CHARLENE PAULS, SOPRANO
Soprano Charlene Pauls has appeared on the concert stage with major orchestras across Canada as well as on international stages in Germany, England, France and Spain. Her performances, “like finely cut jewels”, to quote the Winnipeg Free Press, continue to garner enthusiastic reviews. Her engagements include concerts with conductors such as Robert Shaw, Bramwell Tovey, Frieder Bernius, and Helmuth Rilling.
Charlene has sung with many of the country’s leading ensembles, including the Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Musik Barock Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Chorus Niagara, Kingston Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Thirteen Strings, Laval Symphony, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, and at a wide range of festivals such as the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Winnipeg New Music Festival. Sought after for her interpretation of the major oratorio works, Ms Pauls is particularly experienced performing Bach (B Minor Mass, St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio), Handel (Messiah, Joshua, Saul, Laudate Pueri), Haydn (Creation, Nelson Mass) and Brahms (German Requiem).
An enthusiastic proponent of contemporary music, Charlene’s performances and numerous CBC broadcasts include Taverner’s To a Child Dancing in the Wind, and Jeffrey Ryan’s chamber opera The Laurels. Her prize-winning performance of Jocelyn Morlock’s Lacrymosa at the International Rostrum of Composers competition has been heard on major classical broadcasters around the world.
Charlene’s recording, entitled The Wanderer Within, was a collaborative effort with Laura Pudwell, Colin Balzer, Tony Funk and Betty Suderman, that features Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder. Other recordings include Canciones, a collection of Spanish songs with guitarist Ian Hodges, which premiers works of Leo Brouwer and Sid Robinovitch.
Appearances this season include a solo recital with Che Anne Loewen, Pianist and David Wieler, Narrator titled "Uncle Jake's Musical Bus Tour of Europe" (September 29, 2019 at 3:00pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Guelph), and Bach's Mass in B Minor (May 23 and 24, 2020, St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Oakville).