This season, Montréal-based soprano Carolyn Beaudoin appears with pianist Scott Downing at the Oxford Lieder Festival mastercourse in England, gives a world premiere by composer Abigail DeNiverville at songSLAM Toronto, and competes at the Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, Germany. She will also perform Zélide in Rameau’s La Guirlande with Compagnie baroque Mont-Royal.
Recent season highlights include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera McGill), La Fée in Cendrillon (South Ottawa Performing Arts Collaborative) and Jonathas in Charpentier's David et Jonathas (Compagnie baroque Mont-Royal). Carolyn has also appeared as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah, Pergolesi's Magnificat, Fauré's Requiem, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Vivaldi's Gloria, Bach's Cantata BWV 140, and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb.
Equally committed to performing new music, Carolyn especially enjoys collaborating with composers on work premieres. Contemporary programming selections include works by Peter Tiefenbach, John Gordon Armstrong, Libby Larsen, Tom Cipullo, and Richard Pearson Thomas. Previous new music endeavours also include exploring extended vocal techniques, microtonality and instrumental multiphonics.
Recognized for her artistic potential, Carolyn is a grateful recipient of multiple Art Song Foundation of Canada travel bursaries. Last season Carolyn was named a finalist in the Wirth Vocal Prize Competition (McGill University), the Brian Law Opera Competition (National Capital Opera Society), a national finalist in the Concours Voix Nouvelles (Le Centre Français de Promotion Lyrique, France), and a Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques (Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20).
Carolyn holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Performance from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Performance and Artist Diploma from McGill University. She is an alumna of several respected training programs, including the Toronto Summer Music Festival Art of Song Fellowship, Saint Andrews Opera Workshop, the Victoria Conservatory of Music Baroque Summer Academy, and the Vancouver International Song Institute. She currently studies under the direction of Aline Kutan, Michael McMahon, and Stephen Hargreaves.