Magazine article Opera Canada

Suzie LeBlanc

Magazine article Opera Canada

Suzie LeBlanc

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Although Montreal-based soprano Suzie LeBlanc is rightfully regarded as one of Canada's foremost exponents of early music, she has recently widened her artistic horizons. We talked just before she was to leave for concerts in Germany with a new jazz-inspired tango ensemble. She quickly explained: "Its my first venture into this field, but as in everything I do, there must be a passion for the art form that guides and inspires me." That passion explains her involvement in a multitude of projects, such as a production of Monteverdi's Orfeo in Edmonton in November (pan of the University of Alberta's centenary celebrations) in an open-space venue she describes as "not so much a mise en scene as a mise en espace" and her participation in Gilles Vigneault's Mass in October as part of musical celebrations during Quebec City's 400th anniversary year.

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Plans for 2008 also include a recital tour of French melodies with pianist Robert Kortgaard across Western Canada that will coincide with the release of a commemorating Olivier Messiaen's centenary. The world of French melodie is one LeBlanc wants to explore further. "I grew up with my mother singing the songs of Faure and Poulenc, but I've also become interested in the superb songs of such neglected composers as Gabriel Grovlez." As a native Acadian, she has already recorded several CDs devoted to Acadian song that have benefited from her trademark exhaustive research. …

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