After her 1982 debut at Wigmore Hall in London, one critic called Rosemarie Landry "an intelligent and audacious performer" and praised her "exuberant singing and finely spun tones." Those gorgeous performances, mostly of French art songs, have kept Landry touring the world for decades.
Landry has appeared with all of the major Canadian orchestras, choirs and opera companies. She has performed with a Who's Who of Canadian artists, including contralto Maureen Forrester, conductor Mario Bernardi and pianists Andre Laplante and Jane Coop. In recognition of her talents, Landry is a member of the Order of Canada and decorated in France as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres as well as Chevalier, Ordre de la Pléiade.
Landry grew up in Caraquet, New Brunswick surrounded by a large and musical extended family. She sang and played piano and later went to Montreal to study at l'Université de Montréal. Once Landry decided to focus on her singing, she went to the Opera School at the University of Toronto. She would later return to the U of T as a singing teacher. Since 1997, Landry has taught at the Faculty of Music at l'Université de Montréal, where she is currently Head of Vocal Studies. She also heads to Toronto regularly to coach the singers of the Canadian Opera Company in French diction.
On this edition of This Is My Music, Landy shares the music that inspires her and the stories behind her selections.
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Rosemarie Landry shares her favourite music on This Is My Music