Masterful French mezzo-soprano Marie Lenormand has been praised for her performances on both the operatic and concert stage. This season Ms. Lenormand begins as Le Prince in Cendrillon with Grand Theatre Grande Salle and Grand Theatre Massenet, followed by Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Opera de Tours and later Opera D’Avignon, the title role in La Périchole with New York City Opera, and concerts appearances with New York Festival of Song and Berlioz’s Les Huit Scènes de Faust with the Dresden Philharmonic. Her 2011-2012 season began with the Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen with New York Philharmonic, and performances of Così fan tutte - first as Dorabella for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and then as Despina with New York City Opera. Future seasons include L’enfant et les sortilèges/L’heure Espagnole with the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and Meg in Falstaff with Opera de Massy.
In the 2010-2011 season, she was heard as Cherubino with Houston Grand Opera and l’Opera de Rouen, Urbain in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots at Bard Summerscape, Fragoletto in Offenbach’s Les Brigands at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux and at l’Opéra du Luxembourg, and Lapak in The Cunning Little Vixen in Florence. After completing a dazzling turn in the title role in Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon at l’Opéra comique de Paris, her performance was met with popular and critical accolades. In recognition of her portrayal, the French national press awarded her the honor of “2010 Musical Revelation.” Marie was the first vocal artist in six years to win the award after a string of renowned conductors and a string quartet.
Marie has sung Dorabella with l’Opéra de Rouen, Arsamene in Haendel’s Serse with Boston Baroque, Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Houston Grand Opera, Annio in Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito at l’Opéra d’Avignon, Siebel at Madison Opera and Cherubino at Cincinnati Opera. She appeared in concert with François-Xavier Roth and Les Siecles in Mozart’s Requiem in Aix en Provence, France, and with Houston baroque ensemble Ars Lyrica.
Previously, Marie performed in recital with the Southeastern Festival of Song in Atlanta and Dallas. She went back to New Orleans Opera to sing Siebel with Paul Groves as Faust, made her debut with the Bochum Orchestra in Germany, singing Le Nuits d’été with Steven Sloane conducting, before a series of Handel’s Messiah with the Winston-Salem Symphony. She reprised Aloès in L’Etoile by Chabrier at l’Opéra du Luxembourg, before joining le Gradus ad Musicam ensemble in Nancy, France, for Pergolèse’s Stabat Mater. She returned to the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in the spring for Siebel in a new Faust production by J.P.Clarac and O.Deloeil. For her debut with San Francisco Opera, Marie was delighted to reprise the role of The Fox, a role she created in worldwide premiere of The Little Prince by Rachel Portman for Houston Grand Opera in 2003. She then sang in concert for the opening night gala of Berkshire Opera in Massachussets, and spent the rest of the summer at Seiji Ozawa’s Saito-Kinen Festival, in Japan, singing Lapak and covering the Fox, in a beautiful new production of The Cunning Little Vixen by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Seiji Ozawa.
Marie has also sung Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Dallas Opera followed by Siebel in Faust with Houston Grand Opera. Additionally, she made her debut with Chicago Opera Theater as Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and reprised her Siebel with Cincinnati Opera. She debuted with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth as the alto solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at the Florida International Festival in Daytona Beach. Marie has performed Siegrune in Die Walküre at the Châtelet under Christoph Eschenbach, was heard in Chabrier’s L’Etoile in Angers and Nantes, and sang Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Dorabella in Così fan tutte in Stuttgart. In January 2006, she sang Cidippe in Aristeo and the title role in Bauci e Filemone by Glück, recorded under the label Ambroisie. Also, she appeared in recital with Steven Blier in a program entitled “The Banquet Years” in New York and with the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, DC.
She has made her debuts with New Orleans Opera as Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Opera Pacific as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and performed Zerlina in Don Giovanni at La Cité de la Musique in Paris under the baton of Emmanuel Krivine with his newly established orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique in February. Marie was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio from 1999 to 2002. A distinguished oratorio singer, she was the alto soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass under Robert Shaw, as well as in Elijah with a cast headed by Sherrill Milnes.