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‘The fourth movement featured tender, soaring singing from the young mezzo−soprano Mireille Lebel in Mahler’s setting of Nietzsche’s “Midnight Song” from “Also Sprach Zarathustra,”…’

 The New York Times










Hear Mireille sing the haunting Armenian song Loosin Yelav,

arranged by Luciano Berio in his Folksongs.

 



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08.2015

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2015-2016 Season Announced!




August 2015-June 2016

Title Role, Carmen, Prague State Opera, Prague, Czech Republic

 

September 16-20 2015

The Human Passions, Vivaldi and Handel Arias with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Conducted by Rodolfo Richter, Toronto, Canada

 

October 9-11 2015

Beyond the Four Seasons, Vivaldi Arias with Arion Baroque Orchestra, Conducted by Enrico Onofri, Montreal, Canada

 

November 19-22 2015

When Music Caters to Language and Emotion, Britten's Phaedra and Excerpts from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with I Musici de Montreal, Conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Montréal, Canada

 

December 3-6 2015

The Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony, Conducted by Aram Demirjian, Kansas City, USA

 

December 12 & 13 2015

The Messiah and Hansel and Gretel with the Saguenay Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Dina Gilbert, Saguenay, Canada

 

December 19 & 20 2015

Bach's Christmas Oratorio with IMusici de Montréal, Conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Montréal, Canada

 

February 2016-April 2016

Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Theater Erfurt, Conducted by Zoi Tsokanou and Directed by Esther Ambrosino, Erfurt, Germany

 

May 2016

Ljubica in Ana Sokolovic's Svadba, Opéra de Nantes Angers, Nantes and Angers, France

 

 

07.2015

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SVADBA on Arte!

 

 

Follow this link to watch Ana Sokolovic's opera Svadba broadcast live from Aix-en-Provence

Conducted by Dairine Ni Mheadra, Directed by Ted Huffman and Zack Winokur

Featuring Florie Valiquette, LiesbethDevos, Jennifer Davis, Andrea Ludwig, Pauline Sikirdji and Mireille Lebel and John Hess on percussion

 

 

06.2015

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Mireille is currently rehearsing Ana Sokolovic's opera Svadba at the Aix-en-Provence International Opera Festival. Conducted by Dairine Ni Mheadra and directed by Zack Winokur and Ted Huffman. Performances July 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 16, 6PM at Theatre Jeu de Paume. Tickets

 

 

 

05.2015

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Mireille joins the cast of Hector Parra's opera Wilde at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival. The world premiere is directed by Calixto Bieito and conducted by Peter Rundel. Libretto by Händl Klaus. Performances May 22, 24, and 25. Tickets

 

 Behind the Scenes of Wilde at the Rokoko-Theater in Schwetzingen. Conductor Peter Rundel is on the television.

 

 

Click for reviews of Wilde


'...die Mireille Lebel mit allen erdenklichen stimmlichen und optischen Attributen des Verführerischen ausstattet.' www.nmz.de

 

'Von den drei Schwestern Angela, Hedy und Iris Flick war die kanadische Mezzosopranistin Mireille Lebel am eindrucksvollsten. Auch sie musste in ihren Szenen sehr weit an Selbstäußerung gehen. Als sie sich in der Liebesszene mit Gunter ihres Kleides entledigte, waren Büstenhalter und  Slip blutgetränkt. Stimmlich konnte sie durch ihre große Bandbreite und Ausdrucksstärke überzeugen.' Der neue merker

 

Die deutsche Buehne

 

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

 

Badische Zeitung

 

 


04.2015


Mireille makes her début as Orphée in the Berlioz version of Glucks Orphée et Eurydice with Opera Atelier. Directed by Marshall Pynkoski, conducted by David Fallis, and choreographed by Jeanette Zing. With Peggy Kriha-Dye as Eurydice and Meghan Lindsay as Amour, the Artists of the Atelier Ballet, Tafelmusik baroque orchestra and the Tafelmusik Choir under Ivars Taurins. April 9th-18th at the Elgin Theater, Toronto. Tickets.

 

 Photo by Bruce Zinger. Mireille Lebel as Orphée and Peggy Kriha-Dye as Eurydice

 

 

Some Orphée Reviews!


