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Tracy Smith Bessette | Soprano
Praised for “her poise, wealth of expressive nuance and fine projection” (Opera News), Canadian soprano Tracy Smith Bessette has inspired audiences all over the world. Celebrated for her radiant warmth and clarity of expression, Ms. Smith Bessette is sought after for both the concert and the opera stages.
Highlights of the 2010-11 season included Handel’s Dublin Messiah with the Aradia Ensemble, a concert of Handel Cantatas for the Classical Music Consort’s Handel Festival in Toronto, a concert of Handel arias and cantatas for the Red Deer Symphony and the role of Janthe in Marschner’s Der Vampyr at the Lanaudière Festival. Upcoming engagements include a concert of Rameau arias from Dardanus with Bernard Labadie and the New World Symphony in Florida, Mozart’s Mass in c minor with Choeur St-Laurent in Montréal and a fully staged version of Handel’s cantata Cor Fedele in Toronto with the theatre company Volcano and the Classical Music Consort.
Educated at the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto, Ms. Smith Bessette also studied at the prestigious Tanglewood Festival and the Music Academy of the West. She then trained with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, where she interpreted many roles, making her 2001 Opéra de Montréal mainstage debut as the High Priestess in Aìda. She performed Giannetta in L’Elisir d’amore the following season. Ms. Smith Bessette is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Early Music Performance at McGill University.
With Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble, she has recorded two volumes of Christmas Motets by Charpentier, and one volume of Vivaldi’s sacred music, all on the Naxos label. The latter received considerable critical acclaim, and BBC Music Magazine’s George Pratt said
Tracy Smith Bessette is a glorious soprano. Her fluent passage-work is a particular delight, enhanced by exciting ornaments stretching her to Baroque-pitch top D. [Her voice is] gloriously fresh and uncomplicated, whether in the vitality of Vivaldi’s concerto-like allegros or in her heavenly sound in slow movements.
Ms Smith Bessette has also made three short films (Forsaken, The Sorcerer, Love Song) with director Laura Taler based on lieder by Hugo Wolf, W.A. Mozart and Gustav Mahler for the arts channel BRAVO!. She has recently filmed two television shows for BRAVO! entitled “Shakespeare in Words and Music” where she interpreted Ophelia and “German Cabaret” where she sang Schönberg’s Brettl Lieder.