Michèle Cusson

Michèle Cusson

Lirico Spinto Soprano

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«Cusson skillfully scaled-down her sizeable vocal assets to sing the Countess’s aria, “Dove sono,” from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” She fully inhabited the character, dramatically communicating her anguish at her husband’s infidelity during the introductory recitative, while serenely recalling the joys of her lost love in the expressively shaded lyrical aria that followed...Cusson has the vocal resources and musical intelligence to achieve a major career.»
Epoch Times New York, Michael Sherwin (2016)
«"Michelle Cusson’s straight-up Fiordiligi distinguished itself most with her show-stopping Act I stamina piece ‘Come scoglio’. It was very fine indeed, nearly flawless in fact, and a really commanding performance. Ms. Cusson has great range ... and she handled the traditional bravura aria squarely, with all its death-defying coloratura... To see Ms. Cusson handle the aria with such ease and confidence gave the entire production added credibility. Ms. Cusson acts well with her singing voice too....she brought the required gusto and characteristic earnestness to the role of Fiordiligi, particularly in Act II, where it was needed most."»
Calgary Hearld, Stephen Bonfield (2016)
«"There was some strong singing......Michèle Cusson sang lyrically and sympathetically as Julie. She particularily impressed in her Act III interactions with ...(the) Count."»
Opera Canada, John Gilks (2016)
2017Wagner: LohengrinElsa Of Brabant
2016Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2016oneSoprano
2013Janáček: JenůfaJenufa
2013Puccini: Il tabarroGiorgetta
2013Strauss J.: Die FledermausRosalinde
2012Rachmaninoff: AlekoZemfira
2012Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Lisa
2012Bizet: CarmenMicaëla
2010Verdi: FalstaffAlice Ford
2008Strauss J.: Die FledermausRosalinde
2007Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroSusanna
2006Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva

Bio


Canadian soprano, Michèle Cusson is receiving critical acclaim internationally. As Contessa, The Epoch Times (New York) says “Cusson skillfully scaled-down her sizeable vocal assets to sing… “Dove sono”… [where] she fully inhabited the character, dramatically communicating her anguish… while serenely recalling the joys of her lost love in the expressively shaded lyrical aria that followed”.Recent engagements include her solo debut on National Chinese Television and Medici TV with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic and Hangzhou Orchestra with the iSing Festival, a solo appearance for the AMAO Gala Concert in Moscow, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Calgary Concert Opera, Julia in Dvořák’s Jakobin with the Canadian Institute for Czech Music, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, the title role in Jenůfa with Toronto’s Opera By Request, a recital of Wesendonk Lieder at Galerie Forum Berlin am Meer, and a commercial CD release of Russian Romances with collaborative pianist Kathleen van Mourik prepared during her Artist Residency at the Banff Centre.Emerging into the dramatic repertoire, Ms. Cusson recently received a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to prepare roles from Wagner, Weber and Strauss operas in Germany.  This season she will debut Elsa in Lohengrin with Toronto’s Opera By Request, followed by two appearances with Calgary’s Mountain View Chamber Society: a chamber version of Wesendonk Lieder, and a chamber music recital of French Salon Music sponsored by the Fregrantnsul.Recognized for her strong characterization and interpretation abilities, the Calgary Herald says “Cusson’s straight-up Fiordiligi distinguished itself most with her show-stopping Act I stamina piece ‘Come scoglio’... a really commanding performance... she brought the required gusto and characteristic earnestness to the role”.Her competition achievements include: Finalist in the Liederkranz Wagner Division Competition (NYC), Semi-Finalist in the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos (Covent Garden), Semi-Finalist in the Loren Zachary Competition (Los Angeles), and Prize Winner in the Zara Dolukhanova International Competition (Kaliningrad, Russia).Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Ms. Cusson is fluent in both English and French and speaks German, Italian and Russian at a conversational level.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Wagner: Lohengrin Elsa Of Brabant 1 week Opera by Request 2017
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Fiordiligi 1 week Calgary Concert Opera Company 2016
one Soprano Mountain View Chamber Society 2016
Janáček: Jenůfa Jenufa 1 week Opera by Request 2013
Puccini: Il tabarro Giorgetta 1 week Calgary Concert Opera Company 2013

Awards

Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos-Semi finalist
2016
Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques-laureate
2016
Liederkranz Wagner Competition-Finalist
2016