Bourgie Hall presents

Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto and Daniel Blumenthal, piano

The great Marie-Nicole Lemieux, alongside her long-time collaborator, pianist Daniel Blumenthal, presents two contrasting views on love, in which the profoundly nostalgic atmosphere of Brahms’ Two Lieder with viola and Four Serious Songs echoes the sentimental delicacy of Massenet’s Expressions lyriques. *With the participation of Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola.

Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto

Her vocal talents were revealed to the public in 2000 when she won the Queen Fabiola and Lied Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. She then began an international career that has led her to the world’s most famous stages: La Scala, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, l’Opéra National de Paris, the Champs Elysées, the Capitole de Toulouse, la Monnaie in Brussels, the Staatsoper in Berlin, Munich and Vienna, Zurich Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Liceu of Barcelona, the Salzburg Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Chorégies d’Orange, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, the Montreal Opera…

Her powerful voice, her superb sense of line and a faultless virtuosity as well as her sense of nuance and drama allows her to triumph in various repertories. She is acclaimed as a peerless recital artist with an exceptional vocal palette having a special talent for French and Russian songs, as well as German lieder.

Marie-Nicole Lemieux is a Knight of the National Order of Quebec and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of the Pleiade. She also has a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Université du Québec at Chicoutimi.

Daniel Blumenthal, piano

Daniel Blumenthal is Professor at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Brussels and at the Thy Masterclass Chamber Music Festival in Denmark.  He has served on the jury of the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Piano and the Paris Conservatory. He is an honorary member and musical advisor of Icons of Europe, Brussels. Laureate of several international music competitions, Queen.Elisabeth and Leeds among them, Daniel Blumenthal continues to enjoy a career of acclaimed performances on five continents and award winning recordings.

Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola

The versatile violinist and violist Victor Fournelle-Blain leads an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Associate Principal Viola of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, he also teaches viola at McGill University and orchestral studies at Université de Montréal. After studying violin at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal under Johanne Arel, he went on to work with Ani Kavafian at the Yale School of Music, and subsequently joined the class of André Roy as a viola student at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. Winner of McGill’s 2014 Golden Violin Award, the 2012 Prix d’Europe, and Second Prize winner of the 2010 OSM Competition, Victor Fournelle-Blain has performed as a guest soloist with various orchestras including the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil.

BRAHMS Zwei Gesänge for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op. 91*
BRAHMS Vier ernste Gesänge for Voice and Piano, Op. 121
MASSENET Expressions lyriques, Ten Songs for Voice and Piano

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 7:30pm
To purchase your tickets visit:

Bourgie Concert Hall
1339 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 2E8

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