Orphée et Eurydice, Gluck arr. Berlioz / Opera Atelier with Tafelmusik
Baroque Orchestra/D. Fallis/M. Pynkoski
‘Appearing as Orpheus, mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel wholeheartedly embodies the purposeful hero, vocally and physically focused, bravely confronting the great Berlioz challenge.’ ’Faced with the reality of transposition, Lebel reaches to the extreme limits of her instrument, extracting a tender poignant sound tinted with tragedy.
Her rendition of Orpheus’ exultant, L’amour vient rendre à mon âme (“Hope is reborn in my soul”), complete with filigreed coloratura, rare in a work built largely on accompanied recitative, ends Act I on a thrilling note. Lebel’s cadenza is extraordinary, transitioning from a cappella back to full orchestra with breathtaking precision. Her gentle, understated handling of Gluck’s lovely showstopper, J’ai perdu mon Eurydice (“What shall I do without my Eurydice”), quite rightly commands sustained applause.’
Opera Going Toronto, 05.2015
Canadian mezzo−soprano Mireille Lebel grew up in Vancouver and studied music at the University of Toronto and the University of Montreal. Following her studies she was awarded major grants by the Canada Council and the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation and furthered her artistic training as a member of the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. In 2009, she was a winner of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Competition that earned her an invitation to join the Ensemble of Theater Erfurt. Throughout her time in the Ensemble, she sang leading roles in the lyric mezzo fach. She is now making critically successful debuts with opera companies and orchestras in Europe and North America.
This season Mireille makes her role début at Charlotte in Werther at the Opéra Théâtre de Metz, Opéra de Massy, and Opéra de Reims. She will make her house début in the Vancouver Opera’s inaugural festival season as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. In May she will sing the Archangel in Théodore Dubois’ rarity Le paradis perdu with conductor Jean-Claude Malgoire at the Montréal Festival Classica. On the concert platform she will sing Bach’s Cantata BWV 206 with the London Bach Society, led by Rodolfo Richter, and an all Vivaldi programme with Ensemble Castor led by Enrico Onofri. She makes return engagements with Jean-Marie Zeitouni and IMusici de Montréal singing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and with the Boston Early Music Festival as Minèrve in Campra’s Le carnaval de Venise. She is happy to open the season singing music by Bizet and Massenet in the Vancouver recital series, The Salon Sessions, in support of Out in Schools.