John Allemang - The Globe and Mail
"After a 28-year career, I’m learning how to do new things,” says the 51-year-old soprano who has sung 17th-century arias and Acadian folk songs with equal affinity. “Artists now have pretty well everything at their fingertips to create their own projects."
John Rerauds - Ludwig van Toronto
Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc is on a mission to reunite the real words with the possible music of Bishop’s universe. It’s a mission that has proven to be, like so many adventures, full of unexpected twists.
Frédéric Cardin - Espace-musique
Au jeu des circonstances, le hasard est souvent roi. C’est le sort qui a mené la soprano Suzie LeBlanc sur le chemin de son nouvel album, "I am in need of music" (J’ai besoin de musique), basé sur la poésie d’une certaine Elizabeth Bishop, que l’on découvre avec plaisir.
Lydia Perovic - Definitely the Opera
“I always begin from the text.” Those who know her primarily through the coloraturas and trills of her early music pieces may be surprised by these words by Suzie LeBlanc, but a closer look at her multi-faceted career will confirm a great love of text and language as essential to music.
I was very fortunate to have grown up in the Maritimes where there have always been many wonderful choirs. I began singing with “Les Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie” when I was seven or eight, and it was then that I discovered my love of music, words, pronunciation, discipline, and ensemble music-making.
Bishop was one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. What attracted me to her writing was the way she saw and described things. She saw beyond the accepted view of things, even beyond knowledge (of which she had plenty). She was fond of anything that could alter her perspective.
I am not sure that I was more connected to Bishop after the trip, but I was certainly more connected to myself and to my surroundings. I had time to read her prose and her letters, not just her poems, which meant that my knowledge of her was broadened. I like to think of it as being able to see a larger map of the area I was working in. Her spirit and her sense of humour were palpable throughout the whole trip.