Christmas at Columbus Centre

Sunday, December 15 – 3:00 PM


John Palmer, conductor

Inga Filippova-Williams, soprano
Stanislas Vitort, tenor

On the program

G. Rossini - Il Barbiere de Siviglia: Overture
J. Strauss, Jr. - Tales from Vienna Woods waltz
R. Vaughan-Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves
V. Bellini - Il Pirata, Overture
S. Prokofiev - Troika (Sleigh Ride)
P. Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
J. Strauss, Jr. - Artist's Life waltz
Adolphe-Charles Adam - O Holy Night
G. Puccini - ‘Vissi darte, vissi d'amore’ from Tosca
G. Puccini - ‘Che Gelida manina’ from La Boheme
G. Puccini - ‘Nessun dorma’ from Turandot
.....and more

This afternoon festive program will feature array of Christmas themed pieces from Canada and the world and also a selection of Italian opera overtures and arias. Soprano Inga Filippova Williams and tenor Stanislas Vitort will join the orchestra under the baton of Maestro John Palmer.

Inga Filippova WilliamsSoprano Inga Filippova Williams is an award-winning and internationally known Opera Singer. Some roles include Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Voice Afire Pocket Opera; Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera Lyra; and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. Inga was a finalist in such prestigious competitions as Louis Quilico Voice Competition 2008; Julian Gayarre International Singing Competition in Pamplona, Spain; Laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Voice Competitions 2008, 2011, 2013; Czech and Slovak Voice Competition 2009; Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Modena, Italy; Riccardo Zandonai Opera Competition in Riva del Garda, Italy.

Hailed by critics “Very musical and an intelligent singer, vocally secure and expressive’’, Ukrainian Soprano Inga Filippova Williams already started her vibrant music career Engagements for 2011 include Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Voice Afire Pocket Opera; First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera Lyra , Vanessa in Vanessa with SOLT Messiah - Soprano with OntarioPhilharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marco Parisotto Florida Concert Tour 2012, Germany Audition Tour 2012 The winner of Prix Lyrique Allemand Bourse Sebyllas Hesse Annee 2011 from Jeunes Ambassadeurs LyriquesInga Filippova has proven herself to be an exceptional talented opera singerwhere ”Her beautiful and flexible full lyric voice, even from top to bottom, istailor made for this most exacting of Mozart heroines, with excellent florituraand huge high Cs” in Cosi Fan Tutte – Fiordiligi, Le Nozzie di Figaro”-Coutessa conducted by Mario Bernardi, Die Zauberflöte- First Ladyconducted by Tyrone Paterson, Beethoven Ninth Symphony conducted byPeter Oundjian, Gabriel Faure Requiem conducted by Woloschuk William.Mrs. Filippova as a laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeure Lyriques 2011 was representing Canada on the 7 Klaudia Taev International Voice Competitionin Estonia, 2011Finalist of many local and International competitions like: Riccardo Zandonai, Italy 2016 . Louis Quilico Voice Competition 2008, Laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Voice Competitions 2008, 2011, 2013. National Association Teacher of Singing competition where she received a Scholarship and Award as “The Most Promising Young Artist...” in 2008 she was a Finalist and prizewinner at the 12 Julian Gayarre International SingingCompetition in Pamplona, Spain. Finalist of Czech and Slovak Voice Competition 2009, Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award 2009. First place at Ukraine: Musical Tribute Competition As well she participated in the Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Modena, Italy . Mrs. Filippova Williams graduated from the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn GouldSchool, Toronto.

Stanislas Vitort Stanislas Vitort has graduated with a Master on Music in Operatic Arts from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music. In 2009 he was a finalist of the International Competition "Luciano Pavarotti". He has also received The Canadian Broadcast Corporation Galaxie Rising Stars Award as well as the Special Prize of La Piste aux Espoirs Competition in Tournai (Belgium). He has also appeared at Music Niagara International Opera Theatre, The Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona (Italy) and Le Festival de Radio France in Montpellier. Mr. Vitort was also a leading performer in goodwill concerts for AIDS relief 'We Will Rock You' with members of the international rock band Queen and participated in Montreal Jazz festival as a member of Toronto based group 'Smooth Jazz'.

With the generous support of

  • Premier Homecare Services
  • Columbus Centre
  • St. John's Music
  • Toronto Arts Council
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation