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Mireille Asselin

Mireille Asselin
Photo by Bo Huang.

Soprano Mireille Asselin, hailed for her “crystalline voice” and “abundant charm,” continues to build an already exciting career in 2017-2018. A return to her native Canada, for Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Atelier, precedes her fifth season at the Metropolitan Opera, where she covers Valencienne in The Merry Widow. Ms. Asselin “stole the show” in her 2015 Met debut as Adele in Die Fledermaus, conducted by James Levine.

A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Asselin is also developing the role of Eleanor of Aquitaine in Sanctuary and Storm, a new opera for Re:Naissance Opera in Toronto, with preview performances planned for January 2018. In April 2018, she makes a role and company debut as Eurydice in Opera Columbus’s new production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice (in the Berlioz version), adding to an operatic repertoire that includes such roles as Pamina, Nannetta, Musetta, and Thérèse (Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias).

During the 2016-2017 Metropolitan Opera season, Ms. Asselin covered the roles of Jemmy in Guillaume Tell and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Audiences at Opera Atelier and the Royal Opera of the Palace of Versailles saw her as Créuse in Charpentier’s Medée. She also made notable concert debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, in Handel’s Messiah, and with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, as Iris in Semele.

Appropriately for such a versatile artist, Ms. Asselin’s concert and recital dates in 2017-2018 include a Boston recital of travel songs by Barber, Berlioz, and others in September, and a debut in November with the North Carolina Symphony, singing the soprano solos in Mozart’s Requiem and the Vaughan Williams Pastoral Symphony. In February 2018, she joins members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, dancers from Opera Atelier, and others, in Toronto for a reprise of Harmonia Sacra, a recital of sacred works by Purcell. The group first performed this highly successful program in May 2017 in the Palace of Versailles in France.

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