French-Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne is acclaimed for the vocal agility and expressive power of her dark-hued tone, focusing on the works of Berlioz, Mozart, and Rossini. The Independent recently said, “Julie Boulianne’s Marguerite is gloriously sung, her sound replete with grace and power.” In the 23/24 season, Ms. Boulianne will return to the Wiener Staatsoper to sing Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Irene in Theodora in a new production with Theater an der Wien, Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Opéra Royal Wallonie-Liège, and Roméo in Bellini’s Capuleti e i Montecchi with Opéra national de Lorraine. In concert, she returns to the Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal for Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ, Mozart’s Mass in C with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé with Les violons du Roy, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Seattle Opera, and Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon.

In past seasons, Julie Boulianne has appeared as Marguerite in Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust (Glyndebourne Festival, Norwegian National Opera, San Sebastián Music Festival, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Festival Opéra de Québec) Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Glyndebourne Festival), Charlotte in Werther (Wiener Staatsoper, Oper Frankfurt, Opéra de Québec, Ópera de Colombia), Iphigénie in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (Opéra national de Lorraine), Juliette in Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette (Opéra national de Paris, Hallé Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester with Robin Ticciati, l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, BBC Proms with Sir John Eliot Gardiner), Siébel in Faust (Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Japan), the title role in Mignon (Oper Frankfurt), Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites (Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège), Robin-Luron in Le Roi Carotte (Opéra de Lyon), the title role in Béatrice et Bénédict (Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse), Aloès in Chabrier’s L’Étoile (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Dutch National Opera), Annio in La Clemenza di Tito (Opernhaus Zürich with Ottavio Dantone, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse), Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Montréal), the title role in La Cenerentola (Opéra-Théâtre de Limoges, Opéra de Montréal), the title role in Cendrillon (Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Montréal, l’Opéra de Marseille), Sesto in Giulio Cesare (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theater an der Wien, Aalto-Musiktheater, San Sebastián Music Festival), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Opéra de Québec, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Québec), The Cabaret Singer and Bad Pupil in Philippe Boesmans Pinocchio (Festival Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie de Munt, Opéra de Dijon), Giunone in Legrenzi’s La divisione del mondo (Opéra National du Rhin, Opéra National de Lorraine, Opéra Royal de Versailles), and Concepción in L’Heure espagnole (Angers Nantes Opéra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire).

At the Metropolitan Opera, Julie Boulianne has appeared as the title role in Cinderella, Siébel in Faust, Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette conducted by Plácido Domingo, Diane in Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Iphigénie en Tauride, the Kitchen-Boy in Rusalka with Renée Fleming, and Ascanio in Francesca Zambello’s production of Les Troyens conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Recent orchestral engagements have included Berlioz’ The Childhood of Christ with Royal Albert Hall, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Metropolitain in Mozart’s Mass in C minor, San Francisco Symphony and Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Cleveland Orchestra singing the title role 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, Cinq poèmes de Charles Baudelaire at the Berlin Philharmonic with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, Mostly Mozart Festival in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Lincoln Center, Honegger and Ibert’s L’Aiglon with Kent Nagano at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Schéhérazade and 5 mélodies populaires grecques with the Essen Philharmonic and Hans Graaf, Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Emmanuel Villaume and the Utah Symphony, Les Nuits d’été at the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, performances 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, Chausson’s Poeme de l’amour et de la mer and Beethoven’s Egmont Schauspielmusik with the Bamberg Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Colorado Symphony and National Arts Centre, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in César Franck’s Redemption, conducted by James Gaffigan, Haydn’s Theresienmesse with Les Violons du Roy, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, Gulbenkian Musicá in Lisbon, Portugal in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Atlanta Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Calgary Philharmonic and Mozart’s Requiem with the San Antonio Symphony.

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 an 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. She splits her time between Montréal and London, England.

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