“Caroline Gélinas is a rising star in Canadian opera venues”

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“Premier triomphe d’une nouvelle diseuse et mélodiste, la Québécoise Caroline Gélinas”

Alban Deags, Classiquenews

“Gélinas demonstrates an enormous dramatic range whilst maintaining exquisite vocal tone.”

Diane Wells, The Whole Note

Album

Named “Révélation Radio-Canada” in the classical category 2017-2018 ", Caroline Gélinas presents Confidences, her first solo recital on the ATMA Classique label. Olivier Godin accompanies Gélinas in a program of French melodies by Ravel (Shéhérazade), Claude Debussy, (Trois Chansons de Bilitis ), Robert Schumann (Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, op. 135) and The Confessions Stone, a song cycle by Canadian composer Robert Fleming.

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Biography

Named "Radio-Canada Classical Revelation" in 2017-2018, by the French network of the CBC, Caroline Gélinas studied at the Music Conservatory in Montréal and was subsequently artist in residence at the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique. Caroline is a native of the vast Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in Northern Québec. Surrounded by nature, this is where she discovered her passion for music at a very young age.

On stage, she appeared in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with the Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra de Montreal; in the role of Nada (Svadba, by Canadian composer Ana Sokolovic) ; Die Schleppträgerin (Elektra, Strauss) and Soeur Jeanne (Dialogue des Carmélites, Poulenc) with the Opéra de Montreal. She sang Mercedes (Carmen) with the Opéra de Québec and Siebel (Faust, Gounod) with the Société d’Art Lyrique du Royaume (Canada). She also performed Dorabella (Così fan tutte, (Mozart)) with the Highlands Opera Studio; The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti) with L'Atelier Lyrique de Opéra de Montreal; Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette, Gounod) and Musette (La Bohème, Leoncavallo) with the Canadian Vocal Art Institue and the International Vocal Arts Institute in New York ; Dorabella (Così fan tutte) and Ottone (L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi) with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy ; Dido (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell) and Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief, Menotti) with the Music Conservatory in Montreal.

She will soon be heard in the role of Flora (La Traviata, by Verdi) with the Opéra de Québec and in the role of Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Offenbach) with the Société d'Art Lyrique du Royaume in Chicoutimi (Canada) in February 2020.

In concert, Caroline Gélinas has been guest soloist with many ensembles. She has sung in Vespers (Rachmaninoff) with the Metropolitan Orchestra Choir (Montréal) ; ; Messiah (Handel) ; Little Solem Mass (Rossini) ; ; Requiem (Mozart) ; ; Gloria and Magnificat (Vivaldi) and Mass no 3 in F minor (Bruckner) in addition to giving numerous Art Song recitals. In 2018, she recorded her first album entitled " Confidences " on the ATMA Classique label with pianist Olivier Godin, with whom she sings regularly in concert.

Caroline Gélinas won 1st Prize at the International Competition of French Mélodies organized by the Classica Festival (Canada) last june.

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