Marie LysSoprano

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  • First Prize at Cesti Competition for Baroque Opera 2018
  • First Prize at Concours de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini 2017
  • Handel: Alcina (title role) > replacing Cecilia Bartoli – Florence Opera
  • Handel: Ariodante (Ginevra), Semele (title role) – Göttingen Handel Festival
  • Donizetti: Betly (title role) – Chopin and his Europe Festival Warsaw
  • Massenet: Werther (Sophie) – Lausanne Opera, Tours Opera
  • Bernstein: Candide (Cunegonde), 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
  • Handel: Alcina (Morgana) – Lausanne Opera
  • Rossini: La Cenerentola (Clorinda), Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia) – Grand Théâtre de Genève

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 has collaborated with conductors such as Diego Fasolis, Alessandro De Marchi, Fabio Biondi, Christophe Rousset, Leonardo García Alarcón, Ottavio Dantone, Emmanuelle Haïm, Maxim Emelyanychev, Laurence Cummings, Guillaume Tourniaire, Laurence Equilbey, Jonathan Nott, Dmitry Sinkovsky and Dorothée Oberlinger.

More recently, Marie has enjoyed considerable success with Handel, performing Ariodante (Ginevra) and Lotario (Adelaide) both under Laurence Cummings for the Göttingen International Handel Festival, Orlando (Dorinda) under Dani Espasa in a new Rafael R. Villalobos production for the Festival Castell Peralada, 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.
Moreover, she appeared as Dalinda (Ariodante) at the London Handel Festival, Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare in Egitto) at the Bury Court Opera, and Galatea (Acis and Galatea) at Opéra de Massy.

She enjoys a close association with the Opera of her hometown Lausanne where she took the stage as Morgana (Handel, Alcina) with Diego Fasolis/Stefano Poda, Sophie (Massenet, Werther) in a Laurent Campellone/Vincent Boussard production, Lisa (Bellini, La Sonnambula), Adele (J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus) and L’Amour (Gluck, Orphée et Eurydice).

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) 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.

The 2022/2023 season sees Marie performing Massenet’s Werther (Sophie) at Opéra de Tours, Bernstein’s Candide (Cunégonde) at Opéra de Lausanne, Vivaldi’s Tamerlano (Irene) on an Italian tour with Ottavio Dantone and Messiah under the baton of Franco Fagioli in Versailles and Barcelona.

With Christophe Rousset and his Talens Lyriques, Marie presents Lully’s Thésée at Theater an der Wien, Bruxelles Bozar and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

She sings Vivaldi’s Gloria under Fabio Biondi and the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Il Giustino (Leocasta) by the same composer alongside Andrea Marcon/La Cetra in Basel, Amsterdam and Hamburg.

Marie reunites with Leonardo García Alarcón/Cappella Mediterranea for a recital at Radio France in Paris and for Philippe d’Orléans’s Jérusalem délivrée, ou la Suite d’Armide (Herminie) they will present among other cities in Versailles.

With her ensemble Abchordis she presents a new programme of unpublished baroque opera arias written for Anna Maria Strada, of which a recording will be published soon.

Most recently, Marie stepped in at short notice to replace Cecilia Bartoli for the title role in Handel’s Alcina at the Florence Teatro del Maggio Musicale alongside Gianluca Capuano and Damiano Michieletto.


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