Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta was the winner of the “Young Singer” category at the 2018 International Opera Awards and “Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera” in the 2017 WhatsOnStage Awards. Highlights in the 2018/19 season include role debuts as the title role Carmen, Rosina The Barber of Seville, and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at Oper Leipzig, Idamante Idomeneo at Opera Atelier, Toronto, Flora La Traviata with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House, Muscat, and Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival. Giunta will also appear at the BBC Proms in a Bernstein programme, at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and at the Edinburgh Festival.
Recent highlights include critically acclaimed performances as the title role in Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges, as Dinah in Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti and as Angelina La Cenerentola for Opera North, a return to Opera Atelier, Toronto for Dido Dido and Aeneas, Weill Seven Deadly Sins with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla and John Axelrod, Mercédès Carmen for Oper Frankfurt, Sesto La Clemenza di Tito and Dorabella Cosí fan tutte for the Canadian Opera Company, Olga The Merry Widow for the Metropolitan Opera, and Paquette in Bernstein Candide with the Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate.
On the concert platform, recent highlights include a return to the Münchner Rundfunkorchester for Mozart Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, a return to Koerner Hall in Toronto for a Bernstein Centenary gala, following her acclaimed performances as Anna in Weill Seven Deadly Sins with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Grosse Messe with the Gewandhaus Orchester and Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.
Giunta is a recipient of a 2013 Novick Career Advancement Grant, the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Career Development Award, and has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a 2013 graduate of both the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and The Juilliard School’s Artist Diploma in Opera Studies and was a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio 2009-2011.