Biography

Canadian soprano Elaina Moreau has been praised for “Executing vocal lines with ease, ...[and] demonstrating solid technique and maturity through her performances,” (Vernon Morningstar). A member of the Vancouver Opera Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program for the 2017/2018 season, Moreau has also won numerous awards including being a three-time district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Western Canada District in 2016 & Western Washington/Alaska District in 2014 and 2011). Most recently, Elaina represented Canada in the prestigious VIII Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition where she was named a semi-finalist in May 2019. In 2017 Elaina was named a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques and was selected to represent Canada at the Riccardo Zandonai International Singing Competition for Young Lyric Singers, in Riva del Garda, Italy, where she was named a finalist. 

Elaina has appeared with Vancouver Opera singing Gianetta in L'elisir d'amore and The Mother in the Vancouver Opera Festival's Requiem for a Lost Girl. Elaina was also the soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah with both the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Prince George Symphony in December 2018. Other highlights include a Dora Award-winning performance as Young Ava/The House in the world premiere of Rocking Horse Winner with Tapestry Opera (Toronto), Bettina/Celidora/Mirza in The Lost Operas of Mozart with City Opera Vancouver, Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffman with Opera Opulenza (Vancouver), and the title role in L'incoronazione di Poppea with the Trentino Summer Music Festival (Mezzano, Italy). Other role highlights include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Dalinda in Ariodante, Ida in Die Feldermaus, and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Damagete in La Spartana generose, and Iphis in Jeptha. Moreau also studied at the Aspen Opera Theater Center at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, where covered the roles of Paquette in Candide and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Equally comfortable in musical theatre, Elaina has performed the roles of Clara in The Light in the Piazza, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly!, and Jemima in CATS.

Moreau earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance with Honours from the University of Toronto in 2012, and graduated summa cum laude from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2014 with a Master of Music in Voice and Opera.  She has studied with Mary Morrison, Pamela Fry, Dan Taylor,  Nathalie Paulin and Tracy Satterfield. In the 2019/2020 season she looks forward to making her Vancouver Women's Musical Society Recital debut.

© 2019 Elaina Moreau