Praised for her “full, gleaming sound” (Chicago Tribune), Canadian soprano Tracy Cantin “has it all – agility, power and dazzling coloratura” (Chicago Sun-Times), not to mention “vocal and physical allure, with interpretive intelligence and stage presence to boot” (Chicago Tribune).
A recent graduate of the prestigious Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ms. Cantin has been featured in mainstage productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Elektra, Rigoletto, Parsifal, and most importantly in the title role of Donizetti’s demanding Anna Bolena, stepping in at the last minute for soprano Sondra Radvanovsky.
The 2016/17 season marked Ms. Cantin’s long anticipated Canadian debut as Chrysothemis in Strauss’ Elektra with Edmonton Opera. During the summer of 2017, she covered Elza van der Heever in the title role of Alcina with Santa Fe Opera. She joins the Canadian Opera Company in the spring of 2018 to once again cover Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Anna Bolena. Future project also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Thunder Bay Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem for the Okanagan Symphony.
Her operatic repertoire includes Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Governess in Turn of the Screw, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Desdemona in Otello, Eva in Die Meistersinger, the title role in Rusalka, and Alice Ford in Falstaff. An avid concert performer, Ms. Cantin has been heard as a soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest, Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in A flat, and Mozart’s Requiem. Engagements extend to Australia where she performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Melbourne Symphony alongside Bryn Terfel, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.
The Prince Edward Island native has shared the stage with internationally renowned artists including Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Christine Goerke, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Eric Owens, Ana Maria Martìnez, and most recently made debuts with the Ravinia Festival, Grant Park Festival, Oregon Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Ms. Cantin has had the privilege of working with several of today’s most respected conductors and directors, including Sir Andrew Davis (Beethoven 9, La Bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro), Riccardo Muti (La Traviata), Michele Mariotti (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Vlad Iftinca (Turn of the Screw), Bertrand de Billy (Otello), Sir David McVicar (Elektra, Rusalka), John Caird (Parsifal), and Michael Cavanaugh (Elektra).
Ms. Cantin is the recipient of the Rose Pulman award from the Sullivan Foundation (2014), and the Lieutenant Governor General of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (2014). She is the first prizewinner in Canada’s prestigious Lois Marshall Memorial Competition (2010), has received top awards from the Licia-Albanese Puccini Voice Competition (2016), Bel Canto Competition (2015), and Chicago’s Union League Competition (2014), and most recently was a National Semi-Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City (2016). Ms. Cantin holds degrees from McGill University, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Alberta.
|Britten||Governess/Miss Jessel||TURN OF THE SCREW|
|Donizetti||Anna Bolena||ANNA BOLENA|
|Humperdinck||Gertrude||HANSEL AND GRETEL|
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
|Rossini||Berta||IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA|
|Strauss, J||Rosalinde||DIE FLEDERMAUS|
|Strauss, R||Chrysothemis/5th Maid||ELEKTRA|
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
|Wagner||Eva||DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG|
|Beethoven||Symphony No. 9|
|Brahms||Ein Deutsches Requiem|
|Mozart||Requiem in D minor
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore KV 339
Mass in C minor KV 427
|Strauss||Vier letzte Lieder
Gesänge des Orients
|Verdi||Messa da Requiem|
“Tracy Cantin, who played Elektra’s sister, absolutely stole every scene she was in. It was more than just her glistening bright voice—it was the emotive and descriptive passion that simply exuded from every line that she sang. Coupled with her very convincing and engaged physical performance, Tracy Cantin was the absolute highlight of the entire evening.”
“Soprano Tracy Cantin, as Elektra’s younger sister Chrysothemis, was making her Canadian opera debut. What a splendid voice she has, essentially lyrical, but with the power to effortlessly soar over Strauss’ heavy orchestration. She matches that with strong character acting, with such telling touches as the subtle cradling of her arms early on, long before we hear of her obsession of her being a mother.” Edmonton Journal
“Tracy Cantin used her clear, powerful and sumptuous soprano in “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” from Puccini’s La Rondine. This role suits her voice like a velvet glove! Cantin and Puccini are a perfect fit!”
“Ryan Opera Center alumna Tracy Cantin as Brunnhilde is a powerful-voiced soprano and wonderful comedian.”
“Ok, maybe that didn’t actually bring events to a halt. But this did: soprano Tracy Cantin’s entrance from somewhere at the back of the room, Lyric’s intimate rehearsal hall, singing the Valkyrie Brünhilde’s famous battle-cry aria “Ho jo to ho!” Whoa, the genuine article had just arrived – a huge, ringing, glorious voice. Cantin is an alumna of the Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center, and a stunning credit to the program she is.”
Chicago on the Aisle
“Tracy Cantin, a recent alumna of Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center, who not only possesses a spectacular voice, but has the exuberant comic chops for this work, and sets it on fire.”
“The cast consists of a half dozen flawlessly funny Second City veterans and a pair of operatic singers, soprano Tracy Cantin and bass Jonah D. Winston, so accomplished onstage that until they let loose with the megavoices you can’t distinguish them from the sketch and improve masters.”
“Soprano Tracy Cantin is already a fully formed singer who has it all – agility, power and dazzling coloratura. She infused drama and urgency into the duet, “Soli noi siamo,” from Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, providing a fiery conclusion to the first half. And if that were not enough, she returned for a recitative and aria from Charles Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, nailing them as well.”
“Canadian soprano Tracy Cantin swept audiences with her gentle rendition of ‘Song to the Moon’”
Highland Park Landmark
“I feel especially compelled to praise Tracy Cantin as the maid Berta: so great was her finesse and projection… certainly a name to watch from now on!”
“Bryn Terfel opened the vocal section with stentorian command, finding a worthy challenge in Tracy Cantin’s mobile soprano.”
Sydney Morning Herald