Michele Losier mezzosopran
Michèle will begin the 2015-2016 season by singing Carmen (Mercedes) at the Royal Opera Housein London. She will also perform in Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. She will then be back in Montreal to sing Brahms in concert at Bourgie Hall, and Ravel’sShéhérazade with the Metropolitan Orchestra. In spring 2016, she will sing the title role in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
In summer 2015, Michèle took part in the OSM Classical Spree Festival where she sang the title role in Carmen under the baton of Kent Nagano. She also performed in the Festival d’Opéra de Québec with the Violons du Roy, and in the Festival International de Lanaudière where she sang in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Maestro Nagano, and in Schumann’s Der Rose Pilgerfahrt with Jean-Marie Zeitouni.
Recent successes include her appearances as Medea (Charpentier) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Lille Opera, Prince Charmant (Cendrillon) at Opéra-Comique, Nicklausse and the Muse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) in concert at Salle Pleyel in Paris, at Teatre del Liceu and in Tokyo,Phoebe (Castor et Pollux) at Opéra-Comique and in tour with the Pygmalion Ensemble, Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Wiener Staatsoper, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, at the Royal Opera House and at the Salzburg Festival, and Siebel (Faust) at the Royal Opera House and at the Metropolitan Opera.Michèle also sang Berlioz’s Nuits d’été in tour with Emmanuel Krivine and the Chambre Philharmonique, Charlotte (Werther) at Sydney Opera and Opéra de Montréal, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) at San Francisco Opera and at Washington National Opera, Ruggiero (Handel’sAlcina) in concert with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, and in Benvenuto Cellini(Berlioz) at the Dutch National Opera.
The artist’s achievement at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 2005 led to her house debut in 2007 as Diane (Iphigénie en Tauride), under the baton of Louis Langrée, alongside Susan Grahamand Placido Domingo. Her success at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition in 2008 won her a recital tour of Europe and a recording of the Chansons of Henri Duparc with pianist Daniel Blumenthal, released in April 2009 on the Fuga Libera label.
In concert, her projects have included Berlioz’s l’Enfance du Christ and a creation from Gilles Tremblay with Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kent Nagano, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Ravel’s Shéhérazade in Doha with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlioz’s Nuits d’Été in Ohio with the Colombus Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Kindertotenliederin Belgium, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Montreal, Mozart’s Requiem with Les Violons du Roy on their U.S. tour, and has given performances at the May Festival in Cincinnati with James Conlon. She also gave a recital during the Festival of Lanaudière in July 2008.
Other appearances include Nicklausse at Boston Lyric Opera, Wellgunde (Das Rhinegold,Götterdämmerung), Grimgerde (Die Walküre) and Diane (Iphigénie en Tauride) at Seattle Opera,Dorabella at Arizona Opera, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at Palm Beach Opera, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) at Pacific Opera, as well as Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Lazuli (L’Étoile) andMercedes (Carmen) at Opéra de Montréal, a role in which she also made her debut at Teatro alla Scala under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. She distinguishes herself in the sacred works of Rossini, Vivaldi, Handel, Dvorák and Bach, and in recitals in the masterpieces from the lied and song repertoire, from early music to contemporary works.
Since her debut in 2002 at Opéra d’Avignon as Dorabella, Michèle has sung with prestigious conductors such as Louis Langrée, Patrick Fourmilier, Emmanuel Plasson, Marc Minkowski, Jérémie Rhorer, Stephane Denève, Emmanuelle Haïm, François-Xavier Bilger, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Nicola Luisetti, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, Evelino Pido, Placido Domingo, JamesConlon and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
An alumnus of McGill University, Michèle Losier was also a member of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique and the Juilliard Opera Center in New York. She has been the recipient of a number of grants and scholarships, including those from theJacqueline Desmarais Foundation, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Sylva-Gelber Foundation. She is a First Prize winner at the Journées de la Musique Française in 2000, the Vocal Division of the Canadian Music Competition in 2001, and of the Mélodie Française category of the Chant de Marmande International Competition in France.