Samantha LOUIS JEAN - Soprano
The Canadian and French soprano Samantha Louis-Jean received her vocal training at the Maîtrise de Radio-France, the University of the Montreal then with Marie Daveluy and Yolande Parent. She made her professional debut singing Euridice (Monteverdi, L’Orfeo) with the Montreal Baroque Festival and Lauretta (Puccini, Gianni Schicchi) with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Since then, she performed with the Portland Trinity Consort (Bach, Christmas Oratorio), the Orford Festival (Mozart, Requiem), the Ensemble Caprice (Bach, Magnificat), the Ensemble Masques or Les Violons du Roy, at prestigious events such as the Lamèque International Baroque Festival, Clavecin en Concert, and the Quebec Opera Festival.
Her operatic roles include Zerlina (Mozart, Don Giovanni), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Belinda (Purcell, Dido and Aeneas), Euridice (L’Orfeo), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), the Dew Fairy (Humperdinck, Hänsel und Gretel), Altisidore and une Japonaise (Boismortier, Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse) and Colette (Rousseau, Le Devin du Village).
In 2014, her performance as Vagaus in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans (Ensemble Caprice) was praised by critics. The production received the Opus Prize for Concert of the Year – Medieval, Renaissance, baroque and classical music.
In 2015, she was selected for the Handel Residency at the Aix-en-Provence Festival conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm.
In 2015-2016, she performed at the Montpellier Opera, the Festival des Lumières de Sorèze and the Nuits Musicales d’Uzès in all-Handel concerts with Ensemble Les Ombres.
She later performed the role of Elvira (Rossini, L’Italiana in Algeri) conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire at the Tourcoing Lyric Atelier and the Champs-Élysées Theatre.
In Fall 2016, she went on tour with the Jeunesses Musicales Canada performing works by Handel and Scarlatti with Ensemble Les Songes.
She will then portray the role of Angelica in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso at the Tourcoing Lyric Atelier and the Champs-Élysées Theatre.
Samantha Louis-Jean is a winner of the Froville International Baroque Competition, the Prix d’Europe Competition, the Lyndon-Woodside Oratorio Society of New York Competition and the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. She is a grant recipient of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council of the Arts and the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.