One of Canada's leading sopranos, Lyne Fortin makes her Pacific Opera Victoria debut in October 2012, performing the role of Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth.
Ms. Fortin has appeared with L'Opéra de Montréal in the title roles of Agrippina, Thaïs, La traviata and Roméo et Juliette, Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mimi in La Bohème, Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Leila in Les pêcheurs de perles, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Olga in Fedora, Gilda in Rigoletto, and Micaëla in Carmen.
She has also performed with Vancouver Opera, Opera Saskatchewan, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Hamilton, and Opéra de Québec in such roles as Mimi, Leila, Micaëla, Violetta in La traviata, Donna Anna, Elvira, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni, the Countess and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, all three heroines in Les contes d'Hoffman, and the soprano in La voix humaine.
In recent seasons, she made her role debut as Carmen for Edmonton Opera and returned to Opéra de Quebec for Erwartung and as Alice Ford in Falstaff. With l'Opéra de Montréal and Opéra de Quebec she was Stella Spotlight in the spectacle Starmania.
In Europe, she has appeared with the Vlaamse Opera as Madame de Tourvel in the world première of Piet Swerts' Les liaisons dangereuses, Ginevra in Handel's Ariodante, Electra in Idomeneo, and Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des carmélites. She has appeared in concert for Haydn's Creation, and with Scottish Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
In the United States, she has appeared with the Baltimore Opera as Leila in Les pêcheurs de perles, with Seattle Opera and Connecticut Opera as Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore; with Kentucky Opera as Thaïs; Opera Pacific as Juliette; Arizona Opera as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro; Michigan Opera Theater as Fiordiligi and Antonia; San Antonio Symphony and the Akron Symphony as Violetta; and the New Jersey State Opera and Portland Opera as Micaëla.
Future engagements include Violetta in La traviata for Calgary Opera, conducted by Timothy Vernon.
A notable concert artist, Ms. Fortin has appeared as a featured soloist with the orchestras of Montreal, Quebec, Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, with the CBC Vancouver Symphony, Orchestra Métropolitain, and the Fort Myers and Pacific Symphonies. In Europe, she has appeared at the Prague Spring Festival and on tour with Les Violons du Roy, and she appeared in Paris as the featured singer in the “Starmania” spectacle.
On radio and television, she appeared in the Canadian première of McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio on CBC Television and in numerous concerts for CBC Radio, including Mozart's C-minor Mass, Lully's Amadis, and a program of contemporary music. She has recorded Great Romantic Duets of French Opera for CBC Records with tenor Richard Margison, as well as several CDs for Analekta Records: Noel with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra; Lyne Fortin Live; Gardens of Spain; and Mozart arias with L'Orchestre Métropolitain.
Lyne Fortin was a winner of the Pavarotti International Vocal Competition in 1988, and is a recipient of a special prize at the CBC National Competition for Young Performers in 1986, the Pauline Donalda Award, the Jean Lallemand Award Special Prize for Interpretation from the Montreal Symphony, First Prize and Grand Prize in the CIBC National Competition Festival of Music, Concourse de musique de Quebec, and a Commemorative Medal celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. She is also the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Cultural Affairs Department of Quebec, and the Prix Raoul Jobin from Opéra de Québec.
Soprano Lyne Fortin showed consummate artistry in the perilous part of the woman, capitalizing on the musical beauty of each cry of despair, incoherent rambling or exclamation.
Lyne Fortin … possesses an exquisite tone and a solid vocal technique. Her singing was ravishing, not only full of emotion but also informed by her understanding of the role and the psychological evolution of her character.