“The strongest and most poignant showing was
Evelyne Bourton who played the sarcastic and quick-witted
Her feisty character won the hearts
of the audience”
Waikato Times, “La Finta” Review
With an exceptional voice and stage presence, Irish born Evelyne Bourton is more than memorable. Immigrating to New Zealand as a child, Evelyne has immersed herself in her passion for music and culture from a young age. Noted for her beautiful and greatly extended lyric soprano voice and admired for her ability to express the dramatic vocal singing of Puccini and Verdi; Evelyne has also been the lead singer for a Jazz ensemble known as “The Martinis” and has grown up performing traditional Irish folk songs.
Evelyne has a music degree with first class honours and a post-graduate diploma in linguistics from The University of Waikato. In addition, she was a ‘Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar’ a recipient of the ‘University Blues and Cultural Award’ and a winner of the ‘Hamilton Civic Choirs Award’ and was also a recipient of the ‘Sir Donald MacIntyre Trust’ and the ‘Laure Coon Foundation’ Evelyne is especially gifted at moving between a variety of languages and genres.
Recently, whilst studying under Maestro William Matteuzzi in Bologna, Italy. Evelyne became a semi-finalist for the ‘Elizabeth Connell Competition for Dramatic Soprano Voice’ putting her in the top 30 internationally and placed second in Concorso Musicale - Citta di Filadelfia, Calabria in Italy. Evelyne divides her time between Continental Europe, Ireland, Britain and New Zealand.
Over her career, Evelyne has participated in master classes with: Soprano, Virginia Zeani, tenor and Evelyn’s Maestro William Matteuzzi, Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Soprano Mirella Freni and Tenor Marcello Giordani.
A regular on the concert platform, Evelyne has had a variety of roles including: Serpetta – ‘La Finta Giardinera’ by Mozart for Operaunleashed, ‘La Libellule & La Bergere XV – L’enfant et les sortileges Ravel Opera Factory, New Zealand. Stella – A street car named Desire (Drama). Hodel – ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ by J SteIn, Music Makers Society. Soprano Soloist – Opera Showcase for Bel Canto – Dr Sylvia Stone – Italia. ‘Exsultate Jubilate’ – Mozart soprano solo cantata. ‘St Peters Cathedral concert’ ,New Zealand. Mozart concerts – Countessa Le Nozze di Figaro, Hamilton, New Zealand – Dido & Aneas by Purcell concert performance. ‘Baroque concert’ - Hamilton Gardens Festival. The lieder cycle ‘Freuen Lieben und leben’ By Schumann.
Evelyne was a recorded soloist for ‘Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars CD’ at the University of Waikato and has had several Solo soprano and piano recitals in New Zealand, Italy & Ireland.
Evelyne has recently completed several recordings and been invited to record a full-length album.