Geneviève Couillard Després (mezzo-soprano) – Mme de la Haltière
Born in Quebec City, GENEVIÈVE COUILLARD DESPRÉS “…brings to the stage a strong, rounded mezzo with appealingly substantial proportions. It’s a solid, technically and artistically sound voice that enhances a production.” (Opera Canada). Ms Després has enjoyed a solid career in different North American opera houses: Opera de Montréal, Virginia Opera, Nashville Opera, Vancouver Opera and Opéra de Québec. A noted concert artist, she’s performed with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra at the Lanaudière International Music Festival, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the International Vysocina Music Festival in the Czech Republic. She also is on the recording of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Nashville Symphony Orchestra (Naxos label) that has been nominated for a Grammy award in 2010 and on Beethoven 9th Symphony with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie (Analekta label). She recently sang Kindertotenlieder with l’Orchestre de l’Isle, Il Tramonto with Claudel Canimex quartet and Les Chants D’Auvergne with Appassionata ensemble.