Magazine article Opera Canada

Arias

Magazine article Opera Canada

Arias

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ARIAS

Marie-Josee Lord

ATMA: ACD2 2649

Although something of a star in Quebec, Marie-Josee Lord is not so well known in English-speaking Canada. Haitian by birth, she was six when a Quebec family adopted her. She came to singing relatively late at age 20 in 1992, and made her professional debut a decade later as the High Priestess in Verdi's Aida for Vancouver Opera. Her big break, however, came the following year when she sang the role of Liu in Puccini's Turandot for L'Opera de Quebec. Appearances as Puccini's Mimi and the title role in Suor Angelica for L'Opera de Montreal quickly followed. She had a huge success with her appearances in the symphonic version of the rock opera Starmania in Montreal (2004) and Paris (2005).

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Lord's voice, part lyric soprano and part spinto, is difficult to categorize or describe. While her musical instincts are largely sound, the voice itself is inconsistent and uneven throughout its compass. …

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