America’s Got Talent Star, Fernando Varela, Coming To My Town Of Timmins As Part Of His North American Tour.


Last year, Fernando Varela, one of three singers from the popera group, Forte, took America’s Got Talent by storm, having finished in the Top 4 acts of the season.

Forte has since carved out a phenomenal career post- AGT, having performed at numerous high profile events, including Carnegie Hall, and for President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the 2013 National Tree Lighting Ceremony in the company of operatic star, Renee Fleming, the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin and violinist, Joshua Bell .

However all three singers came to Forte with busy solo careers and have continued to manage their individual careers while still staying doggedly committed to the success of Forte .

Which brings us to the purpose of this article.

Fernando Varela has been on a very hectic North American Solo Tour, playing and thrilling sell-out audiences everywhere he goes.

And, it comes as no surprise to this writer.

Not only is Fernando Varela one of the most gifted vocalists I have ever heard, but also, he is one of the hardest working and most genuine people I have ever had the pleasure to know.

Add to this his humble and giving spirit and you are presented with a very special and inspiring person, both on and off stage.

On Saturday, October 4th, Fernando will entertain the population of the City Of Timmins – well 750 of them, according to the seating plan of the Charles Fournier Auditorium – to an eclectic evening of vocal music.

Expect to hear a little of rock n roll interspersed with an operatic aria or two! Fernando aims to please and he has the voice and the persona to do so.

He will be accompanied at the piano by the incredibly talented Kyle Mattingly, who also arranges the orchestration for the show’s repertoire.

In addition, Violinist/Fiddler, Meagan Gertken will add a special musical flair to the performance.

Run out and purchase your tickets now – reserved seating – at the Timmins Square Customer Service Booth and/or purchase them at the door the night of the performance.

And your money will go to a good cause as partial proceeds will be donated to the North Eastern Ontario Children’s Foundation.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

One Response to “America’s Got Talent Star, Fernando Varela, Coming To My Town Of Timmins As Part Of His North American Tour.”

  1. I am SOOOOOO excited for you MCL. Please blog about the concert! I would love to hear all about it!


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