Next to Normal
After a break of over 2 years due to the pandemic, Giancarlo Scalia is very excited to resume work on stage productions. He will lead a talented cast of singers and musicians for Contact Theatre’s production of Next to Normal , directed by Debora Friedmann.
The show will be presented at Montreal’s Monument National from May 6 to 14. Details and tickets: https://www.contacttheatre.ca/n2n
May 3, 2022
Mother’s Day Concert
Giancarlo Scalia was pleased to accompany a variety of artists in the virtual Mother’s Day concert presented by La Scena Musicale. He collaborated with singers Marie-Claire Drolet, Jean-Philippe McClish, Ania Hejnar, Monika Mazanka, Samira Tou and Mishael Eusebio as well as with cellist Olga Mizyuk.
The concert will premiere on May 6 at 7:00 pm and will be available for streaming for 90 days.
May 1, 2022
Giancarlo Scalia has completed his Piano Concerto for l’Orchestre de la Francophonie and pianist Jimmy Brière. Premiere is scheduled for this summer.
He has also begun work on a new work for soprano and piano on a text by Victor Hugo, commissioned by l’Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours (France) for their upcoming summer academy.
April 15, 2022
Giancarlo Scalia will perform Karl Jenkin’s The Armed Man on December 19 at l’Église Saint-Laurent with le Choeur Radio VM under the direction of Simon Fournier.
December 10, 2021
Jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques
Giancarlo Scalia is pleased to collaborate once again with the Jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques for their Italian evening at l’École de muqiue Vincent d’Indy on November 19. He will accompany 30 talented singers from various countries in this Italian opera gala.
November 1, 2021
Giancarlo Scalia has begun work on a new piano concerto to be premiered in 2022 by l’Orchestre de la francophonie and pianist Jimmy Brière. This commission is made possible through the generous support of the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec.
September 1, 2021
Giancarlo Scalia will be a staff pianist and coach for the Scuola internazionale di teatro italiano Giovanni Grasso’s VAMP workshop.
He will also be giving a recital with baritone Hugo Laporte on June 26 for the Festival Opéra de Saint-Eustache.
June 1, 2021
Premiere of Renaître
Giancarlo’s latest composition Renaître, a song cycle for tenor, mezzo soprano and piano, will be premiered on May 2 at the Conservatoire de Montréal by mezzo soprano Rose Naggar-Tremblay, tenor Mathieu Abel and pianist Julien LeBlanc. Commissioned and presented by the Société d’art vocal de Montréal.
April 20. 2021
Recitals at Concordia University
Giancarlo Scalia is pleased to be playing three voice recitals at Concordia University’s Oscar Peterson hall in April. He will be performing with students of Dr. Irene Feher’s studio: sopranos Julia Kennific (April 16), Olivia Charlebois (April 22) and Mégane Flore Vallière (April 23).
The recitals will be available for free livestream on the department’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_2sxPCYrVtth0v984dHntA
April 10, 2021
New recording of Dialogue(s)
A new recording of Giancarlo Scalia’s 2011 composition Dialogue(s) by violinist Nikita Morozov is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S8SxdFn1TI
February 28, 2021
Recital for the Société d’art vocal de Montréal
Mezzo soprano Marie-Andrée Mathieu’s recent recital with Giancarlo Scalia is now available virtually on the Société d’Art vocal de Montréal (SAVM) website.
Works by De Falla, Poulenc and Grieg.
February 22, 2021
Valentine’s Day Concert
Giancarlo Scalia was pleased to participate in the virtual Valentine’s day concert presented by La Scena Musicale. He collaborated with singers Raphaëlle Paquette, Marie-Andrée Mathieu, Marc-Antoine D’Aragon, Dominic Veilleux, Bruno Roy, Katie Miller, Marianne Lambert, Marie-Annick Béliveau, Jonelle Sills and Wah Keung Chan.
February 13, 2021
Semaine italienne de Montréal 2020
The closing concert for the virtual 2020 edition of the Semaine italienne de Montréal is now available for free viewing.
August 24, 2020
Giancarlo Scalia has completed a new work for violinist Nikita Morozov.
There will also be a broadcast of the closing concert for this year’s Semaine italienne de Montréal on August 23 at 8:00 pm. He will share the stage with Raphaelle Paquette, Rose Naggar Tremblay, Hugo Laporte, Éric Thériault and Salvatore Sciascia.
August 18, 2020
Folies et paillettes d’opéra
Following the cancellation of their May 2020 gala, l’Opéra de Lévis has produced a series of capsules that will be broadcast online from July 17 to September 4. I had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the most emerging singers in Québec: Stéphanie Lavoie, soprano; Hugo Laporte, baritone; Louis-Charles Gagnon, tenor; Sébastien Comtois, tenor; Zita Bombardier-Touret, mezzo-soprano; Jessica Latouche, soprano: Robert Huard, baritone and Lili Lorenzana-Bilodeau, soprano.
