Province/Territory: New Brunswick
Role(s) in this year's festival:
Participating in the 10-Day Intensive Program
I will be preparing for NUOVA's 10-Day Intensive Program by chosing some new opera repertoire that I've really been wanting to try and workshop, but haven't gotten the chance to experiment with during my undergrad degree. I'm happy that NUOVA gives me a space where I am able to learn new repertoire in a safe environment, supported by wonderful professionals.
I was attracted to NUOVA's programs because of the large variety of training offered, and the opportunity for singers in varying stages of their development to participate in these important enriching experiences. Because of the pandemic, I have not been able to participate in many performance opportunities these past two years. I really wanted to give myself as many opportunities as I could this summer, as I will be starting a master's degree in voice performance in the fall. NUOVA's programs seemed to offer experiences that fit with where I am in my current development as a singer, and their large variety of training sessions and masterclasses throughout the duration of the program really appealed to me.
Young Acadian soprano Mélanie Dupuis is currently completing her final year of a Bachelor of Music in voice under Monette Gould at Mount Allison University, and will be starting a master's degree in voice performance in the fall. Since beginning voice lessons at 8 years old, Mélanie has competed annually in the local Fredericton music festival and has been recommended to the New Brunswick provincial competition since 2013, capturing numerous top placements in both voice and musical theatre performance classes. Alongside performing solo repertoire, Mélanie is also passionate about choral music, participating in various community and auditioned choirs throughout her time at Mount Allison, such as the Mount Allison Choral Society, Mount Allison’s Elliott Chorale, and the New Brunswick Youth Choir. Mélanie has had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses and receive coaching from many renowned Canadian performers such as soprano Adrienne Pieczonka, pianist and vocal coach Rachel Andrist, Musique 3 Femmes (soprano Suzanne Rigden, mezzo-soprano Kristin Hoff, pianist Jennifer Szeto), as well as soprano Tracy Dahl. Mélanie participated in the second season of Radio-Canada’s televised national classical music competition for Canadian youth, Virtuose, and was a soprano soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Haut Saint-Jean in Daniel Finzi’s Symphonie des terres et forêts for their 10th anniversary tour and subsequent CD. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Mélanie was able to perform a live recital in March of 2021, and will be performing another live recital in March of 2022 at Mount Allison University. This summer, Mélanie will be participating in Canada’s National Youth Choir as New Brunswick’s soprano, as well as participating in Opera Nuova’s 10-day intensive program.