Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tracy Cantin

 Tracy Cantin

Photo by Devon Cass.

Soprano Tracy Cantin is a third-year Ryan Opera Center member. A graduate of the Artist Diploma program at McGill University's Schulich School of Music, Cantin was heard there in such leading roles as 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 and the Illinois Philharmonic as well as appearances at the Ravinia Festival, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and, this past summer with the Grant Park Music Festival. Originally from Prince Edward Island, she has been awarded the 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, the Women's Voice Fellowship from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, a grant from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation (2013), and the Phyllis and Bernard Shapiro Opera Scholarship (2011). In the 2012-13 season Cantin made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Elektra and also appeared in Rigoletto. In 2013-14 she performed in Lyric's Parsifal and was singled out for critical praise as Berta/Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Tracy Cantin is sponsored by The C.  G. Pinnell Family.

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