Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Biography

Born: 1975; Dolbeau, Quebec, Canada  
Contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux arose to prominence with a string of competition victories in 2000, the most important of which was first prize at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels. Her triumph there was further italicized when she was awarded the special prize for lieder performance. Since that time she has regularly appeared in concert and on the operatic stage, as well as in numerous recordings on a spate of labels, Read more including Cypres, Analekta, Dorian, Virgin Classics, and Naďve. Lemieux's repertory is broad, taking in songs/lieder by Brahms, Mahler, Wagner, Berlioz, Chausson, Reynaldo Hahn, and Enescu, as well as a range of operatic roles from Handel, Gluck, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Mozart, Berlioz, Verdi, Wagner, Debussy, Honegger, and a growing list of others. Her concert and sacred repertory has tended to favor the Baroque and early Classical periods, but is substantial nonetheless, encompassing music by Handel, Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, Mozart, and many others.

Lemieux was born in Dolbeau, Quebec, province, Canada, in 1975. She began serious vocal studies in 1994 at the Conservatoire de musique de Chicoutimi, where her most important teacher was Rosaire Simard. She followed with studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, where she worked with Marie Daveluy.

Lemieux's victory in June 2000 at the Queen Elizabeth Competition was preceded by triumphs at two important Canadian competitions: in March at the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivičres Competition and in May at the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada National Competition.

Lemieux's first solo recording was issued in November 2000 by Cypres, a CD containing Berlioz' Les nuits d'ete and lieder by Mahler and Wagner. Her operatic debut as Cornelia in Handel's Giulio Cesare took place at the Canadian Opera in April 2002. Critics and public alike responded with enthusiasm.

2005 was a pivotal year for Lemieux: she sang the title role in Vivaldi's Orlando furioso on a highly praised three-disc Naďve set; later that year she debuted to critical acclaim at the Staatsoper Berlin in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria.

Lemieux's U.S. recital debut took place in November 2007 in Overland Park, KS, with pianist Daniel Blumenthal accompanying, in works by Brahms, Schumann, Debussy, Mozart, and Reynaldo Hahn. Her U.S. concert debut came the following month with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of J.S. Bach's Magnificat. Among Lemieux's later recordings is a 2007 CD of Brahms lieder, issued on the Analekta label. Read less
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  • 1.
    Mer(s) / Lemieux, Daniel, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 542433 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ernest Chausson,  Victorin Joncičres
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra
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    Handel: Agrippina / DiDonato, Fagioli, Orlinski, Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 533658 Release Date: 01/31/2020   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Franco Fagioli,  Joyce DiDonato,  Elsa Benoit,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux  ... 
    Conductor:  Maxim Emelyanychev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
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    Berlioz: Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 585940 Release Date: 02/01/2019   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Claude-J Rouget de Lisle,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Jean Paul Egide Martini  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Charles Burles,  Marie-Claire Jamet,  Donald McInnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Mariss Jansons,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Bernstein: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3; Prelude, Fugue & Riffs / Pappano
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 573276 Release Date: 08/17/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Nadine Sierra,  Josephine Barstow,  Beatrice Rana,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Berlioz: Les Troyens / DiDonato, Nelson, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 564866 Release Date: 11/24/2017   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Jean Teitgen,  Philippe Sly,  Bertrand Grunenwald,  Michael Spyres  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rhine Opera Chorus,  Strasbourg Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 6.
    Rossini: Si, Si, Si, Si! - Opera Arias & Duets / Lemieux
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 559337 Release Date: 03/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Patrizia Ciofi
    Conductor:  Enrique Mazzola
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Rousil
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    Honegger & Ibert: L'Aiglon / Nagano
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002461002 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Arthur Honegger
    Performer:  Philippe Sly,  Anne-Catherine Gillet,  Etienne Dupuis,  Isaiah Bell  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus,  Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
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    Verdi & Shakespeare
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1200 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nigel Cliffe,  Simon Keenlyside,  Dmitri Pittas,  Raymond Aceto  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Antonio Ros-Marbá,  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi & Shakespeare [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7190 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nigel Cliffe,  Simon Keenlyside,  Dmitri Pittas,  Raymond Aceto  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Antonio Ros-Marbá,  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Requiem / Labadie, Gauvin, Lemieux, Tessier
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2722 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nathan Berg,  Karina Gauvin,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  John Tessier
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy,  La Chapelle de Quebec
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    Chansons Perpetuelles / Lemieux, Vignoles
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5355 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Gabriel Fauré,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Guillaume Lekeu  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Roger Vignoles
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  • 12.
    Les Contraltos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5359 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ambroise Thomas,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Sara Mingardo,  Delphine Galou,  Nathalie Stutzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabien Gabel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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    Pergolesi, Vivaldi: Stabat Mater / Mingaro, Jaroussky, Lemieux, Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30558 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Gianfranco Bertagna,  Philippe Jaroussky  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Matheus
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  • 14.
    Ne me refuse pas; Handel: Streams of Pleasure / Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40039 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Luigi Cherubini,  Jacques Halévy,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Karina Gauvin
    Conductor:  Fabien Gabel,  Alan Curtis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Il Complesso Barocco
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    Vivaldi Operas Vol 2: Arias
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30547 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Julia Lezhneva,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Topi Lehtipuu,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Ensemble Matheus,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble  ... 
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    L'Excellence Se Fete - A Celebration of Excellence
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 297257 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lefčvre,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Louise-Andrée Baril,  Valerie Milot  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Bruno Weil,  Jeanne Lamon,  Jean-Philippe Tremblay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet,  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,  La Pieta  ... 
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    Handel: Sacred Music [6-CD Set]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5312 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Lynne Dawson,  Chris de Moor,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Marc Minkowski,  Alan Curtis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy,  Namur Chamber Choir,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Ete; Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder / Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 8605 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Daniel Blumenthal
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    Opera Arias / Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Bernard Labadie, Les Violons Du Roy
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5264 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Heinrich Graun,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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  • 20.
    Music & Painters - Music Of The Era Of Monet, Chagall, Courbet & Picasso
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5283 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Gastinel,  Daniel Blumenthal,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Noel Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alain Lombard,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kasbek Ensemble,  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Handel: Streams Of Pleasure / Lemieux, Gauvin, Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5261 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Karina Gauvin,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Conductor:  Alan Curtis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
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  • 22.
    Glyndebourne - Comedy & Tragedy
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Massimo Giordano,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Sally Matthews  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski,  Maurizio Benini,  Philippe Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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  • 23.
    Les Musiques De Claude Monet
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5255 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Gastinel,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Daniel Blumenthal,  Noel Lee  ... 
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    Verdi: Falstaff / Jurowski, Hall, Purves, Elliott, Battaglia
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Bulent Bezduz,  Adriana Kucerová,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Dina Kuznetsova  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Verdi: Falstaff / Jurowski, Hall, Purves, Elliott, Battaglia [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7053 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Tassis Christoyiannopoulos,  Bulent Bezduz,  Adriana Kucerová,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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