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Macedonian baritone, Vasil Garvanliev began singing professionally at the age of seven in his native country, achieving celebrated status. He moved to Toronto in 2004 completing his studies at the Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto. He then spent the 2010/11 Season as a member of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Young Artist Program. Vasil’s 2012-2013 season begins with a return to Opera Atelier in Der Freischutz as the villain Kaspar. He continues the season singing Pistola in Michael Cavangh’s production of Falstaff at Calgary Opera. Concert appearances include Brahm’s German Requiem with Regina Symphony, as well as recitals at the Arts and Letters Club and Off Centre Music Salon. Last season saw Vasil as Leporello in Don Giovanni with both Opera Atelier and Opera Columbus and as Aronte in Armide with Opera Atelier and the Royal Opera House of Versailles. Following this, Mr. Garvanliev took part in the Toronto Summer Music Festival in the summer of 2012 under the tutelage of Gerald Finley and Craig Rutenberg. In recital, he returned to the Helliconian Hall Series with a Beethoven recital and OffCentreMusic Salon singing Schubert Lieder. Highlights from the 2010/11 Season included a debut and world

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Macedonian baritone, Vasil Garvanliev began singing professionally at the age of seven in his native country, achieving celebrated status. He moved to Toronto in 2004 completing his studies at the Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto. He then spent the 2010/11 Season as a member of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Young Artist Program. Vasil’s 2012-2013 season begins with a return to Opera Atelier in Der Freischutz as the villain Kaspar. He continues the season singing Pistola in Michael Cavangh’s production of Falstaff at Calgary Opera. Concert appearances include Brahm’s German Requiem with Regina Symphony, as well as recitals at the Arts and Letters Club and Off Centre Music Salon.

Last season saw Vasil as Leporello in Don Giovanni with both Opera Atelier and Opera Columbus and as Aronte in Armide with Opera Atelier and the Royal Opera House of Versailles. Following this, Mr. Garvanliev took part in the Toronto Summer Music Festival in the summer of 2012 under the tutelage of Gerald Finley and Craig Rutenberg. In recital, he returned to the Helliconian Hall Series with a Beethoven recital and OffCentreMusic Salon singing Schubert Lieder.

Highlights from the 2010/11 Season included a debut and world premiere of The Inventor at Calgary Opera followed by a guest appearance in the title role of Don Giovanni with University of Toronto. As an Emerging Artist with Calgary Opera Vasil sang Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, moving on to the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera on the Avalon. On the concert stage Mr. Garvanliev made his debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony, was a soloist in the Fauré Requiem and Schubert Mass in G with the BowValley Chorus, and was a part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival under the tutelage of Sir Thomas Allen and Roger Vignoles. In 2010 he won the University of Toronto’s Concerto Competition garnering him the opportunity to sing Mahler’s Rückert Lieder.

Recent performances include Pangloss in Candide, Bonafede in Il Mondo della Luna, Ramiro in L’Heure Espagnole, and Geronimo in Il Matrimonio Segreto (U of T); Papageno in Die Zauberflote (MacMillan Singers Opera Concert); Harasta in The Cunning Little Vixen (Banff Opera Centre); Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Tobia Mill in Cambiale di Matrimonio, and title role in Signor Deluso (Highlands Opera Studio); Antonio in Marriage of Figaro and the Grand Priest in Idomeneo (Opera Atelier); as well as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro (Glenn Gould School).  Vasil had the opportunity to perform across the pond, playing Masetto in Don Giovanni as a Member of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme. Vasil, along with Opera Atelier, was also recently awarded a CTV BRAVO!Fact grant to make his operatic music video debut as Don Giovanni.
 

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"I would say that Vasil Garvanliev’s Leporello stole the show, but that implies making too much out of one’s role, whereas this incredibly skilled young performer simply provided everything the character demands: wit, agility, comic invention, splendid diction and solid musicianship."

Richard Ouzounian, Toronto.com

"Vasil Garvanliev portrayed Leporello with a plumy and jolly baritone voice, and an enthusiasm for stage antics."

Colin Eatock, The Globe and Mail

"There's also some real humour in Vasil Garvanliev's Leporello, a honey-voiced singer with a quicksilver tongue; he proves to be an audience favourite by the end of the evening."

Jon Kaplan, Now Toronto