2000 – Aldo Di Toro

Tenor Aldo Di Toro graduated from the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music and made his debut in opera as Oronte in Alcina for the West Australian Opera at the Festival of Perth. Aldo won two awards from Opera Foundation Australia: the 2000 Italian Opera Award which enabled him to study at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the 2002 Opera Foundation Australia, AIMS Award for further study in Graz, Austria. Aldo now performs internationally with regular annual visits to Australia for performances for Opera Australia and other State Operas.

A selection of critics notes from 2006 to 2009 follow:

June 2006. “In the title role of FedoraAldo Di Toro is strongly cast …with a muscular, personable and entirely Italianate tenor voice. Di Toro is indefatigable.” Hilary Finch in The Times.
June 2008. “In Rigoletto for the State Opera of South Australia “….the enthusiastic audience witnessed the coming of age of tenor Aldo Di Toro, who sang a thrilling Duke of Mantua. “His ‘La donna è mobile’ positively rang, with crystal clear high notes.” Vincent Ciccarello in The Independent Weekly, South Australia.
November 2008. In the title role in Fedoraat Opera Holland Park “ …the astonishing Aldo Di Toro … pulled out top notes magically, like silk notes from a conjuror’s sleeve.” Fiona Maddocks in The Evening Standard.
November 2009. In Roméo et Juliette in Innsbruck “Aldo Di Toro’s Roméo is vocally outstanding: his tenor voice has the lyrical, dreamy quality and youthful brilliance that this role ideally requires and seldom receives.” Ursula Strohal in the Tiroler Tageszeitung.

In 2011 Aldo sang Alamiro in Donizetti’s Belisarioin concert with Richard Bonynge conducting at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Elvino in La Sonnambulafor the State Opera of South Australia, Mario Lanza in the musical mystery Who Killed Mario Lanzaat the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta and Gerald in Lakmé in Sydney for Opera Australia. Significant engagements in 2012 included Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoorfor Opera Holland Park in London and Opera Australia in Melbourne and Opera in the Vineyards. The recording of Opera Australia’s Lakméwas also released on DVD and in cinemas.

Aldo’s 2013 roles included Cassio in Otello for Opera Queensland and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore at Opera Holland Park in London. In the 2014 season Aldo’s performances include his company debut as Ernesto in Don Pasquale for Scottish Opera in Glasgow and Edinburgh, a return to State Opera of South Australia as Alfredo in La Traviata and the role of Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with Opera Australia in Sydney. In 2015, he debuted singing Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera in Braunschweig. Aldo has also recorded The English Songs by Francesco Paolo Tosti for the National Tosti Institute and Bongiovanni Records, Il Ritratto by Braga for Bongiovanni Records as well as Il Ritratto, I Pagliacci, Rigoletto and La Traviata on DVD for the Tercas Foundation.