Award-winner at the Montreal International Musical Competition in 2005, Canadian soprano Chantal Dionne also won three major awards at the 56th Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli: the First Prize, the Public Prize and the Associazone Teatro del Opera Prize. Ms. Dionne has already sung several important opera roles, including those of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni as well as Susanna and the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro.
She took part in the world premiere of two operas: Des Hommes Inutiles (Useless Men), a chamber opera by composer Francis Caron in which she held the role of Lancolie as well as the Acadian opera Traversées (Crossings) by Ludmilla Knezkova-Hussey, written to celebrate Acadia’s 400th anniversary in which she held the role of the Angel. Most recently, she was seen as Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust, the title role in Massenet’s Manon, Rosalinde in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Girolama in Tomasi’s Don Juan de Manara in a recent production by Opéra de Limoges in France.
Upcoming European performances include Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Frequently invited as a soloist, Chantal Dionne performed with many choirs and orchestras. She recently made her debut in Mexico City with the Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo, under the direction of Pascual Osa. She also performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, the Orchestre de la République Française, the Ensemble Amati de Montréal, Moscow’s Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal and the Orchestra del Teatro Regio de Turin, in Italy. She was recently heard in J.S. Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Mozart’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, John Rutter’ s Magnificat and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata 51.