A native of Quebec, Marie-Nicole Lemieux studied at the Chicoutimi and Montreal music conservatories. After winning the Queen Fabiola Prize and the Lied Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, she performed on the most prestigious stages in the world.
The breadth of her voice, her magnificently held line combined with a flawless virtuosity, and her sense of nuance and theatre have enabled her to triumph in baroque music and in the French and Italian repertoires of the 19th century. Recent and upcoming engagements include Isabella (L'Italiana in Algeri) at the Wiener Staatsoper (the Vienna State Opera), Nero (L'incoronazione di Poppea) at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Dalila (Samson et Dalila) at the Orange Chorégies, Charlotte (Werther) at the Opéra de Montpellier, Carmen at the Capitole de Toulouse, Zenobia (Radamisto) on a European tour with the Ensemble Pomo d'Oro, and Cassandre (Les Troyens) at the Bayerische Staatsoper (the Bavarian State Opera).
She has been invited to sing the great symphonic repertoire with prestigious orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (The Montreal Symphony Orchestra), and the Orchestre Métropolitain (the Metropolitan Orchestra) of Greater MontrealShe is also an outstanding recitalist and hashas performed Das Lied von der Erde, Verdi's Requiem, Missa solemnis, Les Nuits d'été and L'Invitation au voyage.
Marie-Nicole Lemieux is a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Québec (Knight of the National Order of Quebec), a Compagne des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, a member of the Order of Canada and the Ordre de la Pléiade (the Order of La Pléiade). She is also a Doctor Honoris Causa of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.