French-Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux made her Royal Opera debut in 2012 as Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) and has since sung Sphinx (Oedipe). She returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing Mistress Quickly.
Lemieux was born in Québec and studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Chicoutimi and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. In 2000 she became the first Canadian to win the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition for Opera in Brussels. She made her operatic debut in 2002 as Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) for Canadian Opera Company and has since sung for opera companies including Berlin State Opera, Zürich Opera, Opéra national du Rhin, La Monnaie, Brussels, La Scala, Milan, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Theater an der Wien, Liceu, Barcelona, Opéra de Montréal and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, and at the BBC Proms, Salzburg and Chorégies d’Orange festivals. Her repertory includes the title roles in Orlando furioso, Giulio Cesare, Tancredi and Carmen, Polinesso (Ariodante), Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), Azucena (Il trovatore), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Cassandre (Les Troyens), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), the Princess (Suor Angelica), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Gluck’s Orphée (Orphée et Eurydice) and Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande).
Lemieux sings widely in concert with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. She is an avid recitalist and in 2015 embarked on a European tour with Roger Vignoles. Her extensive discography includes French songs, Orlando furioso, Ariodante and Rodelinda and baroque and classical arias.
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This month the focus falls on new recordings from Bryan Hymel, Piotr Beczała and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.