Born in Acadia, Suzie LeBlanc is one of the most sought after early music sopranos of her generation. In 2004, she began adding Acadian folk music, art song and lieder to her repertoire, and recorded Mozart lieder with Yannick Nézet-Seguin. She followed this with Chants de terre et de ciel by Messiaen, with Robert Kortgaard, and Tempi con variazioni with the ensemble
Melosphere. The last two were awarded an Opus Prize in the Contemporary and World Music categories. Her latest CD, I Am in Need of Music on poems by Elizabeth Bishop, won an ECMA
award for Best Classical Album of the Year.
The recipient of four honorary doctorates for her contribution to Acadian culture and early music performance, she also played the lead role in the award winning film Lost Song (Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008).
She likes to work on projects connected with the land and the sea, with geography and history. Her album Tout passe is selected from a collection of Acadian songs found with the help of historian and collector Georges Arsenault of Prince Edward Island. She sang the songs in churches as she walked the centuries-old pilgrimage to Santiago di Compostela, and chose the ones that got the best
response from fellow pilgrims, or that became good musical companions on the way.
Suzie LeBlanc is the artistic director of Le Nouvel Opéra, in Montreal.