Soprano Mélanie Saucier is a dynamic performer who is known for her ability to captivate audiences with her voice and stage presence. Since the tender age of two, she has performed in countless international festivals and has garnered multiple accolades over the course of her career including the First Prize at the New Brunswick Provincial Music Festival in 2008, 2010, and 2013, Second Prize in 2012, First Prize at the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music in 2008 and 2010 as well as Second Prize in 2012. Ms. Saucier also earned the First Prize at the Victoria County Music Festival in 2006, 2008, and 2010. She was awarded three legislative sentiments from the State of
Maine in recognition of her professional accomplishments.
As a highly sought-after soloist, Ms. Saucier has performed in masterclasses with soprano Lisa Roy, soprano Sally Dibblee, soprano Chantal Dionne, and most recently with American baritone Andrew Garland. She was the featured soloist at the opening mass of the 2014 World Acadian Congress/Congrès Mondiale Acadien in Edmunston New Brunswick. She was invited to perform in recital with soprano Suzanne Nance, and she has performed with pianists George Lopez, Paul Sullivan, Julien LeBlanc, Nhat-Viet Phi,and Pablo Mirò-Cortez. She has appeared in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites and Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, under the baton of Stephen Lord and under the direction of Steven Goldstein and Joshua Major respectively, with the New England Conservatory Graduate Opera Program. She appeared as Rosina in scenes from Rossini’s Il Barbiere diSiviglia with the New England Conservatory Undergraduate Opera Studies Program. She traveled to Sydney, Australia with Boston-based choral ensemble Northern Voices where she made her Sydney Opera House debut. She was also afforded the opportunity to perform in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and the Sydney Town Hall. She recently appeared as a solo with the Acton Community Singers in their performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass under the baton of Mr. Paul Johnson. She is also a member of the New England Conservatory Concert Choir. Ms. Saucier was pleased to present a recital of French and German art song at the New England Conservatory and again in Larnaca, Cyprus with Greek-Cypriot pianist Yiorgos Mannouris. She has also performed the national anthems of France, Canada, and the United States in the Maine State Legislature. She has been featured on various international radio and television programs including appearances on Radio Canada Télé, CJEM Radio, and Radio Canada’s Tout un Samedi, as well as the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s (MPBN) televised Christmas in Maine concert and TV5 Monde (FRA).
Ms. Saucier is an avid performer in theater and musical theater productions as well, and her credentials include portrayals of the role of Christine Daaë in Phantom of the Opera, Cosette in Les Misérables, Amanda Prynn in Noël Coward’s Private Lives,and Rita Boyle in Craig Lucas’ Prelude to a Kiss, to name a few. She was honored to sing the lead role in the new musical interpretation of Hoffman’s The Nutcracker entitled The Nutcracker: A Musical, written by Douglas S. Clapp, and composed by Scott Brickman. She has studied with Leola Dionne, Lisa Roy, and Lisa Saffer. She currently studies with mezzo-soprano MaryAnn McCormick and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in classical vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
My experiences at the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music were a highlight of my formative musical years. The festival afforded me the opportunity to meet new friends whose shared passion for music was a wonderful ﬁnd. The festival was an encouraging and supportive place for me to perform and receive input from incredibly talented artists and educators. The volunteer staff were always so lovely and really made me feel at home at the festival, and I looked forward to seeing familiar faces every year. The musical knowledge and the performance experience that I gained at the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music has served me well in my musical endeavors, and I will forever cherish my experience there.