Canadian mezzo-soprano Christianne Bélanger is acclaimed internationally for her warm and versatile voice as well as her strong stage presence. 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, for which the press wrote “(she) distinguished herself, foremost, by her vocal talent, but also for her physical and dramatic interpretation of the character.”
She recently created the roles of Françoise/La renarde/La dinde in the opera
Le coq Maurice by Pascal Zavaro, premiered in July 2021 with conductor Julien Masmondet and the Ensemble Les Apaches, a co-production of Opéra de Limoges. She will be touring the opera again in summer 2023. In 2016-2018 she worked full-time at Theater Ulm, where she premiered over 15 roles; she returns regularly as a guest, notably as the fiery Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon. In 2019, she performed the leading role of Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s chamber opera Twenty-Seven as well as 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, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Opéra de Québec, Staatstheater Augsburg, and the Jiangsu Performing Arts Group Symphony Orchestra (China).
Ms. Bélanger equally excels in oratorio and art song. She has sung 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 has 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 2017, she created An der Donau, a water-themed recital with pianist Carl Philippe Gionet, and they have subsequently performed it many times in Germany and Canada. She collaborates regularly with the Ensemble Katcor, where they perform opera arias and art songs arranged for mezzo-soprano and horn quartet. In 2015, she toured China in a duet recital with soprano Suzanne Rigden and pianist Richard Coburn.
Parallel to her active career as a classical singer, Christianne has been teaching voice to students of all levels since 2005. She was an invited guest teacher for a Masterclass given to bachelor students at the Université de Moncton in 2019. She has also given many online mentoring sessions as part of the Choeur Virtuel de l’Acadie project, helping choristers train vocally and prepare parts for online four-part recordings.
Christianne Bélanger completed a Masters in Music and an Artist Diploma at the Université de Montréal. She won First Prize the 2013 Concours International de Chant Lyrique de Canari (Corsica) and the grand prize for the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques (Montreal). She is the recipient of many stipends throughout the years, notably from the CALQ and Arts NB.
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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