Hailed by critics as "vocally outstanding" (Opera News), Canadian mezzo soprano, Wallis Giunta, is enjoying a diverse and vibrant career. For the 2012-2013 season, she will make her Metropolitan Opera main stage debut as the Countess of Ceprano in Rigoletto (Verdi), perform the role of Annio in the Canadian Opera Company's La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) and Dorabella in the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist production of Cosi fan tutte (Mozart). She also makes debuts with the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall, the Edmonton Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Concierto Madrid.
Over the summer, she was busy performing internationally beginning with the acclaimed Music & Beyond Festival in Ottawa (Canada), the Dresden Semperoper, the Nurnberger Symphoniker, the Munich Radio Orchestra as well as with Helmuth Rilling and the Stuttgart Festivalorchester in Neumarkt. She also returned to Germany for the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie.
In the 2011-12 season, Ms. Giunta debuted as Phénice in The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School's joint production of Gluck's Armide, and created the role of Wu in the North American premiere of Kommilitonen! by Sir Peter Maxwell Davis at The Juilliard School. She also made debuts with Fort Worth Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and Roy Thomson Hall. A sought after recitalist and concert soloist, Ms Giunta has been featured in many prestigious series and festivals, including the New York Festival of Song, and the Caramoor Festival. She recorded her second Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) recital for In Concert, and celebrated her New Discoveries Audition top prize win with the Ottawa Choral Society in a world-premiere performance to great praise. Ms. Giunta was also the winner of the 2012 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award, the Encouragement Award from both the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the George London Foundation, and received top prize at the Ottawa Choral Society New Discoveries Auditions. She is a grant recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts, and is currently completing an Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School, studying with Prof. Edith Wiens.