Suzie LeBlanc

Department: 
Performance
Area(s): 
Early Music/Harpsichord
Voice
Contact Information
Email address: 
suzie.leblanc [at] mcgill.ca
Group: 
Faculty
Biography: 

Born in Acadia, the charismatic soprano provides convincing evidence for the popularity of Early Music while exploring French art song, lieder, contemporary repertoire and Acadian traditional music.

She began her singing career by replacing Emma Kirkby in the Consort of Musicke and from there, continued to specialize in baroque, researching and recording a substantial amount of unpublished material.

Her recordings range from medieval music with Sequentia, renaissance and baroque works with many European and North American ensembles including Constantinople, Fretwork, Les Voix Humaines, Tragicomedia and La Petite Bande, Mozart lieder with world renowned conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Messiaen early works with pianist Robert Kortgaard and three albums of Acadian traditional music. She commissioned Canadian composers to set poems by Pulitzer prize winner Elizabeth Bishop and recorded the body of works on a CD called “I am in need of music” which won an ECMA in 2014 for Best Classical Album.

Concerts have taken her to Festivals world wide and to the Concertgebouw, the Proms and Wigmore Hall in London and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. On the opera stage, she has performed for De Nederlandse Opera, Festival de Beaune,Opéra de Montréal, the Boston Early Music Festival, Tanglewood, Festival Vancouver and Early Music Vancouver.

Suzie LeBlanc is early music vocal coach and the director of Capella Antica at McGill University. She is the founder and artistic director of Le Nouvel Opéra, an organisation presenting early and contemporary chamber opera in Montreal.

Appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015, she has also earned four honorary doctorates for her contribution to early music and to Acadian culture.