‘Mireille Lebel makes a lithe, powerful Orpheus, with an enormous amount of stage time in this almost chamber opera.’ ’…her middle and higher ranges were brilliant, pure and powerful.’ The Globe and Mail by Robert Harris, April 10 2015

 

‘Lebel is all cool, elegant style…’ The Toronto Star by Richard Ouzounian, April 9 2015

 

Mireille Lebel is miraculous as Orpheus, striding boldly about the stage with a wonderfully masculine body language, via Pynkoski’s eye for historically informed physical eloquence, without negating her beauty as a woman. The role in its female contralto incarnation lies very low at times, often venturing along below middle C, all clearly articulated by Lebel. Fallis has included such elements as an enormous candenza at the end of one of her arias, so long that one could easily lose ones bearings: but finishing securely on pitch.’ ‘…Lebel’s gentle voice and expression makes it impossible to sit there without tears.’ Barczablog by Leslie Barcza, April 12 2015

 

‘Appearing as Orpheus, mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel wholeheartedly embodies the purposeful hero, vocally and physically focused, bravely confronting the great Berlioz challenge.’ ’Faced with the reality of transposition, Lebel reaches to the extreme limits of her instrument, extracting a tender poignant sound tinted with tragedy. Her rendition of Orpheus’ exultant, L’amour vient rendre à mon âme (“Hope is reborn in my soul”), complete with filigreed coloratura, rare in a work built largely on accompanied recitative, ends Act I on a thrilling note. Lebel’s cadenza is extraordinary, transitioning from a cappella back to full orchestra with breathtaking precision. Her gentle, understated handling of Gluck’s lovely showstopper, J’ai perdu mon Eurydice (“What shall I do without my Eurydice”), quite rightly commands sustained applause.’ Opera Going Toronto by Ian Ritchie, April 12 2015

 

 

A little clip from our rehearsal...

 

 

 

A little clip from our rehearsal last night. Orpheus and Eurydice is going to be a gorgeous show with beautiful dancing and singing. Featured in this clip is Mireille Lebel as Orpheus and our wonderful Artists of Atelier Ballet

Posted by Patricia Barretto on Freitag, 27. März 2015



Mireille featured in Toronto Life, April 2015



03.2015


Mireille answers 10 questions from Toronto blogger extraordinaire Leslie Barcza.

 

 

02.2015


2015 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER

in the category

BEST OPERA RECORDING


The Boston Early Music Festival's recording of Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux enfers and La couronne de fleurs won a Grammy award this year in the category Best Opera Recording. The opera features Mireille as a soloist as well as singers Aaron Sheehan, Lydia Brotherton, Douglas Williams, Jason McStoots, Zach Wilder, Jesse Blumberg, Amanda Forsythe, Teresa Wakim, Dorothee Mields and Ina Siedlaczek-Berning and is conducted by Stephen Stubbs and Paul O'Dette. Recorded at CPO studios in Bremen, Germany.

 

01.2015


Mireille is thrilled to be joining the cast of Ana Sokolovic's a cappella opera Svadba (Wedding) at the Festival D'Aix-en-Provence in July 2015.

Conducted by Dairine Ni Mheadra and directed by Ted Huffman and Zack Winokur.

Performances: 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16  July 2015, Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, Aix-en-Provence

Tickets

 

 

Happy New Year! Mireille starts the season singing Bach Cantatas BWV 154, 32, 73, and 124 with Les Violons du Roy, the soloists Shannon Mercer, Thomas Cooley and Tyler Duncan, under the direction of Mathieu Lussier. Concerts in Québec City at Palais Montcalm, Thursday January 22nd and in Montreal at Le Musée des Beaux Arts, Salle Bourgie Sunday January 25th, 2pm.

 Tickets


 

11.2014


Mireille joins Jacques Lacombe and L'Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as Boris Brott and The Montreal Chamber Orchestra as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah.

Performance dates

 

December 13th, 8pm, Salle J.A. Thompson, Trois-Rivières

December 15th, 7:30pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal

December 19th, 7:30pm, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton

December 20th, 7:30pm, Michael T. Lake Performing Arts Center, Neptune

December 21st, 3pm, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark

 

 

06.2014


Mireille will sing her first Olga in Eugene Onegin on June 7th at Theater Erfurt. Further performances to follow June 13th and 20th 2014. Directed by Hermann Schneider and conducted by Juri Lebedev.

