"Une éblouissante démonstration de chant naturellement virtuose"
Eric Pousaz, Opera Magazine, November 2009
Canadian soprano Rayanne Dupuis is very active in the world of contemporary music. Andrew Clements of The Guardian called her premiere of the title role of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Barry) with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin) “magnificent”. She jumped in late in the rehearsal period to reprise the same role in the German-language premiere of the work at Theater Basel and received wide acclaim for her interpretation. At Theater Basel, she also sang in the world premiere production of Drei Frauen by Wolfgang Rihm. She has sung Das Gehege by Rihm in concert with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester (under Kent Nagano), as well as with the Helsinki Philharmonic in Finland and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London. With Seattle Opera (USA) she has sung Schönberg´s Erwartung and was Lavinia in Mourning Becomes Electra (Levy). At l´Opéra de Paris she has covered the title roles in both Strauss´ Salomé and the world premiere of Akhmatova (B. Mantovani). She premiered the title role of Jackie O (Dougherty) in both Canada, and France, and for l´Opéra de Metz was a much-lauded Lulu. She premiered and recorded French composer Bernard Cavanna´s Chants cruels for voice and orchestra, and also played the role of Ikuko in his opera La confession impudique. She created the role of Helen in Red Emma (Kulesha) for the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. Recently, she sang the world premiere of Giacomo Manzoni´s 6 Canti dal Kokin Shu for voice and live electronics at the MITO Settembre Festival in Milan, and sang the French premiere of Philippe Manoury´s Cruel Spirals for soprano and ensemble. With Circus S, she has recorded Ginastera´s Cantata para América màgica.
The Paris-based singer has been a featured soloist with l´Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano, Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Musica, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), National Radio Orchestra of Romania and has collaborated with Ensembles 2 E 2 M, TM+, and the Diotima String Quartet. Rayanne Dupuis began her professional career when she joined the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. In North America she has been a featured soloist with Austin Lyric Opera (USA), Edmonton Opera Association, Opera Ontario and Tapestry Music. In Europe, she has appeared with the opera companies of Nantes, Angers, Montpellier, Massy, Besançon, Reims as well as with the Comédie of Clermont-Ferrand. She has also been a guest of the Musik Triennale Köln, Musica Nova (Helsinki), Musica (Strasbourg) as well as the festivals of Montpellier (France) and Banff.
Her past operatic roles include La voix humaine, Frau Fluth (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Marie (Die Soldaten by Manfred Gurlitt), Blanche de la Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Trömmler (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), The Governess and Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Giacinta (La finta semplice), Cathleen (Riders to the Sea) and Marguerite (Jeanne au bûcher).
Future projects include Judith (Bluebeard´s Castle) for the festival Créneaux de Suscinio (Brittany), Lavinia (Mourning Becomes Elerctra) for Florida Grand Opera, and a soon-to-be released recording of Das Gehege (DSO, Kent Nagano, conductor).
A recording of songs of Charles Ives, The Side Show, with pianist Antoine Palloc has just been released by Soupir Éditions, and she has also recorded for the RTE, Innova, Maguelone and Neos labels.
Video (6'16): "Nun eilt herbei" (Frau Fluth) - Live Performance
Audio (4'15) : The Houseatonic of Stockbridge (Charles Ives) - Antoine Palloc, piano - THE SIDE SHOW : SONGS OF CHARLES IVES (SOUPIR Edition S221)
Audio (3'55) : Trois Chants Cruels - excerpt (Bernard CAVANNA) - Orchestre National des Pays de Loire (Conductor Hubert Soudant) - CONCERTO POUR VIOLON ET ORCHESTRE - SOUPIR Editions (S201)
Audio (2'55) : Mourning Becomes Electra (Marvin David LEVY) "It is I..." - Act III aria (Lavinia) - Live Performance
Audio (2'20) : Death of a little girl with doves - excerpt (copyright 2004, Jeremy BECK) - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Kirk Trevor) - Album WAVE - INNOVA Records (612)