Gabrielle de Grandmont is a 20-year-old lyric mezzo-soprano currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at Western University (BMus. Voice) under the guidance of Todd Wieczorek. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Gabrielle began her singing journey in the Ottawa Catholic School Board Children’s and Chamber Choirs in 2008. She went on to take private voice lessons from 2012 with mezzo-soprano, Arminè Kassabian. That same year, Gabrielle was accepted into Arts Canterbury’s Music Program in the Vocal Department under the direction of James Caswell. There she gained experience and knowledge in music theory and history, keyboard skills and singing in large and small ensembles as well as solo recitals.
Gabrielle has participated in a number of summer music programs including the Royal Conservatory of Music Summer Voice Intensive (2016), Ottawa Recitalists Art Song Academy (2016) and the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (2017), wherein she performed such roles as Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Act I finale) and title roles in Bizet’s Carmen (Act II quintet) and Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Act I, Scene II). She has also participated in masterclasses with Dr. Victoria Holland (D. Mus., Northwestern University, lyric soprano), Denis Boudreault (Voice Professor at University of Ottawa, tenor), Francesco Milioto (Conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Nathalie Paulin (Voice Professor at University of Toronto, Soprano).
Gabrielle is very grateful to have had the opportunity to study music from a young age and would like to extend a huge thank you to her family and friends for their unconditional support, and to her teachers Arminè, James and Todd, without whom she would not have discovered passion and the talent for singing that she now has today.