Canadian soprano Elaina Moreau has been praised for “Executing vocal lines with ease, ...[and] demonstrating solid technique and maturity through her performances,” (Vernon Morningstar). Most recently she was a member of the Vancouver Opera Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program for the 2017/2018 season. Moreau has 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 2011 and 2014). Most recently, Elaina was named a 2017 laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. She was also selected by the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques to represent Canada at the 2017 Riccardo Zandonai Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Cantanti Lirici, in Riva del Garda, Italy, where she was named a finalist. Moreau also represented Canada in the prestigious VII Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki, Finland in 2014, and will return to Finland as a selected competitor in May 2019.
Recent performances include Gianetta in Vancouver Opera's L'elisir d'amore in January 2018, and The Mother in the Vancouver Opera Festival's Requiem for a Lost Girl in May 2018. 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 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 (San Francisco Conservatory of Music), Pamina in Die Zauberflote (ViVace and Lyric Opera Studio Weimar), Damagete in La Spartana generose (Burnaby Lyric Opera) and Iphis in Jeptha (Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Baroque Program). Moreau has also studied at the Aspen Opera Theater Center at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, where she sang chorus in Candide and Suor Angelica, and covered the roles of Paquette in Candide and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. While in Aspen, Moreau also performed in scenes as Rose Maurrant in Street Scene and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Equally comfortable in musical theatre, Elaina has sung 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 master classes she has had the opportunity to work with Ben Heppner, Warren Jones, Measha Bruggergossman, and Franz Grundheber. Elaina will be seen next on stage in Helsinki, Finland at the VIII Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition May 20-29, 2019, which will be live broadcast internationally. In the 2019/2020 season she looks forward to making her Vancouver Women's Musical Society Recital debut.