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Raphaëlle Paquette graciously captivates audiences with her intense, fiery yet elegant vocal interpretations. Her enchanting voice exudes warmth, uniqueness, outstanding purity and distinguished agility combined with a powerful, insightful stage presence.  Due to her several years of classical dance and piano, she has developed an exceptional way of performing filled with a profound understanding, charismatic and intuitive way of perceiving each role which has led her to become one of the rising stars of Canadian opera.

Since 2004, Raphaëlle is the embodiment of Cristal in the symphonic version of Luc Plamondon’s « Starmania » in Montreal with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Leclerc and with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie conducted by Jean-Philippe Tremblay and in Quebec City (Summer Music Festival), Ottawa, Seoul (South Korea) and Paris (France). Raphaelle repeats the same role in the world premier of «Starmania Opera» presented at the Quebec Opera in May 2008 and at the Montreal Opera in Mars 2009.  In 2010, together with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra she once again played Cristal and Esmeralda in the concert «Starmania vs Notre-Dame de Paris».

The audiences as well as the media reviews have warmly acknowledged her impressive interpretations of Oscar in Verdi’s « Un ballo in maschera » at the Quebec Opera, Nella in Puccini’s «Gianni Schicchi», Adele in Strauss’ «Die Fledermaus» at the Vermont International Opera Festival and Rosina in Rossini’s «Il Barbiere di Siviglia».  She has also played in a variety of roles such as Frasquita in Bizet’s «Carmen», Missia and Nadia in Lehar’s «Merry Widow», Lucy in Menotti’s «The Telephone», Olympia in Offenbach’s «Tales of Hoffmann» and Amelia in Menotti’s «Amelia goes to the ball».  In 2011 she will be the embodiment of
Marie in Donizetti’s «Daughter of the Regiment».

Raphaëlle has been regularly invited as guest soloist in different fields of repertoire such as:  Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montréal conducted by Yannick Nezet Seguin, Faure’s Requiem directed by Louis Lavigueur, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the Amati Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria and C. Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stephane Laforest.

She has also explored Broadway excerpts such as : Maria in «The Sound of Music» with the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil, Maria in «West side story», Christine in «The Phantom of the Opera» with the Sinfonia de Lanaudiere, Dorothy in «The Wizard of Oz», Eliza in «My Fair Lady» to only name a few.

Raphaëlle has won numerous prizes such as the Concours d’expression musicale, the Scholarship from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, the Concours des Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, the Concours National des Jeunesses musicales du Canada and the Grand concours de Musique Française du Canada, the latter entitling her to follow a master class with renowned soprano Elly Ameling and present recitals in Slovakia and Holland. She was also one of the few Canadian singers to be selected by Music and Youth Canada to follow a master class with the legendary mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza.

 

 

REPERTOIRE

 

OPERA

BERGER, M. & PLAMONDON, L.

Cristal - Starmania

BERNSTEIN

Cunegonde - Candide

 

BELLINI

Elvira - I Puritani

BIZET
Frasquita - Carmen

COCCIANTE, R - PLAMONDON, L.

Esmeralda - Notre Dame de Paris

DONIZETTI
Lucia - Lucia di Lammermoor
Linda - Linda di Chamounix

Marie - La Fille du Régiment

Adina - l'Elisir d'Amore

Norina - Don Pasquale

 

GOUNOD

Juliette - Roméo et Juliette
 

LEHAR

Nadia - La Veuve Joyeuse

Missia - La Veuve Joyeuse


MASSENET
Manon -
Manon

 

MENOTTI

Amelia - Amelia Goes to the Ball

Lucy - The Telephone

 

MOZART
Despina - Cosi fan tutte

 

PUCCINI
Musetta -
La Bohème

Nella - Gianni Schicchi

 

ROSSINI

Rosina - Barbiere di Siviglia

STRAUSS, J.
Adele - Die Fledermaus

STRAUSS, R.
Sophie - Der Rosenkavalier

THOMAS

Philine - Mignon

Ophélie - Hamlet

VERDI
Oscar - Un Ballo in Maschera

Gilda - Rigoletto

CONCERT

BACH
Cantate 103

Magnificat

CANTELOUBE
Chants d'Auvergne

FAURÉ

Requiem

 

HANDEL

Cantate 106

Dixit Dominus

Psalm 112

The Messiah

MOZART
Coronation Mass

Exultate Jubilate
Laudate dominum

 

ORFF

Carmina Burana

 

VIVALDI

Gloria

Dixit Dominus


ENGAGED BY:

Ensemble Vox Lumina
La Sinfonia de Lanaudière
Opéra de Montréal
Opéra de Québec
Orchestre Amati
Orchestre Impérial
Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne
Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal

Orchestre Symphonique d’Ottawa
Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Orchestre Symphonique de Québec
Orchestre Symphonique de Séoul
Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrook
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Opéra Théâtre de Rimouski
Société d’Art Lyrique de Chicoutimi

Vermont International Opera Festival