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 Naïve. 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-Rivières 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 Naïve 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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  • 26.
    Les Classiques Au Soleil
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5195 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giovanni Paolo Foscarini,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Rolf Lislevand,  Veronica Cangemi,  Grigory Sokolov  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Mosaïques String Quartet,  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    Esprit - Zen
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5171 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith,  Sara Mingardo,  Rolf Lislevand,  Philippe Jaroussky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Kapsberger,  Accentus  ... 
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  • 28.
    Schumann: Frauenliebe Und Leben Op 42, Etc / Lemieux, Blumenthal
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5159 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux
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  • 29.
    La Folie Vivaldi!
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5138 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Alessandro de Marchi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Matheus  ... 
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  • 30.
    The Vivaldi Edition Operas
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30470 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sonia Prina,  Martin Oro,  Marina Comparato,  Gemma Bertagnolli  ... 
    Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi,  Ottavio Dantone,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Federico Maria Sardelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus,  Academia Montis Regalis,  Accademia Bizantina  ... 
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  • 31.
    Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso [Highlights], Etc / Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30476 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Veronica Cangemi,  Ann Hallenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
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  • 32.
    Lamenti - Cavalli, Monteverdi, Carissimi, Etc / Emmanuel Haïm, Le Concert D'astrée, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 19044 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Cesti,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Stefano Landi,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Laurent Naouri,  Topi Lehtipuu,  Christopher Purves,  Rolando Villazón  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée
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  • 33.
    Brahms: Lieder / Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 22007 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Michael McMahon,  Nicolò Eugelmi,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux
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  • 34.
    Courbet - Les Musiques - Chopin, Etc / Sokolov, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5118 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Traditional,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov,  François-Frédéric Guy,  Anne Gastinel,  Albert Thierry  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Laurence Equilbey,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alain Lombard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Végh String Quartet,  Accentus  ... 
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  • 35.
    L'heure exquise - Hahn, Enesco, Chausson, Debussy / Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5022 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Ernest Chausson,  George Enescu
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Daniel Blumenthal
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  • 36.
    Les Must - Compilation Vol 12
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  Christoph Graupner,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Claudine Ledoux,  Charmian Harvey,  Nils Brown,  Olivier Laquerre  ... 
    Conductor:  Geneviève Soly,  Joseph Rescigno,  Olivier Fortin,  Bruno Weil  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses,  Campion-Vachon Duo,  Grand Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Of Love And Music - Chopin, Vivaldi, Brahms, Et Al
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29764 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Fritz Kreisler,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  James Ehnes,  Angèle Dubeau,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Elizabeth Dolin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Campion-Vachon Duo,  Duo Similia,  La Pieta  ... 
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  • 38.
    Brahms: Lieder /  Lemieux , Et Al
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29906 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Michael McMahon,  Nicolò Eugelmi
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  • 39.
    Analekta Compilation Vol 11 - Le Must
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christos Hatzis,  Julius Reubke,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Raymond,  Elizabeth Dolin,  Bernadene Blaha,  Anton Kuerti  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon,  Geneviève Soly,  Yoav Talmi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio,  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses  ... 
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  • 40.
    Belle Voci - Arias
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29762 Release Date: 05/18/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc,  Lyne Fortin,  Luc Beauséjour,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon,  Joseph Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,  L'Orchestre Metropolitan,  Montreal Opera Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Baroque Delights / Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29760 Release Date: 02/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Brett Polegato,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Nils Brown,  Genevive Gilardeau  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Analekta Compilation Vol 10
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Christoph Graupner,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lefèvre,  Geneviève Soly,  Yegor Dyachkov,  Jean Saulnier  ... 
    Conductor:  Geneviève Soly,  Jeanne Lamon,  Yoav Talmi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses,  S. Marie of Deux-Montagnes Abbey Benedictine Choir,  Les Voix Baroques  ... 
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  • 43.
    Handel: Italian Cantatas, Etc / Lemieux, Beauséjour
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23161 Release Date: 11/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Amanda Keesmaat,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Luc Beauséjour,  Marie-Céline Labbé
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  • 44.
    Queen Elisabeth Of Belgium Vocal Competition 2000
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 9610 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Lubana Al Quntar,  Marius Brenciu,  Margriet Van Reisen  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Soustrot,  Edward J. Bak,  Jean-Pierre Moemaers,  Jan Vande Weghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Academy of Ancient Music
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