New Brunswick native Suzie LeBlanc had to look no further than her mother, an opera singer, for her musical inspiration. LeBlanc grew up singing and taking lessons on the flute and piano. At 15, she discovered her love of baroque music and not long afterwards, she was touring professionally. While studying voice in England, LeBlanc got her break while filling in for the great British soprano, Emma Kirkby.
LeBlanc’s clear, bell-like voice is suited to all kinds of baroque and classical music and her sense of drama shines in opera. She has appeared with all the major period performance groups in Canada and overseas but now has settled into her role as artistic director of Le nouvel opera in Montreal. She remains a major force in the Canadian early music establishment.
LeBlanc has also been tracing her Acadian roots. A film about her musical explorations, Suzie LeBlanc: A Musical Quest, and her recordings of Acadian folk songs and Nova Scotian poems have contributed to LeBlanc receiving the Order of Canada “for contributing to the development of early-period music and Acadian culture as a singer and teacher."
Today LeBlanc shares her interests and some of the music she has learned about as she hosts This Is My Music.
This Is My Music is heard Saturdays on Radio 2 at 10:00 am ET.
Suzie LeBlanc shares her favourite music on This Is My Music