Canadian Armenian soprano Aline Kutan has established herself as a versatile and refined artist in both opera and concert. She is consistently acclaimed for her crystalline voice, amazing vocal virtuosity and powerful scenic presence. Her musical training began with tenor David Meek shortly after immigrating from Istanbul to Vancouver at age 10.
At 18, she sang the role of Flora in Vancouver Opera production The Turn of the Screw by Britten. Later she attended UBC and then worked with Louise André at l'Université Laval in Quebec City.
Ms. Kutan is grateful to the scholarships received early in her career from Jeunesses Musicales, Joseph Rouleau, George London, Licia Albanese, COC, Vancouver Operatic Society, Toulouse Int'l Voice Competition and the Canada Council. In 1995, she won the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Auditions and a year later made an impressive debut as Lakmé in Arizona Opera. With over 30 roles such as the Queen of the Night, Zerbinetta, Olympia, Konstanze, Violetta, she has dazzled her critics and audiences. She has sung at l'Opéra de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival, Chorégies d'Oranges, Geneva, Marseille, Monte Carlo, San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Colon in Argentina, Teatro de Santiago Chile, Capitole de Toulouse, Canadian Opera Company, Michigan, Arizona, New York City Opera, among others. She's created the role of Pasiphaé in Philip Fénelon's world premiere of Les Rois in Bordeaux and sang in Europa Riconosciuta at La Scala di Milano. She performs regularly with the Montreal Opera and sang Nanetta last year in their production of Falstaff.
Since winning the MSO Voice Competition in 1993, she's performed with them such works as Gliere's Concerto for a coloratura Soprano, Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Concert Arias, Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Stravinsky's Mavra and Rossignol, Mahler's 8th symphony, the Angel in the Messiaen's St. Francis of Assisi. Recently, she was heard in Carmina Burana with Kent Nagano conducting at the Olympic Stadium.
Besides collaborating with chamber music ensembles and preparing recitals, Ms, Kutan also teaches at the Conservatory in Montreal and the McGill Schulich School of Music. She has several recordings of chamber music and opera under the Atma, Analekta and Sony BMG labels.