OPUS PRIZE: Nominee for Disc of the year - Romantic, Post Romantic, Impressionist
Julie Boulianne, one of Canada’s most famous lyric artists, is known for her musical intelligence and great sensitivity. For her, 2011 has been packed with prestigious engagements, including her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York singing the roles of Diane in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride and Stefano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. As well, she recently sang Fragoletto in Offenbach’s Les Brigands at the Opéra de Toulon and at the Opéra-comique de Paris, Lazuli in Chabrier’s L’Étoile at the New York City Opera, Cendrillon in Massenet’s eponymous work at the operas of both Marseille and Montreal, Elisa in Handel’s Tolomeo at the Glimmerglass Opera and, finally, her signature role as the heroine of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
ATMA presents the first solo recording of Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, who is featured in a rarely recorded chamber version of Mahler’s two famous song cycles: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder. Julie Boulianne is accompanied by the Orford Ensemble under the direction of Canadian conductor Jean-François Rivest. This recording also features Ms. Boulianne singing a selection of Alma Mahler’s Lieder accompanied by pianist Marc Bourdeau.