Christianne Bélanger is one of Canada’s most up-and-coming young mezzo-sopranos singing internationally. She is currently based in Germany where she has premiered an impressive 16 roles in three years, including Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Siebel (Faust) and Polina (Pique Dame).
After completing her Masters in Music and an Artist Diploma at the Université de Montréal, Ms. Bélanger made her professional debut as the Mother (The consul - Menotti) at Opéra de Montréal. She won First Prize at the 2013 Concours International de Chant Lyrique de Canari (Corsica) and she is a 2013 laureate for the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. She was a member of the Academie at Opéra-Comique de Paris in 2013-14, where she performed in Lecocq’s Ali Baba as the hilarious Zobéide. In 2014 with conductor Jacques Lacombe, she premiered her first Carmen to critical acclaim.
Her list of roles is incredibly varied in style and keeps growing. Among others, it includes Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Ramiro (Motezuma), Kuchtik (Rusalka), Mrs. Grose (The turn of the screw), Gymnasiast (Lulu) and Cesare (Giulio Cesare in Egitto). She has worked with many theaters and orchestras around the World, such as the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, the Staatstheater Augsburg, Opéra de Québec, the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, Theater Ulm and the Jiangsu Performing Arts Group Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Bélanger equally excels in chamber music and oratorio. She has performed in Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Andrew Megill and the MSO choir, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Mozart’s Requiem with the Augsburger Philharmonik, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, to name a few. She also performed the challenging Le marteau sans maître with the Orchestre 21 and Maestro Paolo Bellomia.
Christianne performs chamber music as much as possible. She premiered the song cycle Sept Facéties op.86 by Canadian composer Richard Gibson commissioned for her and pianist Pierre-André Doucet. In summer 2017 she premiered “An der Donau”, a water-themed recital with pianist Carl Philippe Gionet. She collaborates regularly with the Ensemble Katcor, where they perform opera arias and art song arranged for mezzo-soprano and horn quartet. In 2015 she toured China in a duet recital with soprano Suzanne Rigden and pianist Richard Coburn.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Nicolas Frienenberger, May 2014
» Christianne Bélanger’s Zobéïde is irresistible! In this bantering role of unbridled enthusiasm, the Canadian Mezzo deploys a comical talent that one had not suspected, colouring certain lines with her delicious accent. The voice is long and very well driven, technically assured and the performer makes her arias seem completely effortless. «
Seen and Heard International,
Rick Perdian, August 2016