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Meet the Ensemble Studio Competition Finalists: Karine Boucher

On November 26, 2013, for the first time, nine finalists in the Ensemble Studio Competition will now perform from the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre, accompanied by the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus and hosted by Grammy-nominated and multi-Juno Award winner, singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright. To watch the competition and see Canada's rising opera stars, visit our Centre Stage website and buy your tickets today! Over the next two weeks, follow along on Parlando as we introduce you to each of our finalists.

Karine Boucher, soprano

Soprano Karine Boucher, today’s featured finalist, recently graduated from the Atelier lyrique, l’Opéra de Montréal and was the youngest artist ever accepted into this training program! In 2011, she was also a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Karine comes from Québec City, and holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the Québec Conservatory. She began singing classical vocal music at the age of 11, but almost by accident. Her vocal teacher suggested that she try some classic songs, and Karine says, “I had no idea what I was doing when I said yes! Imagine, I was born in a family that almost didn’t know that opera existed... So it was for me and my family a wonderful and sometimes indescribable discovery.”

What Karine loves most about opera is “one moment in particular, the two seconds before the curtains open or the two seconds before I first put my feet on the stage,” she shares. She can’t imagine doing anything else with her life.

Karine’s past roles include Annina in La Traviata, Inez in Il Trovatore and Rosette in Manon (Opéra de Montréal); Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief and Micaëla in Carmen (Atelier lyrique); and Kätchen in Matrimonia Segreto (Québec Conservatory). She can’t pick just one dream role, specifying Verdi and Puccini as two composers that she especially loves. But she says that these roles require maturity. “So I have to be patient,” she adds.

In her spare time, Karine enjoys walking, aqua-jogging and improvisational theatre. Her first language is French and she also speaks English and Italian. Visit her website, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter to find out more! 

The Ensemble Studio competition is Tuesday, November 26, 2013. Tickets to the Ensemble Studio Competition and Centre Stage cocktail celebration are $100.For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  You can buy tickets here, call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231 or go to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office (145 Queen St. W.). You can also chat about the event with us on Twitter using #COCCentrestage.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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