Recognized as an artist of “dramatic presence and versatility” (The Washington Post), soprano Jeanine De Bique’s luscious tone and compelling stage presence have led to numerous accolades around the world. The Arleen Auger Prize winner at the 2010 Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition, in the Netherlands, Ms. De Bique has also captured the Borse di Studio Prize at the 2010 Premio Spiros Argiris 11th International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Sarzana, Italy. She was a finalist and study grant award recipient of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winner of the 2009 Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition in New York.
Ms. De Bique begins her 2012-13 season with her debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with L’Opera et Orchestre de Montpellier in France. Highlights from the season include performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” with the World Doctors Orchestra at The Music Center at Strathmore, as well as performances with the North Netherlands Orchestra in the Netherlands and the Westmoreland Symphony in Pennsylvania. Ms. De Bique will also appear in recital at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In April 2013, she will give recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series at New York’s Merkin Hall and in the Embassy Series in Washington, D.C. with pianist Christopher Cano.
Ms. De Bique has appeared frequently with conductor Lorin Maazel, including performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the New York Philharmonic and Brahms’ German Requiem with the Munich Philharmonic. She has performed as soloist with the Edmonton, New Jersey, Charlotte, and Amarillo symphonies, the Louisville and Sarasota orchestras, as well as L’Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. Ms. De Bique has performed recitals at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, the University of Florida Performing Arts Center, and in Alabama and Connecticut.
Winner of the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Paul A. Fish Memorial First Prize, Ms. De Bique debuted in the YCA Series with recitals at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Other notable recital appearances include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in California, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, Washington. Ms. De Bique currently holds the Lindemann Vocal Chair of YCA.
Last season, Ms. De Bique was a member of the Vienna State Opera House Ensemble. As Artist-in-Residence with the Basel Opera in Switzerland during the 2009-10 season, Ms. De Bique sang “Kate Pinkerton” in Madama Butterfly, “Barberina” in Le nozze di Figaro and “Sophie” in Werther. She has sung the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and “La Princesse” in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges at the Chautauqua Music Program. She has toured with the Russian Philharmonic as “Clara” in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in Russia, Poland, and Greece. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. De Bique earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 2006, Master’s degree in 2008 and Professional Studies Certificate in 2009 at the Manhattan School of Music, where she performed the title role in Handel’s Semele, “Lauretta” in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, “Sister Constance” in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelites, and “Girl” in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.
Ms. De Bique is sought-after by many contemporary composers. She has recorded composer Andrew Beall’s “Song of Almah for Soprano and Marimba” on his CD Deliverance, premiered Paul Brantley’s piece for Soprano and Orchestra “On the Pulse of Morning” with the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic, and premiered “The Woman of the River” in the opera Heart of Darkness by two-time Grammy-nominated composer, Tarik O’Regan with American Opera Projects, Inc. in New York.
Ms. De Bique received a Study Grant from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation in 2006, and has participated in master classes with Renee Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Catherine Malfitano, Thomas Hampson, and Mirella Freni.