Magazine article Opera Canada

Julie Boulianne

Magazine article Opera Canada

Julie Boulianne

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Over the last few years, an impish and talented young mezzo has been drawing a great deal of attention to herself and rave reviews for a variety of performances. A multiple prize-winner at several competitions, including the 2007 Montreal International Musical Competition, Julie Boulianne is another native of the Lac Saint-Jean area in northern Quebec that has produced so many notable singers. She is also an alumna of l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opera de Montreal, which showcased her talents in several Atelier and mainstage productions. Notwithstanding a disturbingly sensual Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for l'Atelier, her most notable performance during her years there was a supremely polished and lyrical Annio in Mozart's La demenza di Tito for the parent company.

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Though she is presently studying in the graduate program at the Julliard School in New York, Boulianne's operatic career has progressed rapidly. In France, she has already performed Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at l'Opera d'Avignon and in the same composer's Die Zauberflote at Le Theatre de Reims. In Canada, outside of Montreal, l'Opera de Quebec has heard her as Nicklausse in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann and Stefano in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette. Last December, she made her Washington debut in concert with the Opera Lafayette period-instrument ensemble.

It is hardly surprising that a native francophone should be so much at home in French romantic opera comique or that Mozart characters are at the heart of her repertoire, but for any aspiring lyric mezzo, several Rossini heroines are de rigueur. …

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