MEET OPERA SINGER ALDO DI TORO – An Abruzzese Australian

PictureAldo Di Toro

I went to an Opera Queensland production in Brisbane just a few days ago to see the latest production of the  great tragedy of LA TRAVIATA by Giuseppe Verdi and guess who was playing the lead role of Alfredo alongside the main tragic character of Violetta played by the terrific Emma Pearson?
None other than Aldo Di Toro, a friend whom I have met through other musicians in Abruzzo over the years.  Aldo is a second generation Australian, like me – child of Abruzzese migrants who settled in Australia.
He hails from Western Australia where he graduated from the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music and has won several awards  from Opera Foundation Australia: the 2000 Italian Opera Award which enabled him to study at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the 2002 AIMS Award for further study in Graz, Austria. 
Now he lives in Abruzzo in the delightful village of Sant’Eusanio, Italy which is actually only a few kilometres from where I live in Abruzzo! What a great base for him to rest up in between his hectic schedule..
I remember fondly when several years ago I assisted in arranging a concert for him in Brisbane in conjunction with 4MBS radio at Coorparoo, Brisbane where he sang alongside pianist and accompanist Roberto Rupo.
Read more about his operatic highlights and roles here in the Opera Australia site

Wishing you all the best ALDO!