Wallis Giunta



Wallis Giunta


Canadian Citizen


Irish-Canadian mezzo, Wallis Giunta, has been named “Young Singer of the Year” in the 2018 International Opera Awards, and was named both “Young Artist of the Year” by The Arts Desk and “Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera” in the What’s On Stage Opera Awards for her work in 2017. She has been praised by OPERA NEWS for her “delectably rich, silver-toned mezzo-soprano, with a beautiful sense of line and effortless, rapid runs”, with her recent performance as Mozart’s Sesto for the Canadian Opera Company celebrated as “a triumph…remarkable in its combination of intelligence and beauty”. Some of her upcoming 2019/20 engagements include appearances in Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Breaking the Waves for Scottish Opera at the Edinburgh International Festival,  a return to the titular role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Seattle Opera, and singing Bradamante in Alcina at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Her 2018/19 season included debuts with the BBC Proms Festival in a program celebrating Leonard Bernstein, with the Grange Festival at The Barbican, London, and with the Oregon Music Festival as Anna I in Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. She also debuted the principle roles in Carmen and Der Rosenkavalier, along with Rossini’s Rosina for Oper Leipzig, and Idamante for Toronto’s Opera Atelier. She began the 2017/18 season with two role debuts for Opera North, the title role in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortiléges, and Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, both to great critical acclaim. She returned to Oper Leipzig, where she has been an ensemble member since 2015/16, for her house roles of Angelina, Cherubino, Rossweise & Wellgunde, and debuted Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Der Gymnasiast in a new production of Berg’s Lulu. She also returned to the Munich Radio Orchestra, Toronto’s Koerner Hall and the Music & Beyond Festival in concert.

In the 2016/17 season, she made debuts with Opera North, performing the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, with Teatro Communale di Bolzano as Cherubino, and with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Nova Scotia in concert. Wallis returned to Opera Atelier to debut the title role in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and to both the Toronto Symphony and the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla for new productions of Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. The 2015/16 season saw her make several major European debuts, including for Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Adams’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky), Oper Frankfurt (Carmen), Oper Leipzig (La Cenerentola, Le Nozze di Figaro, Faust, Der Ring des Nibelungen), the Hamburg Symphony (Candide), and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in concert. She also returned to the Edmonton Symphony for Messiah and had her first experience teaching, with a series of masterclasses for Toronto’s Tapestry New Opera.

Early in 2015, she returned to The Metropolitan Opera as Olga in their new production of The Merry Widow, directed by Susan Stroman. Other recent highlights include returns to the Canadian Opera Company as Dorabella in Atom Egoyan’s new production of Cosí fan tutte (2014), to Opera Lyra Ottawa as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (2015), and to Opera Atelier as Bradamante in a new period-production of Alcina (2014), along with debuts at Madison Opera (2014) and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra as Annio in La Clemenza di Tito (2013). In June 2014, she recorded her first album with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin (NAXOS), of a new work by American composer, William Perry. Wallis also debuted in 2014 with Toronto’s 21C Music Festival in Louis Andriessen’s one-woman-opera, Anaïs Nin, and brought her acclaimed recital program of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins to Miami, New York, Toronto and Ottawa. She had a whirlwind 2012/13 season, making her Metropolitan Opera debut in Rigoletto, debuting the roles of Sesto & Annio in La Clemenza di Tito with the Canadian Opera Company, making her Paris debut with Le Théâtre du Châtelet as Tiffany in John Adams’s I Was Looking at the Ceiling…, and singing Dorabella in the Met + Juilliard production of Cosí fan tutte at Lincoln Center. She also made debuts with Fort Worth Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, the Edmonton, Seville and Nuremberg Symphonies, the Stuttgart Festivalorchester, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Wallis is a passionate recitalist, and has recently performed for the Aspen, Caramoor, Banff, Luminato, Music & Beyond, and Ottawa Chamber Music festivals. She is the grateful recipient of the 2016 Bernard Diamant Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, the 2013 Novick Career Advancement Grant, the 2013 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Career Development Award, and multiple prizes from the George London Foundation. Wallis is a 2013 graduate of both the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program & the Juilliard School’s Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, and a 2011 graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. She has also studied at The Glenn Gould School, the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, and the International Meistersinger Akademie in Germany, and continues her private studies with Edith Wiens.

