Nathalie Paulin


Nathalie Paulin



Soprano Nathalie Paulin has established herself in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East as an interpretive artist of the very first rank. Winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Opera Performance, she has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors including Harry Christophers, Jane Glover, Michael Christie, Robert Spano, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Antony Walker, Bernard Labadie, Sir Roger Norrington, Andrew Parrott, David Agler, Jacques Lacombe, Graeme Jenkins, and Andrew Litton on both the concert platform and in opera. As well, critics have been lavish in their praise. Reviewing from Chicago, John van Rhein noted that “Paulin in particular is a real find; her rich, agile voice possesses great depth and allure, her manner radiates sensuous charm.”  Ms. Paulin debuted for L’Opéra de Montréal as Mélisande in Pélléas et Mélisande and for Chicago Opera Theater as Galatea in Acis and Galatea. She was re-engaged by Chicago Opera Theater for the title role in Semele and for Mary in La Resurrezione, both by Handel. She has also been heard as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for Cincinnati Opera and the Dallas Opera featured her in Carmen and Cunning Little Vixen.

The New Brunswick native’s recent and upcoming seasons include Dear Life and Vivier’s Lonely Child for the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the extensive European Tour which  followed; the title role in Beethoven’s Leonore (1805) for Opera Lafayette (D.C); the role of Despina in Cosi fan tutte for Vancouver Opera; Vivier’s Lonely Child and Mozart’s Requiem for the Vancouver Symphony; Handel’s Messiah for Toronto’s Pax Christie Chorale and the Vancouver Chamber Choir; and she curated a programme for Montréal’s Arion at Bourgie Hall. Further engagements have included Blow’s Venus and Adonis for Clavecin en Concert, Lonely Child for Symphony Nova Scotia, Goercki’s Symphony No. 3 for the Winnipeg Symphony, and Cherubini’s Stabat Mater for Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings. Of special interest were performances of scenes from late 18th Century French operas by Sacchini, Cherubini and Martini, conducted by Ryan Brown for Opera Lafayette in D.C. and New York. Other credits in the USA and Canada include Messiah for Portland Baroque, the Naples Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony and Orchestre symhonique de Trois-Rivières; Fauré’s Requiem for the Vancouver Symphony; Carmina Burana for Festival de Lanaudière; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for the Kingston and Ottawa symphonies; Bach Cantatas for Stratford Summer Music; the title role in Theodora for Vancouver Early Music; the Countess in Le Nozze de Figaro for Opera Lyra Ottawa; and Beethoven’s Mass In C with Tafelmusik.

Ms. Paulin is highly regarded for the breadth of her musical curiosity and she has been engaged for works ranging from Jacques Hetu’s Les Clartés de la nuit with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Handel’s Orlando with Washington Concert Opera to Micaela in Carmen with Opera Tampa to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Seattle Symphony. She has been featured by Bard Summerscape in New York, the Handel and Hayden Society, Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Symphony, Boston Baroque, Music of the Baroque, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Mercury Baroque and the Colorado Symphony, as well as all the major orchestras and opera companies of Canada. On the festival circuit, she has been heard with the Wexford Festival in Ireland, the Fredericton Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and the Scotia Festival in Halifax.

Frequently heard on both the French and English CBC networks, she is a past winner of the Montréal Symphony Competition and holds a Master’s Degree from the Université de Montréal. She won the Dvorak prize and has also received awards and prizes from the George London Foundation in New York, the Young Mozart Singers’ Competition in Toronto, and the Canadian Music Competition. Ms. Paulin is currently a member of the Vocal Department at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.


Antonio Sacchini: “Oedipe a Colone” with Opera Lafayette, Ryan Brown, Director (Naxos)

Felicien David: “Lalla Roukh” with Opera Lafayette, Ryan Brown, Director (Naxos)

Antonio Caldara: “La Conversione di Clodoveo, Re di Francia” with Le Nouvel Opera, Alexander Weimann, Director (ATMA Classique)

Fauré and Duruflé Requiems with the Elora Festival Singers

September 2019



Bizet Micaëla
Cavalli Calisto LA CALISTO
Chabrier Princess Laoula L’ÉTOILE
Charpentier Créuse MÉDÉE
Donizetti Norina
Handel Galatea
Lehár Valencienne DIE LUSTIGE WITWE
Lully Andromède PERSÉE
Massenet Manon MANON
Mozart Susanna
Purcell Belinda DIDO AND AENEAS
Sacchini Antigone OEDIPE À COLONNE
Verdi Oscar



