Suzie LeBlanc, SOPRANO
Suzie LeBlanc began her singing career by replacing Emma Kirkby in the Consort of Musicke and from there, she specialized in baroque repertoire; researching and recording a substantial amount of unpublished material while resident in Europe. Her thirst and curiosity for new vistas then led her toward the repertoire of French mélodies, lieder, traditional music of her native Acadia and contemporary music.
Suzie has mostly recorded for ATMA Classique though she also appears on different labels such as Analekta, Chandos, Das Alte Werk, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion and Teldec. Her recordings have received international praise and several prestigious awards : a Grammy for Lully's Thésée with the Boston Early Music Festival; the Opus award "Best World Music recording" for Tempi con Variazioni, and also the Opus award " Best Contemporary Music recording " for Messiaen : chants de terre et de ciel. Her album "I am in need of music" on poems by Elizabeth Bishop was awarded ECMA’s Best Classical Album in 2014 and was a finalist for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award.
Engagements in 2016/17 include concerts in North America and Europe with the the Alcan String Quartet, the Blue Engine String Quartet, Les Idées Heureuses, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, as well as tours with Ensemble Constantinople, the consort of viols Fretwork, the jazz ensemble Mélosphère and chamber music projects with violonist Laura Andriani, cornettist Bruce Dickey, harpsichordist Mark Edwards and cellist Elinor Frey.
Suzie LeBlanc is also active as an actress and featured in the film "Lost Song", directed by Rodrigue Jean, which won the Best Canadian Feature Award at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She can also be seen in the music films "More than a thousand kisses" and "Suzie LeBlanc and a man named Quantz", both produced by the late Robert Chesterman (Prometheus Productions).
Recently appointed to the Order of Canada (2015), she also earned a career grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2010) and four honorary doctorates.
As founder and artistic director of Le Nouvel Opéra, she heads productions in Montreal, Vancouver and in Germany. The organism also offers workshops at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance.
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