, Josef Rogoschewsky, Chris Wilson
    • Audio Consultant | Kirk McNally
    • COVID-19 Officer | Tamara Tulloch


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Solatium [sō-ˈlā-shē-əm]
:a thing given to someone as a compensation or consolation.