Soprano
About

Canadian soprano Shannon Mercer embraces a range of repertoire from early to contemporary music. She maintains a performance calendar of opera, concert, and recital engagements throughout North America and Europe while sustaining an active recording presence. In 2017-18 she is soloist with Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem and with Phoenix Symphony in Messiah. Recent engagements include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Calgary Opera; Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with Naples Philharmonic Orchestra; “American Dream”, an early music program with Seattle Baroque Orchestra; Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Bach Sinfonia; Berg’s Seven Early Songs and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with East Texas Symphony; Messiah with Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton and Oregon symphonies, and Portland Baroque Orchestra; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Cantatas with Montreal’s St. Lawrence Choir; Beethoven’s Mass in C with Calgary Philharmonic; Fauré’s Requiem with Kansas City Symphony under Bernard Labadie; Bach Cantatas with Early Music Vancouver; Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion in a return to Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Handel’s Solomon with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec; and Mozart’s Requiem with Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Previous US engagements include Boston’s Early Music Festival’s new production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo; Messiah with Seattle Symphony, and a US West Coast tour with Les Voix Baroques. She performed in Mexico City in Bach's Mass in B Minor with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico. Other international venues include New York’s Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, and New York’s Alice Tully Hall. Discography includes "Wales - Land of Song"; Berlioz’s Les Nuits d'été; Palej's The Poet and the War; Bach’s St. John Passion; and Vivaldi: The Return of the Angels; Gloria! Vivaldi's Angels, Salsa Baroque, and Bach and the Liturgical Year (all JUNO-honored). Her latest releases are Trobairitz, based on texts by women troubadours, and Adagio.

Posted: Nov-13-2017
Latest News
Shannon Mercer’s recording of Les nuits d’ete has been nominated for the 2014 Juno award for “Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance.”
Posted: Feb-4-2014
Latest Recording

On Trobairitz: Poems of Women Troubadours soprano Shannon Mercer and the musicians of La Nef reconstitute the songs of 12th- and 13th-century female troubadours in the south of France — the trobairitz.

Posted: Oct-8-2013
Latest Acclaim

"In Canadian soprano Shannon Mercer, the septet had a stunning artistic ally, a voice of near-limitless power and agility as well as an interpreter steeped in the theatricality of the repertoire."

— The Plain Dealer
Posted: Feb-22-2016
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Posted: Oct-21-2012