Young soprano Ainsley Soutière is an engaging and versatile performer who is equally at home with operatic, recital and popular repertoire.
A vocal performance graduate with degrees from both the University of Southern California and The Juilliard School, Ainsley has acquired additional training through attendance of the University of Miami School of Music in Salzburg, Austria, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Seattle Opera Internship program.
Past performances have included “Despina” in Cosi fan tutte with the Calgary Concert Opera Company, “Musetta” in La Bohème with the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, “Adina” in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore for Jeunesses Musicales du Canada,”Musetta” in La Bohème, “Pamina” in The Magic Flute, “Gretel” in Hansel and Gretel, and “Adina” in The Elixir of Love all with Portland Opera to GO!, “Sophie” in Calgary Concert Opera Company’s Werther, “Rosemary” in Thornton Opera Program’s Summer and Smoke,“Nettie” in the USC Theatre Department’s production of Carousel, “Sarah” in Mozart’s Magic Fantasy with Calgary Opera; “Papagena” in Die Zauberflöte, and “Barbarina” in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Juilliard Opera Workshop; “Cis” in Albert Herring with the Aspen Opera Theatre Center; and “Mustardseed” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Juilliard Opera Center. Other operas include: Beach’s Cabildo, Cavalli’s Eliogabalo, Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and Rorem’s Our Town.
Ms. Soutière is the director of Artist Relations at the Cowtown Opera Company, as well as the Education Coordinator for their summer program “COSA”. She has also worked as a coach to students as Eastern Oregon University during residencies coordinated through Portland Opera.
In September 2012 Ms. Soutière is pleased to be doing a joint recital with pianist Kevin Chen for the High River Gift of Music Concert Series. In January of 2013 Ms. Soutière will return to Portland Opera to perform the role of “Pamina” in their English adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
She is a past recipient of numerous awards, grants and scholarships from such organizations as Calgary Opera, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Northern Star Foundation, the University of Southern California, and The Juilliard School.