‘...A voice of wonderful depth and pliability casting a radiant glow. Her presence is spellbinding... a very classy singer with a bright future.' Montreal Gazette
Laureate of the prestigious Verviers International Voice Competition in 2001, where she placed sixth, this brilliant Canadian soprano made her professional grand debut at the Quebec Opera in the role of Liù in Turandot (Puccini ) in the fall 2003. In February 2004 she amazed and conquered the public of Montreal with a sublime Mimi in La Bohème (Puccini) with the Montreal Opera. In 2005 she was a bubbly Laoula in the opera comic l'Étoile (Emmanuel Chabrier) at the Opera de Montreal.
She also sang Fiordiligi in a production of Cosi fan Tutte with the Lyric Workshop of the Montreal Opera on a Canadian tour in 2001, as well as the titles roles of Suor Angelica, Turandot by (Busoni) and Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) with the Quebec Conservatory Opera Studio. Mrs Lord performed the role of Susanna in Il segreto di Susanna (Wolf -Ferrari). Ms Lord understudied Melisande, Musetta, Violetta and was cover as Nedda in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo ) in fall 2002 with the Opera of Montreal.
A winner of several voice competitions and awards, Ms Lord was recently awarded the Prix d'Excellence de la Culture 2005 from Quebec Opera Foundation, and chosen to represent Canada at the prestigious competition Cardiff Singer of the World 2005. Also she received the Public prize in the Canadian Lyric Fund competition (2001), the Raoul Jobin prize and coveted participation in several CBC Radio broadcasts.
More recently, we've heard Marie-Josée Lord in the role of Marie-Jeanne in the world premiere of Starmania (Plamondon/Berger) opera version at Opera de Québec in May 2008. In September 2006 she opened Montreal Opera season in the title role of Suor Angelica (Puccini) in which she demonstrated her great talent.