Carole-Anne Roussel, soprano, Prix d’Europe 2021


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On June 11, Rivière-du-Loup native soprano Carole-Anne Roussel won the Prix d’Europe, making her the first singer to win the grand prize of the competition since Marie-Danielle Parent in 1980. The $25,000 scholarship is intended to allow the winners to continue their training outside Quebec.

“It was clear to me when I applied that my goal was to return to Belgium and complete my third year at the Chapelle musicale Reine Elisabeth, where I’ve been studying under the tutelage of José van Dam and Sophie Koch,” she says.

After being admitted to the prestigious training program in 2018, the Conservatoire de musique de Québec graduate was forced to return home in 2020 without knowing when it would be possible for her to continue her training in Europe.

“During my first year in the program, I learned so much and grew a lot as a singer. I was very disappointed when this experience was halted by the pandemic,” she adds. “It was kind of the same situation for the 2020-2021 season, where I was only able to go for a short while because of travel restrictions. I plan to make the most of my last year of residency there.”

She is scheduled to return to Europe in the fall after reprising the role of Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles, which she performed this summer at the Festival d’opéra de Québec, for a Jeunesses Musicales Canada tour. Scheduled performances in Belgium include Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Chambre de Bruxelles, two concert programs entitled Contes de papier and Vous avez dit comique? at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at the Abbaye de Cambre conducted by Bart van Reyn.

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