Ileana Montalbetti and Rachel Andrist open New Season, January 4, 2013

Soprano Ileana Montalbetti and pianist Rachel Andrist, both currently based in Toronto, returned to their home province to give a recital on January 4, 2013. Their performance of a rich repertoire of art songs and opera arias was a dramatic opening to the ninth season of the Lyell Gustin Recital Series! Audience members included friends and family from Regina, Estevan, Winnipeg, and Montreal. The pre-concert chat was given by Barbara Montalbetti, Artistic Director of Saskatoon Opera, who is Ileana’s mother and herself an accomplished singer, voice teacher and cultural leader.