Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Mezzo-soprano

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Marie-Nicole Lemieux burst onto the scene in 2000 when she became the first Canadian to win the Queen Fabiola and Lied Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. It was the start of an international career that has led her to the world’s most famous stages: La Scala, Covent Garden, l’Opéra national de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Capitole de Toulouse, la Monnaie in Brussels, the Staatsoper in Berlin, Munich and Vienna, Zurich Opera, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real in Madrid, the Liceu in Barcelona, Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Montreal Opera and more.
Her powerful voice along with an innate sense of nuance and drama allows her to master a wide range of roles and repertories. She has been particularly active in Baroque music (Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Ariodante, Solomon, Theodora among others). The evolution of her voice soon allowed her to take on 19th century grand opéra (Les Troyens, Samson et Dalila), French opera including Pelléas et Mélisande, Rossini (Guillaume Tell, Tancredi, L’Italiana in Algeri) and Verdi (Mrs Quickly in Falstaff, Azucena in Il trovatore, Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera…).
Alongside her stage career, Marie-Nicole Lemieux has sung the great symphonic repertoire with prestigious orchestras (including the New York Philarmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France and Orchestre National de France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, les Violons du Roy, and Orchestre Métropolitain), under the direction of renowned conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Antonio Pappano, Myung-Whun Chung, Ivan Fischer, Mikko Franck, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Labadie, Louis Langrée, John Nelson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Michel Plasson, Michael Schonwandt, Pinchas Steinberg, and Pinchas Zukerman.
She is an acclaimed recital artist with an exceptional vocal palette, nurturing a special talent for French and Russian songs, as well as German lieder. 

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