Critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier has distinguished herself on the most prestigious stages of the world, including the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, Vienna State Opera, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. She began the 2019/20 season with her role and house debut in the title role of Carmen at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, after which she made first appearance at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffman and at the Berlin State Opera as Octavian in the new production of Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by Zubin Mehta. She also recently appeared at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels as Nicklausse. Next season, the mezzo will sing Carmen and Nicklausse at the Vienna State Opera and appear as Siebel in Faust in Paris. She will give concert performances of Das Lied von der Erde with Yannick Nézét-Séguin in Montreal and of Les nuits d’été with Sir Andrew Davis in Lyon, where she will also perform in Béatrice et Bénédict. In October, she will give a recital in Montreal at the Bourgie Hall.
In the 2018/19 season, the mezzo debuted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, singing her first Idamante in Idomeneo, debuted as Ascagne in Les Troyens at the Paris Opera, and made her role and house debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at the Opéra National de Bordeaux. On the concert platform, Losier sang Chausson’s Poéme de l’amour et de la mer with the Toledo Symphony, appeared with the Orchestre Metropolitain in Bluebeard’s Castle under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra singing Mozart’s Requiem, and performed recitals in Montreal and Brussels.
In the 2017/18 season, Losier made both her role and house debut as Angelina in La Cenerentola at the Opéra de Lyon. She also sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal and returned to the Paris Opera as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Ascanio in Benvenuto Cellini, and her first Conception in L’Heure Espagnole. In the 2016/17 season, Losier debuted at the Glyndebourne Festival, singing her first performances of Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. She also debuted at the Paris Opera as Dorabella, sang Marguerite in a concert version of La Damnation de Faust with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and appeared in concert performances of L’enfant et les sortileges with the Seattle Symphony.
In the 2015/16 season, Losier sang Mercedes in Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Béatrice in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, and Roméo et Juliette at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis. She also appeared in Montreal to sing Brahms in concert at Bourgie Hall and Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra. In the summer of 2015, Michèle took part in the Classical Spree Festival with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, where she sang the title role in Carmen under the baton of Kent Nagano. She also performed in the Festival d’Opéra de Québec with the Violons du Roy and in the Festival International de Lanaudière, where she sang in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Maestro Nagano and in Schumann’s Der Rose Pilgerfahrt with Jean-Marie Zeitouni.
Highlights from recent seasons include Siebel in Faust at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, Ascanio in Benvenuto Cellini at the Dutch National Opera, the title role in Medea at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Lille Opera, Prince Charmant in Cendrillon at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Opéra-Comique, Nicklausse and the Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Barcelona and in concert at Salle Pleyel in Paris, Phoebe in Castor et Pollux at the Théâtre des champs-Élysées and Opéra-Comique, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at the Vienna State Opera and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at Covent Garden, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Salzburg Festival. Losier has also sung Charlotte in Werther with Opera Australia and Opéra de Montréal, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at the San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera, and Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina in concert with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre.
An alumna of McGill University, Michèle Losier was also a member of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique and the Juilliard Opera Center in New York. Her achievement at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 2005 led to her house debut in 2007 as Diane in Iphigénie en Tauride under the baton of Louis Langrée. Her success at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition in 2008 won her a recital tour of Europe and a recording of the Chansons of Henri Duparc with pianist Daniel Blumenthal, released in April of 2009 on the Fuga Libera label.