Julie Boulianne

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

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 2019-2020 season, Julie Boulianne will perform with the Royal Opera House on tour in Japan, performing Siébel in Faust, the title role in Mignon with Oper Frankfurt, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier for a new production with La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels, Robin-Luron in Laurent Pelly’s production of Le Roi Carotte with Opéra de Lyon and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Vancouver Opera. On the concert stage, she will perform the Duruflé and Fauré Requiems with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Les Violons du Roy, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Orchestre Metropolitain in Montréal and Ottawa.

In the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Boulianne returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and debuted with the Glyndebourne Festival as Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust. She also made 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, and returned to Opéra de Québec to sing Charlotte in Werther. Concert engagements included Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin conducted by Robin Ticciati, Les Nuits d’Été with The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlioz’ The Childhood of Christ with Sir Mark Elder, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony, perforrmances of Bach’s Magnificat and select Bach cantatas with I Musici de Montréal, and Handel arias with Les Violons du Roy at Domaine Forget in Montréal.

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Reviews

“But it’s French-Canadian mezzo-soprano Boulianne who is the one to watch – Rossini’s endless coloratura is a killer, yet she rips through ornamentation like a carving knife. Her voice has both sweetness and bite, with hints of darker and deeper notes to come, all boding well for meatier roles down the line.”

Paula Citron

Toronto Globe and Mail

“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.”

Heidi Waleson

The Wall Street Journal

More Reviews

“Julie Boulianne, a mezzo-soprano, brought a rich, beautifully rounded tone to a duet and an aria (‘Adieu, fière cité’) from the Berlioz, and to a moving, wrenchingly characterized account of ‘When I am laid in earth’ (and the scene preceding it) from the Purcell.”

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

“Boulianne’s refined and elegant vocalism suited the put-upon Cinderella. Boulianne brought a touching intimacy to her opening aria ‘Una volta c’era un re’ and displayed facility with the coloratura bravura of the concluding ‘Non più mesta.’ Physically, the petite mezzo looked the part completely, with a waifish, vulnerable presence that underlined Cinderella’s melancholy. She later assumed the throne with quiet, self-possessed dignity.”

Lawrence A. Johnson, The Miami Herald

“The mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne gives a beautifully understated performance as his dying wife [in Ned Rorem’s Our Town].”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“It was to the audience’s benefit, though. Boulianne possessed a beautiful control of her voice, both in melody and volume for the hall, Laurel Heights United Methodist Church.”

Nathan Cone, Texas Public Radio

“The one compelling reason to see ‘La Cenerentola,’ the Aspen Opera Theater Center’s first offering of the summer, is the mezzo-soprano singing the title role. Beg, borrow or steal to get a ticket for Julie Boulianne’s final performance at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Wheeler Opera House. She is the real deal… she sailed through her moments, big and small, and created a character sweet and innocent enough to justify the subtitle Rossini and his librettist, Jacopo Ferretti, appended to this very Italian version of the Cinderella story: ‘Or Goodness Triumphant.’ Boulianne has the presence to command the stage without histrionics, often by standing there with a gentle smile. She opens her mouth and the sound comes out unforced, ‘Nacqui all’affano’ in the final act. In interacting with the other singers, she seems a model of generous attention and consistently conjures up a feeling of reality. Only a first-year student at Juilliard, the French Canadian already has sang starring roles at l’Opéra Montréal—Rosina in Rossini’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ and Annio in Mozart’s ‘La Clemenza di Tito.’ Aspen is fortunate to be hearing her at this stage of her career, much as audiences might remember fondly the likes of Renée Fleming and Susanne Mentzer when they sang here before becoming stars.”

Harvey Steiman, Aspen Times

“As Isolier, Julie Boulianne displayed a truly lush lyric mezzo-soprano with a formidably large and secure top.”

Fred Cohn, Opera News

“Julie Boulianne, as the page Isolier, who loves the countess, also sang with a round fullness.”

Anne Midgette, The New York Times

“The way French-Canadian mezzo Julie Boulianne set the scene for Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet in a long and hugely demanding solo was even more remarkable: I have never heard a more ravishing vocal command of the Albert Hall’s problematic acoustic.”

Michael Church, Independent