In the year 2000, Marie-Nicole Lemieux won the Queen Fabiola and Lied Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. It was the start of an international career that has taken her to the world’s most famous opera venues and festivals. She is as proficient a performer in the baroque repertoire as she is with 19th century French opera (Les Troyens, Pelléas et Mélisande, Samson et Dalila, Carmen). She is also versed in Rossini (Guillaume Tell, Tancredi, L’Italiana in Algeri) and Verdi (Mrs Quickly in Falstaff, Azucena in Il Trovatore, and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera). Marie-Nicole Lemieux sings in concert with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and she also performs in recital (French and Russian melodies, German lied). Over the last few seasons she has appeared in numerous productions including Falstaff in London, Vienna, Paris, Milan, Montreal, Toronto and New York (Metropolitan Opera), Puccini’s Il trittico (Zia Principessa and Zita) at the Theater an der Wien, L’Italiana in Algeri (Isabella) and Tancredi at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Madama Butterfly at the Liceu in Barcelona, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Chorégies d’Orange Festival and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Il Trovatore alongside Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko in Salzburg, Orange and Madrid, Un ballo in maschera at La Monnaie in Brussels and the Zurich Opera, Enesco’s Œdipe at the Royal Opera House in London, Tancredi at La Monnaie in Brussels, Les Troyens (Cassandre) under the direction of John Nelson, Samson et Dalila at the Montreal Opera as well as a concert version at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Jephta (Storgè) at the Paris Opera, and Handel’s Agrippina with the Il Pomo d’Oro ensemble in Luxembourg, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and London… During the 2019-2020 season she is performing Madame Butterfly (Suzuki) at the Paris Opera, Falstaff and L’Italiana in Algeri at the Vienna Staatsoper and L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Nerone) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. She has made numerous recordings, including Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été, Wagner’s Wesendoncklieder, Mahler’s Rückertlieder, L’Heure exquise (an album of French melodies), Ne me refuse pas (an album of French opera arias with the Orchestre National de France, for which she won the coveted Prix international du Disque from the Académie Charles Cros), Opera Arias (Gluck, Mozart, and Haydn with the Violons du Roy), Streams of Pleasure (Handel) and Chansons perpétuelles (with Roger Vignoles).
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