Hélène Brunet

Reviews

“Parmi les chanteurs, c’est la soprano Hélène Brunet qui se sera distinguée par une voix et un chant d’une parfaite beauté et une présence scénique des plus rayonnantes. Il s’agissait de sa première participation à cette intégrale ; il faut espérer que ce ne sera pas la dernière.”

  • Guy Marchand, L’Opéra, Revue québécoise d’art lyrique.

“Soloist… Hélène Brunet… [was] passionate and reverent.”

  • LYNN GREEN, The Columbus Dispatch.

“It must be said that Ms Brunet’s voice and interpretive musicianship, already considerably lovely and developed, stand at the beginning of a bright and exciting career, ready to grow even more in the many years to come. If she sings so well now, I cannot wait to hear her again in many more recitals in the years to come. I hope that she and Luc Beauséjour visit Calgary again because they fit together extremely well, and are a divine Baroque reincarnation, and, of Canadian origins. I hope they give many more recitals together, here and internationally.”

  • STEPHAN BONFIELD, Calgary Herald.

“Hélène Brunet, c’est la classe, le raffinement, la pureté, la musique qui parle sans artifice.”

  • YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN, conductor.

“Hélène Brunet’s Abra was vocally alluring and musical in conception.”

  • RICHARD TURP, Bachtrak.

“Ms. Brunet sang with some of her finest intonation, expression, mature interpretation, clearest Affekt, and an acting sensibility that led us through the music willingly and effortlessly. In essence, Ms. Brunet was perfect.”

  • STEPHAN BONFIELD, Calgary Herald.

“Son rôle avait plusieurs beaux airs qu’elle a rendu avec une richesse de timbre et une agilité vocale qui la promettent à une belle carrière.”

  • DANIEL TURP, Blogue lyrique de Daniel Turp.

“The Bach aria Schlummert ein is every bit a difficult stamina-work as any other aria I have heard from the Baroque repertoire, and showed definitely why Ms. Brunet is a singer of tremendous quality, and can look forward to a fine career.”

  • STEPHAN BONFIELD, Calgary Herald.

“The beauty of Hélène’s voice and her forceful musicality are deeply touching. As she goes for sincere expression rather than the vain effect, she is as much loved from the audiences as from her colleagues.”

  • ALEXANDER WEIMANN, claveciniste et directeur musical.

“Le solo de la soprano Hélène Brunet possède l’exacte simplicité que prescrit Mahler (Symphonie No. 4).”

  • CLAUDE GINGRAS, La Presse.

“To end the first half, we were favoured with Handel’s popular Rejoice Greatly from the oratorio Messiah. Ms. Brunet’s performance consisted of some of the cleanest melismas one would ever wish to hear. Sung with a bright and engaging tone, here was a qualifiably successful, considered interpretation.”

  • STEPHAN BONFIELD, Calgary Herald.

“The operetta was carried out by Canadian singer Hélène Brunet as the young and in love Laurette (excellent singing and completely at ease on the stage).”

  • HAARETZ, Israel.

“J’ai eu l’occasion d’entendre Hélène Brunet lors d’un concert et j’ai énormément apprécié l’intelligence de son chant, sa musicalité et la beauté de son timbre; elle sait à merveille comment conduire sa voix, très souple, très homogène dans toute l’étendue de la tessiture! L’émotion est palpable à chaque mesure. Hélène Brunet fait partie de ces rares jeunes chanteuses qui CONNAIT la musique dans sa totalité, au-delà de la simple préoccupation de sa voix!”

  • GAËLLE LE GALLIC, France Musique.

“The recital opened with three Handel opera arias, the first being Cleopatra’s virtuoso coloratura showpiece ‘Da Tempeste’ from Act III of Giulio Cesare. Considering Ms. Brunet sang it as her opening work, it made her performance of this ecstatic bravura composition all the more remarkable. Next we move to Handel’s Semele and ‘O sleep, why dost thou leave me’, requiring delicate accompaniment, studiously given by Mr. Beauséjour in fine complementarity to Ms. Brunet’s clear phrasing, delicious harmonies and careful intonation. In ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’, Ms. Brunet impressed most with her considered phrasing arcs, changing colours in her voice where needed so as to appropriately text paint, a necessary detail when provided with sparse notation by the composer.”

  • STEPHAN BONFIELD, Calgary Herald.

“La collaboration entre l’Ensemble Caprice et la soprano Hélène Brunet connait du succès depuis quelques années déjà. La flexibilité de sa belle voix lui permet de s’engager pleinement dans l’expression et sa présence sur scène ajoute une élégance remarquable aux concerts.”

  • MATTHIAS MAUTE, Ensemble Caprice.

“Ms. Brunet presented a flawless clinic in tonal and breath control, particularly in her resplendent upper register, all the while demonstrating a captivating involvement with the text.”

  • STEPHAN BONFIELD, Calgary Herald.