Sylvie Martineau – Lyrical Soprano from Montreal
As far as she can remember, singing has always been a part of Sylvie’s life. Undoubtedly, she inherited the passion for singing opera from her paternal grand-parents and parents, both tenors and mezzo-sopranos. After obtaining a degree in Administration and Economics, Sylvie started structured singing lessons at the old age of 24 with Ms. Odile Fay.
Eventually, by day, Sylvie would work as the Human Resources Administrator of a major edible oils producer near downtown Montreal. In her free time, she sang as a member of the Théâtre lyrique de Boucherville, an immediate neighbour city of Montreal. The eighty members would sing and dance in productions of opérettes and various classical variety shows. As one of the soloists, Sylvie undertook roles in La belle Hélène, L’auberge du cheval blanc, La veuve joyeuse and others.
Soon after, in a chamber group of opera singers, Sylvie cherished performing at operatic wine and cheese tastings and in multi-course dinners at different public and private venues around the greater region of Montreal. As a solo artist, she was also invited to sing at weddings, baptisms, and funerals.
Among special projects, Sylvie enjoyed producing the elementary school Christmas show and some of the church events of St-Louis-de-Gonzague, a quaint Quebec town where her husband Jacques comes from. For a number of years, she has also participated in the town’s choir and sung as a soloist. Other fun experiences include participating in a “radiothon” of the Petite Italie quarters and appearing at a television cable station in Montreal.
After moving to Cloverdale, B.C., Sylvie pursued singing lessons with Ingrid Suderman and started teaching children from her home studio. She would soon feel the need to pursue more elaborate music studies to broaden her knowledge in music history and theory, and hopefully help her students better prepare for their Royal Conservatory of Music studies. She enrolled in a Diploma of Music at Kwantlen Polytechnic University as a Voice Performance Major under Gayle Suderman and Dale Throness. At university, Sylvie would broaden her repertoire to include lead arias from Rusalka, La boheme, Gianni Schicchi, Il Trovatore, The Marriage of Figaro, and Manon to name a few, as well as an array of lieders.
With her family being more independent and desiring to reintegrate the Human Resources field, her professional passion, Sylvie obtained a Human Resources Certificate from Simon Fraser University in 2014. At the same time, she joined Opera Pro Cantanti under the direction of Richard Williams with whom she sporadically takes lessons. Thanks to OPC, she is happy to realize her dream of participating in full opera productions. As a member of OPC, she has studied and/or sung the roles of a witch in MacBeth; a soldier, a Hebrew woman, and a virgin in Nabucco; chorus in La traviata.
Sylvie will soon be performing the role of Violetta in La traviata and is looking forward to the challenge. She is very pleased to share her love of opera with her teenaged daughter Flavie, and thrilled that she will be joining her on stage for La traviata in the role of Annina.