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VS & Pacific Opera Victoria at The Butchart Gardens

August 1 @ 8:00 pm

A signature musical event of the summer! The VS Orchestra, led by Associate Conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia performs at the beautiful Butchart Gardens alongside soprano Lucia Cesaroni, baritone Justin Welsh, and young violin soloist Elana Lin.

This concert is included in the price of admission to The Butchart Gardens. Admission to The Gardens can be purchased in advance or upon arrival at the venue.

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Giuseppe Pietraroia is Associate Conductor for the Victoria Symphony and newly appointed Principal Conductor of Pacific Opera Victoria. As a guest conductor he has been engaged by l’Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestra London, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Okanagan Symphony, Regina Symphony, Kingston Symphony and Thunder Bay Symphony.

His extensive opera engagements with Pacific Opera Victoria include productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, La traviata, La bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, La Cenerentola, Tosca, and Let’s Make an Opera/The Little Sweep. In addition, he has conducted productions for l’Opéra de Montréal, l’Opéra de Québec, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Edmonton Opera, Opera New Brunswick, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, and l’Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal.

With Victoria Choral Society, where he was Music Director for seven seasons, Maestro Pietraroia conducted performances of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Victoria Symphony, a choreographed production of Orff’s Carmina Burana in collaboration with Ballet Victoria, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, and the Duruflé and Fauré Requiems.

Maestro Pietraroia has recorded a cd with soprano Marie-Josée Lord and l’Orchestre Métropolitain for the ATMA label, which won a Felix award granted by l’ADISQ and was also nominated for a JUNO award.

Giuseppe Pietraroia is the recipient of the George and Jane Heffelfinger Pacific Opera Victoria Artist of the Year Award and the Canada Council’s Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting.

Verdi: La forza del destino: Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” – Mvt. I
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 “Turkish” Mvt. III
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 – Mvt. III Valse
Mozart: Così fan tutte: “Come scoglio”
Dvořák: Czech Suite – Mvt III & V
Mozart: Concert aria “Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo”
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito: Overture
J. Strauss Jr.: Emperor Waltzes

Media to come.


August 1
starts at 8:00 pm


Victoria Symphony


The Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia V8M 1J8 Canada
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Concert Programme

  • Verdi
    La forza del destino: Overture
  • Beethoven
    Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" – Mvt. I
  • Mozart
    Violin Concerto No. 5 "Turkish" – Mvt. III
  • Tchaikovsky
    Symphony No. 5 – Mvt. III Valse
  • Mozart
    Cosi fan tutte: "Come scoglio"
  • Dvořák
    Czech Suite – Mvt. III & V
  • Mozart
    Concert aria "Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo"
  • Mozart
    La clemenza di Tito: Overture
  • J. Strauss Jr.
    Emperor Waltzes