Venezuelan-born tenor Tony Bittar-Sayegh started his voice training at the Superior School of Music José Ángel Lamas in Caracas parallel to his studies of business administration at the Catholic University Andrés Bello. In 2014 he graduated with honors from the University of Ottawa where he studied voice performance with the internationally-acclaimed soprano Donna Brown.
Bittar-Sayegh’s operatic engagements include Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Le Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen, The Governor and the Crook in Bernstein’s Candide, Vašek in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Julián in Breton’s Zarzuela La Verbena de la Paloma, Gastone in Verdi’s La Traviata, Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Monostatos in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Turmoil in the premiere of the Canadian Opera The Lake of Tears by Imant Raminsh, Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Ernesto in John Davis’ pastiche for children The Three Little Goats Gruff.
Tony graduated from the UBC Master’s of Music in Opera under the guidance of J. Patrick Raftery in May 2016 and is now studying privately with Frederique Vezina in Toronto. He’s overly excited about his most recent project: the creation of the first Zarzuela company of Canada (the Canadian Zarzuela Project), which will be presenting the most important titles of this charming Spanish genre as well as producing multidisciplinary works featuring music from the Iberian peninsula.
Thoughts About Art and Community
I'm the founder and artistic director of the very first Zarzuela Company of Canada (The Canadian Zarzuela Project) and hope to get professional performers and community members in Toronto acquainted with the charming music of the Iberian Peninsula, through zarzuela concerts, fully-staged productions, and interdisciplinary works.
With the Canadian Zarzuela I endeavor to enrich the artistic landscape of Canada by introducing a genre that has been seldom explored in these latitudes.
Classical Singing - Art songs - Recitals - Opera - Acting - Commedia dell'Arte
Interdisciplinary performances combining Spanish Music and Dance