Published on May 29, 2018


May 29, 2018 – Mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel will replace Magdalena Kožená in two Les Violons du Roy concerts led by founding conductor Bernard Labadie, on Monday, June 4, 2018, at 8 p.m. in the Raoul-Jobin Hall of Palais Montcalm – Maison de la musique in Quebec City, and on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 7:30 in the Bourgie Hall of Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.

For family reasons Ms. Kožená must regretfully cancel her engagement for these concerts, including those for the South America tour June 9–13, 2018.

Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano
Canadian mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel began her career with Opéra de Montréal’s Young Artists’ Program. Last season she performed at the Prague State Opera in the title role of Carmen. She was also invited back to Theater Erfurt in Germany for the title role of Orfeo ed Euridice and sang the role of Ljubica in the reprise of Svadba by Ana Sokolović (which premiered at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2015) at Angers Nantes Opéra. Recent concert performances include a program of Handel and Vivaldi arias with Tafelmusik under maestro Rodolfo Richter, a selection of Vivaldi arias with Arion Baroque Orchestra under maestro Enrico Onofri, Britten’s Phaedra cantata with I Musici de Montréal, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and Handel’s Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony. She has collaborated regularly with La Chapelle de Québec and Les Violons du Roy for almost a decade.

On June 4 and 6, Les Violons du Roy will be pleased to reunite with Mireille Lebel for an opera program dedicated to Handel. Conducted by Bernard Labadie, the musicians will also play two concerti grossi by Handel.

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano
Les Violons du Roy

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 (Overture and arias)
Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6 No. 5, HWV 323
Rinaldo, HWV 7 (Aria)
Agrippina, HWV 6 (Overture)
Alcina, HWV 34 (Aria)
Concerto Grosso in B-flat Major, Op. 6 No. 7, HWV 325
Ariodante, HWV 33 (Arias)

Tickets on sale at the Palais Montcalm – Maison de la music box office (418) 641-6040, toll-free 1-877-641-6040 and Bourgie Hall box office at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (514) 285-2000 ext. 4, toll-free 1 800 899-6873 ext. 4.

Information regarding the Violons du Roy South America tour June 9–13, 2018, initially scheduled with the participation of mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, will be announced shortly.

Les Violons du Roy’s Quebec City season is presented by Hydro-Québec.
Les Violons du Roy acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.


Noora Heiskanen
Communications and Marketing Officer
Les Violons du Roy et La Chapelle de Québec
Tel. : (418) 692-3026 extension 230