"In Abandoned, the character was the building itself anguishing over its status, a structure made solid and hauntingly believable by Bélanger Roy’s range, vocal strength, and dramatic ability" - Arts Knoxville
French Canadian contralto Julie Bélanger Roy started her musical studies early as a violinist and a violist. While studying viola at the Conservatory of Music in Montreal, Canada, she started taking voice lessons with the respected mezzo-soprano Gabriele Lavigne.
After completion of a Master’s degree in viola performance, Ms. Bélanger Roy, then a successful violist, started her Master’s degree in vocal performance. During her graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, USA, Ms. Bélanger Roy studied with soprano Cecily Nall, and sang in masterclasses for nationally renowned David Jones, Benton Hess, Martin Katz and Arlene Shrut.
Ms. Bélanger Roy’s last performances include the role of Tituba in the University of Tennessee production of The Crucible, Suor Zelatrice in the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre production of Suor Angelica, Abandoned in the Marble City Opera Production of Ghosts of Crosstown, the role of Dame Quickly in the Bay View Music Festival production of Verdi's Falstaff in Michigan as well as Bianca in the University of Tennessee production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.
Ms. Bélanger Roy graduated with her Master’s in vocal performance in 2014 and attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she sang in masterclasses for the illustrious Gabriele Lechner and Linda Watson. She was recently awarded the Mozart prize at the Orpheus Vocal Competition 2015. In addition to her singing career, Ms. Bélanger Roy regularly performs on the viola with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra as well as with Symphony of the Mountains, and works as a session musician for national and international artists at WaveTransform Studio.
Julie endorses Realist Violin by David Gage