If you think of a diva as a woman with "a reputation for being tempermental or difficult to please," then Joanne Kolomyjec is the farthest thing from a diva that you could find. But if you use the other definition of diva as "a celebrated female singer; a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera," you would be closer to describing Kolomyjec. She is warm and positive and devoted to her family and colleagues.
During her 25-year operatic career, Kolomyjec was acclaimed for her portrayals of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, the title roles in Tosca and Jenufa, Marguerite in Faust and Magda Sorel in The Consul. She was also hailed as a stylish and elegant Mozartean having spent quality time with (as she puts it) "five very important ladies in Mozart's operas: Susanna, The Countess, Fiordiligi, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira."
On the concert stage, Kolomyjec sang with symphony orchestras all over North America, including performing Mahler's Second Symphony alongside the great Canadian contralto, Maureen Forrester.
Kolomyjec grew up in Sudbury, Ontario and trained at the University of Toronto's Opera School. Later in her performing career, she began teaching voice. Since 2002, Kolomyjec has been a faculty member of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
On this edition of This Is My Music, Kolomyjec shares the music that inspires her.
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Joanne Kolomyjec shares her favourite music on This Is My Music