Marie LysSoprano

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  • First Prize at the Cesti Competition for Baroque Opera 2018
  • First Prize at the Concours de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini 2017
  • Donizetti:Betly (title role) – Chopin and His Europe Festival Warsaw
  • 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: Acis and Galatea (Galatea) – Nouvel Opéra Fribourg
  • Handel: Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra) – Bury Court Opera
  • Paër: Leonora (Marcellina) – Schwetzingen, Innsbruck, Bonn
  • Vivaldi: Argippo (Osira) – recording for Naïve & Europe tour with Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante

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, and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) at Les Azuriales Festival.

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 Galatea in Acis and Galatea at Opéra de Massy; Cunegonde in Candide at Opéra de Lausanne; Marcellina in Leonora by Ferdinando Paër in Schwetzingen, Innsbruck and Bonn under Alessandro De Marchi; Iris in Telemann’s Pastorelle en musique in Potsdam and Bayreuth. For Naïve, Marie has recorded Vivaldi’s long-lost opera Argippo under the baton of Fabio Biondi with Europa Galante (issued in May 2020), followed by a tour through Europe. Again with Maestro Biondi, she performs Bellezza in Handel’s Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno in Parma and the title role in Donizetti’s opera buffa Betly for the Chopin and His Europe Festival in Warsaw. Marie also sings Mozart’s Requiem at the Victoria Hall in Geneva.


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