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riki-careerCareer Highlights:
1967
June: Summer Serenade - BC Opera Ensemble (first performance)
October: Hansel and Gretel (Gretel, Dew Fairy) Tour - BC Opera Ensemble, Vancouver Opera
December: Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers - Vancouver Bach Choir, Vancouver Symphony, Meredeth Davies
1968
February: Haydn Nelson Mass - Vancouver Bach Choir, Beverley Fife
March: Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate - Renfrew United Church, Joyce Maguire
March: Opera Night at the Symphony - Vancouver Symphony, Meredeth Davies
April: Menotti Double Bill - The Telephone (Lucy) and The Medium (Monica) - BC Opera Ensemble
July: Puccini’s La Boheme (Musetta) - Merola Opera of the San Francisco Opera, at Stern Grove
August: Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Papagena) - Merola Opera at Paul Masson vineyards
November: Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia ( Fiorilla) - Opera School, University of Toronto
1969
February: Humphrey Searle’s Hamlet (Ophelia) - Opera School, U of T. world premiere
March: R. Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos ( Naiad) - Opera School, U of T
November: Beethoven Ninth Symphony ( soprano) - Toronto Symphony, CTV television
September: Recipient Canada Council Bursury
September: Scholarship thank you concert for Canadian Opera Women’s Committee
October: J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Adele) - Canadian Opera Company
December: Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (The Fire, The Princess) - Opera School, U of T
December: Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Gretel) - Hamilton Philharmonic, Boris Brott, televised
March: Mozart’s The Impresario (Mme. Hertz) - Opera School, U of T
1970
May: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (Oscar) - official professional debut, Vancouver Opera
May: Montreal International Voice Competition ( Prizewinner)
June: Graduation with Honors, University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Opera
August: Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor ( Alice Ford) - Music Academy of the West
September/October: Don Giovanni (Zerlina) - Canadian Opera Company
September: Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea (Nora) - CBC Music Festival, Vancouver
October: Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Incidental Music (soprano) - Hamilton Philharmonic, Boris Brott
November: Beethoven’s Mount of Olives ( soprano) - last minute substitute Hamilton Phil
1971
February: Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Hovaness' Magnificat (soprano) - Bach-Elgar Choir, Hamilton Philharmonic, Charles Wilson
April: Mahler Symphony #2 - Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Leonard
April: Handel’s Birthday Ode to Queen Anne, Britten’s Spring Symphony (soprano) - Festival Singers of Canada, Elmer Iseler
April/May: Offenbach Tales of Hoffmann (Olympia) - Edmonton Opera, Vancouver Opera
May: Handel’s Birthday Ode to Queen Anne, Haydn Nelson Mass (soprano soloist) - Festival Singers of Canada, St. John Smith’s Square, London, L’Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
June: Jenny Lind and Ole Bull with Andrew Dawes - CBC radio Festival
August: Verdi’s Rigoletto (Gilda) with Louis Quilico - Ontario Place Toronto Symphony series.
October: Bizet’s Carmen (Frasquita) - Houston Grand Opera
October: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (Oscar) - Edmonton Opera
November: Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann in concert (Olympia, Giudetta, Antonia) - Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
December: Britten’s Les Illuminations - McGill Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Brott
July: Music at Midnight, recital, Respighi, Stravinsky, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bernstein - pianist/conductor Raffi Armenian
1972
September/October Puccini’s La Boheme (Musetta) - Canadian Opera Company
October: Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte (Fiordiligi) - Chatanooga Opera
October: Bizet’s Carmen (Frasquita) - New York City Opera
November: Handel’s Solomon -Toronto Mendessohn Choir and National Arts Centre Orchestra, Elmer Iseler
December: Handel’s Israel In Egypt - Kingston Choral Society, and Kingston Orchestra
1973
