“. . .Sophie Louise Roland's Carmen was both powerful and delightfully seductive...In the end, Carmen proves to be a perfect mirror of its namesake, a spirited, intoxicating and seductive performance.” - Glenn Kaufmann, The Herald Times
Hailed for her “excellence, purity of voice and emotional
intensity,” Sophie Louise Roland recently sang the roles of
Dido and the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Æneas
and as Storge in Handel’s Jeptha with American
Opera Theater (Baltimore, MD), Carmen and
Suzuki with Ente Concerti Città di Iglesias, Cornelia in
Giulio Cesare with Orchestra London, Maddelena in
Verdi’s Rigoletto with Opera York (Ontario),
Madama Butterfly’s Suzuki for Pellegrini Opera
(Ottawa), Madonna Capuleti and Tebaldo in the International
Opera Theater’s world premiere of Romeo e Giulietta
in Città della Pieve (Italy), Carmen with both
American Opera Theater and Opera Lirica Italiana, Nicklausse
in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Brasov, as
well as the title role in Carmen with both
Janiec Opera Company and Indiana University Opera Theater.
Other highlights include La Prieure in Poulenc’s
Dialogues des Carmélites, Dame Quickly in
Falstaff, La mère in Les Contes d’Hoffmann
and Luna in the North American premiere of Jeppe
by Sven David Sandström. Future engagements for Ms.
Roland include a reprise of Maddelena, Mauyra in Vaughan
Williams’ Riders to the Sea, Carmen
a recital with acclaimed pianist Stéphan Sylvestre, as well
as other performances in Baltimore, London, Hamilton,
Québec, Toronto, Amsterdam, and Italy.
Ms. Roland received her early training in piano, voice, and drama in Quebec. She holds an Honours BMus from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MA in Musicology and MMus in Vocal Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and recently completed a DM in Voice Performance under the tutelage of Ms. Constanza Cuccaro at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
In addition to maintaining an active directing career, Ms. Roland currently holds the rank of Associate Professor of Music in the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Roland’s students have won National and International competitions such as Metropolitan Opera Auditions, NATS Regional and District Auditions, the NATSAA Competition, and Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. She is the General Director of the both the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (London, Ontario) and the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera (Italy), operatic training programs for emerging professionals featuring world-class faculties.