Ghislaine Deschambault

  • Performer (mezzo-soprano)

Biography

A versatile singer with a warm and sensual voice, Ghislaine Deschambault is recognized for her musicality, enchanting stage presence and daring explorations of new performance modes. The mezzo-soprano can be frequently heard in recital and concert in repertoire ranging from medieval to contemporary music.

Her 2018 season will see her perform La Porte by José Évangelista, a monodrama for voice and percussionist, with Chants Libres in Montréal. With Ensemble Alkemia, she will present En revenant, a playful concert of french folk songs arranged for vocal trio. In April, she will be the featured vocalist in Perspectives d’Hildegarde, an innovative concert in which 8 composers and 4 musicians will revisit the mystic’s life and history through eight musical miniatures.

Most recently, Ghislaine sang Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica with Soundstreams in Toronto, presented a recital of 21st century music at the Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur in Montréal and sang Extended Apocalypsis (Philippe Leroux) with the McGill Contemporary Ensemble. She was featured in Mystères — Geste polyphonique, a multidisciplinary performance for 10 singers in motion (Ensemble Alkemia),Vivaldi’s Gloria with Les Plaisirs du Clavecin and L’or en musique with Ensemble Caprice. She has sung the title role in l’Enfant des Glaces (Zack Settel) with Chants Libres, Poppea in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) and Girl in the world premiere of the opera Alternate Visions (John Oliver). Her numerous collaborations include ensembles such as Le Nouvel Opéra, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM), Chants Libres, I Musici, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the SMCQ (Société de musique contemporaine du Québec) and the dance company Fila 13. Ghislaine holds graduate degrees from the McGill Schulich School of Music and the University of Montréal.

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Web Resources

Features

  • La porte (2018)
    Opera | Tale (Monodrama)
    • Music: José Evangelista
    • Libretto: Alexis Nouss
    • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt, Joseph Saint-Gelais
    Montréal
  • Arias (2011)
    • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
    Montréal
  • Augmented Opera
    • Music: John Oliver
    • Libretto: Genni Gunn
    • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
    Montréal
  • The Ice Child (2000)
    Electr’opera
    • Music: Zack Settel
    • Original Concept and Stage Direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
    Düsseldorf • Montréal

Discography

  • Alternate Visions (DVD-R-Video, 2009)
    Agmented Opera
    • Music: John Oliver
    • Libretto: Genni Gunn
    • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
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