Prizewinner at the Montreal International Music Competition in 2005, the Canadian soprano distinguished herself in Italy the same year winning 1st prize, the public prize and the best foreign singer at the 56th Gian Battista Viotti International Competition.
Her first recording of Rachmaninoff and Liszt songs entitled « Romances » with the pianist Louise-Andrée Baril has received international acclaim.
Recent performances for the soprano include Verdi’s Requiem in Montreal and in Ottawa, Brahms’s Requiem in Montréal and also Bruckner’s Mass no. 3 with the Montréal Philharmonic Orchestra. She also sang the soprano solo in the oratorio Elijah by Mendelssohn as well as in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Montreal Philharmonic Orchestra – the reviewer wrote : « From the Kyrie to the Agnus Dei, the Canadian soprano demonstrated agility and remarkable vocal sensibility. »
In Europe, she sang in France, in Italy, in England and in Austria.
Whether in concert or recital, Ms. Dionne demonstrates her vocal abilities in repertoire ranging from songs to lieder and opera to oratorio. She has performed with many symphony orchestras such as Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Orchestra, Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo (Mexico), Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Regio de Turin Orchestra.
At the opera, Ms. Dionne has received much acclaim for her performances in roles such as Micaëla in Carmen by Bizet (France), as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart (Vienna), of Véronique in Véronique by Messager (France), of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni by Mozart (Italy) and Marguerite in Faust by Gounod (U.S.). Closer to home, we heard the soprano in the title role of Adina in Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore, a Flower Girl in Wagner’s opera Parsifal under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Festival Lanaudière as well as the role of Françoise in the lyric version of André Gagnon’s Nelligan at Québec Opera. The reviewer wrote about her performance « she plays her role to perfection, the voice is powerful and she brings a touch of emotion to this dramatic piece ».
Recently, Mrs. Dionne was part of the world wide premier of the new opera Rabbi by the composer Normand Gasnier in the title role Marie in Montréal.