Quebec contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux started her career in a spectacular way: In 2000, at the age of 24 she won the Queen Fabiola Prize (1st Prix) as well as the Special Lied Prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium. Winning this prestigious prize opened the door to an immediate international career, allowing her to perform in recital and in concert with many of the great orchestras, such as l’Orchestre National de France under Charles Dutoit, l’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse under Michel Plasson, l’Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie under Marc Soustrot, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner, The Academy of Ancient Music under Paul Goodwin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda, Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Schonwandt, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin under Ilan Volkov, l’Ensemble Matheus (France) under Jean-Christophe Spinosi, l’Ensemble orchestral de Paris under John Nelson, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, etc.Each season, she is invited by numerous international festivals in Europe and North America.
On stage, Marie-Nicole Lemieux performs roles by Handel (Cornelia, in Giulio Cesare, Unolfo in Rodelinda), Mozart (the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte), Verdi (Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff), Gluck (Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice), Vivaldi (Orlando in Orlando furioso), Wagner (Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung), Berlioz (Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict), etc.
In July 2001, Marie-Nicole Lemieux was awarded the prestigious Virginia-Parker Award, given each year by the Canada Council for the Arts. Recently, she received the Opus Award of the year for the best Early Music concert of 2003, at the Opus Prize Gala, organized by the Conseil québécois de la musique.