Julie Boulianne (Mezzo-Soprano)
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. The New York Times said of her performances of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, “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."
Boulianne has enjoyed many operatic engagements and role debuts in the 2015-2016 season at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opernhaus Zürich, Opéra de Angers, Nantes Opéra and Opéra Grand Avignon. Orchestral highlights include 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.
Career highlights include appearances at the Metropolitan Opera as Diane in Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Iphigénie en Tauride, conducted by Patrick Summers, as well as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette, under the baton of Plácido Domingo; 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.
Equally at home in symphonic repertoire, she has sung with the Utah Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony, and 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. She has recorded for Chaîne Culturelle de Radio-Canada, Radio France, and on the Naxos label.
In March 2009, Naxos Records released a recording of Shéhérazade and L’enfant et les sortilèges featuring Boulianne and the Nashville Symphony, which was nominated for the Grammy® Award for Best Classical Album. She can also be heard on a 2011 ATMA Classique release of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder.
A graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, Boulianne won First Prize in the Canadian Music Competition and the Joy of Singing Competition in New York. She has also 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.