Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Canadian contralto (Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec, 1975 - )

Gifted with a rare voice and tone, Marie-Nicole Lemieux passionately defends French melody and baroque opera, but is also talented in 19th century Italian opera.

As a child, Marie-Nicole Lemieux sings in a choir and studies music at the Chicoutimi and Montreal conservatories. Her pronounced taste for song accustomed her to focus on the lyrics and to respect their intelligibility. Naturally possessing a deep but luminous voice, she finds her contralto repertoire, and is recognised for her qualities as a reciter.

She quickly interprets historic pieces from the baroque repertoire before gradually going towards opera. Jean-Christophe Spinosi gives her career a prodigious impetus by offering her the opportunity to play the title role of Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso in concert version, but also in the discographic project of the label Naïve. She then sings in Handel's, Rossini’s, Verdi’s, Debussy’s operas in European and North-American prestigious concert hall, such as at Covent Garden, the Milan Scala, Glyndebourne, the Mint, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, under the direction of conductors such as Michel Plasson, Kent Nagano, Daniele Gatti, René Jacobs and others.

Marie-Nicole Lemieux gives great importance to French melody, and received an award from the Charles Cros Academy for her album "Ne me refuse pas...", released in 2010.

Six landmark dates in the life of Marie-Nicole Lemieux

2000: Obtains 1st Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels

2004: Publication of Vivaldi's opera Orlando Furioso by Naïve.

2005: Wins a Victoire de la musique classique in the category Best Recording of the Year

2010: Wins the Charles Cros Grand Prize for her record "Ne me refuse pas..."

2011: Receives the title of Honorary Doctor of the Quebec University in Chicoutimi

2013: Receives the Quebec National Order

Official website: http://www.marienicolelemieux.com/