Wallis is also devoted to animal rights, particularly the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned domestic rabbits. She is an active rabbit foster parent, and finds opportunities to foster and volunteer at shelters as she is performing around the world. She is a volunteer and supporter at Rabbit’s Rest Sanctuary & WildRescue in Denton, Texas, and works to draw attention to our societal responsibility towards domesticated animals. Please get in touch if you are interested, and would also like to help!

September 2019


  Nancy T’ang NIXON IN CHINA
  The English Lady DEATH IN VENICE
Gluck Phénice ARMIDE
Mozart Annio/Sesto CLEMENZA DI TITO
  Dorabella COSI FAN TUTTI
  Idamante IDONENEO
Schafer King’s Mistress THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE


B minor Mass
Choral Fantasy
Mass in C minor
Zwei Gesange Op. 91
Chantes D’Auvergne
Salve Regina
Missa Asumpta est Maria
Chanson Perpetuelle
La Bonne Chanson
Handel Joshua
Holman Requiem
Cinco Canciones Negras
Combat del Somni
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Spohr Op. 103
Die Sieben Todesünden
Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music

SCHUMANN LIEDERABEND – Westben Festival, 2018 

“Giunta was a magnificent story-teller. He[r] clear mezzo voice brought out every emotion from the delight of a frenzied teen to the despair-stricken grief of a young widow. Giunta’s theatricality combined with her magnificent vocal skills have taken her to some of the most prestigious opera stages of the world.”
David Richards, Toronto Concert Reviews

DIDO AND AENEAS – Music & Beyond Festival, 2018

“The evening’s special guest was internationally ascendant Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta […] Her performance was marked by real passion and her own undeniably glamorous charisma […] Her high Gs in Dido’s ‘Lament’ had spine-tingling power and a rich, varnished topcoat of opulent colour […] Giunta’s characterization of the tragic Queen was intensely charismatic and highly defined, shifting between haughty, statue-like grandeur and deeply wounded emotion.”
Natasha Gauthier, Opera Canada

SEVEN DEADLY SINS – Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 2017

“This is possibly the best I’ve ever heard Giunta. I may have said that before, but I mean it this time too. I feel like she has found her niche and I believe she has a lot more tricks up her sleeve. She brought Anna to life, in living colour, while using every tool Weill provides. As her counterpart, Nichols was the perfect match for Giunta. They reminded me of sirens as the show progressed. Beautiful, yet devastating.”
Greg Finney, Schmopera

“Centering the vocal dynamic of the evening, mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta brings immeasurable strength of purpose and continuity to this highly charged Seven Deadly Sins as the ever caustic, eternally unimpressed Anna I. The role, created by Weill expressly for his wife, Lotte Lenya who sang the part to great effect well into old age, is a taxing one demanding almost equal measures of worldliness and spirit. Snarling, catty, weary, admonishing, Giunta bounces from scene to scene with palpable vitality, an omnipresent dramatic force, sharp-eyed and even sharper tongued.”
Ian Ritchie, Opera Going Toronto

“Top vocal honours went to Giunta, whose high mezzo sounded fantastic, and she sang with impeccable German — her tenure at Oper Leipzig has helped her honed her German in no uncertain terms.”
Joseph So, Musical Toronto 

RECITAL with Hinrich Alpers – Schloss Holdenstedt, Germany, 2017

“What a magical flower! Like a spirit from another world. One thinks – perhaps – of Rusalka, and is rapt and silent with admiration. Her singing is highly dramatic and touchingly simple, delicately tender in the piano sections, powerful and determined in the forte. She does not need a score because she lives the songs. She has you at her feet from the first note! …The flexible voice of Wallis Giunta never even came close to exertion. In the highest points, the crescendi were never forced, but flourished effortlessly in a floating lightness…And with the Andalusian sounds [of De Falla], one no longer thought of a delicate mermaid, but of the racy, self-confident Carmen!”
Barbara Kaiser, Die Neue Barftgaans (original in German)

