Dutch-Canadian Lyric Soprano, Monica Huisman has been hailed as possessing a soprano voice that ’embodies both flawless technique and dramatic impact’ (Opera Canada). Ms. Huisman has delighted audiences from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to Guatemala City with the reputation of her ‘silken’ voice ‘consistently crafting each note into a work of art’ (Winnipeg Free Press). In demand for both her Operatic prowess and her Concert repertoire, Ms. Huisman has performed with every major orchestra across Canada, and abroad, delighting audiences in both opera, the classics, new works and the pops. In demand as a teacher and clinician, Ms. Huisman has been on the voice Faculty at the Desautels Faculty of music since 2002.
B.Education (University Manitoba)
Opera Diploma (University of Toronto)
• Metropolitan Opera Council audition finalist
• S’Hertogenbosch International Voice Competition finalist
• Montreal International Czech and Slovak Competition winner
Ms. Huisman has performed across Canada- as well as some international locations- in productions such as Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, the Magic Flute, and many others. Many of these performances have been broadcasted by CBC Radio during their “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” segment. Ms Huisman is equally at home in standard opera and concert repertoire, as well as new works. Such new works include the world premiere of Transit of Venus with Manitoba Opera, in which she received critical acclaim for not only her singing, but her acting tour-de-force, depicting a character who ages from a young girl to mature woman. Recent engagements include a return to Amsterdam’s concertgebouw in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras #5 with the Rio International Cello Festival in Rio di Janeiro, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra broadcast by the CBC, and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang as well as ‘Four Songs for Cello and Voice’ by Previn, with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
ONGOING RESEARCH / CREATIVE WORKS
Recently Ms. Huisman returned to the Vancouver Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Bramwell Tovey. She started the 2016-2017 season with her role debut of Alice Ford in Verdi’s FALSTAFF with Manitoba Opera and Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH and the WSO. She also premiered a new song cycle by John Greer titled ‘A Prairie Boy’s Life’ with her colleagues from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. The fall of 2017 saw her complete a recital tour of the West Coast with fellow colleagues Tracy Dahl, Laura Loewen and Minna Chung in their ‘Grit and Grace Tour’. Recently, Ms. Huisman toured the Netherlands with the University of Manitoba Women’s Chorus. Upcoming engagements include guest teaching at Opera Nuova and Opera Kelowna, starting the 2018-2019 season as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with MOA, and performing as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Winnipeg Philharmonic choir in collaboration with the WSO.