Bavaria-Quebec support program for young opera singers : Quebec soprano Marie-Josée Lord will sing Verdi in Wurtzburg in Spring 2013


picture Marc Delma, courtesy

The Bavaria-Quebec opera exchanges are livelier than ever. In 2012-2013 Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20's "Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques" support program, which offers young Canadian and international opera singers the opportunity to be awarded internships, be hired or obtain auditions with European theater and opera houses directors, writes a new page of the bilateral cooperation history.

Quebec soprano Marie-Josée Lord was hired by Herrmann Schneider, artistic director (Intendant) of the Mainfranken Theater in Wurtzburg, Northern Bavaria, to sing the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. The concert will be presented in April 2013 in a concertante version, as 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the Italian composer.

Furthermore, Ms Lord will also interpret the soprano-partition in Mainfranken Theater’s year-end concert on December 29th, 2012. Among others, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and its unforgettable Ode to the Joy stand on the program.

In Quebec Ms Lord is already a star. In recent years she held the title-role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Meg Page’s role in Verdi’s Falstaff. In 2008 and 2009, she also created the role of Marie-Jeanne in the orchestra version of the rock-opera Starmania (Plamondon/Berger), thus displaying the width of her vocal possibilities and artistic interests.

Double Jeunes Ambassadeurs lyriques laureate (1996 and 2001), Marie-Josée Lord was also distinguished by several prestigious prizes, among which the Excellence in Culture Prize 2005, and the 2011 Felix – Vocal Classics for her first solo album. In 2012 she was nominated for the Junos in the Album Of The Year – Vocal Classics category. Her latest album, “Yo soy Marìa”, a musical journey from Argentina to Spain, was recently released and is available at every music dealer.