An Up and Coming Opera Star

Soprano Frédérique Vézina made her Canadian Opera Company mainstage debut to great critical acclaim in 2002/03 as Lisa and Mascha in The Queen of Spades. She also performed the role of the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Karolka in Jenufa and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Her other roles include Ginevra in Ariodante, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Diana and Giove in La Calisto and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. Her oratorio repertoire includes Gabriel and Eve in Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Krönungsmesse, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s B Minor Mass and St. John Passion.

Ms Vézina recently sang Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at the Opera Festival of New Jersey. She sings Victoria, the title role in The Merry Widow with l’Opéra de Montréal through May and June of 2004, and her upcoming performances include Miranda in The Tempest with Pacific Opera, Ofglen in The Handmaid’s Tale with the Canadian Opera Company and Micaëla in Carmen with Cincinatti Opera.

Soprano Frédérique Vézina Bio

Soprano Frédérique Vézina is quickly establishing herself as a young artist of note. Praised for her “stimulating vocal performance” and ” sense of dramatic immediacy”, the striking young Quebecoise opened the Canadian Opera Company 2002 – 2003 season as Lisa in PIQUE DAME. Critics hailed the arrival of a major presence on the opera stage: “The dark mahogany , and her performance tone of Vezina’s soprano somehow verified the dignity that was continually being stripped from her of the big Act III aria gave eloquent testimony to the character’s own addiction to emotional gambling.” (Everett Green – Globe and Mail) She was seen at the Du Maurier Theatre in COC’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW as the Governess and opens the current season starring as Ellen Orford in PETER GRIMES for the Canadian Opera Company at the Hummingbird Centre. She sang Tatiana in EUGENE ONEGIN at the Opera Festival of New Jersey and looks forward to Missa Palmieri in LA VEUVE JOYEUSE for L’Opéra de Montréal, Miranda in Lee Hoiby’s THE TEMPEST for Pacific Opera Victoria, Micaela in CARMEN for Cincinnati Opera and Armida in Handel’s RINALDO for Opera in Concert. In concert, she sings Mahler’s SYMPHONY NO. 2 conducted by Richard Bradshaw and music of Dvorák at the Glenn Gould Studio for CBC.

A winner in the Début Inc. Young Artists Competition, Ms. Vézina completed a Bachelor of Music Degree at McGill University. She received first prize in three consecutive years at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (NATS) and was also awarded the ‘Most Promising Singer’ prize. In 2002, at the Trois-Rivières Symphony competition, she was awarded the Grand Prize as well as a recital broadcast on CBC. Ms. Vézina was also the first prize winner at the National Music Festival held in Calgary.

Ms. Vézina performed the role of Alaïde in Bellini’s LA STRANIERA for Opera in Concert and was soloist in Villa-Lobos’ BACHIANAS BRASILIERAS No. 5 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. Previous performances include Contessa (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Antonia (LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN), Diana and Giove (LA CALISTO), Juliette (ROMÉO ET JULIETTE) and Despina (COSI FAN TUTTE). Ms. Vézina was heard in a broadcast recital at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur and performed in LES NUITS D’ÉTÉ, Bach’s ST JOHN PASSION and Bach’s B MINOR MASS. She was featured by Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal in Bruckner’s TE DEUM and appeared as Pamina in the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio’s touring version of Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE.

As a member of the COC’s Ensemble studio, she was seen last season in mainstage productions as Karolka (JENUFA) and Kate Pinkerton (MADAMA BUTTERFLY). Ms. Vézina has appeared in MESSIAH with Boris Brott in Hamilton and as soloist in recital for the Off Centre Concert series in Toronto.

Updated August 2003

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