Praised for her “full, gleaming sound” (Chicago Tribune), Canadian soprano Tracy Cantin “has it all – agility, power and dazzling coloratura” (Chicago Sun-Times), not to mention “vocal and physical allure, with interpretive intelligence and stage presence to boot” (Chicago Tribune).
Recent performances include her critically-acclaimed debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony in Bernstein’s Songfest, the title role in Anna Bolena for the Canadian Opera Company and Verdi’s Requiem with the Okanagan Symphony. Her previous season was rounded out with
Brünnhilde’s epic Immolation Scene from Götterdammerung for the Vancouver Symphony as well as the National Symphony of Costa Rica, and Strauss’ Elektra for the Canadian Opera Company. Upcoming projects include Musetta in La bohème for Fort Worth Opera, Bernstein’s Songfest with Marin Alsop and Seattle Symphony, the title role in Anna Bolena for Edmonton Opera, and Leonore in Fidelio with Calgary Opera.
A graduate of the world-renowned Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cantin was featured in mainstage productions of Il barbière di Siviglia, Elektra, Rigoletto, Parsifal, and Anna Bolena. Her operatic repertoire also includes Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Governess and Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Amelia (Simon Boccanegra), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Desdemona (Otello), Eva (Die Meistersinger), the title roles in Rusalka and Alcina, and Alice Ford (Falstaff). An avid concert performer, Cantin has also been heard in Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in A flat, Mahler’s Symphony no.2, and Mozart’s Requiem. Engagements extend to Australia where she performed as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Melbourne Symphony alongside Bryn Terfel, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. Rescheduled appearances include performances with the Victoria Symphony, National Arts Center of Canada, and the Denver Philharmonic.
Recent triumphs include debuts with the Ravinia Festival, Grant Park Festival, Oregon Symphony, Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Thunder Bay Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Additionally, Cantin has had the privilege of working with several of today’s most respected conductors and directors, including Sir Andrew Davis (Beethoven 9, :La bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro), Riccardo Muti (la Traviata), Michele Mariotti (Il Barbière di Siviglia), Carlos Kalmar (Beethoven 9), Bertrand de Billy (Otello), Sir David McVicar (Elektra, Rusalka), John Caird (Parsifal), Alexander Prior (Elektra), David Alden (Alcina), Stephen Lawless (Anna Bolena), Johannes Debus (Elektra), Otto Tausk (Götterdämmerung), and Michael Cavanaugh (Elektra).
The recipient of many honors, Cantin was named a National Semi-Finalist of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was an apprentice artist at Lyric Opera of Chicago (2012- 2015) and Santa Fe Opera (2016-2017), and a Voice Fellow of the Steans Music Institute at Ravinia (2018). Cantin holds degrees from McGill University (2012), Western University (2011), and the University of Alberta (2008).