Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Marie-Josée Lord, a Prize-Winning Canadian Soprano who was born in Haiti, releases 'Amazing Grace,' her second classical CD on ATMA Classique

Amazing Grace
Marie-Josée Lord
ATMA Classique (2014)

Wikipedia says: "Marie-Josée Lord is a Haitian-born Canadian soprano.  Lord was adopted from Haiti at the age of six..."  The encyclopedia reports she was raised in Levis, in a rural area of Quebec.  Her English website is:

Marie-Josée Lord, Soprano

In 2005, Marie-Josée Lord was the recipient of the Prix d’Excellence de la Culture, awarded by la Fondation de l’Opéra de Québec, and was selected to represent Canada at the Cardiff Singer of World Competition. She won the Public Prize at the Canadian Lyric Fund Competition, and received the Raoul-Jobin Prize in 1998. Her first solo CD, which was recorded with the Metropolitan Orchestra and under the Giuseppe Pietraroia’s baton, allowed Marie-Josée Lord to win a Félix in the category Album of the Year, in 2011— Classic Vocal. Released on the ATMA Classic in November 2010, the album had a great success with over 30 000 copies sold to date. Nominated also in 2012, for the Junos Prize in the category Album of the Year.

Madame Lord made her professional debut in the autumn of 2003, singing Liù in the Turandot Opera (Puccini) at l’Opéra de Québec. In February 2004, Montreal music lovers were seduced by her performance as Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème at l’Opéra de Montréal, where she also performed Laoula in l’Étoile (Chabrier) in October 2005.

In September 2006, Marie-Josée Lord opened Montreal’s Opera season with the title role as Suor Angelica (Puccini). Recently, she was also heard as Marie-Jeanne in the World Premiere of the Operatic version of the celebrated musical Starmania (Plamondon/Berger) at l’Opéra de Québec in May 2008, and at l’Opéra de Montréal in March 2009. In the early fall of 2009, she brilliantly held the role of Nedda (I Paggliacci) at l’Opéra de Montréal. By the spring time of 2012, Marie-Josée Lord carried out the role of Meg Page in Falstaff (Verdi) at l’Opéra de Québec. Her irresistible charisma, generosity and passion for lyrical art make her an outstanding guest for many TV and radio programs, such as: “Tout le monde en parle”, “Studio 12”, “En Direct de l’Univers”, etc. On October 28th 2012, Madame Lord made her debut in Toronto, performing at the prestigious Koerner Hall Royal Conservatory.

Marie-Josée Lord has performed several times with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra and Montreal Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kent Nagano, Yannick-Nezet Seguin, Paul Nadler and many others.

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