BR112

Lyne Comtois

Canadian mezzo-soprano Lyne Comtois has sung throughout Canada, as well as in the United States and France. She regularly appears on the opera stage, notably at New York's Lincoln Center for L'Opéra Franšais de New York (La Jolie fille de Perth, La Colombe, La Belle Hélène, Orphée aux Enfers, La Périchole), at Sacramento Opera and L'Opéra de Nantes (Lady McBeth of Mtsensk, Reigen) and the Royaumont Festival (Kopernikus), at Opera Lyra Ottawa (Faust) and Mississauga Opera (Cosi fan tutte), and in several productions at L'Opéra de Montréal (Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Roméo et Juliette, Andrea Chénier, Cosi fan tutte, Rigoletto).

Lyne Comtois has been a guest soloist with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, the Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Saskatoon, Trois-Rivières, Chicoutimi, Sherbrooke, and on radio and television broadcasts for the CBC. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal of the female lead in the opera Le Chevalier de Lorimier, recorded on the Montrèal-based label. Miss Comtois has studied with Joyce McLean of The Juilliard School in New York City.

Marc Bourdeau

Canadian pianist Marc Bourdeau has collaborated and recorded with some of Canada's finest young artists, including singers Agathe Martel, Karina Gauvin, Brett Polegato and Lyne Comtois, and performances have taken him across Canada and the United States, as well as to several countries of Europe and the Far East. Recipient of grants from the Canada and QuÚbec Arts Councils, his principal teachers were British accompanist (of Viennese origin) Paul Hamburger, and Swiss pianist Béla Siki. He has more recently coached with world-renowned accompanists Martin Katz and Roger Vignoles. He has recorded for Brioso Recordings®, CBC and SNE labels.

"Comtois is able to charm with the sheer sound of her voice as well as project more serious emotional states... Comtois's performances are all one could ask for in verve and seductiveness.....this strikes me as a recording to treasure."
John Story, Fanfare Magazine

"Lynn Comtois is a mezzo-soprano whom I heard for the first time on her new recording "Songs of the Americas" (Brioso BR 112 , with translations) and hope to hear again and again. The 36 selections range from Argentina (Alberto Ginastera) north to her native Canada (Malcolm Forsyth and Pierre Mercure) with good selections of Villa-Lobos, Bernstein, Barber and Ives. Her voice is dramatic and rich."
Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post

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