Winner of the Concours International de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini 2017, soprano Marie Lys has performed under conductors such as Michel Corboz, Laurence Cummings, Daniel Reuss, Sigiswald Kuijken and Guillaume Tourniaire, in many festivals including Ambronay, La Roque d’Anthéron, La Folle Journée and Verbier. Performance venues include Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace and Kings Place (London), Opéra de Lausanne, Opéra de Vichy, Opéra d’Avignon, Duomo di Pisa, Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), Tokyo International Forum and Yomiuri Otemachi Hall (Tokyo).
On the operatic stage she performed the roles of Adelaide (Lotario) at the Göttingen International Handel Festival, Dalinda (Ariodante) at the London Handel Festival, Asteria (Tamerlano) at Buxton Festival, Adele (Die Fledermaus) directed by John Copley, Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte) and Clara (La vie parisienne) at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, Eurilla (Orlando Paladino) with Opéra de Fribourg, Galatea (Acis and Galatea) with Opéra Louise, Nannetta (Falstaff) at Woodhouse Opera, and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) at Les Azuriales Festival. In 2011 she premiered the role of Mina in Thierry Besançon’s Dracula ou la Symphonie Inachevée in Switzerland.
In 2016 she was awarded the Michael Normington Prize in the Handel Singing Competition, First Prize in the Lies Askonas Competition, Second Prize in the Joan Chissell Schumann prize for voice and piano, and in 2015 she won the First Prize in the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik Competition with Abchordis Ensemble, that she co-founded in 2011. Their first recording, ‘Stabat Mater’, was published in 2016 by Sony DHM.
She works regularly with her pianist partner João Araújo, with whom she founded Duo Dalma.
A Migros cultural Percentage Soloist, she has been supported by the Leenaards, Dénéréaz, Colette Mosetti and Friedl Wald Foundations and by the Drake Calleja Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust.
After a Bachelor in Music at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne with a Prize for the best recital, Marie studied at the Royal College of Music where she graduated with First Class Honours in 2014, before joining their International Opera School under Amanda Roocroft, graduating in 2016 with an Artist Diploma in Opera. She studies with Rachel Bersier in Neyruz.
Future appearances include recitals in Switzerland with Duo Dalma, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare at Bury Court Opera (UK), Lisa in La Sonnambula at Opéra de Lausanne, Fauré’s and Mozart’s Requiem with Michel Corboz, Brahms’ Requiem with Daniel Reuss, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Laurence Cummings at the London Handel Festival, and her debut at Casa da Música (Porto) with Orquestra Barocca Casa da Música and Laurence Cummings.