LA CENERENTOLA (Rossini) – Opera North, 2017

“the grand finale gains strength from the introduction of two exceptional new faces…the Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta has an incipient star quality that positively explodes with the ornamental cascades of her concluding aria, which pops the cork on a successful season like a champagne bottle that has been shaken for a very long time.”
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

“Making her UK debut, the Canadian singer Wallis Giunta is superb as Angelina, her control of the mezzo coloratura lines apparently effortless, her acting totally natural and her sense of enjoyment never far away. In the final “Non piu mesta” some Angelinas use its elaborate ornamentation as an affirmation of power; Giunta just finds it full of joy and fun, dancing a few jaunty steps while negotiating the aria’s complexities.”
Andrew Hirst, The Examiner

“Take young Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta, for example, as Angelina, an aristocratically delicate cinder-girl, wide-eyed and appealing, whose considerable acting skills bring realism to her drudgery when she is sweeping the floor…and casually regal when she is finally attached to the prince. Her voice was smooth and warm in the uncomplicated song in Act 1 which outlines the plot, “Una volta c’era un re”…and truly impressive by the time she reached her cabaletta “Non più mesta” in the finale, in which the daunting demands are managed to near perfection.”
Richard Wilcocks, Bachtrack

“Some day my prince will come” may be a vain hope in real life but…As portrayed by Wallis Giunta in this production there is no wonder. What prince could resist her looks, demeanour, personality and coloratura…Canadian Wallis Giunta has what it takes. So effortless and liquid were her runs she gave the impression of being born with coloratura skills. Even more important was being able to fit in the ornamentation while, in the more lyrical moments, maintaining the integrity of an aria’s melodic line. With her lyrical Mezzo and slight, graceful physical frame, it came as quite a shock when she hit high notes that carried real decibel punch.”
John Leeman, Seen and Heard International

“In the title role the rising Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta is touching, credible, and gets round the notes too. More than that, she gauges her performance from demure reticence…to a commanding cascade of coloratura in her final aria.”
Richard Morrison, The Times

“Rossini’s Cinderella offers ample opportunity for performers to demonstrate their musical and comedic chops, and the calibre of singing and acting in this production is exceptional. Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta brings warmth and likeability to the central heroine, and demonstrates a superb coloratura voice.”
James Ballands, British Theatre Guide

“Singing with commendable accuracy and touching personality, Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta shines in the title role.”
George Hall, The Stage

“Wallis Giunta (Cinderella) is a Canadian mezzo-soprano and actress who combines her fabulous voice with fine acting. She conveys all the fears and frustrations of her life of domestic servitude to great effect”
Richard Trinder, The Yorkshire Times

DIDO & AENEAS (Purcell) – Opera Atelier, 2016

“We have been blessed with great operatic performances in Toronto this fall. Sondra Radvanovsky’s Norma. Alice Coote’s Ariodante. Well, add another one to the list, one to value just as highly. And that is Wallis Giunta’s Dido…Giunta was superb – dramatic, mesmerizing, with an expressive mezzo voice, fully in command of her character every moment she was on stage. It didn’t hurt her that Purcell wrote for her one of the great affecting moments in all of music – When I am Laid In Earth, Dido’s Lament…Giunta inhabited this music and its accompanying drama perfectly – with restraint when needed, emotion when necessary, fully in command of its musical and passionate truth. And Giunta’s performance was the highlight of a wonderfully fine and affecting Opera Atelier production of Henry Purcell’s masterpiece…The world of baroque theatrical gesturing, at its best, is at once highly artificial and completely natural and Giunta especially brought the two – artifice and nature – into perfect resonance….If Wallis Giunta’s star is the brightest in the sky of this Dido and Aeneas, it is set off by many other wondrous sights and sounds in the evening glow of this production, a tribute to a team of artists who keep pushing themselves every time they approach their art.”
Robert Harris, The Globe & Mail

“Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta gave a ravishing performance as Dido…Making her role debut as Dido, Giunta displayed a voice of extraordinary power and beauty. Her mezzo-soprano has both clarity and depth, and her exceptional control allowed her to color key words and phrases to achieve the greatest dramatic effect. She had completely mastered Opera Atelier’s stylized acting technique and made it seem a natural expression of emotion. Encouraged by Pynkoski’s reading of the Aeneid, Giunta’s account of “Ah! Belinda” did not portray Dido as somehow intimating Aeneas’s departure, as is commonly the case, but showed her oppressed by the weight of overwhelming love. Giunta’s moving account of “When I am laid in earth” was exquisite in its attention to detail and shading of tone.”
Christopher Hoile, Opera News

