Christianne Bélanger is one of Canada’s most up-and-coming mezzo-sopranos singing internationally. After completing her Masters in Music and an Artist Diploma at the Université de Montréal, she made her professional debut as the Mother (The consul - Menotti) at Opéra de Montréal. She was a member of the Académie at Opéra-Comique de Paris in 2013-14, where she performed in Lecocq’s Ali Baba as the hilarious Zobéide. In 2014, she premiered the iconic role of Carmen with conductor Jacques Lacombe, to critical acclaim.
Her most recent success on stage is as a fiery Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon at Theater Ulm. Recently, she also performed the leading role of Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s chamber opera Twenty-Seven and Larina (Eugene Onegin), both at Opéra de Montréal.
Notable roles from the past years include Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Siebel (Faust), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Polina (Pique Dame), Ramiro (Motezuma), Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Kuchtik (Rusalka) and Gymnasiast (Lulu), among others. She has worked with many theaters and orchestras around the World, such as the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, Theater Ulm, the Staatstheater Augsburg, Opéra de Québec and the Jiangsu Performing Arts Group Symphony Orchestra (China).
Ms. Bélanger equally excels in chamber music and oratorio. She has performed in Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Andrew Megill and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Choir, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Augsburger Philharmonik, 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. She has toured “An der Donau”, a water-themed recital with pianist Carl Philippe Gionet, in Germany and Canada. 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.
She won First Prize at the 2013 Concours International de Chant Lyrique de Canari (Corsica) and the grand prize for the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques (Montreal).
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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