Soloists of Coro San Marco



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 special events.



Erin Ronningen - Mezzo Soprano



Victoria Gydov - Soprano




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 Toronto.




Michael 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 profession.

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 Competition).

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.



Michael 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.



Larissa Tiour - Soprano


Larissa 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.  

Immigrated 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.




James Kevin 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 competitions, and 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 performing soprano.




Zbigniew 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.




Cherry Ann 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 United Church.



Nadia Gugliotta-Umana - Soprano


Nadia Gugliotta-Umana, 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.









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