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Baritone Brett Polegato hosts This Is My Music

Cathy Irving

Canada has produced an array of outstanding baritones over the course of our musical history. One of the elite in this group is Brett Polegato. Polegato is known for his artistic sensibility and technical prowess. His talents have earned him the highest praise and respect from audiences and critics alike. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Polegato sang in choirs there throughout his teenage years. His transformation into a world-class soloist took place at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, under the guidance of the late Patricia Kern.

Upon graduation, Polegato never looked back. He has appeared on many of the world's most distinguished stages such as La Scala in Milan, the San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Paris Opera. Polegato's musical life is rich and varied; he performs recitals and concerts as well as opera.

Polegato also has a "great affinity" for the language and music of England. He's a huge collector of first edition books in English and he feels a powerful connection to the English composers whose music fills his best-known recordings. In 2001, Polegato was invited to join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with conductor Robert Spano, for a recording of Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony. It won two Grammy awards in 2003: best choral performance and best classical album.

On this edition of This Is My Music, Polegato takes on yet another challenging role: hosting a radio show. Listen as he shares his favourite selections and the stories behind the songs.

This Is My Music is heard on Radio 2 on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am ET.

Baritone Brett Polegato hosts This Is My Music

Brett Polegato shares his favourite music on This Is My Music