Emerging Artist Profile:
Elisabeth Boudreault

Young Artist Program - Singer
Voice Type: Lyric coloratura soprano
Province/Territory: Québec
City: Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Queen of the Night: The Arctic Flute

How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program? 

  • I have been preparing for this summer by basically reading every book I could find on Die Zauberflöte. Once I had started solving the “Zauberflöte puzzle”, I started digging more into the analysis of my character. I am also very fortunate to be the student of Aline Kutan, who’s been singing the Queen of the Night all over the world. Her experience and deep knowledge of this role guided me through my learning of the part. I must say that preparing for this role really is a journey. And I am very happy that my adventure takes off at Opera NUOVA.

 What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?

  • I have honestly been a bit obsessed with Die Zauberflöte and the role of the Queen of the Night. Mozart is my favorite composer; I love his music and will go front line for it. And so, when facing the complexity of Die Zauberflöte and the controversy surrounding itI quickly became devoted to making justice to this piece. I am incredibly thankful to perform the Queen of the Night at opera NUOVA this summer, to have the opportunity to work on this amazing character, to make it grow, and help it become this incredibly meaningful and profoundly human character I know it to be. 


  • Education : BMus in Vocal Performance, McGill University
  • Awards : Dixie Ross-Neill Scholarship (2018), Scholarship Centre Français de Promotion Lyrique de l’Opéra de Massy (2017), 7 awards from Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques (2016)
  • Roles : Sœur Constance in Le Dialogue des Carmélites (Opera McGill), Daughter in East O’ the Sun West O’ the Moon (Opera McGill), Frasquitta in Carmen (Société d’Art Lyrique du Saguenay), Mlle Argentine in Der Schauspieldirektor (Opéra de Québec), Sophie in Werther, Great Priestess in Aïda (Opéra du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean)
  • Experience: Solist in Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra (2018), Creation workshop for the role of Hero in James Garner’s Much Ado (2017), Recital tour in Japan (2017), Concerts for the Festival d’Opéra de l’Opéra de Québec (2016), Concert de la relève for Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada (2015)
  • Mentors : Olivier Godin, Patrick Hansen, Stephen Hargreaves, Aline Kutan, Michael McMahon
  • Dream role : Juliette in Roméo et Juliette
  • Upcoming Engagement : Opening concert of the Gratchenfestival (Nederlandse Reisopera)

Artist Bio     

Known for her rich and vibrant voice, Elisabeth Boudreault distinguishes herself through the delicacy of her interpretations.

Four-time winner of the Canadian Music Competition, the 23 year-old soprano has also been awarded 7 prizes from Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in 2016. Elisabeth made her opera debut as Lisa in Bellini’s ʺSonnambulaʺ at the age of 16. Since then, she has performed several roles such as Sophie in Massenet’s ʺWertherʺ, Grande Sacerdotessa in Verdi’s ʺAïdaʺ (Opéra du Saguena-Lac-St-Jean), Mlle Silberklang in Mozart’s ʺDer Schauspieldirektorʺ (Festival d’Opéra de Québec), Zerlina in Offenbach’s ʺLes Brigandsʺ and Frasquitta in Bizet’s ʺCarmenʺ (Société d’Art Lyrique du Royaume,). Boudreault also held the role of Daughter in James Garner's ʺEast o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moonʺ for it's North American premiere (Opera McGill). This performance led her to a further collaboration with the british composer, who is currently writing the part of Hero in his new opera ʺMuch Adoʺ specifically for her voice. Holder of a scholarship from Le Centre Français de Promotion Lyrique of L’Opéra de Massy, Elisabeth Boudreault studies under the tutelage of soprano Aline Kutan at McGill University.