Originally from Saskatoon, soprano and Ensemble Studio member Ileana Montalbetti appears with the COC this season as Clorinda in La Cenerentola, the First Lady in the Ensemble Studio performance of The Magic Flute and the Russian Mother/Newspaper Seller in Death in Venice. COC credits include Anna Kennedy in Maria Stuarda, Elettra in the Ensemble Studio performance of Idomeneo, Fiordiligi in the Ensemble Studio production of Così fan tutte, and Mavra Kuzminichna in War and Peace. She has held two consecutive soprano fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Centre where, most notably, she sang the Celestial Voice in a concert version of Don Carlos under the baton of Maestro James Levine. At the end of 2010 she understudied the role of Anai in Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under the baton of Riccardo Muti. She has sung Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for Saskatoon Opera and the Toronto Summer Music Academy. This season Ms Montalbetti is understudying roles in Aida, The Magic Flute and Nixon in China.