festival finale
Vox Mediterranea
A Journey Around the Mediterranean Sea

Mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb is enjoying a blossoming international career performing on the worlds’ finest concert and opera stages. Together with Canadian Opera Company’s Music Director Johannes Debus making a rare appearance on the piano, they have curated a special collection of Lieder and Arias, taking you on a journey through the Mediterranean, including Tunisia where Rihab was born. The stunning expansive water views of Lake Ontario from this new boutique inn will complete the setting, making a perfectly stunning conclusion to this year’s festival!

The grounds at Mirazule

AUGUST 19 | 7:00pm


Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano
Johannes Debus, piano


• Ravel / Cinq Mélodies populaires Grecques
• Paisiello / Chi vuol la Zingarella
• Berlioz / Nuits d’été (selection)
• Turina / Saeta en forma de Salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza
• Bizet / selections from Carmen
• Lamma bada yatathanna (arabic)
• Emel Mathlouthi / My word is free

Concert length: 1.5 hrs with intermission. (This concert is indoors)


$47 adults
$42 seniors and students


1641 County Rd. 13,
Milford, ON K0K2P0


Kris Vikmanis and Denny Creighton, Bruce Bailey, David and Carol Appel, and The Schulich Foundation

Acclaimed for her dramatic charm and vocal clarity, Tunisian-born Rihab Chaieb is a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and increasingly a name of note in the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire.

A former member of both the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, where she earned major acclaim as Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, where she debuted as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Chaieb has also enjoyed several summers at the Glyndebourne Festival: as Mércedès in David McVicar’s production of Bizet’s Carmen with Jakub Hrůša, and subsequently as Flora in Verdi’s La traviata with Andrés Orozco-Estrada. After an acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut as Zulma in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, Rihab Chaieb has returned to that stage as Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) under Nicola Luisotti, Laura (Luisa Miller) under Bertrand de Billy, and Sandman (Hänsel und Gretel) under Donald Runnicles, with performances elsewhere including Tebaldo (Don Carlo), marking her debut at l’Opéra National de Bordeaux, and both Juno and Ino in Handel’s Semele in Toronto.

Following her impressive performance at the 2018 Operalia Competition, earning her Third Prize, Chaieb embarks on her first freelance season with debuts as Offenbach’s Fantasio at Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier in Thomas Jolly’s acclaimed production, alongside Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen. A trio of Mozart roles take Chaieb to Teatro Santiago de Chile (Dorabella), Cincinnati Opera (Cherubino) and back to The Met (Zerlina). Following her creation of the Fairy Prince in the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s The Wake World for Opera Philadelphia last season, Rihab Chaieb makes a company debut with Houston Grand Opera in another world premiere: Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, in which she creates the roles of Maria Malibran, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Nancy Da Ponte (née Grahl)

Raised in Canada, Chaieb studied at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and at the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien. The recipient of many major grants, Rihab Chaib has also enjoyed competition success, winning the 2016 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and taking prizes at both the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2018 George London Foundation Competition. She was a finalist in the 2013 Neue Stimmen Competition and a participant in the 2016 edition of Edith Wiens’ Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt.

With a developing concert repertoire, which includes Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Gloria, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été among others, Rihab Chaieb made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Bach’s Magnificat in December 2016.

German-born conductor Johannes Debus was appointed Music Director of the COC in 2009, having already established himself in many of the great opera houses and festivals of Europe. Since making his COC debut in 2008, he has captivated Toronto and international critics alike, skillfully leading productions that include Götterdämmerung, Eugene Onegin, Otello, and the COC world premiere of Hadrian in 2018. Throughout the pandemic, his work for digital included the hosting of Solo Spotlights, a video series highlighting musicians of the COC Orchestra, as well as conducting for several of the company’s online presentations, including: In Winter, In Concert with Jane Archibald, and Bluebeard’s Castle. Johannes marks his return to live audience performances with Verdi’s La Traviata in spring 2022.

When he is not conducting at the COC, Mr. Debus is very active with international engagements that include appearances with the BBC Proms, the orchestras of Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Aspen, the National Arts Centre, Houston, and Toronto, at the Spoleto, Bregenz and Tanglewood festivals, and at opera companies such as San Francisco, Berlin Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Frankfurt, and Bayerische Staatsoper, among many others. In 2016, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Salome, and returned in 2017 to conduct The Tales of Hoffmann.