A concert featuring Sri Lankan born Tenor, Asitha Tennekoon, on Saturday, April 27th, 3 pm at held at Grace Toronto Church, 383 Jarvis Street.
Mr. Tennekoon will be performing a set of stunning classical and operatic pieces, and after an intermission, will perform a set of Sri Lankan folk tunes. He will be joined by the St. James Town Children’s Choir, the core of the music education of Reaching Out Through Music.
Since coming to Toronto in 2014, Sri Lankan tenor Asitha Tennekoon has firmly established himself as a versatile singer and actor, performing in a wide range of repertoire.
A graduate of both Glenn Gould School of Music and Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Asitha Tennekoon won the Dora Award for his starring role in The Rocking
Horse Winner with Tapestry Opera, earning praise for his “…silky, emotional presence on stage – both vocally and dramatically” (Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail), as well
as for “…luxurious lyricism… clearly an artist on the fast track to stardom, a singer gifted with a brilliant, incandescent instrument and appealing stage manners” (Ian
Ritchie, Opera Going Toronto) as Gernando in Haydn’s L’Isola disabitata in his 2017 debut with Voicebox: Opera in Concert.
Asitha brings his artistry to recital repertoire, recently sharing the stage with soprano Erin Wall in the Songmasters Recital Series at Royal Conservatory of Music and in 2018
was a Fellow in the Toronto Summer Music Festival Academy of Song. Asitha debuted as Polidoro in Scarlatti’s Erminia with Opera Lafayette in Washington DC and New
York, and performed in the critically-acclaimed premiere of James Rolfe/Morris Panych’s The Overcoat, a co-production with Tapestry Opera, Canadian Stage Company, and
Asitha begins his busy 2018/19 season in the lead role of Vincent in Francis Lopez’s operetta Le Chanteur de Mexico with Montreal’s Opéra Bouffe du Québec and makes his
debut as Luis in Terence Blanchard’s jazz-opera Champion with Opera de Montreal.
Concert engagements for Asitha include Evangelist in St. John Passion (Ottawa Choral Society) as well as Messiah with Elmer Iseler Singers and Chorus Niagara, Bach’s
Magnificat with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and St. Matthew Passion with Grand Philharmonic Choir.