Julie Boulianne


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French-Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne has been acclaimed for the agility and expressive power of her dark-hued mezzo-soprano in a wide repertoire, with a special focus on the music of Mozart and Rossini. Of her performances in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, The New York Times raved, “Julie Boulianne made Angelina a girl of honesty and spirit, ready to battle for her right to go to the ball and to forgive her obnoxious family. Her warm, flexible mezzo came into its own in her final, triumphant rondo.”

In the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Boulianne will return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to sing Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust. She will also make her role and house debuts as Giunone in Legrenzi’s La divisione del mondo with both Opéra National du Rhin and Opéra National de Lorraine. She returns to Opéra de Québec to sing Charlotte in Werther, and makes her company debut with the Glyndebourne Festival as Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust. Concert engagements include Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin conducted by Robin Ticciati, Beethoven 9 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and Les Nuits d’Été with The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Boulianne revisited many favorite roles, including the Cabaret Singer in Phillippe Boesman’s Pinocchio at Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels and at Opéra de Dijon, Sesto in Giulio Cesare on a European tour in Essen, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theater an der Wien and in San Sebastian with the Accademia Bizantina, the title role of La Cenerentola at the Opéra de Montréal, Charlotte in Werther at the Oper Frankfurt, and Annio in La Clemenza di Tito at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. With Paris National Opera, Ms. Boulianne sang Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and returned later in the season to sing Juliette in Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette. On the concert stage, Ms. Boulianne performed Liszt’s La Légende de Sainte-Cécile with the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen conducted by Laurence Equilbey.

In the 2016-2017 season, Julie Boulianne has made her debut at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse as the title role in Béatrice et Bénédict, at the Opéra-Théâtre de Limoges as the title role in La Cenerentola, and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in the world premiere of Philippe Boesman’s Pinocchio. She returned to Théâtre des Champs-Elysées for her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and to Opéra de Québec as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Symphonic highlights included Chausson’s Poeme de l’amour et de la mer and Beethoven’s Egmont Schauspielmusik with the Bamberg Symphony. Ms. Boulianne also gave recitals with the Tuesday Music Club in San Antonio and in Québec.

Julie Boulianne enjoyed many house and role debuts in the 2015-2016 season, including a debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Aloès in Laurent Pelly’s production of Chabrier’s comedic opera L’Étoile, at Opernhaus Zürich as Annio (debut) in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito conducted by Ottavio Dantone, the BBC Proms as Juliette in Berlioz’ Romeo et Juliette, at Opéra de Lyon in a role debut as Robin-Luron in Offenbach’s rarely performed Le Roi Carotte, and at Angers Nantes Opéra as Concepción in L’Heure espagnole, in co-production with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. Operatic engagements also included a return to Opéra Grand Avignon in a role debut of Mallika in Delibes Lakmé. Orchestral highlights included Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, Juliette in Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette with l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, a debut with Gulbenkian Musicá in Lisbon, Portugal in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’Été with the Fort Worth Symphony, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Indianapolis Symphony, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and select Mozart arias with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2014-2015 season, Julie Boulianne debuted with the Dutch National Opera as Aloès in Chabrier’s L’Étoile, and New Orleans Opera as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She made her South American and role debut as Charlotte in Werther at Ópera de Colombia in Bogotá. Ms. Boulianne performed Annius in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and returned to Vancouver Opera for a role debut as Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Orchestral engagements included a debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Mass in C minor, a debut with the San Francisco Symphony in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Honegger and Ibert’s L’Aiglon with Kent Nagano at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Haydn’s Harmoniemessewith the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, and the Mozart Requiem with the San Antonio Symphony, conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing. With the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Ms. Boulianne sang Marguerite in Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust at the San Sebastián Music Festival opposite Bryan Hymel.

In past seasons, Julie Boulianne has enjoyed several appearances at the Metropolitan Opera singing Siébel in Faust, Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette conducted by Plácido Domingo, Diane in Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Iphigénie en Tauride conducted by Patrick Summers, the Kitchen-Boy in Rusalka alongside Renée Fleming, and Ascanio in Francesca Zambello’s production of Les Troyens conducted by Fabio Luisi, which was seen internationally as part of the Met Live in HD cinema cast series. Ms. Boulianne made her role debut as Miranda in a new production by Robert Lepage of Thomas Adès’s modern masterpiece The Tempest, under the baton of the composer at the Festival Opéra de Québec. In past seasons she made her New York City Opera debut as the wily Lazuli in L’Étoile, directed by Mark Lamos; Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at Vancouver Opera and at Opéra de Montréal; the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon at Opéra de Montréal and at l’Opéra de Marseille; Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for her debut at Minnesota Opera; and the title role in La Cenerentola at Aspen Opera Theater, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Pacific Opera Victoria, as well as Fragoletto, the young hero of Offenbach’s Les Brigands, at both Opéra de Toulon and Opéra Comique in Paris.

On the orchestral stage, Julie Boulianne has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra singing in The Cunning Little Vixen conducted by Franz Welser-Möst; Charles Dutoit and the Boston Symphony in L’enfant et les sortilèges, the Baltimore Symphony singing Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Marin Alsop, her Japanese debut at the Saito Kinen Festival in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Lincoln Center. She appeared at Carnegie Hall performing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington, as well as performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Colorado Symphony, Haydn’s Theresienmesse with Les Violons du Roy in Québec City, a return to Festival Opéra de Québec for a role debut in Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Orchestra Iowa, St. Matthew Passion with Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. She has also performed Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Emmanuel Villaume and the Utah Symphony, Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Orchestre Métropolitain, Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Atlanta Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Calgary Philharmonic, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Cincinnati Symphony. She is a regular guest of symphony orchestras including L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy.

In March 2009, Naxos Records released a recording of Shéhérazade and L’enfant et les sortilèges featuring Julie Boulianne and the Nashville Symphony, which was nominated for the Grammy® Award for Best Classical Album. Ms. Boulianne can also be heard on a 2011 ATMA Classique release of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder. She recorded L’Aiglon by Ibert and Honegger under the baton of Kent Nagano released by Decca in 2016, and two CDs with Luc Beauséjour released by Analekta: “Handel & Porpora – The London Years,” and recently, “Alma Opressa, Vivaldi – Handel: Arias”.

A graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, Julie Boulianne won the First Prize in both the Canadian Music Competition and the Joy of Singing Competition in New York. She has been awarded the International Vocal Arts Institute’s Silverman Prize, and in 2007, the Prix de la Chambre des Directeurs for Most Promising Career at the Concours International de Chant de Montréal.