MARIE-JOSÉE LORD | soprano
Orchestre symphonique de Laval
Alain Trudel | conductor
On her new album Femmes (Women), Marie-Josée Lord passionately embodies heroines from operas by Puccini, Verdi, and Massenet. The charismatic Canadian soprano brings to life such beloved operatic characters as Violetta (La Traviata), Aïda (Aïda), Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly), Thaïs (Thaïs), and Salomé (Hérodiade). Marie-Josée Lord is accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Laval under the direction of Alain Trudel.
The team behind the Femmes recording will reunite on February 27, 2018 for a CD launch concert at Théâtre Maisonneuve. This performance is part of the Montréal en Lumière festival.
“With Femmes, I wanted to deal with universal concerns shared by many women: love, life, motherhood, old age, and death. Listening to the voices and stories of various heroines, you quickly realize how much closer they are to our lives than you first thought. Rather than judging these characters, I invite listeners to sympathize and connect,” says Lord.
Marie-Josée Lord’s eponymously titled first album (which received a Félix prize from ADISQ for Best Classical Vocal Album 2011), as well as her last two CDs on the ATMA label, Amazing Grace (2014) and Yo soy Maria (2012), have won the hearts of the public. Last season, Lord was featured in the production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites by the Opéra de Montréal. In August 2017, she took part in Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, performing for an audience of almost 80,000. A recording of the concert was release on CD and DVD in November.
Recently appointed Music Director of the Toledo Symphony, conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.
Founded in 1984, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval is composed of professional musicians all of whom are graduates of conservatories or universities in Quebec. Offering audiences the experience of great symphonic music is at the heart of the orchestra’s activities.
Giuseppe Verdi : 1. Ritorna Vincitor (Aïda) 2. Qui Radames verra!… O patria mia (Aïda) 3. Prélude à l’acte I (La Traviata) 4. Sempre libera (La Traviata) Giacomo Puccini : 5. Piangi Perchè… Un bel di Vedremo (Madama Butterfly) 6. Quando m’en vo (La Bohème) 7. Senza mamma (Suor Angelica) Jules Massenet : 8. De cet affreux combat… Pleurez mes yeux (Le Cid) 9. Introduction (Hérodiade) 10. Il est doux, il est bon (Hérodiade) 11.Dis-moi que je suis belle (Thaïs) 12. Encore :Somewhere (Westside Story)
Femmes will be available from February 23, 2018