“Soprano imaginative and committed with ravishing treble” (La Libre Belgique), Florie Valiquette is a young Canadian opera singer on the rise.
Recently Valiquette sang Sophie (Werther) at the Opéra de Lyon, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Opéra de Bordeaux, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) in Luxembourg and Versailles and Gabrielle (La Vie Parisienne) in Rouen and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in Québec.
During her 2019-2020 season, she debuted as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in Avignon and Versailles under the baton of Hervé Niquet. She also sang Le Nozze di Figaro (Barbarina) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées staged by James Gray and conducted by Jérémie Rhorer… She also performed in recitals at the Opéra Comique and the Opéra de Lille and in concert for Haydn Stabat Mater with Le Concert de la Loge.
She began the 2018-2019 season singing the title part of Coraline for the French creation at the Opéra de Lille of this opera composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage. Member of the troupe of the Opéra Comique, she has performed the part of Madeleine in Le Postillon de Lonjumeau. She has also made her debuts at the Opéra de Montpellier as Tytania (Midsummer Night’s dream) and at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse as Sophie (Werther).
In 2017-2018, Florie Valiquette joined the Ensemble of the Opernhaus Zürich, where she sang Die Zauberflöte (Papagena), Ronia Raübertochter (Birk), Parsifal (Flowermaiden), L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Fortuna and Damigella). She also did her debut in Werther (Sophie) at the Opéra de Vichy. In concert, she has performed Mozart Great Mass in C minor with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
In 2016-2017, she was part of the International Opera Studio, the prestigious training program for young singers of the Opernhaus Zürich. There, she sang Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, l’Amour in Médée by Charpentier, Madame Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor. In Luxemburg, she revived the opera Svadbain the role of Milica, created in Aix-en-Provence, which she sang again in Ljubljana.
In 2015-2016, Florie Valiquette sang Elisetta in Il Matrimonio segreto by Cimarosa with the Dutch National Opera in Hengelo, Deventer, Amsterdam and Maastricht, Milica (Svadba) in Angers and Nantes, Frasquita (Carmen) at the Verbier Festival. In the beginning this season, Florie Valiquette made her debuts at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in the roles of Frasquita (Carmen) and Yniold (Pelléas et Mélisande) under the baton of maestro Kent Nagano.
In July 2015, she returned to sing at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in the lead role of Milica for the new production of the opera Svadba-Wedding by Ana Sokolovic, after a remarkable passage in Bahrain in the roles of La Princesse and La Chauve-souris (L’Enfant et les sortilèges).
In concert, she has appeared with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec under maestro Steven Fox in the Harmoniemesse by Haydn, with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor under the baton of Andrew Megill and with Les Violons du Roy under maestro Mathieu Lussier in the title role of Zémire et Azor, staged by oscar winning film director Denys Arcand. She also sang Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Dixit Domonius for the Moments Lyriques in Chartres.
Florie Valiquette made her Montreal Opera debut in 2013 in the roles of Javotte (Manon), Miss Ellen(Lakmé), and covered the role of Nanetta (Falstaff) in 2014. Other credits include Teutile (Motezuma), Arsena (Der Zigeunerbaron) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). Artist in residence at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal from 2012 to 2015, she held the roles of the Sandman and the Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief) and Galatea (Acis and Galatea).
« Equally at home in mainstream and Baroque opera, as well as in recital and oratorio » (Opera Canada), Florie Valiquette excels in a variety of repertoire from early music to contemporary, forking musical theatre.
She was invited as a soloist by several baroque ensembles such as Les Violons du Roy, Le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Caprice Ensemble, Montreal Baroque, the Lamèque international baroque music Festival and les Talens lyriques.
In contemporary music, in addition to Svadba‐Wedding, composer Denis Gougeon recommended her for singing his composition, Voix‐Venus, with pianist Louise-Andrée Baril, in a tribute concert of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, broadcasted on Espace Musique, the then‐named French music radio of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Florie Valiquette was revealed to the public in 2010 when interpreting Maria Von Trapp (The Sound of Music) in a Just for Laughs production staged by Denise Filiatrault. Critically acclaimed, the production was attended by more than 100,000 spectators in Montreal and received a nomination for the Show of the Year ‐ Acting at the Québec Association for the Recording, Concert and Video Industries Gala in 2011.
She collaborated numerous times with Cirque Éloize in corporate events, as well as with the National Circus School for the Atelier Lyrique’s 30th anniversary production Hänsel und Gretel.
In chamber music, Florie Valiquette has been working with pianist Martin Dubé since 2009. They performed hailed recitals in Canada, Belgium and in the United States. She also appeared at the Orford Festival and at the Lachine Festival with pianist Olivier Godin, and in Helsinki, with pianist Ilmo Ranta, in a recital broadcasted on the Finnish national television Yle Klassinen.
Among her projects, Armide in Paris, Carmen (Frasquita) with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Dialogues des Carmélites (Soeur Constance) in Glyndebourne, La Flûte enchantée and L’Enlèvement au sérail in Versailles. She will also be performing in concert with Les Talens lyriques, the Orchestre de l’Opéra royal de Versailles, Le Concert de la Loge, La Chapelle harmonique.
Florie Valiquette is supported by the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers and has distinguished herself in several competitions such as the Mirjam Helin Competition, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition and the Prix d’Europe.
She holds a Master in Music performance from the University of Montreal and pursues her vocal training under the guidance Marlena Malas in New York.
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© Brent Calis