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Vanessa Croome has a curiosity for repertoire both new and old. A classical singer praised for her "impeccably clean coloratura" (Le Devoir) and "incredible vocal talent that moved us to tears” (Ludwig Van Montreal), Vanessa is known for her work in classical, contemporary, and baroque repertoire. A graduate of the Santa Fe Opera and Opéra de Montréal artist residency programs, Vanessa is a co-founder of the vocal chamber ensemble Duo Étrange.
Recent engagements include Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute, Jacksonville Symphony), Königin der Nacht (doublure) (Kosky’s Die Zauberflöte, l’Opéra de Montréal), Soloist in the world premier of M.Butterfly at the Santa Fe Opera, La Folie (Platée, Orchestre de L’Agora) and concert debuts with l'Orchestre Métropolitain and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville, as well as critically acclaimed recital debuts at the Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur and L’Association des Arts et Culture dans les Hautes Vosges. Recent engagements include concert performances with Théâtre Lyrichorégra, recital performances at Salle Bourgie with Duo Étrange and Kim Arnesen and Vivaldi’s respective Magnificats with Chœur de l’Art Neuf.
Dedicated to creating contemporary classical art for modern audiences, Vanessa is a founding member of the voice/cello duo Duo Étrange. Since the Duo’s founding in 2023, they have had remarkable early success. With a début disk featuring all new compositions from Montreal’s iconic classical label ATMA Classique and a recital début at the historic Salle Bourgie featuring a world premiere by Nicole Lizée slotted for the 2025-2026 season, the Duo is rapidly making a name for themselves on the concert stage and in the world of new music. Additional upcoming engagements include a coveted spot on the 2024-2025 Le Vivier Pôle Relève and recitals with the Société des Hautes Vosges, France; marking the Duo’s European début.
A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and McGill University, Vanessa received young artist training with Opera de Montreal, the Santa Fe Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Vanessa was a finalist for the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition and the McGill University Elizabeth Wirth Vocal Prize, as well as a semi-finalist for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition.
An advocate for the arts, Vanessa is a founding board member of Fondation LRDG, a classical-arts centered non-profit organization in downtown Montreal. Passionate about building community through the universal language of the arts, her projects often revolve around introducing new audiences to classical music in unconventional ways. Recent collaborations in this space include projects with the critically acclaimed chamber music festival Alto/Fest, the Japanese Consulate, the Embassy of Hungary, project grants from the UK based Daisie.com, and an upcoming Art X Tech project ‘Galerie’ with the Atelier Lyrique of Opéra de Montréal.
Bernstein: Cunégonde / Candide
Britten: Miss Wordsworth / Albert Herring
Miles / Turn of the Screw
Bizet: Frasquita / Carmen
Donizetti: Corilla / Viva la Mamma
Handel: Morgana / Alcina
Jobidon: Léa/ L'hiver attend beaucoup de moi +
Massenet: La Fée / Cendrillon
Mozart: Königin der Nacht / Die Zauberflöte
Susanna / Le nozze di Figaro
Barbarina / Le nozze di Figaro
Rameau: La Folie / Platée
Ravel: Le Feu / L'enfant et les sortilèges
Ruo, Huang: Josephine Young* / An American Soldier +
Schönberg: Cosette / Les Misérables
Strauss II: Adele / Die Fledermaus
Verdi: Oscar / Un ballo in maschera
(*) Cover (+) World Premiere
CONCERT & CHAMBER
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915
Chausson: Chanson Perpétuelle, Op. 37
Fauré: Requiem in D minor, Op. 48
Honegger: Le Roi David (Soprano soloist)
Mahler: Symphony Nº 4
Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70 (#7, 28, 35 soloist)
Copland: Four Early Songs
Debussy: Quatre chansons de jeunesse
Fêtes galantes, L.86 Book I
Larsen: Songs from Letters
Poulenc: Fiançailles pour rire
Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon
Previn: Four Songs for Soprano, Cello, and Piano
Tavener: Akhmatova Songs