Suzie LeBlanc began her professional singing career by replacing Emma Kirkby for one season in the Consort of Musicke and from there, continued to specialize in early music with the ensembles Tragicomedia, Teatro Lirico, Concerto Palatino, Fretwork, The Parley of Instruments, Redbyrd and The Purcell Quartet. She researched and recorded a substantial amount of unpublished 17th century music before exploring other repertoires : lieder, French mélodies, Mozart operas, classical contemporary music and traditional music of her native Acadia.
Her recordings can be found on Harmonia Mundi, Teldec, ATMA, Hyperion, Chandos, Analekta and Das Alte Werk and have received prestigious awards, notably a Grammy award for Lully’s Thésée; two Opus awards – best World Music recording for “Tempi con Variazioni” with Helmut Lipsky, and best contemporary music CD for her Messiaen “Chants de Terre et de Ciel; and ECMA’s Best Classical Album in 2014 for her album “I am in need of music” on poems by Pulitzer prize-winner Elizabeth Bishop. This CD was also a finalist for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award.
In 2016/17, Suzie LeBlanc performs her new Elizabeth Bishop programme entitled “A pocket of Time” for Music Toronto and Cecilia Concerts, a Shakespeare program with baroque violinist Monica Huggett and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, as well as concerts with the Alcan String Quartet and the Blue Engine String Quartet. She tours with ensembles Constantinople, Fretwork and L’Art de passage. A departure from her usual repertoire includes singing the lead role in “Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame” by Massenet (a tenor role which was sung by the great soprano Mary Garden).
She recently recorded unpublished Italian baroque arias with obligato cello on the Belgian Pasacaille label. The album entitled Fiorè features cellist Elinor Frey and will be released in May of 2017.
Recently appointed to the Order of Canada (2015), she has earned four honorary doctorates and a career grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2010).
Suzie teaches is the general director and co-artistic director of Le Nouvel Opéra, an organisation who produce baroque opera in Montreal. Le Nouvel Opéra will be teaching a baroque opera workshop in October of 2017, in Nova Scotia, Canada.
For more information, please visit her website at www.suzieleblanc.com.