Soprano Ariane Cossette is in her first year of residency at the Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious Ensemble Studio in Toronto. She is a recent graduate from Université de Montréal where she completed a post-graduate diploma and a Masters in Voice Performance under the tutelage of Adrienne Savoie. She also holds a Bachelors in Voice Performance from Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.
Most recent operatic credits include Frasquita in Carmen (Canadian Opera Company), Micaëla in La tragédie de Carmen (Université de Montréal), Selene in Endymion’s Dream (COSA Canada), Servilia in La clemenza di Tito (COSA Canada), Nina in Nina ossia la pazza per amore (Conservatoire de musique de Montréal). As a concert soloist, she made her debut in France for Choeurs Éternels concerts, an homage to opera through duets and arias, in 2018 and 2019 under the direction of Andrei Feher and Aldo Salvagno. She has also performed with Conservatoire de musique de Montréal’s orchestra as the soprano soloist in Bruckner’s Mass in F minor.
She has received bursaries from many foundations including Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Art Song Foundation of Canada, Fonds des Amis de l’Art, McAbbie Foundation, George-Cedric-Ferguson Foundation, Opéra Bouffe du Québec and the prestigious Desmarais Fondation. Last February, she went home with second prize at the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards.
Ariane also has a deep interest in vocal chamber music. Recently, she performed as a duo with guitarist Bruno Gauthier-Bellerose and regularly collaborates with pianist Nataliia Babanova.
"Her aerial and powerful timbre with a tight vibrato, her stage presence, and her dynamic vocal lines immediately catch the viewer's attention."
-L'opéra, La Tragédie de Carmen, Benjamin Goron, April 2022