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Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Marie-Nicole Lemieux


It is no wonder that Marie-Nicole Lemieux shines today in the world of singing: the singer like the woman radiates an aura that belongs only to the greatest.

Her vocal talents were revealed to the public in 2000 when she won the Queen Fabiola and Lied Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium.

She then began an international career that has led her to the world’s most famous stages: La Scala, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, l’Opéra National de Paris, the Champs Elysées, the Capitole de Toulouse, la Monnaie in Brussels, the Staatsoper in Berlin, Munich and Vienna, Zurich Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Liceu of Barcelona, the Salzburg Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Chorégies d’Orange, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, the Montreal Opera…

Her powerful voice, her superb sense of line and a faultless virtuosity as well as her sense of nuance and drama allows her to triumph in various repertories. The beginning of her career is marked by baroque music (Orphée by Gluck, Giulio Cesare, Ariodante, Orlando Furioso, Salomon, *Theodora*…). The evolution of her voice soon allowed her to take on the French repertoire of the XIXth century (Les Troyens, Pelléas et Mélisande, Samson et Dalila, *Carmen*…), Rossini (Guillaume Tell, Tancredi, *L’Italiana in Algeri*…) and also Verdi (Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff, Azucena in Trovatore, Ulrica of *Ballo in Maschera*…)

Alongside her stage career, Marie-Nicole Lemieux is invited to sing the great symphonic repertoire with prestigious orchestras (New York Philarmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France and Orchestre National de France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de l’Accademia Santa Cecilia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Smphonique de Montréal, les Violons du Roy, Orchestre Métropolitain…), and under the direction of renown conductors such as: Myung-Whun Chung, Charles Dutoit, Ivan Fischer, Mikko Franck, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, Bernard Labadie, Louis Langrée, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, John Nelson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Michael Schonwandt, Pinchas Steinberg, Pinchas Zukerman…

She is acclaimed as a peerless recital artist with an exceptional vocal palette having a special talent for French and Russian songs, as well as German lieder.

Her discography is rich and varied. In addition to her Vivaldi recordings for Naïve (Orlando Furioso– disc rewarded with a Victoire de la Musique in January 2005- Griselda, la Fida Ninfa, the Stabat mater, and the Nisi dominus…), Marie-Nicole Lemieux has recorded as a soloist Les Nuits d’Eté by Berlioz, Wagner’s Wesendoncklieder, Mahler’s Rückertlieder, L’Heure Exquise (French melodies with Daniel Blumenthal), a Lied by Schumann, Ne me refuse pas: with l’Orchestre National de France (which won her the international prize at the Academy Charles Cros and was acclaimed by international critics), Opera Arias (Gluck, Mozart, Haydn with Violons du Roy), Streams of Pleasure (Haendel in duet with Karina Gauvin) and Chansons perpétuelles ( piano recital with Roger Vignoles).

Recently, she could be heard notably in Falstaff in London, Vienna, Paris, Milan, and Toronto, Il Trittico (Zia Principessa and Zita) at the Theater an der Wien, L’Italiana in Algeri (Isabella) and Tancredi at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Madama Butterfly (Suzuki) at Barcelona’s Liceu, the Concertgebouw and at the Chorégies d’Orange, Azucena (Trovatore) with Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko in Salzbourg and with Roberto Alagna at the Chorégies d’Orange, Dalila at l’Opéra de Montréal, Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera) at la Monnaie in Brussels, Enescu’s Œdipe at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden… In concert, she sang Verdi’s Requiem (Vienna’s Musikverein, Royal Festival Hall of London, Tonhalle in Zurich and Philharmonie de Paris), le Poème de l’amour de la Mer on tour with Santa Cecilia, but also in Cleveland under the direction of Antonio Pappano, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the St Matthew Passion with the Violons du Roy and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg…

She has also done a European tour of recitals with the pianist Roger Vignoles (Venice, Rome, Vienna, Zurich, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid and Bilbao…).

Some of her future projects include Trovatore in Madrid, Falstaff at the Staatsoper in Vienna and in Covent Garden, Ballo in Maschera in Zurich and Wiesbaden, Carmen, Rodelinda, Madama Butterfly and Samson et Dalila in concert versions, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Jephta at the Paris National Opera, Les Troyens (Cassandre) under the direction of John Nelson, she will also make her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera…

In concert, she will sing the Wesendonck Lieder and the Rückert Lieder with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Verdi’s Requiem at the Edinburgh Festival, Les Nuits d’été with the Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Seguin on a European tour, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal…

Marie-Nicole Lemieux is a Knight of the National Order of Quebec, Compagne des Arts et Lettres of Québec, member of the Order of Canada and of the Order of the Pleiades. She also has a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Université du Québec at Chicoutimi.

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