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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. Mr. Garvanliev’s 2014-2015 season features his return to Calgary Opera as Ponchel in the Canadian premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night. Last season saw Mr. Garvanliev in recital with the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam (as a semi-finalist of the Hans-Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition), and perform a solo concert celebrating 20 years since his first number one single in his hometown Strumica. He returned to Opera Atelier’s production of Persée as Phinee both in Toronto and The Royal Opera House of Versailles, and made his debut with the Victoria Symphony singing Brahm’s Requiem.  Recent concert and recital appearances include Brahm’s Requiem with Regina Symphony; a featured soloist at Paint the Town Red at Chicago’s Millennium Park with YoYo Ma, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Children’s Choir; the Toronto

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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.

Mr. Garvanliev’s 2014-2015 season features his return to Calgary Opera as Ponchel in the Canadian premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night. Last season saw Mr. Garvanliev in recital with the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam (as a semi-finalist of the Hans-Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition), and perform a solo concert celebrating 20 years since his first number one single in his hometown Strumica. He returned to Opera Atelier’s production of Persée as Phinee both in Toronto and The Royal Opera House of Versailles, and made his debut with the Victoria Symphony singing Brahm’s Requiem. 

Recent concert and recital appearances include Brahm’s Requiem with Regina Symphony; a featured soloist at Paint the Town Red at Chicago’s Millennium Park with YoYo Ma, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Children’s Choir; the Toronto Summer Music Festival under the tutelage of Gerald Finley and Craig Rutenberg, as well as Sir Thomas Allen and Roger Vignoles; the Helliconian Hall Series with a Beethoven recital; OffCentreMusic Salon performing Schubert Lieder; his debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony; and Fauré’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in G with the BowValley Chorus. In 2010 he won the University of Toronto’s Concerto Competition garnering him the opportunity to sing Mahler’s Rückert Lieder.

Recent operatic engagements include the world premiere of The Inventor at Calgary Opera; a guest appearance in the title role of Don Giovanni with University of Toronto; the villain Kaspar in Der Freischutz with Opera Atelier; Pistola in Falstaff at Calgary Opera; Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte with Calgary Opera; the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera on the Avalon; Leporello in Don Giovanni with both Opera Atelier and Opera Columbus; Aronte in Armide with Opera Atelier and the Royal Opera House of Versailles; 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).  Mr. Garvanliev had the opportunity to perform across the pond, playing Masetto in Don Giovanni as a Member of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme. Mr. Garvanliev, 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