Singers featured in 'Lakme' Tenor Frederic Antoun and soprano Aline Kutan star in Leo Delibes's colorful opera Lakme, in a production from the Montreal Opera.
NPR logo The Featured Artists in Delibes's 'Lakme'

The Featured Artists in Delibes's 'Lakme'

Soprano Aline Kutan has sung the title role in Lakme at opera companies in France and Europe, as well as in Canada and the United States. hide caption

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Frederic Antoun has performed with opera companies across North America in works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Donizetti, as well as oratorios by Handel and Haydn. hide caption

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Aline Kutan

Soprano (Lakme)

The Canadian soprano Aline Kutan made her operatic debut in Vancouver, at the age of 18, singing the role of Flora in Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw. In 1995, Kutan was a winner at the Metropolitan Opera Competition in New York.

Kutan has sung the title role in Delibes' Lakme with opera companies in France and Germany, as well as in the United States and Canada. Other roles in her extensive coloratura repertory include the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Olympia in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann and Adele in Strauss's Die Fledermaus. She made her debut at La Scala, in Milan, singing the role of Semele in Salieri's Europa Riconosciuta in 2005, a production that was featured on NPR's World of Opera.

Frederic Antoun

Tenor (Gerald)

Montreal-based tenor Frederic Antoun has sung leading roles with the Montreal Opera, Mexico's Bellas Artes, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, the Opera Company of Philadelphia and at the Spoleto Festival USA. His repertory includes Romeo in Gounod's Romeo and Juliet, Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata, Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme, and Nemorino in Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, among many other roles.

He has also specialized in concert works and oratorios, including Handel's Messiah, Bach's St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's The Creation.

Antoun is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and has won awards from the Oratorio Society of New York, the George London Foundation, the Debut Young Concert Artist Series and the Licia-Albanese Puccini Competition.