Magazine article Opera Canada

Marie-Josee Lord

Magazine article Opera Canada

Marie-Josee Lord

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IT IS AN UNFORTUNATE FACT THAT WEST OF THE OUTAouais River, several young Quebec singers do not as yet command the respect their talent deserves. One such is soprano Marie-Josee Lord.

Born in Haiti, she arrived in Quebec at the age of five, and quickly showed an interest in, and aptitude for, music. She began by studying piano and violin before finding her true calling. At the age of 20, she saw an operatic rehearsal at the Conservatoire de musique in Quebec City, where she was studying, and realized that singing was what she wanted to do. Lord progressed quickly. She portrayed major characters, such as Puccini's Suor Angelica, in student productions, and then, in 1999, joined the ranks of l'Atelier lyrique de L'Opera de Montreal.

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Initially, she had a difficult time adapting to both a new city and a completely new working environment, but her resolve and determination never abandoned her. As her confidence grew, she took on increasingly important assignments for L'Atelier lyrique. She also won several awards, such as the Raoul Jobin Prize, and was given a bursary from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for young Canadian singers. …

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