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Hélène Brunet

Hélène Brunet


Soprano

Hélène Brunet (soprano) is hailed by the critics as “a singer of tremendous quality” with “a voice of perfect beauty” and “sincere expression”. Recognized for her interpretations of the works of Bach, Handel, and Mozart, her repertoire extends from Baroque to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

In the concert repertoire, Hélène is invited to perform with reputed orchestras and ensembles across North America and Europe, notably at the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, with American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, with American Classical Orchestra at the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony, the Pacific Baroque Festival, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Newfoundland Orchestra, the Nova Scotia Orchestra, Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Arion Baroque Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, as well as the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

In opera, Hélène recently sang in Lully’s Persée in Toronto and on tour at the Royal Opera House of the Château de Versailles with the famed Opera Atelier. In Ottawa, she was recently featured in the world premiere of the opera Sleeping Rough, by Roddy Ellias and Sandra Nicholls.

The album Las Ciudades de Oro (label ATMA Classique), where Hélène is featured with ensemble l’Harmonie des Saisons, won a Juno Award in 2016 for Best Vocal Album of the Year. Her further collaborations with ATMA include an album of Bach cantatas (2018), as well as the upcoming recording of her debut solo album of a selection of baroque arias with orchestra to be released in September 2020. In addition to her ATMA collaborations, Hélène has also been featured in a recording of modern premieres of pieces by Geist, Krieger and Eberlin with the New York baroque ensemble ACRONYM under the label Olde Focus Recordings, to be released next fall.

Hélène was a prize winner at the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York. She has been the recipient of multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as Musicaction. Hélène is currently studying with voice teacher Neil Semer in New York City.

November 6, 2020: Hélène Brunet releases debut album, Solfeggio

For her first solo album with ATMA Classique, the celebrated Canadian soprano Hélène Brunet has chosen baroque and classical arias that have always been part of her life and for which she feels a deep affinity.

Source:https://atmaclassique.com/en/product/solfeggio/

Canada’s top 20 classical albums of 2020

Hélène Brunet’s gleaming soprano cuts through the gloom of 2020 like a ray of hope on this nicely curated survey of baroque and classical arias. She sounds right at home with her usual early music posse, Harmonie des Saisons, whether she’s digging into the coloratura of Handel’s Scipione or spinning silky vocal lines in Vivaldi’s lilting motet “Nulla in mundo pax sincera.” The album takes its name from the final track, a wordless vocalise (or solfeggio) that must have been the model for the aria “Christe eleison” from Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and which Brunet lovingly caresses without a trace of tension — simply beautiful!

– , CBC MusicRelated Link

Hélène Brunet : plus que du solfège

Hélène Brunet’s talent is undeniable. Her soprano voice is equal across all registers, supple and displays great ease in the coloratura passages. The high C at the end of the Exsultate jubilate is performed without the shadow of a difficulty. Throughout, the singer also displays remarkable musical intelligence (especially in the subtle ornamentation of the da capo arias) and drama, inhabiting every word, every phrase. We have here a first-rate vocal achievement showcasing a Quebec talent’.

– Emmanuel Bernier, La PresseRelated Link

Solfeggio, Hélène Brunet

Hélène Brunet has a very warm soprano voice. The Solfeggio program is a red carpet that displays this superb and enveloping tone. The well-mastered technical challenges nestle in the vocalizations of the aria Armatae face et anguibus from Vivaldi’ Juditha triumphans. The best of the recording is to be found in the arias in which Hélène Brunet’s voice unfolds calmly. As such, she takes pleasure in the section devoted to Bach and poses as a consoler of the soul.

– Christophe Huss, Le DevoirRelated Link

Solfeggio

What I hear here is a very beautiful, velvety voice, as mellow in the luminous highs as those of a certain Karina Gauvin. That’s no small thing to say!

– Frédéric Cardin, PAN M 360Related Link

Hélène Brunet and Luc Beauséjour offer elegant evening of fine Baroque fare

“Ms Brunet… stand[s] at the beginning of a bright and exciting career. If she sings so well now, I cannot wait to hear her again in many more recitals in the years to come.”

– Stephan Bonfield, Calgary HeraldRelated Link

Levin-ized Mozart Mass proves the highlight of American Classical Orchestra program

“Her melodious dialogue with the woodwinds in Et Incarnatus Est was a treasure.”