 

 Mireille Lebel as Olga with Ilia Papandreou as Tatyana (right) and Theater Erfurt Chorus



05.2014


Mireille is currently singing Zempoalla in Purcell's The Indian Queen at Theater Basel through to June 27th. Directed by Joachim Schloemer, conducted by David Cowan, and with La Cetra Baroque Orchestra. Below are reviews from the premiere performance April 30th.

 

 

Mireille Lebel as Zempoalla with Marc Labonnette as the Bearman (right)



The Indian Queen Reviews, Premiere April 30th 2014

 

'Ausgezeichnet sind die Solisten. Allen voran Mireille Lebel als Zempoalla mit ausdrucksstarkem Mezzo-sopran: eine grosse Saengerin' Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, 2. Mai 2014.



'Die Entdeckung des Abends ist aber Mireille Lebel als Zempoalla: Die junge Kanadierin verkörpert die stolze Königin – und Mutter Acacias – trotz ihrer Jugend absolut überzeugend als herrsch-/sex- und rachsüchtige Femme Fatale, ihr schöner und überraschend dramatischer Koloratursopran berührt. Ihre Arie I attempt from Love’s sickness to fly in vain ist definitiv der Höhepunkt des Abends.' Online Merker.

 

 

'Mireille Lebel eine koloraturensichere Zempoalla' Neue Zuercher Zeitung, 2. Mai 2014.



'in Kontrast dazu als Koenigin Zempoalla die reifere Mezzosopran-Stimme von Mireille Lebel, auch hell und fokussiert, aber mit einem erotisierenden Vibrato und leicht eingedunkelter Mittellage' deropernfreund.de, 1. Mai 2014.



'Flexibel und stilsicher singen auch die edel timbrierte Mezzosopranistin Mireille Lebel' Badische Zeitung, 3. Mai 2014.



'Seine Mutter Zempoalla wird von Mireille Lebel szenisch wie musikalisch einnehmend gestaltet' Basler Zeitung, 2. Mai 2014.



'stimmlich souverän beeindrucken besonders Mireille Lebel als leidenschaftliche Zempoalla und Kim Lillian Strebel als anmutige Orazia.' www.landbote.ch



'Auch Mireille Lebels volltönendem und doch schlankem und beweglichem Mezzo als Zempoalla zuzuhören, macht Spaß.' Suedkurier, 2. Mai 2014.

 


03.2014


Opéra-Théâtre de Metz celebrated the premiere of Barber's Vanessa to great success on March 21st with Mireille in the role of Erika. The show got great notices. Please click below for full reviews!

 

'Comme la mise en scène semblait s’y prêter, le plateau est dominé par l’incroyable présence de Mireille Lebel, Erika à la voix longue, souple et joliment timbrée...' Resmusica



'Die interessante Figur der klugen, aber früh alternden Erika sang Mireille Lebel klangschön und leidenschaftlich' Opera Lounge

 

02.2014


 Mireille sings the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola through to February 2014. Directed by Lynne Hockney and conducted by Samuel Baechli. Final performances: February 2 and 7 2014 at Theater Erfurt

Tickets

 

 

01.2014


Opera Atelier have just announced their 2014-2015 season and Mireille is thrilled to be singing the role of Orphée in their new production of Berlioz's version of Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice. Performances take place April 9 to April 18 2015.

Find out more


01.2014


Here we go again!!! Joachim Schloemer's beautiful production of Purcell's The Indian Queen was reprised at the Opéra Théatre de Metz in January. Here is a link to a review. Conducted by Hervé Niquet, directed by Joachim Schloemer, with the participation of Le Concert Spirituel.

Resmusica

 

10.2013


 Links to reviews from Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea at Theater Erfurt, premiere October 10th 2013. Conducted by Samuel Baechli and directed by Bettina Lell.

