Carole Portelance is an Ottawa-based mezzo-soprano/contralto who performs in recital, concert, and on the stage in repertoire ranging from baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary works. In concert, she has performed in Handel’s Messiah (OperOttawa, CAMMAC, North Grenville Concert Choir), Dvořák’s Stabat Mater (CAMMAC), Duruflé Requiem (Canadian Centennial Choir, University of Ottawa Choir, Notre-Dame Cathedral Choir), Vivaldi’s Gloria (Canadian Centennial Choir, Ottawa Brahms Choir), Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse (CAMMAC), and Debussy’s Trois Chansons de Bilitis with harpist Lucile Brais Hildesheim. On stage, she has performed Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare (OperOttawa, Opera by Request), Mistress of the Novices in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (SOPAC Ottawa), the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (OperOttawa), Mme de la Haltière understudy Massenet’s Cendrillon (SOPAC Ottawa), and Third Lady in The Magic Flute (Under the Pines Music Festival). A proponent of contemporary music, she has performed songs by Slovak composer Ján Cikker with pianist Jean Desmarais, Bird Songs for voice and piano by Ottawa composer Magrit Cattell, and in 2017, On the Beach at Night Alone, for voice and piano by composer Christine Donkin. In July 2017, she premiered Spectres errants, for voice and cello by composer Philip Przybyło, with cellist Thaddeus Morden, at Ottawa's Music and Beyond’ festival.
Comments by Carole Portelance, mezzo-soprano/contralto
Recorded at the Music and Beyond Festival, Ottawa, ON, July 8, 2017.
Beautiful and magnificent, Heidi!!