the ‘next great voice on the Canadian Opera scene exuding
dramatic flair with a resonant voice as rich as melted chocolate’
(Winnipeg Free Press) lyric soprano Monica Huisman continues to make
her mark in the musical world.
Born in Winnipeg, of Dutch descent, Ms. Huisman has been hailed as
possessing a soprano voice that embodies both flawless technique and
dramatic impact. She returned to her Dutch roots in 2000 with her
debut at the famous
Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in a live broadcast of Riccardo
Zandonai’s FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, with now famous IL DIVO star
Carlos Marin and the European Bel Canto sensation Nelly Miricioiu,
whom also is a teacher of Ms. Huisman.
Most recently, Ms Huisman made her debut singing Donna Anna in
DON GIOVANNI with Pacific Opera
Victoria, where critics acclaimed her performance ‘beautifully
acted with a beautifully nuanced voice…her soprano a wonder to
behold as it rides along the crest of the ensemble’. She
began the year of Mozart’s anniversary with a hugely successful
Mozart gala with the Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, under the baton
of Francis Graffeo.
Ms. Huisman has soared on the stages of
Pacific Opera Victoria,
Opera Ontario and
Saskatoon Opera in
productions of CENERENTOLA, SUSANNAH, MARRIAGE OF
FIGARO, COSI FAN TUTTE, CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN,
LA BOHÈME, MAGIC FLUTE,
HANSEL & GRETEL and LAKMÉ alongside great Canadian talent
such as Jean Stilwell, James Westman, John Tessier, Judith Forst,
and Richard Margison.
Ms Huisman stepped in last minute with
Opera Ontario in their
2005 production of CARMEN to sing the role of Micaela which
Opera Canada hailed her as the ‘star of the show’.
Concert repertoire has seen her thrill audiences with her versatile
voice and absolute stage charm in Pops concerts with the
National Arts Centre
Orchestra with fellow Canadian Tyley Ross founder of the New
East Village Opera Company,
Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony
London. In oratorio, Ms Huisman has found a home in Handel’s
MESSIAH as well as Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH, where she shared
the stage with Canadian bass sensation Robert Pomakov, in a
thrilling performance with the
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
She has collaborated several times with the
Royal Winnipeg Ballet enjoying
huge successes with Mark Goddens’ premiere of THE MAGIC FLUTE,
Handel’s MESSIAH, and Strauss’ FOUR LAST SONGS which
critics applauded Ms Huisman's heart rending voice.
Ms Huisman likes a variety in the arts, and last year made her
theatre debut singing a specially commissioned piece in
Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST with the
Manitoba Theatre Centre.
In addition, Ms Huisman has been heard with the
Symphony in Strauss’ FOUR LAST SONGS,
Radio Symphony Orkest
Amsterdam in a charming Gala concert honoring Mozart which was
broadcast live, Concertgebouw Symphony Orkest Amsterdam, and
the Hamilton Philharmonic. Ms. Huisman has
aslo been heard on the CBC in recital of Czech
music when she won first place in the Czech/Slovak
competition in Montreal. Other awards include being regional
finalist in the
Metropolitan National Council
finalist in the
International Vocal Competition Hertogenbosch
in the Netherlands, first prize in the Debut Young artist
recital series, and finalist in the
Lyriques competition in Montreal.
As well as having a busy operatic and concert career, Ms Huisman
enjoys teaching as part of the
University of Manitoba Faculty of
Music voice program as well as adjudicating vocal competitions.
engagements include Mozart's REQUIEM
with the University of Manitoba,
the World Premiere of TRANSIT OF VENUS with
H.M.S. PINAFORE with
Edmonton Opera, and
LA BOHÈME with