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Wallis Giunta

Mezzo-soprano

  • A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Programme, mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta is currently a member of the Leipzig Opera Ensemble. Highlights in the 2017/18 season include a return to Opera North, following her critically acclaimed portrayal of La Cenerentola last season, for two role debuts: the title role in L’enfant et les sortilèges and Dinah Trouble in Tahiti, and in Leipzig she appears in a new production of Lulu by Lotte de Beer and also returns to the roles of Angelina La Cenerentola, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, and Rossweisse Die Walküre. 

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  • On the concert platform, Giunta appears with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and returns to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a Bernstein Programme, following her acclaimed performance of Weill Seven Deadly Sins last season.


    Recent highlights for Giunta include her UK debut as Angelina in a new production of La Cenerentola for Opera North, a return to Opera Atelier, Toronto for Dido Dido and Aeneas, Weill Seven Deadly Sins with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla and John Axelrod, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Lyra Ottawa, Tiffany in John Adams’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling, and Then I Saw the Sky for Rome Opera, Mercédès Carmen for Oper Frankfurt, Olga The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera, Dorabella Così fan tutte and Annio La clemenza di Tito for the Canadian Opera Company, and Bradamante Alcina in a new production for the Opera Atelier, Toronto.


    On the concert platform, recent performances for Giunta include Paquette in Bernstein's Candide with the Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Jeffrey Tate, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Giunta has also recorded her debut album on Naxos with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of a new work by William Parry. Highlights also include appearances with the Taipei Symphony, Munich Radio, Toronto Symphony, Stuttgart Festivalorchester and Nurembourg Symphony orchestras. Conductors she has worked with include Fabio Luisi, Sir Andrew Davis, Constantinos Carydis, Daniel Cohen and Ulf Schirmer.


    Giunta is a recipient of a 2013 Novick Career Advancement Grant, the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Career Development Award, and has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a 2013 graduate of both the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and The Juilliard School’s Artist Diploma in Opera Studies and was a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio 2009-2011.

    2017-18 season / 396 words. Not to be altered without permission.

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Opera repertoire

John Adams
Nancy T’ang Nixon in China
Tiffany I Was Looking at the Ceiling, and Then I Saw the Sky


Adamo
Sophine Becoming Santa Claus


Barber
Sally A Hand of Bridge


Bizet
Mercédès Carmen


Britten
Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Nancy Albert Herring
The English Lady Death in Venice


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Wu Kommilitonen!


Gluck
Phénice Armide


Gounod
Siébel Faust


Lehár
Olga The Merry Widow


Haydn
Ernesto Il Mondo Della Luna


Mascagni
Lola Cavalleria rusticana


Mozart
Sesto/Annio La clemenza di Tito
Dorabella Così fan tutte
Idamante Idomeneo
Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro
Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte


Purcell
Dido Dido & Aeneas


Respighi
Il Fuso La bella dormente nel bosco


Rossini
Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia
Angelina La Cenerentola
Clarina La Cambiale di Matrimonio


Stravinsky
Pribaoutki The Nightingale and Other Short Fables


Verdi
Contessa Ceprano Rigoletto


Wagner
Rossweisse Die Walküre
Blumenmadchen Parsifal

Concert repertoire

Andrew Ager
The Rubiyat


Andriessen
Anaïs Nin 


Bach
Mass in B minor
Magnificat 


Barber
Dover Beach


Beethoven
Choral Fantasy
Mass in C major
Symphony No.9


Berlioz
Les nuits d'été


Brahms
Zwei Gesänge, Op.91 


Canteloube
Chants d'Auvergne


Charpentier
Salve Regina
Missa Assumpta est Maria


Chausson
Chanson perpétuelle


Duparc
Six Orchestrated Melodies


Fauré
La bonne chanson


Handel
Joshua (Othniel)
Messiah


Derek Holman
Requiem


Karl Jenkins
The Armed Man


Mahler
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Rückert-Lieder (selections)


Mendelssohn
Elijah
A Midsummer Night's Dream


Mompou
Combat del somni


Montsalvatge
Cinco canciones negras


Mozart
Alma grande, K.578
'Chi sa, chi sa', K.582
Coronation Mass
Mass in C minor (Sop II)
'Vado, ma dove', K.583


Pergolesi
Stabat Mater


William Perry
Silent Film Heroines


Ravel
Shéhérazade


Respighi
Il tramonto


Louis Spohr
Op.103


Rossini
Petite messe solennelle
Stabat mater


Strauss
Op.10, 15 & 17


Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music
Songs of Travel


Weill
Die sieben Todsünden
Frauentanz


Wolf
Five Orchestrad Lieder 

The Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta has an incipient star quality that positively explodes with the ornamental cascades of her concluding aria, which pops the cork on a successful season like a champagne bottle that has been shaken for a very long time.

Guardian, February 2017

It was a triumph for Giunta. She has a delectably rich, silver-toned mezzo-soprano with a beautiful sense of line and effortless rapid runs. Every one of her arias was a delight...

Opera News

"Her velvety mezzo, when combined with her wonderful "Non più mesta" results in the final triumph three hours later, and you wish she would never stop. You can hardly get enough of the beautiful bel canto singing in this production"

Leipziger Volkszeitung

Intermusica represents Wallis Giunta worldwide excluding Canada

Julia Maynard
Director / Head of Vocal & Opera
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Eleanor Freedman
Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9907
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Assistant to Director / Head of Vocal & Opera, Intermusica
+44 20 7608 9945

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