Christianne Bélanger

Mezzo-soprano, Canada

Canadian mezzo-soprano Christianne Bélanger has been praised for her electric stage presence and her warm and expressive voice. She is currently a soloist at Theater Ulm, where she has sung Siebel and Marthe (Faust), Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), the Third Maid (Elektra), and Ramiro (Vivaldi’s Motezuma). In November, she sang Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières under Maestro Jacques Lacombre.

In 2013-14, she was a member of the Académie de l’Opéra-Comique de Paris where she sang the role of Zobéïde (Lecocq’s Ali Baba) with great acclaim. Her more recent highlights also include Bizet’s Carmen, Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann), and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) at Theater Augsburg, as well as Annio (La clemenza di Tito) at Theater Ulm. She has also been heard as Mercédès (Carmen) and Mrs. Doc (Bernstein’s A Quiet Place) with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Maestro Kent Nagano. She was also acclaimed for her professional debut as The Mother (The Consul) with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.

She was recently a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mozart’s Requiem. Her extensive concert and oratorio repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah (which she has sung at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Brahms’ Liebeslieder und Walzer, Bach’s St John Passion, and Boulez’s Le Marteau sans Maître, to name but a few.

She sang the world premiere of Sept Facéties Op. 86, a song cycle by Canadian composer Richard Gibson, with pianist Pierre-André Doucet. In 2017, she premiered An der Donau, a recital of lieder and French songs, with pianist Carl Philippe Gionet. She regularly works with the Katcor Quartet, an ensemble of four French horns based in Montreal.

Christianne Bélanger possesses a Master’s in Music from the Université de Montréal. She won First Prize at the 2013 Concours International de Chant Lyrique de Canari (Corsica). She is also a First Prize laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. She is a grant recipient of the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec and the New Brunswick Arts Board, and is a two-time winner of the Opera New Brunswick Young Artist Award.

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