July 6, 2020
Covid-19 Confinement videos
Despite physical distancing measures, Giancarlo Scalia was able to record a few videos with some of his friends in another city:
Da Provenza il mar, il suol from Verdi’s La Traviata with baritone Hugo Laporte:
Crudel! perche finora from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with soprano Jessica Latouche and baritone Hugo Laporte:
June 1, 2020
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the 2020 edition of the Halifax Summer Opera Festival has unfortunately been CANCELLED.
Giancarlo Scalia has gradually restarted coaching sessions at his Montreal studio.
May 20, 2020
Giancarlo Scalia has completed a new work for piano and will begin a new commission for New York based violinist Nikita Morozov.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the 2020 edition of the Scuola internazionale di teatro italiano Giovanni Grasso has unfortunately been CANCELLED.
April 23, 2020
March 2020 – Covid-19 Update
The Covid-19 situation has had many consequences in the coming months. Upcoming concerts with the Equi-Vox choir, Concordia University voice students and at the Festival Classica in Saint-Lambert are CANCELLED. The upcoming production of Le Nozze di Figaro with the voice department of l’École de musique Vincent d’Indy is CANCELLED and the upcoming Kurt Weill revue of Light Opera of Montreal is POSTPONED. A recital with baritone Jeffrey Carl and soprano Susanna Eyton-Jones and a gala for l’Opéra de Lévis are POSTPONED.
New recordings of Gewissen gegen Gewalt and excerpts from Fantasmi are now available on the Compositions page.
March 31, 2020
Giancarlo Scalia will be performing a recital with mezzo soprano Marie-Andrée Mathieu for the Société d’art vocal de Montréal as well as musically directing from the piano Mozart’s Don Giovanni with OperAmore.
February 1, 2020
The new year begin’s with the start of rehearsals for Lakeshore Light Opera’s upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Multiple concerts scheduled for February.
January 5, 2020
Opéra immédiat’s March production of Don Pasquale will be presented in Sherbrooke on October 19. Rehearsals are also well underway for l’Opéra bouffe du Québec’s upcoming production of Offenbach’s La Fille du tambour-major.
October 14, 2019
Upcoming concerts in September include a Chinese gala on September 8 in collaboration with Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs lyriques and the concert “l’Opéra s’expose”, originally performed in Québec City last April, on September 14.
September 1, 2019
Halifax Summer Opera Festival
Giancarlo Scalia is happy to be returning to Halifax this summer as staff pianist for the 2019 Halifax Summer Opera Festival. He will be répétiteur for their new production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann directed by Nina Scott-Stoddart and Andrew Pelrine and led by conductor Nicholas Gilmore. The festival begins in July and performances run from August 3 to 10.
July 10, 2019
Giancarlo Scalia kicks off the month of June with a performance with young singer Julien Brody at the Festival Classica in Saint-Lambert. June also marks the beginning of the Scuola internazionale di Teatro italiano Giovanni Grasso’s Sovrani workshop where Giancarlo Scalia is staff pianist working alongside John Mac Master, Esther Gonthier, Ariane Girard, Rose Naggar-Tremblay, Marco Piano, Valerio Vittorio Garaffa and Chiara Cimmino.
June 1, 2019
Rehearsals are well underway for Light Opera of Montreal’s new production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. The show is directed by Buck Delaney and musically directed from the piano by Giancarlo Scalia.
May 13, 2019
Both of Giancarlo Scalia’s works composed in 2018 will be premiered on May 12 in Montreal.
Fantasmi will be performed by mezzo soprano Rose Naggar-Tremblay with the composer at the piano at the Café d’art Vocal and Sinfonietta will be performed by the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jean-Pascal Hamelin at the Oscar Peterson concert hall.
May 1, 2019
Rehearsals are well underway for Opéra immédiat’s new production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Coproduced by the Istituto di Cultura Italiano de Montreal, the opera is directed by Italian stage director and actor Valerio Vittoria Garaffa and musically directed from the piano by Giancarlo Scalia.
March 20, 2019
2018 comes to a close with the completion of Fantasmi, a new cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano on poetry by Marco Antonio Piana.
Giancarlo Scalia begins the New Year with the start of rehearsals of Lakeshore Light Opera’s upcoming production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s first collaboration Thespis.
January 1, 2019
Giancarlo Scalia will be performing at Opéra dans le Parc’s benefit concert on December 3 alongside various singers and musicians.
He has also completed his new work for orchestra Sinfonietta and has begun work on a cycle for mezzo Rose Naggar-Tremblay. Both works to be premiered in concerts in May 2019.
November 25, 2018
Giancarlo Scalia will be performing an Italian opera gala for Jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques on the 19th. The concert features 24 singers from 8 countries and is a prelude to their gala with orchestra on the 21st.
Rehearsals are also well underway for l’Opéra bouffe du Québec’s upcoming production of Lopez’s Le Chanteur de Mexico.
September 25, 2018