Italian-Canadian soprano Aviva Fortunata made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut and her role debut as Leonore in the company’s 2018 production of Fidelio. She returns in 2019/20 for three major role debuts in Puccini’s Il trittico: Giorgetta in Il tabarro, the title role in Suor Angelica, and Nella in Gianni Schicchi.
Aviva’s 2019/20 season also includes engagements with Deutsche Oper Berlin in Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere de Siviglia, Nabucco, and Aïda; with Calgary Opera in the title role in Norma; and with the Victoria Symphony for a program of Mozart concert arias.
Recent successes include stepping in as a last-minute replacement for the title role in Norma at Dallas Opera, as well as stepping in for the roles of Dritte Norn and Gutrune in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung at the Canadian Opera Company. Further credits include Tosca at Opera on the Avalon, excerpts from Lohengrin with the Victoria Symphony, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte for the Canadian Opera Company, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Saskatoon Opera.
Aviva is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, where her mainstage roles included Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Helmwige (Die Walküre), Berta (The Barber of Seville), Annina (La traviata), and Clotilde (Norma).
Other notable credits include Desdemona in Otello and the Lady with a Cake Box in Postcard from Morocco with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Concert Opera Group, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy and the University of Toronto; Poulenc’s Gloria with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; and the Canadian première of John Greer’s piano quintet arrangement of Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre – Four Seasons Centre.
As a finalist in the 2016 Operalia Competition in Guadalajara, Mexico, Aviva performed under Maestro Plácido Domingo in the historic Teatro Degollado. She represented Canada in the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and was a finalist for the Song Prize. Ms. Fortunata received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Toronto and has received grants from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation and Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Pacific Opera Victoria’s season opener Fidelio is worth the ticket price just to be blown away by leading lady (and man) soprano Aviva Fortunata… Fortunata not only has the greatest opera name of all time, she carries a piercing and powerful voice to match.
Check the Program, review of Fidelio, Pacific Opera Victoria, 2018
Soprano Aviva Fortunata played the title role of Fidelio/Leonore, and brought a great deal of sensitivity to a difficult role. Her voice was clear and pristine, and rang effortlessly to the back of the hall.
Schmopera, review of Fidelio, Pacific Opera Victoria, 2018