Known for her commanding stage presence, compelling performances and effortless musicality, soprano Chantale Nurse, a native Montrealer of Guyanese descent, was a member of the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal for two seasons.
Her upcoming engagements for the 2013-2014 season include singing Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder with Sinfonia Orchestra at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in November 2013, the role of Clara in Opéra de Montréal's production of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess in January 2014, and a recital/cabaret-opera with pianist, Jérémie Pelletier in May 2014.
For the 2012-2013 season, Chantale returned to Asia where she sang in a series of concerts in Yokkaichi and Osaka, Japan with Japanese artists during the months of September and October. At the beginning of 2013 she was the invited guest artist in Opera de Montréal's production of Die Fledermaus and had the distinct honour of interpreting Josephine Baker. And in March 2013, she interpreted to great success the role of Sister Rose in the Quebec premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking at Opéra de Montréal.
During the 2011-2012 season, Chantale sang the role of the First Nymph in Opéra de Montréal's production of Rusalka by Dvořák in the month of November 2011. Afterwards, she participated in a tour of China as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Youth Orchestra, performing in such cities as Guangzhou, Beijing, and Xi'an. Following her time in China, Chantale interpreted the role of Madama Butterfly in the world premiere of Le Quatrième Enfant-Lune by Gabriel Thibaudeau with Opera VMana during the month of March 2012.
During the 2010-2011 season, Chantale sang the role of Countess Ceprano in Opéra de Montréal's production of Verdi's Rigolettoo. She has been on tour throughout the province of Quebec as a soloist in the Atelier lyrique's production of Aleacanto, she sang the role of Anna Gomez in the Atelier lyrique's production of Menotti's The Consul. In concert, Chantale performed a recital with pianist, Jérémie Pelletier, which featured works by Martucci, Duparc, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff, and Pfitzner. She was invited to sing the soprano solo in the Verdi Requiem with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra in April 2011 and again with the Sinfonia Ensemble of Montreal in April 2011. During the 2009-2010 season, Chantale made her professional début in the role of Second Lady in Opéra de Montréal's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.
Chantale finished her studies at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory where she obtained an Artist Diploma. Before her training at The Glenn Gould School, she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music with a Specialization in Performance from Concordia University.
She is a laureate of Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in 2008, 2010, and again in 2011. She was awarded the Montreal Lyric Prize and the Poulenc Prize in 2008. In 2010, she was awarded the Quebec Lyric Prize and the Chinese Lyric Prize. And in 2011, she was awarded the LOJIQ prize and the Quebec Lyric Prize.