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) – Göttingen Handel Festival, Konzert Theater Bern
  • Handel: Alcina (title role) – Konzert Theater Bern
  • 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/Asia 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, Michel Corboz, Christian Curnyn, Daniel Reuss and Guillaume Tourniaire in many festivals including Ambronay, Göttingen, Halle, La Folle Journée, Verbier, MITO, Utrecht. She has appeared alongside renowned artists like Dmitry Sinkovsky and Dorothee Oberlinger.

Performance venues include Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace and Kings Place (London), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Sociedad Filarmónica (Bilbao), Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), Casa da Música (Porto), Tokyo International Forum and Yomiuri Otemachi Hall (Tokyo).

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.

After a Bachelor in Music at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne with a Prize for the best recital, Marie studied at the Royal College of Music in London where she graduated with First Class Honours in 2014, before joining their International Opera School, graduating in 2016 with an Artist Diploma in Opera.

Recent and future engagements include 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 and Bayreuth.

For Naïve, she has recently recorded Vivaldi’s long-lost opera Argippo under Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante, leading to the release of a CD in November and followed by a tour through Europe including Theater an der Wien and Asia. Again with Maestro Biondi, she performs Bellezza in Handel’s Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno in Granada and Edinburgh.

For its 2020/2021 season, the Grand Théâtre de Genève entrusts Marie with Clorinda in La Cenerentola (Antonino Fogliani/Laurent Pelly), Yniold in Pelléas et Melisande (Jonathan Nott/ Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui), Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito (Maxim Emelyanychev/Milo Rau) with a revival at the Wiener Festwochen, and Second Woman & First Witch in Dido and Aeneas (Emmanuelle Haïm/Peeping Tom).


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