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Touted as the 'next great voice on the Canadian Opera scene' (Winnipeg Free Press) lyric soprano Monica Huisman has already made her mark in the musical world. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Ms. Huisman received her operatic training at the University of Toronto in the studio of Mary Morrison. From there she soared, completing two years as resident sopranofor the Vancouver Opera's Young Artists Ensemble. She performed such roles as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel
and Musetta in La Boheme
. Ms. Huisman continued on to the International Opera Centre of the Netherlands, where she made her European debut at the famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, performing the role of Garsenda in Francesca da Rimini.
Most recently, Ms. Huisman created some beautiful moments as Pamina in Die Zauberflote
with Manitoba Opera. Opera Canada hailed her to be "a compelling Pamina, beautiful to watch and, with her dark, rich tone, a more interesting Princess to hear than many, more famous sopranos." She was a fiery Frasquita in Carmen
with Vancouver Opera, Musetta in La Boheme
with Opera Pacific and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte
, with Manitoba Opera. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, "the show really belongs to Monica Huisman. Huisman was altogether lovely, resounding where she had to be yet vulnerable and touching as needed". She also performed for the first time the Four Last Songs
by Strauss with the Saskatoon Symphony.
In addition, Ms. Huisman has been heard with the Winnipeg Symphony, Netherlands Promenade Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Opera, Opera Saskatoon, and Debut Young Artists series as heard on the CBC. Awards include being regional finalist in the Metropolitan National Council auditions, finalist in the International Vocal Competition 's'Hertogenbosch' in the Netherlands, first prize in the Debut Young Artists recital series, first prize in the Czech/Slovak competition in Montreal, and finalist in the Jeunesse Ambassadeurs Lyriques competition in Montreal.