Bach Cantata 51 (Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen)
Cantata 211 (Coffee Cantata)
Mass in A Major (BWV 234)
Mass in B Minor (BWV 232)
Mass in G Major
Matthäus Passion
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Britten Les Illuminations
Bruckner Te Deum
Charpentier Magnificat
Desmarest Les Grands Motets
Dvorák Mass in D dur
Fauré Requiem
Gorecki Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, No. 3
Greig Peer Gynt
Handel Dixit Dominus
Israel in Egypt
La Resurrezione
Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112)
Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day
Salve Regina
Haydn Die Schöpfung
Nelson Messe
Missa Brevis in F (Jugendmesse)
Mahler Symphony Nos. 2, 4
Mendelssohn Lobgesang (opus 52)
Mercure Cantate pour une Joie
Mozart Litaniae in E flat major
Exultate Jubilate
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Poulenc Cocardes
Stabat Mater
Scarlatti Stabat Mater
Stabat Mater Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Telemann Magnificat
Orff Carmina Burana
Vaughan Williams Benedicite
Vivaldi Gloria
Vivier Lonely Child


“Few singers get to play a caring daughter, a self-sacrificing lover and a murderous mother in a single evening, as the soprano Nathalie Paulin did on Sunday at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center….a couple of the soloists — particularly Ms. Paulin… — could hold the stage in these spare surroundings…”  [Opera Lafayette, Opera and the French Revolution]
New York Times, Zachary Woolfemay

“In Opera and the French Revolution the three lead characters of Antigone, Sapho, and Médée were all stunningly performed by Canadian soprano, Nathalie Paulin. She epically sang her way from devoted daughter, to spurned lover, to murderous mother with supersonic skill and steaming passion. Her Antigone was a strong yet subservient woman serving the needs of her ailing father. She was sensual and sad as the tragic lover, Sapho, and she was aflame as the unhinged mad mother, Médée. A triumph of a performance! Paulin was the epicenter of the production, a magnetic force around which the fates created chaos. She was utterly spellbinding. Bravo!” [Opera Lafayette, Opera and the French Revolution]
New York Theater Guide, Jacquelyn Claire

“His Countess was Nathalie Paulin, who balanced the light-hearted elements of the show with depth in her arias lamenting the passing of love in her relationship.” [The Marriage of Figaro, Opera Lyra]
Barcza Blog, Peter Barcza

“We also see and hear how the more serious solos and deep emotional moments take us beyond the comedy and develop in acts three and four as the Countess (Nathalie Paulin) laments her husband’s infidelities (a beautifully lyrical soprano with deep emotional ranges).”  [The Marriage of Figaro, Opera Lyra]
Capital Critics’ Circle, Alvina Ruprecht

“Paulin was charming as the innocent Calisto. She sang Cavalli’s poignant laments with believable emotion and a pure-toned soprano.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer, Janelle Gelfand

“The women are all excellent, especially soprano Nathalie Paulin, a convincingly innocent Calisto.”
Cincinnati City Beat – Anne Arenstein

“The several soliloquies of Calisto and her sexually-charged encounters with Jove are exquisitely sung by the very fine soprano Nathalie Paulin.”
Seen and Heard International, Rafael de Acha

“Canadian soprano Nathalie Paulin gives a tingling performance of the aria Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante .”
Tampa Bay Times, Stephanie Hayes

“Paulin’s maneuvering of a very convincing (but purely padded) pregnant bulge was as expertly comic as her tartly sparkling singing was idiomatically spot-on.”
Opera Canada, Patrick Dillon [Le Roi Malgré Lui, Bard Festival]

“[T]he soprano Nathalie Paulin offered a rich, nuanced tone that suited Alexina, Henri’s onetime flame and Fritelli’s wife.”
New York Times – Steve Smith

“The strongest work came from Nathalie Paulin, who displayed a rich, creamy soprano and excellent comic timing as Alexina…”
The Wall Street Journal – Heidi Waleson

“The most emotionally arresting moments were provided by … Nathalie Paulin as Alexina… Paulin’s soprano is …burnished, her singing assured and precise.” Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

“Nathalie Paulin made a richly sensual Alexina, with a full, gleaming soprano and a glamorous stage presence. Flirtatious and determined, she had good vocal and dramatic chemistry with Liam Bonner’s Henri.”

