Ghislaine Deschambault

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Ghislaine DeschambaultGhislaine Deschambault

mezzo-soprano

A versatile singer with a warm and agile voice, Ghislaine is rapidly distinguishing herself by her musicality and enchanting stage presence. Recently, the mezzo soprano sang the title role in L’Enfant des Glaces (Zack Settel), with the contemporary opera company Chants Libres, featured during the Montréal Festival en Lumières. She sang Bartok’s Drei Dorfszenen with the Janacek Ensemble in the Netherlands under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw, and presented in 2011 a recital of new music in Paris and Royan, France.  Among her engagements in 2015, she will be singing with acclaimed dance compagny Fila 13 in a new creation titled Imaginarium.

On the opera stage, Ghislaine has created the role of Girl in the world premiere of the opera Alternate Visions (John Oliver), sung Drusilla and Fortuna (l’Incoronazione di Poppea) in Montreal and at the Sackville Early Music Festival and Susanna (Nozze di Figaro) at the St-Sauveur Music Festival.  In concert, she has sung Beethoven’s Mass in C, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.  A strong advocate of new music and creation, she is a member of the Choeur de Chambre du Québec, a young vocal ensemble devoted to the interpretation of the works of Canadian and French Québécois composers. She regularly collaborates with the OSM choir, the Studio de musique de Montréal and Ensemble Caprice.

She has participated in masterclasses with renowned specialists (Stephen Stubbs, Hervé Niquet, Pauline Vaillancourt, Daniel Taylor) and has refined her skills through workshops in North America and Europe (Neil Semer Vocal Institute (Germany), NJO Summer Academy (Netherlands), Domaine Forget, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Accademia d’Amore (Seattle), Vancouver Early Music Workshop).

Ghislaine holds a Master’s degree from the University of Montreal, where she studied voice with Suzie LeBlanc and Catherine Sévigny, and a B. Mus in harpsichord from McGill University.  A recipient of a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec in 2011, she furthered her study of contemporary vocal music in Europe with soprano Barbara Hannigan and pianist/harpsichordist Jory Vinikour.

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