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Aldo Di Toro

Tenor

Management: Australasia

L'elisir d'amore - West Australian Opera
"...A dreamy-eyed and big-hearted Di Toro delivered a spacious, simple and achingly sweet 'Una furtiva lagrima".  It was the icing on the cake of a career-highlight performance, delivered with a mix of stumbling shyness and boying exuberance."
Rosalind Appleby, Opera Magazine, November 2016

La Traviata – Opera Queensland
 
“As Alfredo, Aldo Di Toro was first-rate. His singing was rock-solid throughout his vocal range, a pure Italianate tenor sound that is too rarely heard on our stages. His Alfredo had a youthful exuberance and vulnerability, his passion for Violetta palpable.”
Suzannah Conway | The Australian | 7 May 2015

Lucia di Lammermoor – Opera Holland Park
“...Edgardo was an Australian tenor Aldo Di Toro, now based in Italy. Resonant and robust of voice, with a strong stage presence, he met the challenge of his two big scenes in Act 3 with honour.”
Rupert Christiansen | The Telegraph | 8 June 2012

“… He projects Donizetti’s big tunes with lyrical bravura, generosity and assurance. The Act Three scene where he squares up to Enrico made a great impact...”
Peter Reed | ClassicalSource.com | 7 June 2012 

Belisario – Chelsea Opera Group, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
“Aldo Di Toro blazed and thrilled as Alamiro,”
Tim Ashley | Guardian.co.uk | Monday 21 February 2011

La bohème – Opera Holland Park
“...Aldo Di Toro’s superb Rodolfo stole the show with some glorious singing...”
Francis Muzzu | Opera Now | Nov/Dec 2009      

Roméo et Juliette - Innsbruck
 “Aldo Di Toro's Roméo is vocally outstanding:  his tenor voice has the lyrical, dreamy quality and youthful brilliance that this role ideally requires and seldom receives.”
Ursula Strohal | Tiroler Tageszeitung | June 2008

Rigoletto – State Opera of South Australia
“The enthusiastic audience witnessed the coming of age of tenor Aldo Di Toro, who sang a thrilling Duke of Mantua.
His La donna è mobile positively rang, with crystal clear high notes.”
Vincent Ciccarello | Independent Weekly | November 2008

Fedora -  Opera Holland Park              
 “   ...the astonishing Aldo Di Toro ... pulled out top notes magically, like silk notes from a conjuror’s sleeve.”
Fiona Maddocks | The Evening Standard | June 2006 

“(Fedora) is strongly cast ...with a  muscular, personable and entirely Italianate tenor in Aldo Di Toro.. Di Toro is indefatigable.”
Hilary Finch | The Times June | 2006

Aldo Di Toro graduated from the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music and made his debut in opera as Oronte in Alcina for West Australian Opera at the Festival of Perth. Aldo won two awards from Opera Foundation Australia: Italian Opera Award which enabled him to study at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the  AIMS Award for further study in Graz, Austria. 

He has sung with all the major opera companies in Australia, making his Opera Australia debut in 2007 singing Alfredo (La Traviata), a role he has subsequently repeated for the company, and the title role in Werther, Gerald (Lakmé), Tebaldo (Capuleti e i Montecchi), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Elvino (La Sonnambula) and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore  The recording of Opera Australia’s Lakmé was also released on DVD and in cinemas. For Opera Queensland he has sung Cassio (Otello) and Alfredo; for West Australian Opera: Tamino (The Magic Flute) and Elvino (La Sonnambula); and for State Opera of South Australia: Alfredo, Nemorino, Elvino and the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto). Other notable opera roles in Australia include Mario Lanza in the musical mystery Who Killed Mario Lanza at Riverside Theatres Parramatta, and Bill in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Adelaide Festival. 

Now living in Italy and performing internationally, last year Aldo sang the role of Masel in Janacek’s The Adventures of Mr Boucek in Trier, made his role debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Magdeburg Opera, and returned to Australia to sing Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore and Morning Melodies for West Australian Opera. In 2017 he makes his role debut as Nadir in The Pearlfishers for Opera Queensland, and returns to WAO to perform Edgardo.  In 2018 he will make his role debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca at Magdeburg Opera.

Other recent European performances include  Ernesto in Don Pasquale for Scottish Opera in Glasgow and Edinburgh and his role debut singing Riccardo (Un Ballo in Maschera) for Staatstheater Braunschweig. Other engagements in Europe, include Steva (Jenufa) and Loris (Fedora), Nemorino and Edgardo at Opera Holland Park; Alfredo (La Traviata) and The Duke (Rigoletto) on tour in Italy; and  Roméo (Roméo and Juliette), The Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and Pollione (Norma) in Innsbruck.  

Concert engagements include Alamiro; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Dvorak's Stabat Mater for the Perth International Arts Festival, concerts for West Australian Opera and Queensland Music Festival, Opera in the Vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula and in the Hunter Valley, Schumann’s Dichterliebe for University of Western Australia, gala concerts for Brisbane Festival and Opera Under The Stars in Broome.  In Europe: Alamiro in Donizetti's Belisario in concert with Richard Bonynge conducting at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on tour in Germany with the Philharmonia of the Nations, a recital at St. John's Hall in London, Roberto in Puccini's Le Villi in concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall for Chelsea Opera The Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) in concert in Venice Dolo, Italy an orchestral concert in Vienne France, Rossini's Stabat Mater in Milan, Rossini's Petite Messa Solenne at the Duomo di Torino, Puccini's Gloria Mass and Perosi's Stabat Mater with the Stefano Tempia Choir, released on the Nuova Era label as wellas concerts in Japan, Turkey, South Africa and India.

Aldo has also recorded The English Songs by Francesco Paolo Tosti for the National Tosti Institute and Bongiovanni Records, Il Ritratto by Braga for Bongiovanni Records as well as Il Ritratto, I Pagliacci, Rigoletto and La Traviata on DVD for the Tercas Foundation. 

Aldo Di Toro is managed by Sarah Thomas:  sarah.thomas@artsmanagement.com.au
and Sarah Holloway:  sarah@artsmanagement.com.au
April 2017
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