Rolande Garnier

Rolande Garnier (née Rozière), mezzo-soprano (born 11 June 1926 in Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB; died 11 April 2009 in Winnipeg, MB).

Rolande Garnier (née Rozière), mezzo-soprano (born 11 June 1926 in Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB; died 11 April 2009 in Winnipeg, MB). Rolande Garnier was recognized as a first-rate musician and a gifted actress. She studied voice with Martial Singher, first at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montréal, and then privately in 1953–54. She was the winner (1952–53, with Louis Quilico) of the Radio-Canada competition Nos futures étoiles. She toured for the Jeunesses musicales du Canada (1953–54, 1958–59), gave recitals on radio and TV, and appeared as soloist with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and a number of orchestras, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

She sang in Winnipeg for Golden Voices Opera (Madame Flora in Menotti's The Medium, 1972), Opera Manitoba (Berta in The Barber of Seville, 1972) and the Manitoba Opera Association (Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, 1973; Mercédès in Carmen and Annina in La Traviata, 1974). She also starred in many productions at Rainbow Stage, including Can Can, Showboat, The King and I and The Sound of Music.

A version of this entry originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.