Biography

A singer deemed “Superb” by the Los Angeles Times, and praised by Opera Canada for her “vivacious stage presence” and “soprano that charms and brightens a room”, Mireille Asselin is a young artist at the onset of an exciting career. 

In Performance………

In December of 2015 Mireille made waves by jumping in as Adele for opening night of DIE FLEDERMAUS at the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of James Levine. The critics raved that she “stole the show” with her “crystalline voice” and “abundant charm”, hailing it as one of New York’s “most enchanting performances of 2015”.

 

2017-18 marks Mireille’s fifth season at the Met, where she debuted as Poussette in MANON. This year she covers Valencienne in THE MERRY WIDOW. Her previous Met assignments have included Jemmy in GUILLAUME TELL and Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. Also this season, Mireille returns to Opera Atelier singing the role of Susanna in Mozart’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, debuts with Opera Columbus and Against the Grain Theatre as Eurydice in their co-production of Gluck’s ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE, and goes to the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy for RICCIARDO E ZORAIDE. She joins the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s REQUIEM, creates the role of Eleanor of Aquitaine in Re:Naissance Opera’s new commission of the opera STORM AND SANCTUARY by Tawnie Olson, and sings recitals and concerts with The Mirror Visions Ensemble and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Mireille is also collaborating closely with the Amici Chamber Ensemble this year as they develop, record, and release their CD “Inspired by Canada – Notre Pays”. This eclectic album of Canadian music features repertoire such as the tunes of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, beloved national folksongs, and long forgotten jazz standards as well completely new creations by the team’s resident arranger and composer Serouj Kradjian.

 

As a respected interpreter of early music Mireille appears regularly with Opera Atelier in Toronto and at the Boston Early Music Festival where her most recent roles have included Créuse (MÉDÉE), Celia (LUCIO SILLA), Morgana (ALCINA), Galatea (ACIS AND GALATEA), Minerva (ULISSE), and La Musica/Euridice in ORFEO. She made her European opera debut as Princesse Andromède (PERSÉE) at Versailles in 2014, and recently sang the title role in BERENICE at the 2016 Göttingen International Handel Festival, Germany.

 

As a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio she performed Adele in FLEDERMAUS, Servilia in CLEMENZA DI TITO, the title role in Handel’s SEMELE (Ensemble Studio performance), and Contessa Ceprano in RIGOLETTO. She has also appeared with Ash Lawn Opera (Despina, COSI FAN TUTTE), Wolf Trap Opera (Thérèse, MAMELLES; Frasquita, CARMEN; Nannetta, FALSTAFF), and the Glimmerglass Festival (Phénice & Lucinde, ARMIDE). Her other operatic credits include Susanna (NOZZE DI FIGARO), Musetta (LA BOHÈME), the title role in Stravinsky’s ROSSIGNOL, Lauretta (GIANNI SCHICCHI), and Soeur Constance (DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES).

 

Mireille is an accomplished concert singer and recitalist and has appeared with many of North America’s major orchestras and festivals. She is also an acknowledged champion of contemporary music and has participated in a number of premieres and workshops of new works. In 2013, her debut album Ash Roses was released on the Centrediscs label to great acclaim. In April 2011, she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Vaughan Williams’ DONA NOBIS PACEM and returned to Carnegie in January of 2012 to give a recital in the Song Continues series. Mireille has also done film work, starring as Pamina in the feature film Magic Flute Diaries at the age of 21.

 

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Her training…

Mireille obtained her Master of Music from Yale University’s prestigious Opera Program in 2010, and was a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio (2011-12 & 2012-13 seasons).  Prior to her studies at Yale, she completed a Bachelor of Music at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (2007).

She has been a young artist with the Glimmerglass Festival (2012), Opera NUOVA (2008) and Centro Studi Lirica (2005), has studied art song at Toronto Summer Music (2011), Handel oratorio at the Britten-Pears Programme (2008 & 2010), baroque music at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (2007) and contemporary vocal music with Queen of Puddings Summer Music Theatre (2007).  Mireille has studied voice with Neil Semer, Marlena Malas, Wendy Nielsen, Monica Whicher, Tim Noble, Doris Yarick-Cross and Donna Sherman.  She has coached with Sir Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Michael McMahon, Liz Upchurch and Michael Heaston, among the many other wonderful faculty at the establishments mentioned above. ……

During her studies, Mireille maintained a busy performance schedule and cultivated her musical interests outside the realm of traditional opera, collaborating with new music ensembles, chamber groups and early music aficionados – even taking on film work. Known for her quick ear and mind, she is devoted to the exploration of the new and untested, as well as the old and forgotten.  She has participated in numerous world premieres of new works and loves working with composers.

The other things…

Mireille is both an American and Canadian citizen.  She is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA) as well as the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Actors (ACTRA).