“The star of the show is clearly Nathalie Paulin, the production’s Manon. This is a grateful role for Paulin, who with her petite figure, happy-go-lucky character, and crystal-clear, lyric voice is perfectly suited to the part. Paulin is perfectly believable as the girlish Manon whom the audience first meets, and her initial attraction to de Grieux, the young man she ensnares and ultimately betrays, is compelling and natural. Paulin is equally fine in her portrayal of the other personalities of Manon we meet throughout the opera: the Manon who chooses diamonds over love, Manon as courtesan and belle of the ball, a Manon desperate to retrieve de Grieux’s love and the dying Manon. In all the arias, from the familiar “Adieu, notre petite table” in the second act to the famous “Gavotte” in the third act, Paulin came up trumps. Her singing was always limpid and sweet and yet had the strength and brilliance to make the emotional climaxes thrilling.”
Calgary Herald – Kenneth Delong

“Soprano Nathalie Paulin (Semele) was a vocal and thespian marvel, her voice breezily agile in florid passages yet sensitively nuanced when expressing yearning, bliss or determination.”
Opera Canada – Robert Jordan

“Nathalie Paulin, sun of the evening, merits a new invitation to Arion…”
Le Devoir – Christophe Huss

“Friday’s offering by the Handel and Haydn Society at Jordan Hall was a lively and original combination of English words and music from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Instrumental interludes alternated with vocal pieces, sung by soprano Nathalie Paulin and baritone Jason Grant. Each singer had a showpiece as well: Paulin sang Dido’s lament from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas exquisitely.”
The Boston Globe – David Perkins

“Philip Picket made his conducting début with the Handel and Haydn Society yesterday evening at NEC’s Jordan Hall in a program of music and words from the early years of English musical theatre. Vocal soloists were soprano Nathalie Paulin and baritone Jason Grant. Paulin’s warm, rich, nimble and persuasive instrument was brilliant and glittered in Blow’s Venus and Adonis in particular.”
Classical Voice of New England – Marvin J. Ward

“Nathalie Paulin, a singer of shimmering lines and exquisite phrasing, captured the fragility and turmoil of a perfect Mélisande—one of the most enigmatic characters in all opera.”
Vancouver Sun – Tara Wohlberg

“Paulin’s Antigone was deeply appealing in voice and stage presence.”
The Washington Post – Joseph McLella

“soprano Nathalie Paulin brought fiery power to the role of Angelica.” (Orlando)
The Washington Post – Stephen Brooks

“…daughter Antigone is the dramatically vibrant Nathalie Paulin who is also able to express the nobility of her charcter.”
(Recording OEDIPUS AT COLONUS, Naxos)
Musicweb International – Goran Forsling

“Nathalie Paulin, COT’s delectable GALATEA last year, sang Semele with sensuality and spirit, sailing through pages of ornate coloratura accurately and musically.”
Chicago Tribune – John von Rhein

“…Paulin’s lyric soprano is high, pure and strong. She appears supremely comfortable in the upper register but the voice is also secure and velvety in mid-range. Best of all, however, she sings with heart and commitment, whatever the material.”
The Toronto Star – Robert Crew

“…Canadian soprano Nathalie Paulin was pure class from her first note to her last. Her silky powerful voice sounds secure and free throughout her register. While she showed off laser-precise coloratura in Rejoice greatly, her use of ornamentation was restrained and tasteful.”
The Ottawa Citizen – Natasha Gauthier

“Full marks to her as a zealous angel with a riveting, stylish high voice that has the requisite keenly honed edge and her ability to adjust relatively no-frills delivery when assuming disciple John’s role. The change was as seamless as one could dare hope.”
The Toronto Star – Geoff Chapman

“Nathalie Paulin incarne l’héroine. La soprano on le sent, l’a bien travaillée, sa Manon. Elle la chante d’une voix belle et qui coule, elle la joue avec gout, measure et intelligence, de sorte qu’elle lui donne une existence à laquelle on croit tout à fait.”
Le Soleil – Richard Boisvert

“…her controlled but oft-soaring voice and presentation was ideally suited to the material, providing an ecstatic ring to her phrasing, that was what the five melodies required. Elsewhere she glowed.”
The Toronto Star – Geoff Chapman

“Her command of vocal line and the frequent trills and leaps in her singing style impressed this gala night’s Vancouver Festival audience.”
Vancouver – Ed Farolan

“Nathalie Paulin was a voluptuous Semele. Her soprano was clear and open.”
Chicago Sun Times

“Paulin sang with keening clarity. It’s a challenging coloratura role. She communicated directly with the audience, displaying a welcome charisma (a sense of let me take you there) that made a long evening worthwhile.” (THE TEMPEST, Ariel)
Times Colonist – Adrian Chamberlain

“Paulin, constantly flitting about the periphery of the action, was a theatrical and vocal tour de force, her quicksilver stage movements paralleled by her light, agile soprano voice. She certainly stole the show.”
(Pacific Opera Victoria, THE TEMPEST)
Opera Canada – Robert Jordan



Nathalie sings Handel’s Messiah in a rare gender-bending performance with the Ottawa Choral Society, The performance will be at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi on November 30, 2019.

Nathalie joins the Vancouver Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem on November 22 and 23, 2019.



“Gioisco che il tuo core” from Clodoveo, re di Francia by Caldara

“Pie Jesu” from Requiem by Fauré

“Rejoice greatly! Oh daughter of Zion” from Messiah by Handel