Marie Lenormand - Mezzo-Soprano

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French mezzo-soprano Marie Lenormand finished her studies at the Houston Grand Opera Studio from 1999 to 2002 and sang rôles in the main theatre such as Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte, Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mercedes Carmen, and Tebaldo Don Carlo.

Marie’s huge variety of recent roles have included Orlovsky Die Fledermaus with Seiji Ozawa in Tokyo, Kyoto & Nagoya, Marguerite de Valois in Hérold’s Le Pré-aux-Clercs for the Opéra-Comique, the Wexford Festival and at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Prince Cendrillon for New Orleans Opera, the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and the Opéra de Saint-Etienne, Meg Page Falstaff at the Opééra de Massy, Ottone Agrippina for Boston Baroque, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel for Angers-Nantes Opéra, and Cassiope in Lully’s Persée at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, l’Opéra Royal de Versailles and at l’Arsenal de Metz.

Marie’s other important operatic projects have included the title role in Mignon by Ambroise Thomas at the Opéra-Comique (for which she won the Grand Prix de la Critique, Révélation Musicale in the 2009/10 season), Stéphano Roméo et Juliette for the Opéra de Tours and at the Opéra d’Avignon, the title rôle in La Périchole and Despina Cosi fan Tutte for New York City Opera, Nicklausse/La Muse Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Opéra de Massy, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro for Houston Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opéra de Bordeaux and Opéra de Marseille, Siebel Faust for Houston Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Madison Opera and the Opéra de Bordeaux, Penelope Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at the Chicago Opera Theatre, Fragoletto Les Brigands (Offenbach) in Bordeaux and Luxembourg and Olga Eugene Onegin for the Opéra d’Avignon. Marie created the rôle of Fox in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince with Houston Grand Opera.

In concert, Marie has sung Fox The Cunning Little Vixen with the New York Philharmonic, Paquette Candide for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Sao Paolo Symphonic Orchestra (both cond. Marin Alsop), Flamel Fantasio (Offenbach) with l’Orchestre National de Monpellier, Les Huit Scenes de Faust (Berlioz) with the Dresden Philharmonie (cond. Francois-Xavier Roth), Les Nuits d’été with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra in Germany and several concerts with L’Ensemble Musica Nigella, including performances of Pierrot Lunaire and Berlioz’s La Mort de Cléopâtre.  Her recordings include Cat/Squirrel on Seiji Ozawa’s Grammy award-winning L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges for Decca (Best Opera Recording 2015).

Her recent engagements include the title role in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in Cologne and at the Seiji Ozawa Festival, Atys et Folie (a parody of the opera by Lully) at the Baroque International Festival in Valetta, Malta, Pierrot Lunaire at the Théâtre de l’Athénée, Les Nuits d’été for le Printemps des Arts in Monaco and Suzanne in Milhaud’s La Mère Coupable for Onsite Opera in New YorkMost recently, l’Écureuil and la Chatte L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with the Berlin Philharmonic/François-Xavier Roth, and Jacinthe in Auber’s Le Domino Noir in Liège, a role she reprised in 2018 at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, and La Mère Michu in Messager’s Les P’tites Michu, touring with French company Les Brigands.  In concert, she sang L’Enfance du Christ at the 2018 Berlioz Festival.

Most recently, she sang The Mother/The Other Mother in the French premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline at Opéra de Lille; amongst her future plans are a reprise of Les P’tites Michu, Anna I in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins in Tours and Béatrice in La Testament de la Tante Caroline with Les Frivolités Parisiennes.

Reviews of Marie Lenormand to follow.