"Soprano imaginative and committed with ravishing treble" - La Libre Belgique, Florie Valiquette is a young Canadian opera singer on the rise.
She begins this season by singing the title role of English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera, Coraline. This children's literature success is co-produced with the Royal Opera House in London and presented in a French version at the Opera de Lille under Maestro Arie Van Beek and stage director Aletta Collins. Member of the troupe Favart for the 2019 season, Florie will play Madeleine in a new production of Le Postillon de Lonjumeau at the Opéra-Comique in Paris under Sébastien Rouland and stage director Michel Fau. In addition, she will sing the roles of Tytania (Midsummer Night's Dream) at Opéra de Montpellier (Musical direction Tito Munoz and staging Ted Huffman) and Sophie (Werther) at the Capitole de Toulouse (under the baton of Jean François Verdier and the stage director Nicolas Joel). In addition to the opera stage, Florie will perform in concert with Les Moments lyriques and Orchestre Prométhée in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Dixit Dominus, as well as in the recital Écoute, mon coeur, at Opernhaus Zürich.
During season 2017-2018, she returns to Opernhaus Zürich as a member of the Ensemble, where she takes part in four productions, singing Papagena in die Zauberflöte under Karina Canellakis; Birk in a New Production of Ronja die Räubertochter conducted by Carrie-Ann Matheson and directed by Marie-Eve Signeyrole; a Blumenmädchen in Parsifal under Simone Young and Fortuna & Damigella in the New Production of L'incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Ottavio Dantone and directed by Calixto Bieito. Prior to her return to Opernhaus Zürich, she reprises the role of Milica in the modern opera Svadba with the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence at the Ljubljana Opera. In addition, she is invited to Montreal to sing Mozart's C minor Mass with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, as well as for a recording of Tanzer lieder by Ana Sokolovic with the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, to be released under the Atma classique label in the fall 2019. She will close the season making her debut as Sophie in a concert version of Werther at the summer Festival of Opéra de Vichy under Maestro Pierre Dumoussaud among singers Karine Deshayes and Jean-François Borras, notably.
She has joined the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich for the 2016-2017 season, interpreting Barbarina, in Le nozze di Figaro, conducted by Maestro Giovanni Antonini and directed by Sven Eric Bechtolf; Madam Silberklang, in Der Schauspieldirektor conducted by Maestro Thomas Barthel and directed by Mr. Rüdiger Burbach. For the opening of 2017, she interprets l'Amour and Premier Fantôme in the New Production of Charpentier’s Médée, conducted by Maestro William Christie and directed by Mr. Intendant Andreas Homoki.
Prior to making her debut with Maestro Charles Dutoit as Frasquita (Carmen) in a Medici.tv broadcasted concert at the 2016 Verbier Festival, Florie Valiquette held Elisetta in Il Matrimonio Segreto at De Nationale Opera conducted by Maestro Benjamin Bayl and directed by Mme Monique Wagemakers, before reprising the lead role of Milica of Svadba-Wedding by Ana Sokolovic at l’Opéra d'Angers-Nantes. As well, she was part of Manon fait de la danse’s creation of Fin de série at the FTA‑Festival TransAmériques.
In 2015, Florie made her debut at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in the role of Frasquita (Carmen) under Maestro Kent Nagano. Starring Michèle Losier(Carmen) and Joseph Kaiser (Don José), the opera was presented outdoor in front of 45 000 people during the OSM's Classical Spree Festival. Florie also sang Yniold (Pelléas et Mélisande) for the 2015 opening concert of the OSM, sharing the stage with star singers Bernard Richter, Hélène Guilmette, Philippe Sly, Nicolas Testé and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, amongst others.
In July 2015, Florie returned at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence to sing the lead role of Milica for the new production of the opera Svadba-Wedding by Ana Sokolovic. Praised by the press, the opera was broadcasted by Arte Concert.
" [...] soprano Florie Valiquette made gorgeous work of Milica’s extended aria at the end. As the others join in harmony, Milica settles on a blurted high pedal point, which gave Ms. Valiquette a final triumph of another sort." - James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, July 12, 2015
Beforehand in 2015, she sang with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Steven Fox in Harmony Mass by Haydn 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.
Florie made her Opera de Montréal 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 (The Gypsy Baron) 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).
She was invited as a baroque soloist by several leading ensembles such as les Violons du Roy, le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Caprice Ensemble, Montreal Baroque and the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival.
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 (now Icimusique.ca), the french music radio of the CBC.
Florie was revealed to the public in 2010 by 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.
In chamber music, Florie has been working with pianist Martin Dubé since 2009. They performed hailed recitals in Canada, Belgium and the United States. She also appeared at the Orford Festival and the Lachine Festival with pianist Olivier Godin, and with pianist Ilmo Ranta, in Helsinki, in a recital broadcasted on the Finnish national television Yle Klassinen. She also collaborates with the distinguished quintet Pentaèdre.
Florie is supported by the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers and has distinguished herself in several competitions such as the 2015 Queen Sonja International Music Competition, the 2014 Mirjam Helin Competition, the 2014 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 Montréal and pursues her vocal training under the guidance Marlena Malas in New York. She is represented by Intermezzo Management in Paris.