– David Wright, New York Classical ReviewRelated Link

American Classical Orchestra and Chorus: Cherubini, Beethoven and Mozart

“[M]arvelous. Hélène Brunet combines souple lyricism with technical elegance. In her… aria, Hélène was able to make ornements feel like a spontaneous, unplanned and experimental development of ideas.”

– Jean Ballard Telepka, TheaterScene.netRelated Link

Quebec soprano Helene Brunet shines in CPO’s Bach-at-Knox Festival

“This was one of the best performances of the entire festival – Brunet splendid in her clear, compact tone, effortless technique, and beguiling grace in overall presentation. This is music she understands well, and she has the flexibility of voice, breath control, and flair to make Bach’s sometimes difficult writing sound perfectly natural. It was an impressive debut.”

– Kenneth Delong, Calgary HeraldRelated Link

 

Solfeggio – ATMA Classique | Released 11/06/2020


 

Cantica Obsoleta – Olde Focus Recordings | Released 07/24/2020


 

Las Ciudades de Oro – ATMA Classique | Released 11/13/2015


 

Bach: Cantates pour Luther BWV 76, 79, 80 – ATMA Classique | Released 06/22/2018


Orchestral

  • Bach
    Cantatas (including ‘Ich habe genug’ BWV 82, 199, 208 ‘Hunt Cantata’)
    Magnificat BWV 243
    Motets BWV 225 – 231
    Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach
    Psalm 51 BWV 1083
    Mass in B minor BWV 232
    St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
    St. John Passion BWV 245
    Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
    Easter Oratorio BWV 249

    Couperin
    Leçons de Ténèbres

    Fauré
    Requiem

    Handel
    L’Allegro HWV 55
    La Resurrezione HWV 47
    Messiah HWV 56
    Dixit Dominus HWV 232
    Gloria HWV deest

    Haydn
    Die Schöpfung

    Mahler
    Symphony No. 4

    Mendelssohn 
    Psalm 42 ‘Wie der Hirsch schreit’

    Montiverdi
    ‘Pianto della Madonna’, from ‘Selva morale e spirituale’
    ‘Vespro della Beata Vergine’

    Mozart
    Exsultate Jubilate K. 165
    Requiem K. 626
    Mass in C minor K. 427
    Missa Brevis K. 275

    Pergolesi
    Stabat Mater

    Rameau
    Cantate ‘Le Berger Fidèle’
    Cantate ‘Orphée’

    Schubert
    ‘Der Hirt auf dem Felsen’ D. 965
    Mass in G Major D. 167

    Vivaldi
    Gloria RV. 589
    Beatus vir RV. 598
    Motet ‘Laudate Pueri Dominum’ RV. 601
    In Exitu Israel RV. 604
    Motet ‘Laudate Pueri Omnes Gentes’ RV. 606
    Magnificat RV. 611
    Motet ‘In Furore Iustissimae’ RV. 626
    Motet ‘Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera’ RV. 630
    Motet ‘O qui Coeli Terraeque Serenitas’ RV. 631
    Motet ‘Sum in Medio Tempestatum’ RV. 632
    Motet ‘Vos Aurae per Montes’ RV. 634
    Juditha Triumphans RV. 644

Opera

  • Handel
    Acis & Galatea (Galatea)
    Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra)
    Semele (Semele)

    Mozart
    Cosi fan tutte (Despina)
    Die Zauberflöte (Pamina)
    Don Giovanni (Zerlina)
    Idomeneo (Ilia)
    La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia)
    Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna)

Orchestral

  • Bach
    Cantatas (including ‘Ich habe genug’ BWV 82, 199, 208 ‘Hunt Cantata’)
    Magnificat BWV 243
    Motets BWV 225 – 231
    Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach
    Psalm 51 BWV 1083
    Mass in B minor BWV 232
    St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
    St. John Passion BWV 245
    Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
    Easter Oratorio BWV 249

    Couperin
    Leçons de Ténèbres

    Fauré
    Requiem

    Handel
    L’Allegro HWV 55
    La Resurrezione HWV 47
    Messiah HWV 56
    Dixit Dominus HWV 232
    Gloria HWV deest

