Honorary Doctorate in Music
Marie-Nicole Lemieux's outstanding vocal talent, determination, and versatility have established her as a top operatic talent and a voice for Québec on the world's greatest stages.
Marie-Nicole Lemieux was born in Dolbeau-Mistassini and studied at the Chicoutimi and Montréal music conservatories. Her career as a contralto took off in earnest in 2000 when she won the Queen Fabiola Prize and the Special Lied Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium.
For the past 20 years, Ms. Lemieux has criss-crossed the planet as an opera singer, recital artist, and soloist with leading symphony orchestras. She has worked under the direction of many of the world's best-known conductors. The breadth of her voice, her virtuosity, and her sense of nuance and drama make her equally at home and appreciated in a wide range of repertoires.
Ms. Lemieux thrives on challenge and loves exploring new horizons. She has 36 recordings to her credit and has performed over 200 times in the past five years. Yet her busy schedule has done nothing to undermine the close relationship she cultivates with her colleagues and audiences, instead only amplifying the vitality and sincerity of the connection.
A multiple award winner and outstanding cultural ambassador for Québec, Marie-Nicole Lemieux continues to attract new audiences to opera and classical singing with her passion and energy. She is known and loved by music aficionados across Québec, and serves as a model and inspiration for Université Laval students.
Photo: Geneviève LeSieur photographe