“In the lead, mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta offers a performance that… is sung with total conviction and a breathtaking precision.”
Catherine Kustanczy, The Toronto Star

“Giunta shines whenever she’s onstage, her intentionally stylized acting never overshadowing Dido’s honest, changing emotions…Giunta controls the last scene, believably going through a series of moods from madness and pain to disdain and finally resignation. Pynkoski builds her last number (and the opera’s most famous aria), a lament, to a show-stopping finale worthy of a 19th-century diva… it’s not a bravura piece, but rather a quiet number where Purcell’s music and the performer’s intelligent, communicated feeling are sufficient.”
Jon Kaplan, NOW Toronto Magazine

“Appearing as Dido, mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta weaves her own brand of enchantment with a striking, vibrant depiction of Purcell’s doomed queen…Giunta infuses the character with enormous purpose and resolve. Dignity and poise pour from her voice, slapping down Aeneas’ hypocrisy, defying him, clear-eyed and independent. Remember me, the inexpressibly haunting aria that closes Dido’s life, a simple, soaring release of spirit, is poignantly rendered by this exceptionally accomplished artist.”
Ian Ritchie, Opera Going Toronto

“Giunta scored a big success last evening as a youthful, beautiful and alluring Dido. At the final curtain, all the artists were showered with audience accolades, with Giunta singled out for extra torrents of bravos…Wallis Giunta in her sumptuous costume was a youthful and stunningly beautiful Dido, with a gleaming, rich sound to match, in an entirely winning performance…Giunta’s big set piece, “When I am laid in Earth” came near the end. At that point, the stage dimmed completely, with only a spotlight on her shining directly on top, not unlike a chanteuse singing a torch song! Her tone was beautiful, with the requisite pathos. In the few moments when she sang forte, her sound filled the Elgin”
Joseph So, Musical Toronto

“As to the singers, the star was clearly Wallis Giunta. She has a lovely voice and it was most effective when it really mattered i.e. in The Lament where she really took advantage of the freedom from a dance rhythm. She also took some of the classic lines with real relish “Thus by the fatal banks of Nile, weeps the deceitful crocodile” with a real snarl at the end. She also, of course, looked fantastic.”
John Gilks, Opera Ramblings

“As the Queen of Carthage, Dido, mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta lights up the stage. In this outing you really see why she’s so in demand around the world…Giunta’s skill and stage presence are on full display. Obviously, everyone wants to know how the lament went – and it was stunning. I really appreciate the singer and/or the conductor’s decision to keep a quicker tempo on the aria. It gave Giunta a chance to use her full (and wide) range of dramatic expression and let the bright colour and quick action of her voice show off a longer line and more grounded delivery.”
Greg Finney, Schmopera

“Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta was stunning in every aspect of her performance in the role of Dido. Giunta’s appearance marked a return to Opera Atelier by a much sought-after Canadian singer who has gained an international reputation. “When I am laid, am laid in earth” commonly known as ‘Dido’s Lament’, was performed with such heartfelt beauty that the audience was left breathless in grief.”
David Richards, Toronto Concert Reviews

LA CENERENTOLA (Rossini) – Oper Leipzig, 2016

In this ethereal role Wallis Giunta gives her Rossini debut at the Leipzig Opera. And one can understand why Don Ramiro falls in love with this delicate and aristocratic beauty at first sight. She sings Rossini as if she had never done anything else than to help bring to life the simple melodies and ornamental coloratura of this magnificent role with humanity and dignified musicianship…her velvety mezzo, when combined with her wonderful “Non più mesta” results in the final triumph three hours later, and you wish she would never stop. You can hardly get enough of the beautiful bel canto singing in this production.”  [original in German]
Leipziger Volkszeitung, Peter Korfmacher

