Lead With Your Heart is…“our next chapter. We have been so fortunate to collaborate with some of the best in the world on this album and we put so much heart into it. I can’t wait to share it with our fans.” – Victor Micallef
Full Name: Victor Anthony Micallef Date of Birth: June 5
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Current Residence: Toronto, ON
Ethnic Background: Maltese
Pets: Macduff, an English Cocker Spaniel Languages spoken: English, Italian, Maltese
First job: Food belt/dish washer at Runnymede Hospital
Childhood ambition: To be a motion picture director/producer
Fondest memory: Our son Zachariah being born! What a rush!
Indulgence: Pecorino cheese with truffles accompanied with a glass of Amarone wine. For dessert, it has to be peanut butter and chocolate ice cream.
Inspirations: My wife, Kathleen; humanitarians like Mark and Craig Kielbuger; places like Banff, Alberta and Tuscany, Italy also inspire me in a different way.
Motto: “We’re here on borrowed time. Live every day to it’s fullest!”
Greatest accomplishment: Becoming a dad!
My friends tease me about… The way I giggle.
Three things I can’t live without… My family, my music, my morning cappuccino
I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing… A Speedo
My must-have travel bag product is… My hatbox that is actually a snare drum case. I usually can fit about 5 or 6 hats in it.
TV Show: Game of Thrones
Movie: Lord of the Rings
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Band/Artist: The Beatles, Queen, CCR, Sting, Ray Charles
Food: My mom’s stew
Book: Great Singers on Great Singing City: Florence, Italy
Holiday location: Exuma, Bahamas Time of year: Summer/Fall
Top Three Memorable Moments of My Career
Describe the other Tenors in three to five words…
Fraser: devoted, meticulous, driven
Remigio: free-spirit, passionate, determined
Clifton: socialite, charismatic, diligent
Maltese-Canadian tenor Victor Micallef was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. At the age of four, Victor began to play his favourite TV and movie melodies on his sisters’ piano, without any formal training. His father took notice and enrolled the young tot in piano lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Singing was always a passion for him, but he admits to being extremely shy as a youngster to pursue that as well. It was once again the patriarch of the Micallef household that pushed Victor to share his voice and passion for singing, beginning at church. Although petrified at first, the rush of standing in front of an audience soon took over.
At the age of 16, following his father’s untimely death, Victor saw a performance of Les Miserables and realized how powerful music can be. He wanted to touch the hearts of people in the same way. This became the defining moment of his career. Shortly thereafter, he began taking voice lessons, and later attended the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. Victor also fed his curiosity for the arrangement of music – from motives and phrases to themes and sequence – by studying music composition and conducting.
In the fall of 1998, Victor moved to Florence, Italy, where he studied with his mentor, tenor Franco Pagliazzi. While in Europe, Victor was featured in both opera and concert with several companies, including Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He had the honour of working with such world-renowned conductors as Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado and Daniel Oren.
In June 2004, Victor returned to Toronto after being accepted as a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious Ensemble Studio. For the following two years, he performed various roles, including Rodolfo in Puccini’s la Bohéme, Edgardo in
Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Lenski in Tchaikovski’s Eugene Onegin, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Luke in the Canadian premiere of Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and both Macduff and Malcolm in Verdi’s Macbeth.
Throughout his career, Victor has performed for audiences and dignitaries in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has recorded as a soloist and in ensembles with Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Bocelli/Mehta), Coro di Ferrara and the Orpheus Choir. He has also been heard live on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera in Canada, and RAI’s Prima Della Prima in Italy.