 

Thueringer Allgemeine: 'Solisten ueberzeugen bei 'Die Kroenung der Poppea' in Erfurt'

 

Thueringische Landeszeitung: 'Finessenreiche 'Poppea' Auffuehrung in Erfurt'

 

 

Mireille Lebel (front) as Nerone, Julia Neumann as Poppea

Photo: Lutz Edelhoff

 

10.2013


 Die Frauen der Toten (The Wives of the Dead) written by German composer Alois Broeder for Theater Erfurt, has been nominated by Opernwelt in the category 'Best world premiere, 2013'. The opera featured Mireille in a principle role as well as the soprano Marisca Mulder, tenor Marwan Shamiyeh, and baritone Florian Goetz. The opera was directed by Gabriele Rech and conducted by Johannes Pell. For reviews and photos please scroll down.

 

06.2013


2013-2014 roles announced!

Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) Theater Erfurt

Title role in La Cenerentola (Rossini) Theater Erfurt

Olga in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) Theater Erfurt

Manja in Graefin Mariza (Kalman) Theater Erfurt

Erika in Vanessa (Barber) Opera-Theatre de Metz

Zempoalla in The Indian Queen (Purcell) Opera-Theatre de Metz

Fyodor in Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky) Theater Erfurt

Zempoalla in The Indian Queen (Purcell) Theater Basel

Performance dates can be found under the Schedule heading

 

06.2013


Mireille recently jumped in as Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo at Theater Basel. Conducted by Karel Valter and directed by David Boesch with the participation of La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. This marked her debut at the theater and she will return next season for Purcell's The Indian Queen.

 

05.2013


Here are some reviews from The Indian Queen (Purcell) presented by the Schwetzinger Festspiele in April and May 2013. Conducted by Hervé Niquet and directed by Joachim Schloemer with the participation of Le Concert Spirituel. This fantastical production will be revived at Opéra-Théâtre de Metz in January 2014 and at Theater Basel in May and June 2014.

Der Neue Merker

Frankfurter Allgemeine

neue musikzeitung

 

'Seek not to know' Mireille Lebel and Marc Labonette in Purcell's Indian Queen

 

 

02.2013


Here are some reviews from the world premiere production of Die Frauen der Toten by Alois Broeder. The premiere performance February 2nd was recorded by MDR Radio Thueringen.

 

'Der Abend ruht auf den Schultern der Frauen - der niederlaendischen Sopranistin Marisca Mulder (Mary) und des kanadischen Mezzos Mireille Lebel (Margaret) -, deren Spiel ohne Uebertreibungen und vokales Forcieren auskommt.'

OpernWelt

 

'Margaret dagegen ist ein lebhaftes und reizbares Temperament, und sie wird von Mireille Lebel enorm lebensecht gespielt. Nach der Begegnung mit dem Nachbar Parker, gesungen von Florian Götz, wird sie zu sängerischen Höchstleistungen herausgefordert. Die hohe Lage der Flöten unterstreichen das von ihr gesungene Hoffnungsmotiv, das in seiner Fragilität vergehen muss. Mireille Lebel atmet geradezu diese Kurzlebigkeit ihrer Gefühlsaufwallungen. Sie ist stimmlich das Gegenstück zu Mary'

Opernnetz

 

 Links to full reviews:

Die Welt

Die Deutsche Buehne

theater:pur

Neue Musikzeitung Online

 


Mireille Lebel as Margaret in Die Frauen der Toten

 

11.2012


Here are some reviews and photos from Mireille's role début as Sesto in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto on November 3rd. This magnificent production was staged by Stephen Lawless, conducted by the Samuel Baechli, and designed by Gideon Davey.

 

‘One really can't get enough of these voices.  Already wonderful in Handel's Agrippina in Erfurt in 2010, now Julia Neumann und Mireille Lebel are even better. And thanks to Stephen Lawless avoiding staging against the music, but rather knowing when the events on stage have to find sincerity and calmness, they can celebrate the real beauty of their arias... Remorse has never sounded as heartbreaking as in Lebel's mezzo arias.’ Thüringische Landeszeitung (Translated from German) Full review

 

Full review from the Thüringer Allgemeine

 

Full review from Theater Pur

 

 

 L'angue offeso mai riposa


 

 La giustizia ha già sull'arco (with Denis Lakey, right)

 

 




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