“The virtuoso title role of Rossini’s Bel Canto fairy tale was sung by new ensemble member Wallis Giunta, who turns out to be absolutely ideally cast. The mezzo soprano masters the demanding coloratura, as well as the legato passages, with wonderful ease and feeling, and breathes musical life into the endearing heroine. As she leaves nothing to be desired either vocally or dramatically, one would wish to hear this singer in other Rossini roles.” [Original in German]
Mephisto 97.6, Eva Hauk

“Wallis Giunta as Angelina succeeds with great ease in the change from sooty Cinderella to a noble and generous lady. With her youthful and svelte mezzo soprano she also achieves the difficult coloratura and parlando sections with seemingly effortless ease. It is and impressive role debut that Giunta delivers here, after having already made a fierce debut as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Leipzig Opera.” [Original in German]
Opernnetz, Andreas H. Höscher

“As Cenerentola/Angelina, Wallis Giunta is the star of the singing, as her voice rises like a siren song.” [Original in German]
Leipziger Internet Zeitung, Karsten Pietsch

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Mozart) – Oper Leipzig, 2015

“The performers were each incredibly compelling and well suited to their respective roles. Especially outstanding…dramatically and also vocally enriching the entire performance was mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta as the amorous, adolescent young page, Cherubino who is involved in everything, making trouble.” [Original in German]
Mephisto 97.6, Caroline Schnelle

“Wallis Giunta, on the other hand (new to the ensemble this season) brings to the part of Cherubino a perfectly controlled clearly radiant voice, and she performs so characteristically, winningly and specifically that one feels this youth is going to become a star.” [Original in German]
Frankfurter Allgemeine, Eleonore Büning

“I wish to highlight from the total outstanding ensemble performance…the Cherubino of Wallis Giunta.” [Original in German]
Tamino Klassik, Misha Saxony

“All the singers shine, especially…Wallis Giunta, a very lively Cherubino, and on top of (performing) her trouser role, a Godsend of a young woman, who can play a young man playing a woman.”  [Original in German]
Neue Musikzeitung, Joachim Lange

“… Wallis Giunta…with the poetry of her pure/unfussy singing. For Cherubino, Mozart composed two of his most beautiful pieces: the arias ‘Non sò più’ and ‘Voi che sapet’ …Both (arias) leave Giunta, with Oper Leipzig only since the beginning of the season, guilty of nothing. Warm and smooth rings her mezzo, gently trembling with inner excitement.”  [Original in German)
Leipziger Volkszeitung, Peter Kortmacher

“Wallis Giunta provides all the cheerfulness/mirth, and excellently masters her rewarding trouser role both vocally and dramatically.”  [Original in German]
Leipziger Ineternet Zeitung

“Mezzo Wallis Giunta steals the show”

“Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta made her Madison Opera debut before some 14,000 people at Opera in the Park on Saturday. Her high notes soared; her embellishments sounded effortless. When she finished, dozens of audience members jumped from their blankets and camping chairs in effusive praise.”
Madison.com, Lindsay Christians

“Soprano Maghan McPhee and Mezzo Wallis Giunta, emerging Canadians, acquitted themselves brilliantly. Both have voices which are strong, technically solid and project well, and both showed genuine dramatic artistry.” [A Midsummer Night’s Dream, National Arts Centre Orchestra]

“Over more than two hours of lovely music on a perfectly balmy summer night in Garner Park, just one solo earned a spontaneous “popcorn” standing ovation. Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta made her Madison Opera debut before some 14,000 people at Opera in the Park on Saturday. Giunta’s jewels flashed from the stage as she swept her hand across her forehead during a romantic, lively performance of “Una voce poco fa” from “The Barber of Seville”. Her high notes soared; her embellishments sounded effortless. When she finished, dozens of audience members jumped from their blankets and camping chairs in effusive praise.”
Capital Times, Lindsay Christians

“Giunta’s rich, expressive voice is already well known to Ottawa audiences, and her dramatic powers seem more evolved than ever. She also has the power to produce a sound that’s suited to whatever particular repertoire she’s singing. For example she could switch effortlessly between the angular sound of Weill to the baroque luxury of Handel or the world of John Lennon.”
Ottawa Citizen, Richard Todd
[Concert, Ottawa Choral Society]

