Chantal Dionne, soprano
Chantal Dionne ravishes audiences with her unique charisma and velvet elegant voice.
Recently, we heard Chantal Dionne in Verdi's Requiem, which was presented in Ottawa and Montreal as part of the Viva Verdi concert series. In Montreal, we also heard her in Handel's Messiah with the McGill Chamber Orchestra conducted by Boris Brott, in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and in Brahms' Requiem with the Montreal Philharmonic Orchestra, the UQAM Choir under the direction of Pascal Côté. At the opera, Chantal was the the 4th Servant in Strauss's Elektra opera with the Opéra de Montréal and as a flower girl in Wagner's opera Parsifal under the direction of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Lanaudière Festival. Chantal Dionne has also brilliantly interpreted the role of Lucy in Menotti's telephone alongside baritone Jean-François Lapointe and pianist Louise-Andrée Baril at the FestivalOpéra de Saint-Eustache.
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, Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo (Mexico), Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Regio de Turin Orchestra.
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 ».
In Montreal, we heard Chantal Dionne in the creation of the opera Rabbi by Quebec composer M. Gasnier as part of FestivalOpéra des Grandes Laurentides. We have also heard her in Bruckner's Messe No. 3 as well as in Beethoven's Fantasy for Choir, Piano, Orchestra and Soloists Op ”80 with the Montreal Philharmonic Orchestra.