Aline Kutan

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Canadian soprano Aline Kutan is one of today’s most accomplished and versatile artists. Since her first major role as Lakmé at Arizona Opera, she has sung in prestigious theatres such as Opéra National de Paris-Bastille, Les Chorégies d’Orange, Opéra de Marseille, Le Capitole de Toulouse, San Carlo di Napoli, Opéra de Monte Carlo, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Glyndebourne Festival, Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Opera de Santiago (Chile), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Canadian Opera Company, Opéra de Montréal, Opéra de Québec, New York City Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. She has sung more than 30 roles including the Queen of the Night (Zauberflöte), Konstanze (Entführung aus dem Serail) Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Lyudmila (Russlan & Lyudmila), Anne Trulove (Rake’s Progress), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Violetta (La Traviata) and Nanetta (Falstaff). She created the role of Pasiphaé in Philippe Fénelon’s Les Rois at Opéra de Bordeaux and sang the role of Semele in Salieri’s Europa Riconosciuta at La Scala.

A winner of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera competition, MSO Voice competition and the Canadian Opera Company Mozart competition, she is also prizewinner of numerous bursaries including the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada- Joseph Rouleau prize, and prizes from the Vancouver Operatic Society, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation as well as the George London Foundation (New York).

Ms. Kutan has regularly performed opera in concert and oratorios with orchestras. She has performed the Angel in Messiaen’s St. Francis of Assisi with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano (Canadian premiere), Carmina Burana, Mahler’s 8th symphony, and Stravinsky’s Rossignol and Mavra, Gliere’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges with Charles Dutoit. With the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, she sang the Fire in l’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Oratorio performances include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, 9th Symphony and Christus am Ölberge, Mozart’s Requiem and the C minor Mass, Rossini’s Petite messe Solennelle, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Britten’s War Requiem and Les Illuminations, Vaughn William’s Dona Nobis Pacem, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria, Pierre Mercure’s Ode à la Joie and Verdi’s Requiem. In the past few seasons, she has appeared with the Molinari Quartet to present Murray Schafer’s contemporary work “7th Quartet”, performed Britten’s War Requiem with Jacques Lacombe, performed Beethoven Folksongs with the Hochelaga Trio and sang Bachianas Brasileiras with 8 cellos at the Montreal Chamber Festival. She also gave recitals with world renowned pianist Nareh Arghamanyan. Since the pandemic, she has recorded recitals for Festival de la Voix with pianist Martin Dubé and Festival de Lachine with pianist Olivier Godin. This spring, Ms Kutan performs on video Berlioz’ Les Nuit d’Été with OPCM conducted by Francis Choinière at the Maison symphonique, Armenian arias and Songs of Contemplation by Alexander Brott with Orchestre classique de Montréal conducted by Boris Brott at Salle Pierre Mercure and the Verdi Requiem at St. Andrews and St.Paul conducted by Jean-Sébastien Vallée. Later this summer, she will sing Wagner’s Wesendonck lieder and Schubert lieder with the Vox Populi quartet.

She has recorded lieder, chamber music and opera with ATMA, Analekta and Sony BMG labels. She also teaches voice at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal as well as McGill University.

 

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