Liliana Piazza

3rd Prize Winner
2005 Brian Law Opera Scholarship Competition

Biography prepared by Murray Kitts from information submitted by the artist with her application for the 7th Brian Law Opera Scholarship Competition on 29 January 2005.

Mezzo-soprano Liliana Piazza was born in the National Capital Region and studied here with Yoriko Tanno-Kimmons and Sandra Cooke before going to Toronto to attend the Vocal Performance Programme at the University of Toronto, where she is now in her third year. She has won a trophy and scholarship from the National Capital Region Kiwanis Music Festival and in 2003 the National Association of Teachers of Singing Senior Scholarship.

While in Ottawa she appeared in the sixth and seventh annual Shooting Stars: An Operatic Showcase, as well as singing with the Ottawa University Choir. In Toronto she has appeared as soloist with the MacMillan Singers and took part in a showcase called Great Young Canadian Singers. Besides an active participation in the chorus of Opera in Concert, Liliana has sung major roles with that company such as Ninetta in I Vespri Siciliani (Verdi) and Frasquita in El Gato Montes (Penella). This past year she also participated in productions of The Chocolate Soldier with Toronto Operetta Theatre and sang the role of Metella in La Vie Parisienne (Offenbach) with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre.

In addition to the major operatic roles for mezzo-soprano Liliana’s repertoire comprises an extensive collection of art songs and oratorio arias.