Geneviève Lévesque, Mezzo-soprano
Heralded for her ‘powerful, warm and grand beauty tone’, mezzo-soprano Geneviève Lévesque is one of the most promising young artists of her generation as much in America as in Europe.
Geneviève ranked finalist among several renowned Voice Competitions: Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singer, Concours International de Chant Clermont-Ferrand in France, Prix d’Europe, XI Czech and Slovak International Singing Competition in Montreal and Meistersinger Competition in Austria. In addition, she won the Canada Music Competition and is a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques 2014. She was a semi-finalist in the Canada Music Competition’s Stepping Stone. She has been awarded a McGill Graduate Studies Fellowship, an AIMS Scholarship (Austria), an Austrian Society Scholarship and has earned grants from the Fonds Québecois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC), the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.
She participated in numerous high-level training programs including Toronto’s Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (SOLT), the Atelier Lyrique du Centre d’Arts d’Orford, the AIMS Opera Studio and also at the Canadian Vocal Art Institute (CVAI in Montreal and IVAI in Virginia USA). From 2006 to 2009, for her doctoral studies, she worked with Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin as her vocal coach. Geneviève has appeared with: the Opéra de Québec, the Opéra-Théâtre of Rimouski, the Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal, the Orford Arts Center, CVAI and IVAI, and Opera McGill. Role highlights include: Flora (La Traviata), Inès (Il trovatore), Carmen (Carmen), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Erika (Vanessa), Chatte and Tasse Chinoise (L’enfant et les sortilèges) and Mignon (Mignon). She performed again the role of Carmen this summer in La Tragédie de Carmen by Peter Brook with IVAI in Virginia and CVAI at the Domaine Forget. In August, she sang the role of Suzuki in Madame Butterfly for the Italian Week in Montreal. She will also performed her first role in Europe next year as Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisandre by Debussy at the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing in France.
On the concert stage, Geneviève is also highly active. Among other engagements, she performed Mahler’s Song of the Earth under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Zwei gesänge Op. 91 by Brahms. Last Spring, she sang the alto part in the Grand-Messe by B. Fecteau and G. Vigneault with the Choeur de la Place Bourget in Joliette. In march 2015, she will also perform in the Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestre du Saguenay in Chicoutimi.
Geneviève Lévesque holds a Doctorate Degree, ‘D.Mus. Voice Performance’, from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.