Last time this Canadian, classical crossover-pop opera ensemble was in Aiken, they were under a different name, as was the organization that brought them here.
Continuing the 10th anniversary season of Aiken Performing Arts, formerly known as Aiken Performing Arts Group, is Vivace, formerly known as Il Voce.
The ensemble is being brought “back by popular demand,” according to Cathy Traver, arts administrator, and will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6 at the AECOM Performing Arts Center, 126 Newberry St. S.W.
Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students with valid IDs.
“With a rich and diverse repertoire ranging from pop, to arias, to their own self-written material, Vivace undoubtedly puts a fresh new take on the music of today,” according to their biography.
Il Voce, or “The Voices,” became Vivace, which means bright and lively, in 2012; both names are Italian.
Around a year ago, Michael Ciufo was added with original members Tiffany Desrosiers, Marc Devigne and Melody Courage remaining.
Devigne and Desrosiers knew each other before the group began, with Courage being discovered through her work with the Vancouver Opera.
Ciufo is a tenor who performed at the Pantheon in Rome when he was 17, has performed with orchestras like the Toronto Concert Orchestra and has appeared around North America, Europe and Asia, according to his biography.
Desrosiers, a soprano who studied at the University of British Columbia, carries “an enthusiasm for composition, played Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (or “The Magic Flute”) opera and has worked with artists like David Foster, Ben Harper and Colin James, according to her biography.
Devigne, another tenor, has trained in theater and musical theater, received scholarships for University of Manitoba’s vocal studies workshop program and was a finalist on 2003’s “Canadian Idol,” according to his biography.
In addition to her singing with the Vancouver Opera, Courage, a coloratura soprano, comes from a strong opera background, having studied it at the Vancouver Academy of Music, performing in several shows and working with “legends” like Nico Castel, Judith Forst and Tracy Dahl, according to her biography.
“Their stirring combination of powerful male voices and emotionally driven female vocals come together to create a sound that is exclusively their own,” according to the group’s biography.
Courage said they “loved” the last time they were in Aiken and that audiences can “expect to go through an emotional journey.”
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.