Faculty Profile:
Monica Huisman



Credits in this year's Festival:

Voice Mentor





Biography

Dutch-Canadian Soprano, Monica Huisman has been hailed as possessing a soprano voice that ’embodies both flawless technique and dramatic impact’ (Opera Canada). Ms. Huisman has delighted audiences from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to Guatemala City with the reputation of her ‘silken’ voice ‘consistently crafting each note into a work of art’ (Winnipeg Free Press).

She has soared on the stages of Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Netherlands Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Ontario and Saskatoon Opera in productions of Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Falstaff, Don Giovanni, Cunning Little Vixen, La Bohème, Magic Flute, Hansel und Gretel and Lakmé. Many of these performances have been broadcasted by CBC Radio on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Equally at home in concert repertoire Ms. Huisman has thrilled audiences with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony, Concertgebouw Orkest, Radio-Symphony Orkest and Orchestra London including such works as Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony. Recent engagements include a return to Amsterdam in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras #5 with the Rio International Cello Festival in Rio di Janeiro, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Winnipeg Symphony, broadcast by the CBC, and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang as well as ‘Four Songs for Cello and Voice’ by Previn, with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Recently she returned to the Vancouver Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Bramwell Tovey, as well as with the Regina Symphony and Messiah with the WSO.

Ms.Huisman started the 2016-2017 season with her role début of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff with Manitoba Opera and Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH and the WSO. She also premiered a new song cycle by John Greer titled ‘A Prairie Boy’s Life’ with her colleagues from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, where she is on the vocal faculty. Upcoming, Ms. Huisman is touring the Netherlands with the University of Manitoba Woman’s Chorus, guest teaching at Opera NUOVA and Opera Kelowna, and starting the 2018-2019 season as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with MOA, as well as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Winnipeg Philharmonic choir and the WSO.