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Soprano Vanessa Croome, winner of the 2018 Opéra de Montréal Prix Étoiles Stringray, made her professional  debut as a Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in May 2018. Vanessa is a young artist with the Opéra de Montréal Atelier Lyrique for the 2019-2020 season, debuting the role of Léa in the world premiere of L'hiver attend beaucoup de moi in March 2020. A recent graduate of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Vanessa earned her Masters of Music in Voice and Opera under the tutelage of Dominique Labelle, Michael McMahon, Stephen Hargreaves, Patrick Hansen, and Olivier Godin.


A singing-actress, Vanessa is passionate about performing a variety of repertoire and new works. Recent performance highlights include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, and Cunegonde in Candide (Opera McGilll), Miles in Turn of the Screw with Opéra de Montréal and the Orchestre Symphonique de l'Agora, Arthur Honegger’s Le Roi David under the baton of Jean-Sébastien Vallée, and young artist cover for the role of Josephine Young in the celebrated world premiere of Huang Ruo’s opera An American Soldier at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In November 2018, Vanessa was a finalist for the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition, the Opéra de Montréal Atelier Lyrique, and the Elizabeth Wirth Vocal Prize at the Schulich School of Music.

Vanessa is an alumnus of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Gerdine Young Artist Program, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Lachine International Vocal Academy and the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has had the honour of working with such esteemed artists as Erie Mills, Stephen Lord, Marilyn Horne, Daune Mahy, Gianna Rolandi, Frank Lopardo, Liz Upchurch, Jennifer Szeto, James Robinson, Danielle Orlando, Richard Gammon, Daniel Michalak, Boris Brott, and Bretton Brown among others.


Hailing from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Vanessa received early training with the Chemainus Theatre Festival and the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. She was a recipient of the British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship Award which generously helped fund her studies both in Canada and the United States.

In her spare time Vanessa works as a social media consultant and enjoys writing, running, and cooking breakfast-foods-not-for-breakfast. 



Bernstein:        Cunegonde / Candide 


Britten:             Miss Wordsworth / Albert Herring 

Donizetti:          Corilla / Viva la Mamma


                          Adina* / L'elisir d'amore 


Handel:             Morgana / Alcina 

Jobidon:            Léa/ L'hiver attend beaucoup de moi +


Mozart:              Despina / Così fan tutte


                          Pamina/ Die Zauberflöte

Offenbach:        Eurydice / Orpheus and the Underworld

Ruo, Huang:      Josephine Young* / An American Soldier +

Schönberg:       Cosette / Les Misérables 

(*) Cover   (+) World Premiere  



Barber:              Knoxville, Summer of 1915

Chausson:         Chanson Perpétuelle, Op. 37

Fauré:                Requiem in D minor, Op. 48

Honegger:         Le Roi David (Soprano soloist)


Mendelssohn:    Elijah, Op. 70 (#7, 28, 35 soloist) 



Copland:            Four Early Songs 


Debussy:           Quatre chansons de jeunesse


Larsen:              Songs from Letters


Poulenc:            Fiançailles pour rire 

                          Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon