Chantal Dionne

Soprano, Canada

Prizewinner at the Montreal International Music Competition in 2005, the Canadian soprano distinguished herself in Italy the same year winning 1st prize, the public prize and the best foreign singer at the 56th Gian Battista Viotti International Competition.

Her first recording of Rachmaninoff and Liszt songs  « Romances » with the pianist Louise-Andrée Baril has received international acclaim.

Whether in concert or recital, Ms. Dionne demonstrates her vocal abilities in repertoire ranging from songs to lieder and opera to oratorio. She has performed with many symphony orchestras such as Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitain Orchestra, Tois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo (Mexico), Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Regio de Turin Orchestra.

Recent performances for the soprano include the Mozart’s Requiem in Saguenay and the Coronation Mass at the Triliarts Festival’s first edition in Ontario.  She also sang the soprano solo from the oratorio Elijah by Mendelssohn with the UQAM chorus as well as the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Montreal Philharmonic Orchestra – the reviewer wrote  « From the Kyrie to the Agnus Dei, the canadian soprano demonstrated agility and remarkable vocal sensibility ».  In Europe, she sang the soprano solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for the Association Artistique des Concerts Colonne in Paris.

At the opera, Ms. Dionne has received much acclaim for her performances in roles such as Micaëla in Carmen by Bizet (France), as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart (Vienna), of Véronique in Véronique by Messager (France), of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni by Mozart (Italy) and Marguerite in Faust by Gounod (U.S.). Closer to home, we heard the soprano in the title role of Adina in Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore at the Montreal Italian Week celebrations as well as the role of Françoise in the lyric version of André Gagnon’s Nelligan at the Opéra de Québec.  The reviewer wrote about her performance « she plays her role to perfection, the voice is powerful and she brings a touch of emotion to this dramatic piece ».

Up and coming Montreal performances include the Brahms Requiem with the Montreal Philharmonic Orchestra.