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Adrianne makes a surprise appearance at the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition


The Canadian Opera Company’s annual Ensemble Studio Competition and Gala was held on November 25th at the Four Seasons Centre, hosted by tenor Ben Heppner. As the jury deliberated, the audience received a surprise performance by Adrianne:

“As a special surprise guest for the evening, Canadian soprano, Adrianne Pieczonka – looking and sounding as radiant as ever – wowed the audience with arias from Catalani’s La Wally and Verdi’s La forza del destino…and then capped it with Richard Strauss’ Zuiegnung (Dedication).” (Musical Toronto, 26 November 2014)

“Our surprise guest for the evening was soprano Adrianne Pieczonka. While the jury deliberated, she sang the big arias from Catalani’s La Wally and Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, and very well, although the glow was grandest in Richard Strauss’s Zueignung. “All right, that’s how you do it,” ad-libbed the affable master of ceremonies, Ben Heppner.” (National Post, 26 November 2014)

“Famed Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka was the surprise guest of the evening, performing passionate renditions of the much-loved “Ebben…Ne andrò lontana” from Catalani’s La Wally as well as “Pace, pace” from Verdi’sLa forza del destino; a gracious, sonorous rendition of Richard Strauss’Zueignung was the encore.” (Digital Journal, 26 November 2014)