Born in Ontario, Vanessa Oude-Reimerink is a young soprano who is quickly gaining recognition for her performances in opera, music theatre and contemporary collaborations.
Vanessa is currently a member of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, where she performed the roles of Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel. As part of the Inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival, Vanessa will perform Barbarina and Susanna (cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2018, Vanessa will return to Edmonton Opera to debut the role of Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore.
Vanessa recently participated in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s “Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century” program, singing Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, as well as Sarah Thorpe in Joel Ivany’s “Mozart Mashup” titled No One’s Safe. An alumnus of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program, Vanessa made her mainstage debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Last season, Vanessa returned to Calgary Opera at the Opera in the Village Festival and made debuts with several companies: the Toronto Summer Music Festival as Cathy in The Last Five Years, FestivalOpéra St. Eustache in the title role of Viardot’s Cendrillon and Edmonton Opera as Frasquita in Carmen. Vanessa then returned to Edmonton Opera to take part in their understudy program, understudying the role of Maria in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. Vanessa was also seen in Messiah performances with the Arcady Ensemble and Against the Grain.
Vanessa has taken part in workshops for new concepts and works with Against the Grain, Opera on the Avalon and Tapestry Opera. Other roles include Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Clara in The Light in the Piazza, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Aurore in Le Portrait de Manon and the Canadian première of Volpone by John Musto. Vanessa holds a Master’s Degree from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she studied with Patrick Hansen, Michael McMahon and Sanford Sylvan.
She has received additional training from Centre d’Arts Orford, COSI, Opera NUOVA, Opera on the Avalon, the St. Andrews Opera Workshop and Western University. Vanessa is a recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Western Canada District and the University of Western Ontario Gold Medal .