SUZIE LE BLANC
Acadian-born soprano Suzie LeBlanc has established an international career specializing in 17th and 18th century repertoire. She has appeared world-wide with many of the world’s leading early-music ensembles in concert and opera performances as well as on disc and on film. She now adds Lieder, French mélodies and Acadian folk music to her repertoire, and recently began exploring the world of improvisation with classical/jazz violinist Helmut Lipsky and his ensemble.
Her passion and research into Acadian traditional music has resulted in two recordings: La Mer Jolie and Tout passe., released on the ATMA label, as well as a documentary called Suzie LeBlanc: A musical quest directed by Donald Winkler. On film, Suzie LeBlanc can also be seen in More than a thousand kisses and in the documentary Suzie LeBlanc and a man named Quantz, both directed by the late Robert Chesterman (Prometheus Productions).
Her 2007–2008 season was highlighted by recitals of music by Olivier Messiaen and French mélodies, with pianist Robert Kortgaard, Messiah with the Detroit and Toronto symphonies, Fauré’s Requiem with l’Orchestre Métropolitain and Mozart arias with the Victoria Symphony. The summer of 2008 includes performances of Carissimi’s Jephte and Rameau’s Pygmalion for Early Music Vancouver and Festival Vancouver, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri for the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (with Les Voix Baroques) and a concert for the Toronto Summer Music Festival with Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music.
The 2008/2009 season will see the release of her Messiaen recording Chants de terre de de ciel (ATMA) as well as the release the feature film Lost song, directed by Rodrigue Jean, in which she plays the central role and which will be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Other performances include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Calgary Symphony, a return to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for Bach’s St Matthew Passion in a staging by Jonathan Miller, performances of the St Matthew Passion in Madrid, a West Coast recital tour with Robert Kortgaard, Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Edmonton, Bach cantatas in Vancouver and guest appearances with the Theatre of Early Music.
Her discography includes Mozart Lieder with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) with La Petite Bande and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with Les Voix Baroques, awarded the Best Early Music CD for 2007 by the Opus awards in Montreal.
In May 2008, Suzie LeBlanc was awarded an honorary doctorate from King’s College University in Halifax. She is the artistic director of Le nouvel Opéra, an organisation committed to the performance and education of Early Opera (lenouvelopera.com) and teaches baroque singing at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal.
Role: Classical Artist