    Haydn
    Die Schöpfung

    Mahler
    Symphony No. 4

    Mendelssohn 
    Psalm 42 ‘Wie der Hirsch schreit’

    Montiverdi
    ‘Pianto della Madonna’, from ‘Selva morale e spirituale’
    ‘Vespro della Beata Vergine’

    Mozart
    Exsultate Jubilate K. 165
    Requiem K. 626
    Mass in C minor K. 427
    Missa Brevis K. 275

    Pergolesi
    Stabat Mater

    Rameau
    Cantate ‘Le Berger Fidèle’
    Cantate ‘Orphée’

    Schubert
    ‘Der Hirt auf dem Felsen’ D. 965
    Mass in G Major D. 167

    Vivaldi
    Gloria RV. 589
    Beatus vir RV. 598
    Motet ‘Laudate Pueri Dominum’ RV. 601
    In Exitu Israel RV. 604
    Motet ‘Laudate Pueri Omnes Gentes’ RV. 606
    Magnificat RV. 611
    Motet ‘In Furore Iustissimae’ RV. 626
    Motet ‘Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera’ RV. 630
    Motet ‘O qui Coeli Terraeque Serenitas’ RV. 631
    Motet ‘Sum in Medio Tempestatum’ RV. 632
    Motet ‘Vos Aurae per Montes’ RV. 634
    Juditha Triumphans RV. 644

Opera

  • Handel
    Acis & Galatea (Galatea)
    Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra)
    Semele (Semele)

    Mozart
    Cosi fan tutte (Despina)
    Die Zauberflöte (Pamina)
    Don Giovanni (Zerlina)
    Idomeneo (Ilia)
    La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia)
    Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna)

Audio

Handel: Scipione – Scoglio d’immota fronte

Vivaldi: La fede tradita e vendicata – Sin nel placido soggiorno

Vivaldi: Juditha triumphans – Armatae face et anguibus

Bach: Cantata BWV 208 – Schafe können, sicher weiden

Bach: Cantata BWV 82 – Ich habe genug

Mozart: Mitridate, Re di Ponto – Lungi da te, mio bene

Mozart: Exsultate jubilate – Alleluia

Mozart: K. 393 – Solfeggio no.2 in F major

Video

Documents

Short Biography

Hélène Brunet (soprano) is hailed as “a singer of tremendous quality” with “a voice of perfect beauty and sincere expression.” Recognized for her interpretations of Bach, Handel, and Mozart, her repertoire extends from Baroque to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Hélène sings at the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, with American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who says, “Hélène Brunet is the embodiment of class, refinement, and purity.” Her debut solo album Solfeggio (ATMA Classique) has been described as a “red carpet that displays Hélène’s superb and enveloping tone” and “a first-rate vocal achievement”.

Full Biography

Hélène Brunet (soprano) is hailed by the critics as “a singer of tremendous quality” with “a voice of perfect beauty” and “sincere expression”. Recognized for her interpretations of the works of Bach, Handel, and Mozart, her repertoire extends from Baroque to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

In the concert repertoire, Hélène is invited to perform with reputed orchestras and ensembles across North America and Europe, notably at the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, with American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, with American Classical Orchestra at the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony, the Pacific Baroque Festival, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Newfoundland Orchestra, the Nova Scotia Orchestra, Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Arion Baroque Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, as well as the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

In opera, Hélène recently sang in Lully’s Persée in Toronto and on tour at the Royal Opera House of the Château de Versailles with the famed Opera Atelier. In Ottawa, she was recently featured in the world premiere of the opera Sleeping Rough, by Roddy Ellias and Sandra Nicholls.

The album Las Ciudades de Oro (label ATMA Classique), where Hélène is featured with ensemble l’Harmonie des Saisons, won a Juno Award in 2016 for Best Vocal Album of the Year. Her further collaborations with ATMA include an album of Bach cantatas (2018), as well as the upcoming recording of her debut solo album of a selection of baroque arias with orchestra to be released in September 2020. In addition to her ATMA collaborations, Hélène has also been featured in a recording of modern premieres of pieces by Geist, Krieger and Eberlin with the New York baroque ensemble ACRONYM under the label Olde Focus Recordings, to be released next fall.

Hélène was a prize winner at the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York. She has been the recipient of multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as Musicaction. Hélène is currently studying with voice teacher Neil Semer in New York City.