January: Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment (Marie) - Houston Grand Opera
March: Glière Concerto for soprano and opera arias - Victoria Symphony tour, Laszlo Gati
April: Britten’s Les Illuminations - CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, John Avsion
May: Variety concert - Opening Ontario Place Summer Season
June: Handel’s The Messiah - Ontario Place, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elmer Iseler 6,000 in audience
June: Verdi’s Rigoletto (Gilda) - at Ontario Place with Canadian Opera Company
July: Strauss’ The Great Waltz ( Helène Vernet) - Milwaukee Operetta Festival
August: Glière concerto for soprano - Toronto Symphony at Ontario Place, Walter Susskind
September: Wolf-Ferrari’s The Secret Of Suzanne - CBC Festival of Music, Vancouver
October: Concert of opera arias - Windsor Symphony, Matti Holli
November: An Evening with Jenny Lind - Sarnia Concert Association, Stuart Hamilton accompanist
December: Haydn’s The Creation - Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Raffi Armenian
1974
January:Honegger's King David - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Elmer Iseler
February: Du Maurier Family Pops, Gliere concerto - London Symphony, Clifford Evens
March: Duet Recital with Judith Forst - St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
April : Beethoven Symphony No. 9 - Winnipeg Symphony, Piero Gamba
April: Orff’s Carmina Burana -Atlantic Symphony, Klaro Mizerit
April: Orff’s Carmina Burana - Hamilton Philharmonic, Boris Brott
May: Orff’s Carmina Burana - Vancouver Symphony, Kazuyoshi Akiyama
May: Haydn’s Nelson Mass - National Arts Centre orchestra, Brian Law
Aug: Viennese concert - Toronto Symphony, Franz Allers
October: Thomas’ Hamlet, (Ophelie) - Opera in Concert inaugural
November: Viennese concert - Hamilton Philharmonic, Boris Brott
December: Gala New Years Viennese concert - Vancouver Symphony, Kazuyoshi Akiyama
1975
January/February: Verdi’s Rigoletto (Gilda) - Vancouver Opera
February/March: Tibor Polgar and George Jonas’ The Glove (Princess) - Prologue to the Performing Arts school tour with Andrea Martin and Martin Short
April: Concert with harpist Erica Goodman - National Arts Centre
May: Orff’s Carmina Burana - Toronto Symphony, Elmer Iseler
June: Handel’s Messiah Ontario Place - Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony, Elmer Iseler
June: Gay nineties concert - Ontario Place, Hamilton Philharmonic, Boris Brott
July: Viennese concert - Toronto Symphony Ontario Place, Victor Feldbrill
September/October: Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (Susanna), Puccini’s La Boheme (Musetta) - Kansas City Lyric Opera
October: Viennese concert - Thunder Bay Symphony, Dwight Bennet
November: The Glove (Princess) - Televised for CBC
December: Orff’s Carmina Burana - Edmonton Symphony, Pierre Hétu
February: Mozart’s Requiem - Thunder Bay, Dwight Bennett
1976
June: Of Mice and Men (Curley’s Wife) - Netherlands Opera
June: Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brazilieras - Ontario Place, Hamilton Philharmonic, Boris Brott
July: Olympic concert with Louis Quilico - Montreal Symphony, Boris Brott
August: Kalman’s Countess Maritza,(title role) - Ontario Place, Toronto Symphony with Franz Allers
September: Duet Recital with Judith Forst - Vancouver Queen Elizabeth Playhouse
October: Gliere Concerto - Windsor Symphony, Matti Holli
1977
January: Cabaret Concert Viennese - London Symphony, Brian Jackson
January: Family Pops - Toronto Symphony, Erich Kunzel
May: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro,(Susanna) - Thunder Bay
Summer: Evening in Vienna - Ontario Place, Hamilton Philharmonic, Boris Brott
September: Lehar’s The Merry Widow (title role), Hamilton Philharmonic, Boris Brott
October: Oktoberfest Vienna concert - Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Raffi Armenian
November: Verdi’s La Traviata ( Violetta) - Canadian Opera Company, Halifax
December: Viennese Night - Vancouver Symphony, Erich Kunzel
1978
January: Hymn to Night, R. Murray Schafer composed for Riki - CJRT Orchestra, Paul Robinson
January: Singing for Queen Elizabeth - Toronto
January: Evening in Vienna - National Arts centre orchestra, Erich Kunzel
March: Evening with Jenny Lind - CBC Newfoundland, Stuart Hamilton accompanist
April:Verdi’s La Traviata ( Violetta), Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Countess) - Canadian Opera
