Tonio di Paolo
Tonio DiPaolo's prominent career earns the tenor accolades of praise on stages throughout North America and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera and San Francisco Opera. The New York Times says, "Tonio DiPaolo has a big, authentic, and rich-sounding tenor voice," while The Washington Post exclaims, "Tonio DiPaolo shows comic gifts and sheer acting ability that one cannot take for granted in tenors. He also has a voice like spun gold." Most recently, Mr. DiPaolo was seen at Atlanta Opera as Radames in Aida, Austin Lyric Opera as Calaf in Turandot, Arizona Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto, as well as performances as Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West with Austin Lyric Opera, a concert performance of La boheme with the Spokane Symphony, a return to Utah Opera as Canio in I Pagliacci, and a return to Central City Opera for as Don José in Carmen. Additionally, he was also recently see as Calaf in Turandot and Don José in Carmen with Milwaukee's Florentine Opera, and debut performances with the orchestras of Indianapolis, Hartford, and Connecticut. In the 2006-2007 Season and beyond, he will perform Cavaradossi in Tosca with Opera Ontario, Canio in I Pagliacci in St. Bart's with Maestro Richard Buckley, Calaf in Turandot with Kentucky Opera, Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Arizona Opera and Austin Lyric Opera, Radames in Aida with Opera Carolina, among several concert engagements nationwide. Mr. DiPaolo performs leading tenor roles with major opera companies around the globe including the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Canadian Opera Company, Cologne Opera, L'Opéra de Montréal, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Minnesota Opera, Portland Opera, Arizona Opera, Balitmore Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Omaha, Manitoba Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Austin Lyric Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Columbus, New Orleans Opera, Miami Opera, Opera Colorado, Toledo Opera, among others. A popular figure on the concert stages in many metropolitan areas, Mr. DiPaolo made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in the Verdi Requiem, under the direction of Rafeal Fruebeck de Burgos, a concert which later traveled to Rouen. Mr. DiPaolo has also sung the Requiem at his debut at the Edinburgh Festival, under the baton of James Conlon; at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra, directed by John Nelson; and under Semyon Bychkov, leading the Buffalo Philharmonic. The tenor has appeared at the Spoleto festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and Spoleto, Italy, as well as at the Ravinia festival and the Aspen Music festival. Additionally, other concert engagements include performances with orchestras in Israel, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Detroit, Jacksonville, Florida, Phoenix, Tucson, Nevada, Detroit, among others. Mr. DiPaolo is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and the recipient of a number of awards, including grants from the National Institute for Music Theatre and the Richard Tucker Foundation.