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Julie Boulianne

, mezzo-soprano

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.

Julie Boulianne has also sung at the Opéra de Québec, the Minnesota Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, the Opéra d’Avignon, and the Opéra de Tours. She has performed as soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain, and Les Violons du Roy. Several of her concerts have been recorded and broadcast by Radio-Canada, Radio-France, and by National Public Radio in the United States.

A native of Dolbeau-Mistassini, Julie Boulianne is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. She is also indebted to the pianist Dalton Baldwin for his invaluable guidance. She has won several major prizes and awards including the Prix de la Chambre professionnelle des directeurs d’opéra, awarded to the most promising finalist at the 2007 Montreal International Music Competition; the International Vocal Art Institute’s Silverman Prize; and a first prize at the Joy in Singing Competition in New York.

“Each note is exactly in its place; without any perceived effort.
The listener can concentrate on the purity of interpretation.
Yesterday, while listening to her, I had tears in my eyes.”

Mahler Lieder
Julie Boulianne
October, 2011