Marie LysSoprano

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  • First Prize at Cesti Competition for Baroque Opera 2018
  • First Prize at Concours de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini 2017
  • Bernstein: Candide (Cunegonde) – Lausanne Opera
  • Handel: Lotario (Adelaide), Ariodante (Ginevra) – Göttingen Handel Festival
  • Handel: Alcina (title role) – Konzert Theater Bern
  • Massenet: Werther (Sophie) – Lausanne Opera
  • Strauss: Die Fledermaus (Adele) – Lausanne Opera
  • Handel: Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra) – Bury Court Opera
  • Paër: Leonora (Marcellina) – Innsbruck Festival
  • Vivaldi: Argippo (Osira) – recording for Naïve & Europe tour with Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante
  • Rossini: La Cenerentola (Clorinda) – Grand Théâtre de Genève
  • Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia) – Grand Théâtre de Genève, Wiener Festwochen

As soon as she appears, she imposes herself with insolent ease: the projection, the dynamism, the diction, the agility, the high notes, the legato, everything in her voice is perfectly coordinated and mastered. (


First prize winner of the Competition for Baroque Opera Cesti 2018 and of the Concours International de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini 2017, Marie Lys sang under conductors such as Diego Fasolis, Laurence Cummings, Fabio Biondi, Alessandro De Marchi, Michel Corboz, Daniel Reuss and Guillaume Tourniaire in many festivals including Ambronay, Göttingen, Halle, Bremen, La Folle Journée, Verbier, MITO, Utrecht. She has appeared alongside renowned artists like Dmitry Sinkovsky and Dorothee Oberlinger.

On the operatic stage she performed the roles of Adelaide (Lotario) at the Konzert Theater Bern and Göttingen International Handel Festival, Dalinda (Ariodante) at the London Handel Festival, Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare in Egitto) at the Bury Court Opera, Lisa (La Sonnambula), Adele (Die Fledermaus) and L’Amour (Orphée et Eurydice) at the Opéra de Lausanne, Asteria (Tamerlano) at the Buxton Festival, Nanetta (Falstaff) for the Woodhouse Opera, Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) at Les Azuriales Festival, Galatea (Acis and Galatea) at the Opéra de Massy.

Marie Lys was awarded the Audience Prizes at both the Concours de chant de Toulouse (2019) and London Handel Singing Competition (2016). She won the First Prize at the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik Competition with the Abchordis Ensemble (2015) that she co-founded in 2011. Their two recordings, “Stabat Mater” and “Dies Irae”, were published by Sony DHM.

For Naïve, she has recorded Vivaldi’s long-lost opera Argippo under Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante, leading to the release of a CD and followed by a tour through Europe. Again with Maestro Biondi, she appeared in the title role in Donizetti’s opera buffa Betly for the Chopin and His Europe Festival in Warsaw.

Among Marie’s recent career highlights are Marcellina in the rarity Leonora by Ferdinando Paër at the Innsbruck Festival under Alessandro De Marchi and Iris in Telemann’s Pastorelle en musique in Potsdam, Bayreuth and Innsbruck.

During the 2020/2021 season, she had been a member of the Jeune Ensemble of the Grand Théâtre de Genève where she took part in several productions: La Cenerentola (Antonino Fogliani/Laurent Pelly), Pelléas et Melisande (Jonathan Nott/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui), La Clemenza di Tito (Maxim Emelyanychev/Milo Rau) and Dido and Aeneas (Emmanuelle Haïm/Peeping Tom) with a revival at the Lille Opera in December 2021.

In 2021/2022, Marie Lys will take part in the following Handel projects: Orlando (Dorinda) with Dani Espasa/Vespres d’Arnadi in a new Rafael R. Villalobos production for the Festival Castell Peralada, Ariodante (Ginevra) under Laurence Cummings in Göttingen, Solomon (First Harlot + The Queen of Sheeba) with Peter Dijkstra/The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Utrecht and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Bellezza) alongside Fabio Biondi in Granada, Alcina (Morgana) at the Opéra de Lausanne where she will also perform Massenet’s Werther (Sophie).
She sings Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Utrecht and Amsterdam with Giulio Prandi and his Coro Ghislieri, a “Stabat Mater” programme in Oslo and Heidelberg under Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques and stars as Euridice in Porpora’s Orpheus at the Theater an der Wien. She also presents a Baroque concert with Leonardo García Alarcón and his Cappella Mediterranea for both the Festival d’Ambronay and Opéra de Dijon.


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