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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). She has started a collaboration with Warner Classics, with a program dedicated to Rossini, she has also recorded Les Troyens (Cassandre).

Recently, she could be heard notably in Falstaff in London, Vienna, Paris, Milan, Montréal and Toronto, Il Trittico (Zia Principessa and Zita) at the Theater an der Wien, L’Italiana in Algeri (Isabella), Trancredi, Rodelinda with Il Pomo d’Oro and Carmen at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and in Brussels, Madama Butterfly (Suzuki) at Barcelona’s Liceu, the Concertgebouw, at the Chorégies d’Orange and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 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 and in Zurich, Enescu’s Œdipe at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Les Troyens (Cassandre) conducted by John Nelson… 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, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, St Matthew Passion with the Violons du Roy and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Wesendonck Lieder and the Rückert Lieder with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Les Nuits d’été with the Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Seguin in Montréal and on a European tour (Dortmund, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Paris), Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal…

She has also done European tours of recitals with the pianist Roger Vignoles (Venice, Rome, Vienna, Geneva, Zurich, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid, Bilbao, Antwerp…) and a concert tour for the release of the CD “Rossini, sì, sì, sì, sì” by Warner Classics.

Some of her future projects include Il Trovatore in Madrid, Falstaff in Covent Garden, Ballo in Maschera in Wiesbaden, Agrippina by Handel with Il Pomo d’Oro, Samson et Dalila in concert version, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Jephtha, Madama Butterfly, The Snow Maiden at the Paris National Opera, Falstaff and L’Italiana in Algeri at the Wiener Staatsoper, she will also make her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera…

In concert, she will sing Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Das Lied von der Erde with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Brahm’s Alt-Rhapsodie with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France at the Festival de Saint-Denis, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding in Stockholm and at the Edinburgh Festival… She will also sing in recital in Montréal, Wiesbaden, Toulouse, London, Marseille…

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.

 

February 2018

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Berlioz – Les Troyens

R. Rittelmann, M-N. Lemieux (Cassandre), S. Degout, M. Spyres, M. Crebassa, P. Sly, S. de Barbeyrac, B. Grunenwald, A. Sławińska, J. Teitgen, J. Di Donato, H. Hipp, C.Dubois, N. Courjal, J. Varnier, F. Caton
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg / John Nelson
Warner Classics / 2017

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Honneger/Ibert – L’Aiglon

A-C. Gillet (Le Duc de Reichstadt), H. Guilmette (Thérèse), M. Barrard (Flambeau), E. Dupuis (Metternich), P. Sly (Marmont)
M-N Lemieux (Marie-Louise)
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal / K. Nagano
CD Decca / 2016

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Chansons Perpétuelles

Chausson, Fauré, Wolf, Koechlin, Lekeu, Rachmaninov
Roger Vignoles, piano
Quatuor Psophos
Naïve 2015

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La Passion Lemieux

Arias and Duets
Handel, Vivaldi, Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Berlioz, Offenbach...
Naïve 2014

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Opera Arias

Gluck Haydn Mozart
Mitridate, Nozze di Figaro, Clemenza di Tito, Iphigénie en Aulide, Orfeo...
Les Violons du Roy
Bernard Labadie
Naïve 2013

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Vivaldi – Orlando Furioso

Cangemi, Larmore, Hammarström, Basso, Jaroussky, Senn
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Pierre Audi
Naïve 2012

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Haendel – Giulio Cesare

Gauvin, Barath, Basso, Mineccia, Weisser
Il Complesso Barocco
Alan Curtis
Naïve 2012

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Lettres de Madame Roy à sa fille Gabrielle

Textes : Michel Tremblay
Musique : André Gagnon
Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières
Jacques Lacombe
Archiv 2013

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Streams of pleasure

Airs et Duos d'Haendel
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Il Complesso Barocco
Alan Curtis
Naïve 2012

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Haendel – Ariodante

DiDonato, Gauvin, Puertolas, Lehtipuu
Il Complesso Barocco
Alan Curtis
Virgin Classics 2011

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Rossini – Guillaume Tell

Finley, Osborn, Bystrom
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Antonio Pappano
EMI 2011

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Ne me refuse pas

French Opera Arias (Hérodiade, Médée, Roméo et Juliette, Mignon, Werther, Carmen, Les Troyens...)
Orchestre National de France
Fabien Gabel
Naïve 2010

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Berg Webern Schoenberg

Quatuor à cordes n°2, Six Bagatelles pour quatuor à Cordes, Suite lyrique
Sandrine Piau, soprano
Quatuor Diotima
Naïve 2010

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Verdi – Falstaff

Purves, Christoyannis, Kuznetsova, Kucerova, Holloway, Bezdüz
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski
Glyndebourne Festival
Opus Arte 2009

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Schuman – Frauenliebe und Leben & Lieder

Daniel Blumenthal, piano
Naïve 2009

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Lamenti

Ciofi, Dessay, Gens, DiDonato, Jaroussky, Lehtipuu, Villazon
Le Concert d'Astrée
Emmanuelle Haïm
Didone: Alle ruine del mio regno - Pier Francesco Cavalli
Lemieux & Ciofi
Virgin 2009

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Vivaldi – Nisi Dominus / Stabat Mater

Philippe Jaroussky, contre-ténor
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Naïve, 2009

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Debussy – Pelléas et Mélisande

Dessay, Degout, Naouri
Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Bertrand de Billy
Virgin Classics 2009

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Vivaldi – La Fida ninfa

Piau, Cangemi, Mingardo, Jaroussky, Lehtipuu
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Naïve, 2008

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Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher

Testud, Ruf, Boisvert, Cals, Huchet, Testé
Orchestre National de Montpellier
Alain Altinoglu
Jean-Paul Scarpitta

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L’Heure Exquise

Hahn, Chausson, Debussy, Enesco
Daniel Blumenthal, piano
Naïve, 2005

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Vivaldi – Griselda

Kermes, Cangemi, Jaroussky, Ferrari, Davies
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Naïve 2005

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Vivaldi – Orlando Furioso

Cangemi, Larmore, Hallenberg, Staskiewicz, Jaroussky, Regazzo
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Naïve, 2004
VICTOIRE DE LA MUSIQUE

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Handel – Rodelinda

Kermes, Mijanovic, Davislim, Priante
Il Complesso Barocco
Alan Curtis
Archiv 2004

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Brahms – Lieder

Michael McMahon, piano
Nicolò Eugelmi, alto
Analekta

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Salve Regina / Stabat Mater

Scarlatti : Salve Regina
Vivaldi : Stabat Mater
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Jeanne Lamon

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Handel: Italian Cantatas and Other Works

Luc Beauséjour, Harpsicord
Analekta

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Requiem, Mozart

Gauvin · Lemieux · Tessier · Berg
La Chappelle de Québec / Les Violons du Roy
Bernard Labadie
Dorian Recordings

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Berlioz, Mahler, Wagner

Les Nuits d’été
Rückert-Lieder
Wesendonck-Lieder
Daniel Blumenthal, piano
Cyprès 2000