June: Britten’s A Midsummers Night Dream (Tytania) - National Arts centre
November: Floyd’s Of Mice and Men (Curly’s Wife) - Netherlands Opera
January 1979
January: Britten’s les Illuminations - The Chamber Players of Toronto, Marta Hidy
April: Viennese concert - Windsor Symphony, Matti Holli
April: R. Murray Schafer’s Hymn to Night - Thunder Bay Symphony, Dwight Bennett
August: R. Murray Schafer’s Hymn to Night - Peninsula Music Festival, Michael Charry
October: Viennese Concert - International Symphony Sarnia, Brian Jackson
November: Schafer’s Hymn to Night - National Arts Centre Orchestra, Mario Bernardi
December: Family Christmas Concert - Toronto Symphony, Victor Feldbrill
1980
Summer: Summer Festival - CBC Televsion series, summer host
August: Evening in Vienna - Kingston Symphony, Alexander Brott
December: Evening of Kurt Weill - Toronto Arts Productions, St. Lawrence Centre
1981
Viennese concert: Quebec Symphony Orchestra - James de Priest
Special Gala concert: Viennese - Kitchener-Waterloo symphony, Raffi Armenian
Fall-Winter: Du Maurier Search For Stars Judge - continuing series cross Canada
October: Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins - Hamilton Philharmonic, Boris Brott
October: Evening on the Danube - Etobicoke Symphony, Eugene Kash
November: Tribute to Hockey Night in Canada - Windsor
December: Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna - Netherlands Promenade Orchestra, Leo Dreihuys, Schafer’s Hymn to Night Radio Philharmonisch, Lukas Vis
1982
April: Glière Concerto - Victoria Symphony, Paul Freeman
April: Royal Constitutional Gala (Host) - National Arts Centre, in presence of Queen
April: Viennese Concert - Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Brian Jackson
Summer: Celebrity Tennis on CBC Television (series)
July: Together concert with Kathryn Moses and Sylvia Tyson - Harbourfront
September: Schafer’s Hymn to Night - New Music Concerts, Walter Hall
September: An Evening on Broadway - Victoria Symphony, Paul Freeman, CBC Television, Actra nominée
October: Pops concert - Orchestra London, Alexis Hauser
1983
February: Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona - New Chamber Orchestra, Toronto
March: Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins - Stratford Summer Music, Richard Ouzounian director
October: Ein Berliner Cabaret - Hart House
November: An Evening in Canada - Canadian Embassy, Washington, Stephen Woodjetts accompanist
November: A Night In Vienna - Okanagan Symphony, Leonard Camplin
December: New Years Viennese Night - Delaware Symphony, Gerhard Track
1984
January: Cole Porter Celebration - Thunder Bay Symphony, Dwight Bennett
April: Mendelssohn’s Elijah - Vancouver Bach Choir, Vancouver Symphony, Kazuyoshi Akiyama
May: The Curtain Rises Concert - Northern Arts Centre, Yellowknife
August: Some Enchanted Evening - Victoria Symphony, Laszlo Gatti
November: Berlin Cabaret - Belleville Ontario
November: Britten’s Les Illuminations - Ensemble Ernest Macmillan, Hamilton, Marta Hidy
1985
March: Pops concert - Pueblo Symphony, Gerhard Track
April: Carrie dies
June: Riki Turofsky Sings Kurt Weill - recording
after 1985
a smattering of fundraisers/ a private concert or two..and then the voice quietens in sadness

Recordings:
R. Murray Schafer’s Hymn to Night - shared album with Maureen Forrester, 1978
A Guitar/Voice duet recital in 1980 with Michael Laucke called Jade Eyes
after 1987 a recording for Charles of easy listening material - A River So Long, Lou Pomonti
Discovery of taped performances with orchestras, recorded at various concerts by CBC radio - 2006 Riki Turofsky in Concert, The Lost Tapes. Created as a CD by Riki, and her favorite because it showcases her voice at its very best in live performances.
1987and onward to 2014

Arbor Award for volunteerism. Queens Jubilee medal awarded twice for making a difference to Canadian life. Plaques in Princess Margaret Hospital, St. Michaels Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital for benevolence. Honors at Stratford and Canadian Opera Company as a major donor. Board of the Canada Council for the Arts - full term of 6 years , Board of Food Banks Canada- full term of 6 years. President of University Faculty of Music Alumni Association and leader of campaign for endowment to Opera School Production fund.