“Soprano Layla Claire and mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta are ideal as Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Both have amber-coloured voices, with Claire’s simply brighter and more transparent that the beautiful dark shade of Giunta’s… each of their frequent duets seems more exquisite than the last.”
Opera News, Christopher Hoile
[Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella), Canadian Opera Company]

“Wallis Giunta, was an adorable Dorabella, earthier, sexier, and more willing than her sister, beautifully acted as well as sung.”
The Globe and Mail, Robert Harris
[Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella), Canadian Opera Company]

“But all in all, a great commitment from… Wallis Giunta (Tiffany) with her strong voice and remarkable stylistic accuracy. In addition to a perfect balance a cappella in the Bad Boys trio, Wallis Giunta (voice dark and amber coloured, balanced with a feather-weight tone) remains perhaps the musical highlight of the evening, with her jazz ballad How Far Can I go.”
Translated from French L’Avant-Scene Opera, Chantal Cazaux & Mail
[I was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky (Tiffany), Theatre du Chatelet] The Globe

“The fine young Canadian mezzo soprano, Wallis Giunta… she is a wonderful singer and her touching Act 2 aria [Torna di Tito a Lato] almost stole the show.”
Globe and Mail, Robert Harris
[Clemenza di Tito (Annio), Canadian Opera Company]

“The greatest pleasure… was the performance of Wallis Giunta as Sesto… It was a triumph for Giunta. She has a delectably rich, silver-toned mezzo-soprano with a beautiful sense of line and effortless rapid runs. Every one of her arias was a delight, but her sensitive account of “Parto, parto, ma tu, ben mio” was especially remarkable in its combination of intelligence and beauty. At the curtain call the audience deservedly accorded her the greatest acclaim.”
Opera News, Christopher Hoile
[Clemenza di Tito (Sesto), Canadian Opera Company]

”The cast of soloists was magnificent, but we would like to highlight the mezzo Wallis Giunta, who gave us a different, higher view of the role (in the past it would be sung by a counter tenor) and has a magnificent voice.” Translated from Spanish
[Messiah, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Seville, H. Rilling cond.]

“The standouts in the principal cast were Canadian Wallis Giunta…as a saucer-eyed redheaded stunner, sang and cavorted with star-quality grace and point and offered delicious comic timing.”
Opera News, E. Paul Driscoll
[Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella), Juilliard School]

“Wallis Giunta, with her chocolaty and penetrating mezzo-soprano voice, is a more down-to-earth Dorabella.”
New York Times, Anthony Tommasini
[Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella), Juilliard School]

“Wallis Giunta in the famous Cherubino “pants role” more than nailed the overly comedic character. Giunta let her full mezzo-soprano voice sing out, creating a wonderful performance within her Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio aria in the first act. Between her hilarious over-the-top antics and the way she used a full, round sound, with strong initial phrase attacks in a seemingly-effortless manner to deepen her voice, she was able to portray a believable, girl-crazy, young boy.”
[Marriage of Figaro (Cherubino), Fort Worth Opera]

“Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta was physically lithe and vocally magnificent as Cherubino, the girl-crazy adolescent boy who disguises as a girl.”
Front Row – Wayne Lee Gay
[Marriage of Figaro (Cherubino), Fort Worth Opera]

“One of the subplots of the production concerns the page, Cherubino sung by mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta. Highly physical, Giunta has to sing while on her back, under a couch, and almost every other position imaginable. Through all of this, she manages to maintain a beautiful tone and excellent diction.”
Theatre Jones – John Norine Jr. [Marriage of Figaro (Cherubino), Fort Worth Opera]



Koerner Hall: 8PM, Friday April 6, 2018
Distinguished Mezzo-Soprano Wallis Giunta performs at the Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall alongside Jamie Bernstein, Sebastian Knauer, and the ARC Ensemble for a centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein. The concert will be narrated by Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein in a dazzling musical journey through the late master’s career and life. Tickets and info


“Geistliches Wiegenlied” from Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge Op.91
Wallis Giunta (mezzo-soprano), Marina Thibeault (cello), Frederic Lacroix (piano)

Anaïs Nin (one woman show) by Louis Andriessen

“Wie du Warst!” from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier

Prologue from Kurt Weill’s Die Sieben Todsunden

“Una volta c’era un re” from Rossini’s La Cenerentola