Voice area grad advances to Metropolitan Opera Competition semi-finals in NYC

After years of study and professional development, Department of Music alumna Tracy Cantin (BMus '08, Vocal Performance) is on the upswing as she advances to the Metropolitan Opera competition semi-finals on New York City's Met stage.

UAlberta Music - 19 February 2016

After years of study and development as a professional singer, UAlberta Music alumna ('08, Vocal Performance) Tracy Cantin is enjoying the fruits of her labour. Having recently graduated from the Chicago Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center training program, with impressive experience to-date as a young opera singer, Tracy entered the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in January. Her stellar soprano performance landed her a $3000 cash prize and a spot to compete in the finals, which will be held on March 6th, 2016 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, a world-renowned centre for the operatic arts.

Tracy is the only Canadian singer to advance to the semi-finals in this year's competition-a further confirmation of this young singer's talent, which has been described as a powerful blend of "agility, power and dazzling coloratura" (Chicago Sun-Times). Tracy has recently made critically acclaimed debuts with the Ravinia Festival, Grant Park Festival, Oregon Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

What's next for Tracy? Beyond the upcoming competition at the National Semi-Finals in New York, Tracy's schedule includes performances with the Slovak State Philharmonic, the Kingston Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico. She will also make her Canadian stage debut with the Edmonton Opera next season, singing Chrysothemis in Elektra on March 11, 14, & 16, 2017.

Wishing you warm congratulations on your success, Tracy, and best wishes in New York!

About Tracy Cantin

After completing her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at UAlberta Music under the tutelage of Professor Harold Wiens and Professor Brian McIntosh in 2008, Tracy enrolled in the Masters in Voice program at Western University in London, ON, in 2011.

Shortly thereafter, she followed with a performance diploma at McGill University. Tracy completed the Chicago Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center training program, designed for young opera singers, and while there held several roles in operas at the Lyric Opera.

Along her musical path, Tracy has earned numerous awards including a Sullivan Foundation Award, a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, and a Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation career development grant. She also placed first in Canada's prestigious Lois Marshall Memorial Competition in 2010.