Biography

Vanessa Chartrand-Rodrigue started at a young age studying the piano, then concentrated on the cello, to finally graduate with honours from McGill University in voice. Thereafter, she attended a Master’s degree in viola da Gamba at the Université de Montréal before moving to Germany to pursue her operatic studies with Ks. Jeanne Piland. Highlights of her operatic repertoire include Medoro, Dorabella, Hänsel, Niklaus, Ciesca, Carmen, Lucienne and Hermia. She performed Cherubino with the Barcelona Opera Studio, the title role of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Portugal and premiered jean-paul Noguès’s opera Metamorphose in Bordeaux. As a concert soloist she has sung Mendelssohn’s Sommernachtstraum at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Handel’s Messiah and Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir in Montreal, Mahler’s Das Himmlische Leben at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Saint-Seans’ Christmas Oratorio in Gießen and Mozart’s Requiem a at the Zezere Arts Festival in Portugal.

Moreover, her wide expertise brought her to collaborate as a conductor and composer with modern theatre ensembles such as kainkollektiv (winner of the Georg Tabori development prize in 2015).Vanessa is a member of Berlin’s Solistenensemble Phoenix16, specializing in the performance of contemporary vocal works with whom she recently performed at Ultraschall Festival for new music in Berlin.

More recently as a conductor, Vanessa was awarded a scholarship from the Royal Philharmonic Society of London to participate in their contemporary music conducting masterclass with Jessica Cottis.

Vanessa’s operatic conducting experience include; assistant conductor for Don Giovanni (Alltagsoper Berlin), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Opera On Tap Berlin), Assistant to Maestro Peter Leonard and diction coach with Berlin Opera Academy production of Carmen, and was second principal conductor with Lyric Opera Berlin’s L’elixir d’Amore. Furthermore, she conducted and sang at MaerzMusik 2017 in Let Sonorities Ring – Julius Eastman.

In addition, Vanessa is also a successful viola da gamba player and founder of the Baroque Ensemble The Dansant whose first record featured countertenor Michael Taylor in works of Vivaldi, Handel and Graun.