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Soprano Tracy Cantin is a second-year Ryan Opera Center member. A graduate of the Artist Diploma program at McGill University's Schulich School of Music, Cantin's repertoire there included Donna Anna/Don Giovanni, Mimì/La bohème, and the Governess/Britten's Turn of the Screw. She previously studied at the University of Alberta (the Mother/Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel) and the University of Western Ontario (Donna Anna). The soprano's other operatic credits include Alice Ford/Falstaff (Highlands Opera Studio) and Nella/Gianni Schicchi (Opera NUOVA). On the concert stage Cantin has been heard as a soloist in Strauss's Vier letzte Lieder, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (University of Western Ontario Orchestra). Major highlights of her recent concert activities were performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Sir Andrew Davis conducting) and the Illinois Philharmonic as well as appearances at the Ravinia Festival and with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Cantin has been awarded a grant from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation (2013), the Phyllis and Bernard Shapiro Opera Scholarship (2011), the June Rittmeyer Prize (2010), first place in the Lois Marshall Memorial Competition (2010), and the London Opera Guild Scholarship (2009). Last season Cantin made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Elektra and also appeared in Rigoletto. In 2013-14 she performs in Lyric's Parsifal and Il barbiere di Siviglia.Tracy Cantin is sponsored by Mrs. C. G. Pinnell.
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