Soloists of Coro San
Alesandra Trimmeliti - Soprano
Born and raised in Vaughan, Ontario - Alesandra Felicia is a television cantor
on the "Daily Mass" broadcasted internationally. Furthermore, Alesandra is a song writer
and music composer, produced by Amore music productions.
Her original songs will soon be released
in countries all over the world.
Alesandra continues to be a permanent
musical fixture performing at weddings, concerts and
Michael Toby -
Olga Tylman -
soprano, holds a Master's degree in Vocal
Performance from the University of Western Ontario,
where she won the school's top performance scholarship.
She has performed the roles of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan
Tutte (UWO Opera), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Halifax
Summer Opera Workshop), Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo (Opera
Nova Scotia), and Elettra in Idomeneo (Opera Nova
Scotia). She has been guest soloist in concerts with the
Northumberland Orchestra and Choir (Port Hope), St.
Paul's Cathedral Choir (London, ON), and Mississauga
Choral Society. Olga is currently active as a
professional soloist and chorister with groups including
the Elora Festival Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,
and Metropolitan United Church.
Member and soloist
with Coro San Marco in Toronto.
Iwona Jaszczur - Soprano
Iwona (Yvonne) Jaszczur holds an
Early Childhood Education Diploma from Seneca College of Applied
Arts, and Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music
Education from the Royal Conservatory of Music & Ryerson
University in Toronto. She is actively involved in advocating
the importance of music in the lives of young children. Iwona
started her musical training as a child in Poland where she
studied piano and voice. At present time she is studying the
belcanto technique with Maestro David Varjabed. She has
performed with Opera Belcanto of York as a soloist and a choir
member since 2011. Iwona has recently completed her ARCT in
Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in
Nasato - Tenor
Michael Nasato was born in
Mississauga, Ontario and is from an Italian background.
Michael received his Honors in Bachelor of Arts Degree
at the University of Toronto. He is a teacher by
Michael has been singing
from an early age. He presently sings as a tenor with
Coro San Marco as well as in a church choir in a number
of major works both as a soloist and a chorister.
Michael performed the lead role of Alfredo in La
Traviata with the Toronto Opera Repertoire (TOR). He has
also performed roles in Rigoletto, Le Nozze di Figaro,
Carmen, and Il Trovatore.
In addition, Michael has
performed as a soloist with Coro Verdi. He was recently
studying with David Varjabed.
Emily Ding - Soprano
Ms. Ding earned a
Master of Music degree in Performance from McGill
University, and Bachelor of Music degree from University
of Toronto. She has excelled and won several
competitions in the last few years, such as NATS
(National Association of Teachers of Singing), Kiwanis
Toronto, and first place at CMC 2009 (Canadian Music
Ms. Ding has
collaborated with Toronto Chinese orchestras often,
which led her on the stages of Glen Gould Studio, George
Western Recital Hall, and Richmond Centre for the Arts.
In opera, she has understudied and sang in chorus in
McGill Opera's Thesee by Lully in 2009.
In summer of 2010, she
had her operatic debut as Donna Elvira at Toronto's
Summer Operatic Lyric Theatre in the production of Don
Giovanni, and she had her Canadian premier of Millaud's
La Mere Coupable in 2012 as Rosine.
Ms. Ding sang in
Toronto Operetta Theatre production of The Merry Widow
as Frou Frou and chorus in Dec 2012. In May 2013 she
sang the lead role, Rosario, in Opera Five's production
of Goyescas by Granados.
Colla - Tenor
Born and raised in
Toronto, Ontario, Michael Colla is a tenor soloist
studying at York University for Classical Voice
Performance under the guidance of Stephanie Bogle.
Michael is a graduate of St. Michael's Choir School
where his love of choral music came to fruition.
Michael has sung in
concert tours across Canada, the United States, and the
Czech Republic and has been a member of such choral
ensembles as the Bach Children's Chorus, Univox Choir,
and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Michael frequently
performs as a cantor across the Greater Toronto Area for
weddings and other church services, and currently sings
with the Orpheus Choir and Coro San Marco. He is
aspiring to continue his studies in Vocal Performance
and Choral Conducting.
Tiour - Soprano
was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and started voice
training at the age of 4. She finished Russian music
school and was awarded an Honours certificate. She
received a degree in Physics from Samara Government
University and during this time she organized a vocal
group of students from her faculty that competed
successfully in intramural music competitions. After
graduation she joined Opera Studio in Nizhny Novgorod.
She continued competing placing as high as second place
in provincial competitions.
to Canada in 2000 and initially soloed with Coro Italia
L'Aquila. At this time, the choir recorded a CD, "Le
Note del Folklore Regionale Italiano" on which she
soloed an Italian song. The CD was released in 2010.
She sang with the Royal Opera Canada in their 2005
production of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin". Other
activities include acting as a choirmaster for St.
Fidelis Parish Church in 2012. She has given several
personal solo concerts at the Bernard Betel Jewish
Centre in Toronto. She is currently a member and soloist
with Coro San Marco in Toronto.
