Praised for having “a voice of focused brilliance, agility, and impressive size” by Parterre, Canadian soprano Tanya Robertsenjoys a reputation as a versatile and exciting young artist. A graduate of McGill University’s Master of Music program, Ms. Roberts has performed over 30 opera and musical theatre roles in professional and academic arenas throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Tanya has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Cirque du Soleil, Pocket Opera of New York, Arbor Opera Theater, Motor City Lyric Opera, Montreal New Music Festival, Lisl Wirth Black Box Festival, and Royal Opera Canada.
Tanya recently made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a Principal Artist in the Very Special Promenades Concert Series and as the Soprano I cover in the Bach Mass in b minor under the direction of Riccardo Muti. This past summer, Tanya made her European debut as a Young Artist with Lyrique-en-Mer Festival de Belle-Île in France, where she covered Clorinda (La Cenerentola) and toured across the island as the Soprano Soloist in Bach’s Cantata 99. Season highlights include Vivaldi’s Gloria with Northeastern Illinois University and Bach’s Coffee Cantata and Faure’s Requiem with the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra. An avid chorister, Tanya is in residence with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Symphony Choruses. This summer, Tanya will join The Ohio Light Opera for their 35th anniversary season as Gianetta (Gondoliers) and Anna (The King and I).
An alumnus of numerous young artist programs, Tanya has apprenticed with Michigan Opera Theatre, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Lyrique-en-Mer Festival de Belle-Île, the International Vocal Arts Institute and Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal, Motor City Lyric Opera, Opera NUOVA, and the Toronto Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Tanya is the recipient of various grants and scholarships intended to assist emerging artists, including the New York Foundation for the Arts and East End Arts Council Strategic Opportunity Stipend, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Get There! Stipend, Canadian Independent Recording Artists Association Groundbreaker Grant, Canadian Vocal Arts Institute Program Participant Scholarship, and Opera NUOVA Awards Committee Premiere Scholarship.
Ms. Roberts resides in Chicago with her husband bass-baritone Edward Hanlon. She studies with Judith Haddon and John Komasa in Chicago and Gerald Martin Moore in New York.