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Marie-Danièle Parent

Marie-Danièle Parent

The soprano Marie-Danielle Parent has distinguished herself in all the vocal repertoires of classical music. She has sung many times with the leading Canadian symphony orchestras, has performed several operatic roles, and has given numerous recitals that were broadcast by both the CBC radio and television networks. Excelling in the interpretation of contemporary works, she has premièred several Canadian compositions in Canada as well as in Europe, some of which appear on disc. In 1992, she was heard as soloist in the première of Gilles Tremblay’s Avec (wampum symphonique), presented in concert by Euroradio (of the Union européenne de radiodiffusion) in celebration of Montreal’s 350th anniversary; for the occasion, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Charles Dutoit. A frequent guest of the SMCQ, she performed under its auspices her Histoires extraordinaires, which was later revived in a “Jouer dans l’île” tour of the Montreal Urban Community. She also has given a memorable performance of Mémoires de feu Demoiselle Troussova by György Kurtag, as well as a touching rendering of Jean Papineau-Couture’s La Chanson de Rahit at the concert celebrating the SMCQ’s thirtieth anniversary, in November 1996.

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