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ABOUT 

VANESSA

Dominick Gravel Photography

Canadian soprano Vanessa Croome’s curiosity for repertoire both new and old paired with a dynamic stage-presence has launched her into the world of opera and classical music. Described as “an incredible vocal talent...moved us to tears” (Ludwig Van Montreal), Vanessa is quickly building a name for herself in the world of classical music. 

 

Highlights of the 2022-2023 season include a debut with the Jacksonville Symphony singing Queen of the Night in their production of Mozart's The Magic Flute and a recital debut at Montréal's acclaimed Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur performing songs of Tavener, Previn, and Poulenc with cellist Sahara von Hattenberger and pianist Kyoko Hashimoto. In September 2023 Vanessa will return to the Opéra de Montréal stage to sing Barbarina in their production of Le Nozze di Figaro. 

Winner of the Opéra de Montréal Prix Étoile Stingray, Vanessa was an artist in residence with the house for the 2021-2022 season. Season highlights include Königin der Nacht (cover) in Barrie Kosky's production of Die Zauberflöte and concert debuts with Orchestre Métropolitain (Donizetti, La fille du régiment), Orchestre de L'Agora (Rameau, Platée) and Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville (songs of Mahler and Strauss). During the 2022 festival season, Vanessa was an apprentice artist with The Santa Fe Opera performing as a soloist in the world premiere of Huang Ruo's opera M.Butterfly and covering Frasquita in Carmen. Other recent performance highlights include Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Morgana (Alcina), Cunégonde (Candide), and Miles (The Turn of the Screw).

In 2020, Vanessa debuted the role of Léa for the world premiere of Laurence Jobidon's L’hiver attend beaucoup de moi to critical acclaim on a performance broadcast across Canada with Opéra de Montréal. During the 2020-2021 season, Vanessa had the chance to appear both virtually and in concert with Orchestra de L’Agora performing the soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th Symphony as well record arias by Mozart with musicians from Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of Nicolas Ellis. 

Vanessa received early training at the Opera Theater of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist as a cover on the world premiere of Huang Ruo's An American Soldier. She holds a Masters degree in Voice & Opera from McGill University and a Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has appeared in Masterclass with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Marilyn Horne, Christopher Allen, Michael McMahon, and Wolfgang Holzmair. Vanessa was a finalist for the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition and the Elizabeth Wirth Vocal Prize, as well as a semi-finalist for the 2021 Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. 

A proud collaborator with community-based teams, Vanessa works often with organizations performing outreach and educational concerts. Her happy place is on a stage using opera and song as a storytelling medium for today's complex world. Vanessa is currently the Artistic Director of Kin Musique, a non-profit organization dedicated to the democratization of performance arts in downtown Montréal. 

 

Vanessa’s education in the United States and Canada was generously supported by the British Columbia Arts Council.

ROLES

 

Bernstein:        Cunégonde / Candide 

 

Britten:             Miss Wordsworth / Albert Herring 

Bizet:                Frasquita/ Carmen

 

Donizetti:          Corilla / Viva la Mamma

 

Handel:             Morgana / Alcina 

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

 

Mozart:              Barbarina/ Le nozze di Figaro            

                          

                          Königin der Nacht/ Die Zauberflöte

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

Schönberg:       Cosette / Les Misérables 

(*) 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) 

SONG

 

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 

                          Métamorphoses

  

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