LIVELY, CHARMING PERFORMANCES BY SYLVIE GALLANT AND KATIE SLATER.'
'SYLVIE'S CLEAR BRIGHT SOPRANO STANDS OUT'
'I PARTICULARLY LIKED SYLVIE GALLANT’S IRINA AND PETER BRATHWAITE’S EMANUEL.'
RUPERT CHRISTIANSEN, THE TELEGRAPH.
French-Canadian Soprano, Sylvie now lives in London. After a degree in music, Sylvie went on to study opera at McGill University in Montréal and on the English National Opera performance programme.
Recent opera highlights include: Gretel in Hansel & Gretel (‘Lively, charming performance’ by Sylvie Gallant - Opera Magazine), Dido in Dido and Aeneas (‘Gallant’s voice lends her despairing queen a youthfulness but also a lightness that Purcell’s writing happily accommodates’ - New Statesman), Semele in Händel's Semele, Eurydice and Diana in Offenbach's Orfée aux Enfers, Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gilda in Rigoletto, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. She has also performed L'enfant in L'enfant et les sortilèges and recently, Noémie (stepsister) in Massenet’s Cendrillon in France, conducted by Paul McGrath, and Junon in Orphée aux enfers and Ilia in Idomeneo at Opera de Baugé.
New opera: Mrs Purcell in Purcell: His Ground by David Knotts (Royal Opera House, Clore Studio), soprano in an installation at the Hayward Gallery and the protagonist Irina in the award-winning Two Caravans by Ace McCarron and Guy Harries, directed by Vincent van den Elshout. Recently, Sylvie worked in an Open Space residency in Aldeburgh with Hanbury & Groves.
As an actor, roles include: Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest; the eponymous role in The Woman in Black (West End); physical theatre production of The Wind in the Willows; an all-female Ubu Roi (Courtyard Theatre). Sylvie has also been cast in several film and TV roles.
In concert, as a soloist, staged versions of The Messiah and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Soloist for Orff's Carmina Burana in Amsterdam, Fauré’s Requiem and Bach's St Matthew Passion, and, this June, as the soloist in Mendelssohn's Psalm 42 and Dvorak's Mass in D in Paris.
A keen recitalist, Sylvie has a vast repertoire of songs, mélodies and lieder. Currently: touring a Debussy recital; staged production of Schumann’s Liederkreis op.39. Sylvie also often performs for events, galas and ceremonies.
Sylvie is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Opera in Space ('The Company is lithe, young and inventive.' - The Observer).