Marianne Fiset makes her Pacific Opera Victoria debut and her role debut as Musetta in POV's February 2011 production of Puccini's La Bohème. She has previously sung Mimi with Saskatoon Opera and will reprise the role in spring 2011 at l'Opéra de Montréal.
Since she was awarded five top prizes at the 2007 Montreal International Music Competition, including the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award, Marianne Fiset has been hailed by critics and audiences alike. Within a week she replaced an ailing Isabel Bayrakdarian in Toronto's Luna Opera Gala, sharing the stage with Canada's top singers.
In 2008, she received the New Artist of the Year Opus Prize and was named Young Soloist 2008 by the Public Francophone Radios (Radio France - Radio Suisse-Romande - RTBF Belgique - Radio Canada). She was also awarded the title Révélation Radio-Canada Musique 2008-2009.
Ms. Fiset's schedule for 2010-2011 includes Mimi in La Bohème for Opéra de Montréal, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Opéra de Marseille and Musetta in La Bohème for Pacific Opera Victoria. She will be heard in Ravel's Shéhérazade with Jacques Lacombe and Orchestre symphonique de Trois Rivières, while recitals claim her attention at selected venues in Canada and France.
In January 2012 she makes her debut with Opéra Bastille in Paris, performing the title role of Massenet's Manon.
The 2009-2010 season was busy for Ms. Fiset and included her Toronto Symphony debut as soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 conducted by Peter Oundjian, Verdi's Requiem for Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with Orquestra Sinfonica RTVE in Madrid, an opera--themed programme for I Musici de Montréal, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Nézet-Séguin and Orchestre Métropolitain du Montréal as well as concerts in the parks, also with Orchestre Métropolitain.
In the last few years, Marianne Fiset has been heard in numerous productions of the Opéra de Montréal, including Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta), and Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna (Clarice). She has given recitals in London, Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Vancouver, Montréal and Québec City in repertoire ranging from the works of Liszt and Rachmaninoff to Berlioz and Villa-Lobos. Further credits include Opéra de Québec, Saskatoon Opera, and Vancouver Opera, Les Violons du Roy, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Tours, Vancouver Symphony and Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. She also sang at the Festival Vancouver, Festival International de Lanaudière, Festival International du Domaine Forget and at the Bel Canto Festival of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Recordings include Melodiya (Moussorgsky, Glinka and Rachmaninov) and a disc featuring music of Ravel, Debussy and Dvorak, both from Analekta, and Ophélie Lieder & Melodies on ATMA Classique.
She has a substantial lyric soprano of exceptional beauty, backed by a solid technique, musicality and communicative power.
A fundamentally lyric soprano sound with a rare depth of colour to it, and an artist with a beautiful, natural legato and a strong sense of line.
John Woods, Musical Criticism.com
She blew everyone away. She possesses a big lirico-spinto sound with a truly lovely tone. It is also under near-perfect control, with a whole range of dynamic shading, from lovely pianissimo to powerful forte – without the harshness that invades some voices. This is the voice that makes one sit up and take notice.
Joseph So, La Scena Musicale
Marianne Fiset sings O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi (Opéra de Montréal, 2009)