Aline Kutan, Canadian soprano of Armenian origin, sang her first professional role of Flora in Benjamin Britten’s the Turn of the Screw with Vancouver Opera at the age of 18 and then pursued her musical studies at UBC as well as at l’Université Laval in Quebec City.
Ms. Kutan was the winner of Jeunesses Musicales-Joseph Rouleau award, the recipient of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Study Grant and the George London Award in New York. Other national awards include the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Voice Competitions, the Canadian Opera Company Young Mozart Singers and the Vancouver Operatic Society Competitions. She has also been a finalist and prize winner at the Toulouse International Vocal Competition in France for Best Interpretation of a French Opera Excerpt. Before launching her operatic career, she also performed for two years in the Canadian national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera
After winning the prestigious 1995 New York Metropolitan Opera competition, she has been performing in European and North American opera houses with various title roles such as Lakmé, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Konstanze in Entführung aus dem Serail, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Stravinsky`s title role of Le Rossignol and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Comtesse Adele in Comte Ory, Comtesse de Folleville in Il Viaggio a Reims, Soeur Constance in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Ludmila in Glinka’s Russlan and Ludmila, Blumenmädchen in Parsifal, title role of the Armenian opera Anoush , Adele in Die Fledermaus, Sylvie in Gounod’s La Colombe, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, Ravel’s Feu, Princesse & Rossignol in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Philine in Mignon by Thomas among others. Concert highlights include Gliere’s Concerto for a Coloratura Soprano op.82, Handel’s Messiah, Strauss’s Brentano Lieder and Mahler’s 2nd and 4th symphonies,, Carmina Burana, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, his concert arias and the Requiem.
Her career has taken her to international opera companies such as to La Scala in the role of Semele in a performance of Salieri’s Europa Riconosciuta conducted by Riccardo Muti, San Carlo di Napoli, Opéra de Genève, Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Opéra de Bordeaux where she created the role of Pasiphaé in Philippe Fénelon’s contemporary opera Les Rois, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Festival International des Chorégies d’Orange, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Lanaudière International Festival, l’Opéra de Toulouse, Marseille, and at the Opéra National de Paris. North American companies include New York City, Michigan, Arizona, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Opéra Francais de New York etc. She has worked with conductors such as James Conlon, Vladimir Jurowsky, Sir Charles Mackerras, Bertrand de Billy, Gustav Kuhn, Christopher Hogwood, Julius Rudel, Charles Dutoit, Richard Bradshaw, Jonathan Darlington, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Raffi Armenian, Mario Bernardi, Bernard Labadie, Jacques Lacombe, Yuli Turovsky, Yoav Talmi, Daniel Lipton, Yves Abel, etc.