Italian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Alessia Vitali has been heard in a wide variety of roles including Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ma Moss in Copland’s The Tender Land, Carmen in La Tragédie de Carmen by Bizet, and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. In the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park, she was the cover for the role of Fanny Price and premiered new works by student composers all while a member of the University of Toronto Opera School.
During her 2022/2023 season, Alessia was Rosina in the Mississaugua Symphony Orchestra's concert version of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mercedes in Bizet's Carmen with No Strings Theatre & Opera by Request, as well as Old Lady with the North York Concert Orchestra in their production of Candide. During the summer of 2022, Alessia performed the title role in Handel’s Serse with Chicago Summer Opera and was a participant in the St. Andrew’s Arts Council Opera Workshop in New Brunswick, working with Wendy Nielsen, Jennifer Swan, Tom Diamond, and Peter Tiefenbach.
This fall, she will be singing the role of Miles in Grand River Opera's production of The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten.
Alessia received a Master of Music in Opera Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto where she was the recipient of several scholarships such as the Sandra H. Opera Scholarship and the ARIAS Selma & Bruno Zlemit Scholarship. Alessia has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Joyce El-Khoury, Emily D’Angelo, and more.
Alessia has also completed many intensive training programs with the Orford Music Academy, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Long Reach Opera, and the Against the Grain National Opera intensive. During her training with Against the Grain Opera, she had the chance to create and produce a project that featured traditional folk song from the south of Italy, with guidance from Miriam Khalil and Joel Ivany.