On Friday, May 29, 2015, The Milton Philharmonic Orchestra presents “A Night at the Opera… and More“. Featured soloists are Mezzo-Soprano Cassandra Warner, and Tenor Riccardo Iannello. Today we’d like to tell you a little more about Riccardo! Watch for a story on Cassandra Warner tomorrow!
Canadian-Italian tenor, Riccardo Iannello, is an alumnus of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal’s training program. This “Fresh faced, well-dressed, well-prepared and very talented” (Colin Eatock, Globe and Mail) tenor made his professional début with Opéra de Montréal during its 2010-11 season as Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux. That same season he débuted as Schmidt in Werther, and Second Jew in Strauss’ Salomé conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The following season Riccardo was invited to Victoria, British Columbia as a Resident Artist where he marked his company and role début with Pacific Opera Victoria as Le Remendado in Carmen. Other roles in his repertoire include Alfredo in La Traviata, Don José in La tragédie de Carmen at the Banff Centre, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring, and Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Riccardo’s career spans from opera to concert work as well. He has been a tenor soloist in Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony’ with the Etobicoke Philharmonic, soloist in Haydn’s ‘Lord Nelson Mass’ with Toronto Sinfonietta and the Oakham House Choir at Ryerson University, and Dubois’ ‘The Seven Last Words of Christ’ with Choral St. Eustache. Riccardo has also toured several US cities with former ‘I Sing Beijing.’ The mission was to recognize Mandarin as a lyrical musical language and introduce Chinese operatic repertoire to the mainstream opera world through various concerts. Engagements in 2015 so far include the role of Tamino in Opera York’s production of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ with conductor Geoffrey Butler at the helm.
This past summer Riccardo made his company and professional US opera début as Alfredo in La Traviata with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, Missouri. Recently, he has returned from Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland after a successful run of two new productions, Salomé (Mariotte), and the European premiere of Silent Night (Puts). During his time at WFO, he also took part in a short work production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Trial by Jury’ singing the role of Edwin, the Defendant.
In competition, Riccardo was selected to be a Great Lakes Regional finalist at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He was the recipient of the ‘Opera Buffs’ award from the Metropolitan Opera in NY. Riccardo is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, ACTRA Toronto, and American Federation of Musicians union in conjunction with Toronto Musicians’ Association, Local 149.