Miller - Baritone
Kevin hails from Montreal
and began his singing career in the mid-70’s with the
St. Lawrence Choir of Montreal under the direction of
Ewan Edwards, performing in such works as Haydn’s
Creation, Vaughan William’s Benedicite, Mozart’s Requiem
and in other major choral works. In succeeding years, Kevin
studied voice in Montreal and sang both as a chorister
and soloist with a number of groups. In the early 80’s,
he sang with the Edmonton Opera in Lohengrin, Die
Fledermaus, Faust, Carmen, Il Trovatore, Il Barbiere di
Siviglia, Norma, and other operas. He has also performed
the Bass solo in sacred works such as The Messiah and
the Verdi Requiem. While in the Toronto area,
Kevin sang with Opera Mississauga, Royal Opera Canada,
the Toronto Opera Repertoire, Opera Belcanto, Coro
Verdi, and Coro San Marco while studying with David
Varjabed. He has performed a number of roles, both in
fully-staged and concert versions, including Monterone (Rigoletto),
Banco (Macbeth), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Don Escamillo
(Carmen), and others. Since his return to Montreal in
2004, Kevin studied with Mark Pedrotti and sang with the
Choeur du Richelieu where he performed as the Baritone
soloist. Kevin is now retired from the Federal
Government and hopes to be singing for many more years.
Monica Baz - Soprano
Studied at the University of Western Ontario where she received
her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in 1999. She then studied
piano, voice, and theory for 5 years at the Royal Conservatory
of Music. Her teachers included Boris Berlin, Andrew Markow,
Ginette Duplesses, and David Wilson. As a vocalist, Monica
performed with Opera in Concert Chorus in the 2001-2003 seasons,
under the direction of renowned choral conductor Robert Cooper.
For last 4 years, Monica has been studying the belcanto technic
with Armenian renowned baritone David Varjabed. She has been
studying various roles including Tosca, Madama Butterfly,
Micaela (Carmen), Leonora (La Forza del Destino and Flora (La
Traviata). Monica continues to study with Mr. Varjabed and
performs as a soloist for Opera Belcanto of South Simcoe. In
2008 Monica completed her ARCT in Vocal Performance from the
Royal Conservatory of Music, achieving first class honours. For
the past 9 years Monica has given private lessons, teaching
voice, piano, and
theory. Her students achieve excellent results on exams and in
perform annually in recitals. Monica is also an accompanist for
her vocal students, and
for local music students as well. Monica continues her private
teaching and looks forward to an exciting career as a
Debowski - Tenor
Zbigniew was born and
raised in Poland. The music was always his passion. As a
child he played mandolin in local ensemble. As high
school and University student he sang and played guitar
in school bands. Zbigniew studied music at the State
Conservatory of Music in Szczecin, Poland, and in 1988
he received his diploma in classical guitar. He received
professional vocal training in the conservatory and also
when he was a member of the one of the most acclaimed
Polish choirs, ZUT /Zachodniopomorski Uniwersytet
Technologiczny/ in Szczecin Poland. He toured with the
choir in Europa and USA , taking part in such festivals
as “Europa Cantat” in Strasbourg, France, and “Choruses
of the World”, in Philadelphia. During his stay in
Germany Zbigniew sang in the choir in Luebecker
Stadttheater. In Canada, he sang in the “Mississauga
Choral Society”, and vocal ensemble “Musica Antiqua”
under direction of maestro Matthew Jaskiewicz. He
performed with “Salon Poetry, Music and Theatre”, and
“Polish Music Theatre” in Toronto as well. Zbigniew
enjoys performing music with his daughter Julia. In 2010
he toured with Julia in Gdansk and Warsaw, Poland. Also,
he teaches vocal and classical guitar in his private
studio in Mississauga, preparing students for RCM exams.
In addition, Zbigniew enjoys singing and playing guitar
at special concerts and events.
Mendez - Soprano
A noted dramatic soprano, Cherry
Ann Mendez appeared
most recently as a soloist with Coro San Marco on tour
in Ontario and Quebec. As the founder of ArsMusica
Community Concerts Ms. Mendez has presented a series of
concerts in Toronto since 1994.
After hosting her own radio show in
Trinidad as a teenager, Ms. Mendez attended the Mannes
College of Music in New York City. Her teachers include
Lotte Leonard, Louis Quilico, Daniel Ferro and Shirley
Verrett. She has appeared in concert at the White
Mountains Festival in New Hampshire, Queen’s Hall in
Trinidad, the Purcell Room in London England and the
Gubbio Festival in Italy. In Toronto Ms. Mendez and
ArsMusica have performed many concerts at Heliconian
Hall, The Arts & Letters Club,The Church of St. George
the Martyr, St. Michaels and All Angels, The 1st Unitarian
Congregation, Orangeville Opera House, The Stone Church,
Hart House, York University, The Columbus Centre (in
association with the Centro Scuola) and Mt. Dennis
Gugliotta-Umana - Soprano
soprano soloist, has joined Coro San Marco from a rich
and varied classical background.
She has played Madame Silverklang in Mozart's Impressario with the Rice Opera
Company and has appeared with both the Cathedral Bluffs
Orchestra and the Esprit Alliance Orchestra and the Nova
Amadeus Orchestra from Rome.
She has a Bachelor of
Music Performance degree from the University of Toronto.
Nadia teaches voice and she is the music director of
Immanuel Baptist Church in Toronto.