Monica Huisman



Monica Huisman


Dutch-Canadian Soprano, Monica Huisman has been hailed as possessing a soprano voice that ’embodies both flawless technique and dramatic impact’ (Opera Canada). Ms. Huisman has delighted audiences from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to Guatemala City with the reputation of her ‘silken’ voice ‘consistently crafting each note into a work of art’ (Winnipeg Free Press).

She has soared on the stages of Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Netherlands Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Ontario and Saskatoon Opera in productions of Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Cunning Little Vixen, La bohème, Magic Flute, Hansel und Gretel and Lakmé. Many of these performances have been broadcast by CBC Radio on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Equally at home in concert repertoire Ms. Huisman has thrilled audiences with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton  Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony, Concertgebouw Orkest, Radio-Symphony Orkest and Orchestra London in such works as Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony.  Recent engagements included a return to Amsterdam in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras with the Rio International Cello Festival in Rio di Janeiro, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Winnipeg Symphony, broadcast by the CBC.   She was heard last season in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang and Four Songs for Cello and Voice, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Vancouver Symphony, Haydn’s Creation as well as the Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Regina Symphony.  

Upcoming performances for 2016-2017 include Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, as well as Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff with Manitoba Opera.


September 2016


Bizet Frasquita CARMEN
Davies, Victor Celeste TRANSIT OF VENUS (premier)
Floyd Mrs.Hayes/Susannah SUSANNAH
Gounod Juliette ROMÉO et JULIETTE
Handel Dorinda ORLANDO
Humperdinck Sandman/Dewfairy/Gretel HÄNSEL UND GRETEL
Mozart Countess/Susannah
Donna Anna/Donna Elvira
Puccini Musetta LA BOHÈME
Pura, B. Mme. Riel BATOCHE
Rossini Clorinda CINDERELLA
Sullivan Fleta IOLANTHE



Bach, J.S. Magnificat
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Mass in C
Brahms Neue Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 65
Handel Messiah
Mahler Symphony No. 2 and 4
Mendelssohn Elijah
Poulenc Gloria
Rutter Magnificat
Strauss, R.
Mirjam’s Siegesgesang
Vier Letzte Lieder
Verdi Quattro pezzi sacri


“Her powerful vocals and own comic chops further testify to this gifted performer’s versatility.” [Falstaff, Manitoba Opera], Holly Harris

“Les quatre belles commères, le soprano Monica Huisman (Alice Ford)…brillent par leur charme et leur espièglerie. Quatre voix superbes et quatre actrices exceptionnelles, elles chantent et jouent avec une grande complicité.” [Falstaff, Manitoba Opera]
La Liberté, Pierre Meunier

“Winnipeg-born Huisman’s voice that grew, in turn, out of the choir’s texture became another highlight. Her molten soprano soared over the combined 100-plus musicians and 120 singers with ease, eventually joined by Krause as they sung like angels extolling the power of faith.”
Winnipeg Free Press, Holly Harris [Mahler Symphony No. 2]

“…the star was Monica Huisman’s Micaëla …with only two opportunities to ravish her audience, Huisman triumphed both times…”
Opera Canada

“…partnered by Monica Huisman as the Fox, whose silken voice and fine stage sense belong in the show-stealing category…
Review Vancouver

“…soprano Monica Huisman’s performance was worth the price of admission alone. .. a resonant voice as rich as melted chocolate, she was a pleasure to hear…”
Winnipeg Free Press

“…Monica Huisman made a compelling Pamina, beautiful to watch and with her dark rich tone, a more interesting Princess to hear than many more famous sopranos.”
Opera Canada

“…Huisman sang with full throttle vocalism and ample emotion transforming what some might dismiss as a bel-canto bauble into a vivid scene.”
Montreal Gazette

“….listen to young Canadian sensation Monica Huisman in the role of Musetta…”
Globe and Mail – Toronto

“…Monica Huisman’s Musetta is endowed with an enormous voice used with all its pouting, preening and sneering velocity in the opera’s best-known aria “Quando m’en vo…”
Times Colonist, Victoria

“…soprano Monica Huisman invested in the role of Frasquita with fiery Hispanic temperament and
vocal excellence…”
The Courier – Vancouver

“…Huisman’s expressive soprano led the way through the Four Last Songs…such sad beauty was contained in Huisman’s interpretation that the audience had her back twice after its initial response.”
Star Phoenix

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“…fantastic young soprano Monica Huisman. As one of the high ladies, provided an incredible sound,
foreshadowing the tragedy to follow for Francesca da Rimini…”
de Trouw – Amsterdam 2000

“…and Monica Huisman as Musetta , maintained a sense that “less is more.” Her version of Musetta’s Waltz positively sizzled with sensuality but there was always a sense of disciplined restraint. Her final top notes tapered to a whisper, embodying both flawless technique and dramatic impact….”
Morning Star – Okanagan Vocal Arts Festival

“…Canadian Soprano Monica Huisman as Micaela is blessed with a lovely
lyric voice that has a seductive throaty sound”.
CFMX Toronto Classical


Musetta excerpt, 4th Act, La Boheme by Puccini